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2019 AASSA Educators' Conference

 

Hosted by:

International School Nido de Aguilas

Santiago, Chile

 

Pre-Conference:  April 2 & 3, 2019

Main Conference:     April 4 - 6, 2019

 

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Empower Partnerships,Transform Learning: Authentic connections, between individuals as well as the school and the larger community, transform both learning and the student. These partnerships are essential to creating consequential experiences in a collaborative environment among students and teachers. Students who are connected to their learning in authentic ways and have meaningful opportunities to collaborate with each other learn more deeply and are better prepared for success in life. Partnerships between teachers foster collegial environments that focus on improving student outcomes and have the opportunity to transform schools. Connecting our students and schools with other schools, organizations, businesses, and the community creates opportunities for collaboration, leadership, and learning for both students and teachers. How do schools empower these partnerships to transform our students’ education, our practices, and our students?

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CONFERENCE APP

Please note that there will not be a printed program for this conference and the conference app will be your only source of comprehensive conference information.  

To access the conference app and view all schedules, sessions, presenters, events, etc, please click the link below:

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULES 

Link to Pre-Conference Schedule, April 2 - 3

Main Conference Schedule, April 4-6

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 Conference-at-a-Glance

 

Pre-Conference Sessions

 

Two-Day Pre-Conference Sessions

April 2 - 3, 2019

 

1.  AASSA International School Child Protection Team Training, Level 1 Certificate

Jordan Greenbaum, Laurie Tasharski & Yolanda Murphy-Barrena

Ensuring that your school provides a safe environment for every child in your care may be the most important and challenging thing you do as a leader. ASSAA, in partnership with the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) and the Office of Overseas Schools is pleased to offer 2 levels of Child Protection Training for international school leadership teams in Santiago, Chile, at the 2019 AASSA Educator’s Conference. These certificate trainings are for school teams looking to create and or further develop their comprehensive child protection plan, student and community training and response team expertise. All sessions are crafted to assist your school in meeting or exceeding the new standards agreed upon by the leading accrediting and program approval organizations for international schools, such as CIS, NEASC, MSA, AdvancED, the International Baccalaureate and more.

Internationally-experienced child protection facilitators Dr. Jordan Greenbaum, Laurie Tasharski and Yolanda Murphy-Barrena will lead these practical and rigorous two-day Pre-Conferences as part of the AASSA Educators' Conference in Santiago, Chile. We invite you and members of your team to join us for one or both of these two-day trainings to ensure your school team is better prepared to prevent and respond to the diverse threats of child abuse in your challenging international school setting.
 

Level 1 Certificate Training:
Attendees will be provided with the practical advice, information, templates, resources and support needed to create and begin implementing rigorous, individualized child protection plans tailored for their unique international school setting.

The Topics of This Two-Day Level 1 Certificate Course Include:
• Understanding Child Protection in the International Education Setting
• Creating a Comprehension Child Protection Plan
• Child Safety Policy
• Code of Conduct & Safe Working Practices: Preparing Staff to Identify abuse and Overcome Barriers to Reporting
• Offender Behavior Overview: Preventative Staff Recruitment & Hiring Practices
• Child Protection Through Education: Educating Your Teachers & Staff
• Child Protection Through Education: Educating Your Students, Parents & Community
• Managing Disclosure & Response
• Local Resources & Considerations
• Evaluation & Monitoring Process

**Who Should Attend:

Recommended Child Protection Team Members / Roles: Head of School or other Administrator, Head of Human Resources & Hiring, Counseling Lead + a Counselor from each division, School Psychologist, Athletics or Activities Director, Curriculum Director/ Lead, Health (SLE,SRE/PSHE) Teacher Lead, Educational Technology Director, Special Needs Director / Lead, Security Director, Buildings and Ground Director, Crisis Management Lead, School Nurses, or others as required by your unique school structure.

