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2017 AASSA Educators' Conference

Hosted by:

Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro

Barra de Tijuca Campus

Rua Colbert Coelho 155

Barra de Tijuca, CEP 22793-313

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Campus Map

Directions & Map to EARJ

(in English & Portuguese)

Dining Options & Map of the Area


Pre-Conference Schedule

March 29, 2017

Main Conference Overview Schedule

March 30 - April 1, 2017

Daily Workshop and Cohort Schedules

Thursday, March 30

Friday, March 31

Saturday, April 1


Based around the theme of (Re), the conference design is centered around a collaborative think-tank whose aim is to (re)think and (re)invent international education.  The conference will feature 3 keynoters (Craig Johnston, Michael Ehrhardt and Myron Dueck) who will challenge, respectively, the current system of international education, the teachers, and the students.  

We will have a wide variety of sessions, most of which will be collaborative by design:  Teacher Workshops, Ted Talk workshops, cohorts each day of the conference, reverse mentoring sessions led by EARJ students, Edcamp, and a Learning Fair Gallery.  In addition, we are planning an all-day institute each day for up to 100 conference participants (different each day) to work with our three presenters to drill deeper into the reinvention.

Please take a look at the video - (Re) 2017 Conference Teaser for further information on the theme and we hope to see you in Rio!




Pre-Conference Sessions


One-Day Pre-Conference Sessions, March 29

Leadership in FocusBarry Dequanne

Cost for Members:  $125

Cost for Non-Members:  $150

This workshop is designed for both experienced and aspiring leaders and will focus on strategies related to developing a range of leadership skills, transitioning into different leadership roles related to situation and position, and considering the elements of successful educational leadership. The key focus areas will include creating a positive and productive organizational culture, developing mutually beneficial relationships, promoting clear and transparent communication, thinking and planning strategically, and assuming a healthy and proactive life balance.

Instructional Coaches Retreat: Matt Hajdun

Cost for Members:  $75

Cost for Non-Members:  $100

Are you currently an instructional coach in the AASSA region?  Are you interested in becoming an instructional coach in the future?  Are you a Curriculum Coordinator or Director of Teaching and Learning that works directly with teachers or instructional coaches?  Does your work include observing teachers and students with the goal of enhancing professional practice and student learning?  Do you support teachers in instructional planning?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, this AASSA Instructional Coaching Retreat may be right for you!

Retreat Goals:
  • enhance the international professional community of coaches through networking and sharing of models/resources

  • enrich our collective professional practices through short presentations

  • explore research around best practices for instructional coaching

  • engage in professional dialogue about our coaching by sharing videos of our own coaching conversations with coachees

  • and other goals defined by participants/interest

The focus of the retreat is built around building the network of coaches in Latin American and to share resources relating to instructional coaching (feedback tools, protocols, observation templates, etc).  The goal is NOT to build a coach's capacity in content areas (ie- Writer's Workshop).  

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Matt Hajdun, mhajdun@eabdf.br or Skype: matt.hajdun

Main Conference Overview



Craig Johnson

(March 30)


In 1624 John Donne wrote, “Never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” Donne’s point was that, “No man is an island, entire of itself.” He went on to make the analogy of a continent as the human race, and “each person, but a piece of the continent.” Today, in 2017 the bells toll for International Education. Much of what we do in International Schools is irrelevant. And for as much as a single school might be committed to innovation and to becoming more relevant, it will perpetually be limited in what it can do because: A “single school” is but “a piece of the continent,” and therefore, to keep us alive, a global revolution is called for. More specifically, authentic, systemic, and sustainable innovation will only happen in International Education if a large and influential coalition of schools collectively identifies and commits to addressing the elements (within our eco-system) that need to end; while simultaneously implementing those changes and innovations that must happen. This keynote will share what some of the “things that need to end” are and offer a vision for what a global coalition for educational innovation and relevance could look like.


Mike Ehrhardt

(March 31)


With schools around the world facing tremendous disruptive pressures, we need teacher leadership now more than ever. There is great uncertainty about what the future holds but an ever growing need for meaningful and positive change, and teachers are best positioned to create the innovative and transparent classroom and school cultures that can empower students to make a difference.  

Myron Dueck

(April 1)


When content was our focus, we delivered ample amounts of it with specific pedagogy. However, at even a casual glance it’s obvious that the global paradigm has shifted away from the delivery of content towards competencies such as application, critical thinking and creativity. The global forum rewards the competent learner who has a sliver of innovation over one who has a broad but shallow knowledge base. Given that learning is a dynamic endeavor and there are multiple pathways to achieve it, how we design the context for learning becomes paramount.  As we teach students who will live to see the 22nd century, we should not guess what will be required, but rather help our students develop the tools that have always been necessary for both advancement and survival. ‘Retool’ means to ‘adapt or alter something to make it more useful or suitable’; perhaps this is exactly what we need to do in order to remain relevant.

Craig Johnson,

Mike Ehrhardt,

Myron Dueck

(April 1)


(Re)levance: Connecting the Dots

This closing keynote by our three main presenters will seek to connect the dots from the conference and find some relevance for our schools, our faculty, and our students. 


Main Conference Featured Presenters' Institutes

(Please note there is a maximum of 60 particpants per day per institute) 



Craig Johnson

(March 30)

Re(volution):  The Game Plan

Moving from the theory, articulated in the (Re)volutionary Keynote, this institute will delve into the practical. The end-result of this session is the articulation of a “Game Plan” for the Global (Re)volution. Working teams will be created (with individuals from different schools) to work through a design thinking process as they imagine the ways and means by which multi-school coalitions might structure global responses to the issues identified in the keynote and other research.


Mike Ehrhardt

(March 31)


Micro-Schools:  A New Platform for Innovation


Rather than leave the mantel of school reform in the hands of tech billionaires or for-profit charter school companies, we need to experiment with our own "micro-schools" that allow us to identify and test our own disruptive ideas about what school can or should be. This workshop will lead participants in small teams through a design thinking process to imagine your own micro-school or school-within-a-school concept. We will share out these innovative ideas and create a network of like-minded schools and individuals who could later collaborate on these concepts and share their findings.

Myron Dueck

(April 1)


This workshop will allow individual teams to further rethink the shift from content to competencies. The central question will be: ‘What are some of the main components to consider in retooling our education systems to meet the needs of the future?’ Participants will engage in planning through the use of video, conversation and group synergy. This workshop is designed to question our biases and to consider re-writing the narrative of what it means to educate.




Main Conference Registration Fees:

    Full Member School:   $300

     Invitational Member:   $350

     Non-Member:              $450

     Exhibitors:                   $250



Registration Process: 




Step 1:  Register for the conference here

Please register as soon as possible




Registration Deadline:  March 8

(Please note the much earlier hotel reservations deadline!)  

After March 8, refunds for cancellations will not be processed.  

Step 2:  Book your hotel by clicking here.  

Please aim to reserve rooms by January 25th to guarantee availability.

If the Courtyard is sold out, please reserve at the Residence Inn. 

The Final Reservation Deadline is February 22nd, but rooms may not be available by this time....


Please note this will be a paperless

conference.  You will need  a device (laptop,

iPad, etc) to access the conference app, on-line program,

presenters' materials, and social media.

Escola Americana is a 'green' school and we will provide a water bottle for each participant.  



We look forward to seeing you at (Re) in Rio!


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