Our goal is that you and your team leave this Level 1 Training with the working templates and specific resources needed to take immediate and strategic action to protect and inform your school community on the urgent issue of child protection. Participants who successfully complete this training will receive the International School Child Protection Training Level 1 Certificate. This certification assures respective Boards and accrediting agencies that the attending school leaders have successfully completed the intensive and practical training needed to create a successful child protection plan within their school that meets new accreditation guidelines as agreed upon by the International Task Force on Child Protection and member organizations.

Cost for Staff from AASSA Full Member Schools:  $300 

Cost for Staff from Invitational Member Schools:  $400

Cost for Non-Members:  $500

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2.  AASSA International School Child Protection Team Training, Level 2 Certificate: 

Expanding Your Expertise

Jordan Greenbaum, Laurie Tasharski & Yolanda Murphy-Barrena

Ensuring that your school provides a safe environment for every child in your care may be the most important and challenging thing you do as a leader. ASSAA, in partnership with the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) and the Office of Overseas Schools is pleased to offer 2 levels of Child Protection Training for international school leadership teams in Santiago, Chile, at the 2019 AASSA Educator’s Conference. These certificate trainings are for school teams looking to create and or further develop their comprehensive child protection plan, student and community training and response team expertise. All sessions are crafted to assist your school in meeting or exceeding the new standards agreed upon by the leading accrediting and program approval organizations for international schools, such as CIS, NEASC, MSA, AdvancED, the International Baccalaureate and more.

Internationally-experienced child protection facilitators Dr. Jordan Greenbaum, Laurie Tasharski and Yolanda Murphy-Barrena will lead these practical and rigorous two-day Pre-Conferences as part of the AASSA Educator’s Conference in Santiago, Chile. We invite you and members of your team to join us for one or both of these two-day trainings to ensure your school team is better prepared to prevent and respond to the diverse threats of child abuse in your challenging international school setting.
 

 

Level 2 Certificate Training: Expanding Your Expertise*
Attendees will be provided with several in-depth sessions created to build upon what you learned in the Level 1 Training and expand the expertise and skill sets of your Child Protection Team members. This will include a train the trainer model utilizing new parent and community resources, and practical development of your Child Protection Response Team to better respond to allegations and investigations.

The Topics of This Two-Day Level 2 Certificate Course Include:
• Child Protection Incident Response Team Roles: First & Second Responders
• Allegation Response Protocol & Investigations
• Effect of Bias on Decision Making
• Employee Allegation Protocol and Response Team Rehearsal
• Environmental Audits
• Peer on Peer Abuse: Responding to Youth Produced Sexual Imagery and Sexual Violence
• Parents as Partners: Implementing the Community Outreach Framework
• Creating a Local Support Network: Tips for Effective Multidisciplinary Teams

**Who Should Attend:

(Prerequisite Required: Attendees must have completed a comparable Level 1 Training prior with AAIE or CIS to attend the Advanced Certificate Training)


** Recommended Child Protection Team Members / Roles: Head of School or other Administrator, Head of Human Resources & Hiring, Counseling Lead + a Counselor from each division, School Psychologist, Athletics or Activities Director, Curriculum Director/ Lead, Health (SLE,SRE/PSHE) Teacher Lead, Educational Technology Director, Special Needs Director / Lead, Security Director, Buildings and Ground Director, Crisis Management Lead, School Nurses, or others as required by your unique school structure.


Our goal is that you and your team leave this Level 2 Training with another layer of expertise, tools and resources that will allow you to facilitate the Community Outreach Framework, conduct an Environmental Audit, better understand and prevent the real threat of Peer on Peer Abuse, clarify your roles within the Child Protection Incident Response Team and effectively respond within your school to any allegations of child abuse. Participants who successfully complete this training will receive the International School Child Protection Training Level 2 Certificate. This certification assures respective Boards and accrediting agencies that the attending school leaders have successfully completed the intensive and extended training needed to further develop their child protection plan, better educate their parents and community, and better respond to the specific areas of child abuse allegations covered in this training.

Cost for Staff from AASSA Full Member Schools:  $300 

Cost for Staff from Invitational Member Schools:  $400

Cost for Non-Members:  $500

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3.  Athletic Administrator Institute

Christopher Mott

The Athletic Administrator Institute is for all current Athletic Administrators, Activity Coordinators or those interested in becoming an Athletic Administrator in an International setting.

The two-day Institute will provide skills, knowledge, and best practices that enhance administrator efficiency and effectiveness in the management and operation of international-school based extra-curricular programs.  A focus will be placed on how this pertains to the Central and South American region.

The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association preserves, enhances and promotes educational-based athletics through the professional development of interscholastic athletic administrators. The NIAAA champions the profession of administering athletic programs in our nation’s high schools and middle schools. No other body values, promotes, preserves, supports and stands ready to uplift the cause of the athletic administrator, as does the NIAAA. Providing education, leadership and service platforms allows the NIAAA to best help colleagues network, choose from resources, draw from practices and give back to your profession while advancing in one’s career.

The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association has become the first association to receive accreditation from AdvancED. The initial Accreditation came in February of 2011 and was renewed in February of 2016.  As a recognized accredited educational institution committed to leadership programs, resources, and service opportunities, the Association supports the athletic administrator’s effort in providing quality athletic participation opportunities for students. 

Tuesday, April 2 

NIAAA Course 903:  Concepts of Program Philosophy

This course is aimed at assisting athletic directors to set the tone for their program.  Origins of athletic administration are addressed in addition to codes of ethics. The concept of “educational athletics” is discussed and refined. The role of the athletic administrator and the importance of having a school philosophy are addressed and workshop participants have the opportunity to interact with others to refine their own philosophies.  Issues relating to the roles of athletic administrators, coaches and philosophical applications are covered in depth.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking information concerning risk management and the need of exposure to causes for negligence and to best practice.

TOPICS:

Philosophies (middle school & high school)

Personal philosophies

School philosophies

Expectations for students, coaches, parents, administration

Coaches

Hiring

Evaluation

Communications

Modeling and positive delivery of instruction and skill development

Kenny Macauly's course from Dubrovnik, March 2015

Round table discussion

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Wednesday, April 3

NIAAA Course 904: Sports Safety, Risk Management, & Best Practices

This course covers liability for sports injuries, negligence, and risk management practices for athletic administrators.  Best practice concepts will be introduced for athletic administrators, coaches, athletic trainers, and other athletic personnel through the use of case scenarios, and guided discussion.  Appropriate risk management strategies, and documentation procedures for athletic administrators will be identified. Real-life scenarios and defining the duties and standards of care that schools require for child protection will be addressed.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking information concerning risk management and the need of exposure to causes for negligence and to best practice.

TOPICS:

Risk Management

Facility/Equipment safety and organization

Coach/athlete relationships

Child Protection (Rick Nelson’s Course)

Emergency Planning (ex. lightning)

14 legal duties

Round table discussion 

 

Cost for Staff from AASSA Full Member Schools:  $450* 

Cost for Staff from Invitational Member Schools:  $500*

Cost for Non-Members:  $600*

*Registration fee includes the cost of fees for two NIAAA examinations

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One-Day Pre-Conference Sessions
 
Wednesday, April 3
 

1.  Student-Centered Coaching: Grounding Our Work in Student Evidence

Diane Sweeney

Student-centered coaching is an evidence-based instructional coaching model that shifts the focus from ‘fixing’ teachers to collaborating with them to design instruction that targets student outcomes. Shifting coaching toward a more data-driven approach increases the efficacy of teachers, coaches, and most importantly our students.

In this pre-conference session, participants will learn concrete strategies for implementing a coaching model that is grounded in student evidence. This includes an introduction to the core practices for student-centered coaching. We will also explore strategies for building a coaching program from the ground up. This pre-conference is recommended for K-12 instructional coaches in any area of specialization, or for those who are interesting in taking on a coaching role in the future. School leaders are also invited to attend.

Session Outcomes:

  • Understand the core practices for student-centered coaching

  • Learn how to measure the impact of coaching on teaching and learning

  • Understand how to engage in coaching conversations that are rooted in student evidence

  • Explore methods for developing and sustaining a coaching effort

Cost for staff from AASSA Full Member Schools:  $200

Cost for staff from Invitational Member Schools:  $ 250

Cost for Non-Members:  $350

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2.  Lead Inclusion: all belong, all learn, all succeed

Lee Ann Jung

International schools worldwide are taking on the task to become more inclusive. In this session, learn what the research has to say about the strategies of the past that depended heavily on diagnostic testing, resource rooms, and shadow teachers. Come join us in a highly interactive and inspirational session in which we discuss co-teaching and RTI2 strategies and ways to establish a culture of inclusion in which every student is successful.

Cost for Staff from AASSA Full Member Schools:  $200

Cost for Staff from Invitational Member Schools:  $250

Cost for Non-Members:  $350

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3.  Explore and Integrate Transformative Elements of Global Citizenship into Curriculum and Mindsets

 Homa Sabet Tavangar

As international teachers in international schools we might consider ourselves global citizens, but what does this look like in practice as we seek to spur deeper, 21st Century, innovative learning? This day of deep-dive learning, planning and exploring will look at some of the big-picture mindset-building skills, together with more detail-oriented curricular development that might transform your teaching practice and students’ experience in the classroom.

Cost for Staff from AASSA Full Member Schools:  $200

Cost for Staff from Invitational Member Schools:  $250  

Cost for Non-Members:  $350

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4.  From Cultures of Compliance to Cultures of Co-Creation:

Leading for Deep, Sustained, Transformation

Kevin Bartlett

‘Culture eats strategy for breakfast’ according to Peter Drucker. While we may intuitively sense the truth of this, our actions tend to reflect a classic knowing-doing gap. Instead of spending our time, energy and intelligence as leaders on the co-creation of a shared school learning culture, we feel compelled to get busy on the next strategy...developing a new this, tweaking an old that...and then we wonder why our work never has the sustained learning impact we hoped. Initiatives falter, teachers hunker down, leaders move on...because the underlying culture never evolved.

This workshop is a day-long Inquiry into this issue. We’ll start by examining our current assumptions about schooling and learning, then we’ll conduct a simple, innovative Learning Culture Audit that shows where we are now and where we want to be. Then we’ll work on ways to close the gap between the two. We’ll identify two critical elements of any culture: shared values and a common language, and we’ll practice engaging ways to develop these in a school, building a genuine Learning Culture...as a fundamental priority and a sustained focus before embarking on any other changes.

Then we’ll proceed to show how the elements of the culture drive everything else to create a complete Learning Ecosystem. Everything to do with learning, leading, teaching and assessing organized, documented and embedded in a shared Learning Culture…finally!

Cost for Staff from AASSA Full Member Schools:  $200

Cost for Staff from Invitational Member Schools:  $250 

Cost for Non-Members:  $350

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5.  Deeper Learning through Projects

 Melissa Daniels 

Designed for teachers (or teams of teachers) at all school levels interested in developing rich project-based learning in their school, this “deep dive” into project based learning will allow participants the opportunity to explore and engage in High Tech High-inspired project design. Participants will examine exemplary project work, explore the elements of high quality project work, and develop their own project ideas using High Tech High project design tools. We will also engage in the peer critique process--an essential part of developing high quality project work. Participants will be able to go back to their schools with a clear idea about what is possible and a toolkit on how to get there.

Cost for staff from AASSA Full Member Schools: $200

Cost for staff from Invitational Member Schools:  $250

Cost for Non-Members: $350

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6. Design Thinking in Schools

Ariel Raz & Daniel Montoya, Stanford dSchool

This full-day session will expose educators to the principles of human-centered design through a hand-on, interactive challenge. Using the process developed and popularized by the Stanford d.school, we will work with educators through the steps of Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test. We will also facilitate a conversation with educators about how to bring those mindsets & practices back to schools, classrooms & communities to create dynamic learning experiences for students.Participants will complete the workshop with an understanding of the key tenets of design thinking & a sense for ways they can incorporate them into their classrooms & beyond.

Cost for staff from AASSA Full Member Schools: $300

Cost for staff from Invitational Member Schools:  $350

Cost for Non-Members: $450

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Main Conference Overview

 

 

Keynotes

 

 

 

Homa Sabet Tavangar

(April 4)

Developing the Skills for Meaningful Change,

Meaningful Lives

Every educator hopes their efforts leave a lasting mark on their students; but the reality of limited time in a day, the pressure of standardized tests and college entrance expectations leave little room for deeper learning and impact-making. In this personal and thought-provoking keynote, Homa Tavangar will explore key factors that can help foster authentic global citizenship to learn, thrive, and create leadership impact in the classroom and beyond, to a life of meaning.

 

 

Diane Sweeney

(April 5)

Student-Centered Instruction:

Opening Up Learning for Our Students

We know that learning should be student-centered. Yet with all of the pressure to deliver content, it can sometimes feel as if we don’t have time to go deep. The research is clear that when we are intellectually engaged, we learn at a faster rate (Marzano, 2017, Hattie, 2011). What this demands is the use of instructional practices that give students ownership and insights regarding where they are as learners. Join us to learn how to make learning more relevant for students while also attending to our content and standards.

 

 

 

Michael Johnston

(April 6)

 

Don't Just Learn about the Bike, Ride the Bike!

Too often in schools we learn about things, we learn about how things might work in a hypothetical situation and we tell students we are getting them ready for “The Real World”.  Students already live in the real world! It’s time to act, create partnerships, work with mentors, and make a difference while we learn. What brave decisions can we make in schools to create time, space and partnerships for meaningful learning for all ages? Whether we call it social entrepreneurship, service learning, CAS or a plethora of other Edu jargon terms educators love to spout, let’s learn with real purpose and create the world we wish to see along the way.

 

 

 

 

Main Conference Featured Presenters' Sessions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Greenbaum,

Laurie Tasharski

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Yolanda Murphy-Barrena

 

 

 

 

Child Protection

 

Creating A Comprehensive Child Protection Plan:  Getting Your School Started

 

Does your school have clear Child Protection policies, protocols and an education curriculum in place? Are you confident that an allegation would be swiftly and appropriately responded to by your leadership? Does your school practice safe recruiting and have a clear Code of Conduct for all teachers, staff and volunteers to keep children safe? Do you have a Comprehensive Child Protection Plan in place that is actively implemented throughout your school community and regularly evaluated for effectiveness? If you answered ‘No’ to any of these questions, this session is for you!

Participants in this session will gain a basic understand of what a Comprehensive Child Protection Plan entails and learn about key resources, templates, research and local facts that can be utilized to improve your school’s plan while better protecting your community. Resources shared will be open source and can be adjusted to meet your unique community location and needs.

 

 

The Child Protection Community Outreach Framework:  Parent Program Overview for School Facilitators

A critical part of a robust child protection ethos includes the provision that child protection is the shared responsibility of all adults. Schools cannot develop a climate of prevention without engaging their communities. Comprehensive, sustainable parent training supports school child protection policies and the success of student abuse prevention curriculum.

The presenter will introduce the new Community Outreach Framework (COF) adapted from public health models to fit the needs of international school communities. The COF is a facilitator-guided program to identify shared values around abuse, develop skills to prevent abuse and build resilience when it occurs. It contains scripted modules and activities on topics relating to the rights of children, consent, gender stereotypes, harmful norms, positive discipline, healthy relationships, strategies for keeping children safe, and responding appropriately to suspicion.  

Participants in this session will gain a basic understand of the supporting research, review included modules and learn tips for successfully adapting and implementing this free, open source framework to meet their unique location needs and community concerns of their school.

 

Responding to Peer-On-Peer Abuse, Youth-produced Sexual Imagery & Sexting

 

Major topics covered in this session include:

  • Overview of definitions and special considerations

  • Prevalence, risk factors, possible indicators, and interventions

  • Normal and abnormal sexualized behavior in children

  • Avoiding criminalization of children

  • Handling incidents

  • Handling initial disclosure

  • Minimizing language

  • Assessing risks (the principles of proportionality)

  • Informing parents

  • Reporting to law enforcement or service providers

  • Needs of victims and community advocacy

  • Adverse effects on physical and mental health

  • Contextual safeguarding

  • Environmental child protection audit

  • Working with communities

  • What other resources are available?

 

Ariel Raz &     Louie Montoya, Stanford dSchool

Create an Escape Room 

(Full Day Session)

Tests only get us so far, so how might we assess skills that matter in a way that is authentic and fun? This immersive pop-up experience combines the international craze of escape rooms and the educational imperative of helping students know how well they can demonstrate crucial deeper learning skills like: mastering academic content, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and maintaining learning mindsets. You will experience this mobile puzzle room as a new form of formative deeper learning assessment, have a chance to practice giving feedback to another team, build and test your own puzzles, and leave with inspiration and tools for how to equitably assess deeper learning within your own contexts.

 

An Introduction to Design Thinking

Explore the design thinking process using an immersive, rapid cycle challenge. This highly interactive experience will have participants run through the five steps of design thinking–empathize, define, ideate, prototype & test–by focusing on a collaborative challenge. At the close of the experience we will facilitate a conversation on how to apply design thinking in a school context, and offer suggestions for implementation.

 

Design for Equity

In order to serve our students, we must consider the needs and assets of students who are furthest from opportunity. Design thinking can offer a radical new approach to addresses issues of inequity in our classrooms and schools. In this session, participants will examine how how power structures are embedded in our education system, and how they impact students. The Designing for Equity workshop will explore human-centered activities and methods for designing equitable outcomes for students, teachers and school communities.

 

  

Kevin Bartlett 

 

 

 

 

 

               Learning to Improve, Increasing our Impact:                 From Disconnected Teacher Evaluation to Systemic Professional Learning

We expend countless resources on professional development that has little learning impact and ineffectual teacher evaluation systems that do little but consume the time and energy of leaders and teachers. This session offers a comprehensive alternative to these ineffective approaches to supporting professional growth. We’ll get to grips with a flow of thinking that begins with defining learning and agreeing on learning principles, then uses these to frame a new kind of job description that drives a systemic approach to all aspects of professional learning, including goal-setting, coaching and feedback. Crucially, it is driven by a focus on student learning impact, so that we know it has value.

Presenters:  Kevin Bartlett with Mike Martell, Director, Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln, Buenos Aires mike.martell@lincoln.edu.ar

 

Focus on Learning Impact, Fight the Energy Vampires!

Here’s the pattern: we envisage an exciting learning future for our school then find that we don’t have the time or energy to do ‘the right stuff’. This workshop proposes that we have plenty of both but that we waste it on activities that have minimal learning impact. We’ll be proposing a radical rethink of how we spend our time in schools. We’ll begin by defining ‘learning impacts’ then identify the most positive learning impacts we want for all our students. We’ll then see how to redirect our time and energy towards achieving them using a simple system to lead from intended impact to final reflection. Crucially, we’ll then tackle the invasive, energy-draining ‘vampire’ activities that get in our way. We’ll question low-impact busy work such as mundane mission writing, outmoded forms of accreditation, pointless professional development, ineffective teacher evaluation, tiresome meetings and writing reports to parents. The end goal: More learning, less stress, and a ‘to-don’t’ list longer than our to-do list. Sharpen your stakes!

 

It’s Alive! Schools as Dynamic Ecosystems

Like it or not, the most relevant metaphor for many of our institutions is ‘school as factory’. Too often we’re stuck in an industrial model that is based on fundamentally false assumptions about students, learning and society. We need a new metaphor, one that allows us to re-invent schools as the powerful, positive places they can be. In this interactive, practical workshop we’ll work in teams to co-create our own versions of a new metaphor for schools as living organisms, connected ecosystems dependent for their evolution on building the key capacities of parents, boards, leaders, teachers and students. We’ll ‘Notice, Name and Nurture’ these capacities to build stronger communities. Working metaphorically is not only creative and fun, it also frees us to see schools through a different lens. While this may sound whimsical, the outcomes of this approach include clarity of respective roles and responsibilities, more symbiosis in supporting each other’s work, a greater empathy for other learning stakeholders...and other, unpredictable learning products.

 

Re-culturing Schools for Learning: Messages from the Frontline

The Common Ground Collaborative (CGC) is a growing network of schools working to increase learning impact while reducing stress on students, teachers, schools. Each school is building its own complete, customised learning ecosystem, getting everything to do with learning, leading, teaching and assessing organized, finally.

CGC maximizes conversation, minimises bureaucracy and is spreading rapidly in the AASSA Region. In this unique, collaborative session, there’ll be a brief intro to the CGC from co-founder, Kevin Bartlett, then leading AASSA school directors will share their authentic experiences from Argentina, Brazil and Guatemala as they reshape their schools for optimal learning...for everyone.

Presenters  Kevin Bartlett, CGC; Mike Johnston, Colegio Maya, Guatemala; Mike Martell, Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln, Argentina; Michael Boots, International School of Curitiba, Brazil

 

 

 

 

Lee Ann Jung

 

 

 

Standards-based Learning and Grading

(Full Day Session)

Is your school interested in making a move to standards-based learning and grading? Whether you are just beginning the conversation or are well on your way, you will gain important guidance for implementation. Come learn the fundamentals of SBL/G and the measurement principles behind it. Discover common missteps and how to avoid them. See one school's standards-based report card, learn about their journey, and have your burning questions answered.

 

Response to Instruction and Intervention: Powerful Tier 1 Through Co-Teaching

(Full Day Session)

Response to Instruction and Intervention has quickly grown in popularity in schools throughout the world. But many misconceptions and myths remain. In this session, participants will learn about high-powered universal design methods to use in Tier I instruction to support all students’ success. In particular, participants will explore the six models of co-teaching and when to apply each across all age divisions.

 

 

 

 

Diane Sweeney

 

 

 

 

 

Student-Centered Instruction in Action

In this session, participants will learn how to create a student-centered learning environment in their own classroom. We will address open vs. closed learning as well as the pursuit of productive struggle. Concrete instructional strategies will be introduced that apply in any K-12 classroom. This session is recommended for teachers, school leaders, and instructional coaches.

Session Outcomes:

  • Learn the importance of clear, student-friendly learning targets

  • Understand how to provide students with choice and still cover the content

  • Consider the role of audience in learning

  • Teach students to self assess on an ongoing basis

 

An Introduction to Student-Centered Coaching

Instructional coaches often strive to develop and use practices that ensure that their work with teachers impacts student learning. Participants will away with strategies for making instructional coaching student-centered and outcomes-based. This session is recommended for instructional coaches and school leaders, including those who would like to build a foundational understanding of student-centered coaching or those who would like to extend on what was learned during the pre-conference session.

Session Outcomes:

  • Learn the philosophy and beliefs that drive student-centered coaching

  • Understand the importance of formative assessment as a vehicle for coaching

  • Explore techniques for student-centered discourse within coaching cycles

 

Building Principal and Coach Partnerships

Have you ever wondered how to get more out of your instructional coaching program? Would you like to learn how to establish clarity around the coaching role? It’s a familiar story, we hire great teachers to be coaches and then assume that their instructional background will be enough to get them started. There is so much more to developing an effective coaching model and it begins with a partnership between the coach and school leader. This session will answer these questions by digging into the new book, Leading Student-Centered Coaching by Diane Sweeney and Ann Mausbach (June, 2018). This session is recommended for instructional coaches and school leaders.

Session Outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of the principal and coach partnership

  • Learn how to clearly define the role of the coach

  • Develop strategies for separating coaching from supervision

  • Create authentic teacher engagement in the coaching effort

 

Systems and Structures for Student-Centered Coaching

Just like teaching, effective coaching often comes down systems and structures. This session will provide practical strategies for scheduling, use of coaching logs, and the power of the Results-Based Coaching Tool as a vehicle to measure the impact of a coaching cycle. This session is recommended for instructional coaches and school leaders.

Session Outcomes:

  • Learn how to engage teachers in coaching cycles

  • Develop methods and strategies for documenting coaching conversations

  • Understand how to use the Results-Based Coaching Tool to measure teacher and student growth across a coaching cycle

 

 

 

Homa Sabet Tavengar

 

What Does It Take to Build a Global Mindset?

Why Does It Matter?

Research shows that a global mindset implies inquiry, creativity, adaptability, empathy, a sense of self, code-switching, and key subject knowledge. Jobs of the future are largely unknown, which makes the development of this mindset critical. Explore simple steps and practical tools to build global competence and learn to apply these to teaching any topic. Whether you’re looking to transform your school culture or simply to inspire staff, this session has lasting impact.

 

What Does Real Inclusion Look Like?

Fostering real inclusion goes beyond a mission toward tolerance or another burden on to-do lists, calling for deep inquiry, empathy, authenticity, and a broader view of what inclusion means. Explore the neuroscience behind bringing out the best for various temperaments, best-practices used by world-class organizations, and practical applications in classrooms: storytelling to include all voices, anti-bias techniques, how to use social media for social good, and creating/strengthening global classroom connections.

 

 

 

 

Mike Johnston

 

 

 

  

How to Change the World Through Deep Learning Experiences in Your School

(Full Day Session)

When it comes to tackling global issues in systemic ways, we need to rethink the way we do what we do. This full-day institute will walk participants through the process of tackling the most complex challenges we face as human beings. From project based learning and global issues education to service learning and inquiry-based, integrated units, we will explore how we can become focused on our purpose of being and creating agents of change. By empowering our students to become leaders that address the most intractable problems of our time we heighten the greater purpose of K-12 education. Participants will develop a profound understanding of the state of the world, what role we play in becoming the architects of our collective future, and how to lead students to become change agents. We look forward to collaborating to create greater purpose and deeper learning in our schools.

 

Connecting Students to Their Natural World – Greening Your School

What does it mean to educate for an environmentally sustainable future? How can you help students engage in personal and community change towards a greener future? Participants will learn and share what it means to truly green your school, community and internationally.  Participants will walk away with a plan for next steps in their school to increase environmental sustainability. Whether you are a classroom teacher or an administrator we all play a role in ensuring the natural world is connected to our learning program. There are so many opportunities for real authentic projects right on your school campus, how do we capture these deep learning experiences?

Embracing Complexity and Systems Thinking - Better learning - Better World

Systems’ thinking deepens learning by providing a structured and interdisciplinary method to tackle complex issues. Those attending will learn and share examples of how systems thinking can be successfully integrated into K-12 education. Compass Education aims to equip schools as learning communities to act for a sustainable future. This growing collaboration between schools not only helps to improve student learning but also creates a better world. Participants will walk away with tools, connections and next steps for deeper learning.

 

 

Santo Nicotera

 

 

 

Transformation & Transformational Learning Communities 

Cognitive development theory is accepted throughout primary and secondary education.  The educational outcomes expected of young people, as well as, the pedagogical practices employed by teachers at every level are dependent on effective application of this theory.  Everyone who works within Pre-K through grade 12 recognizes that the way young people think and make sense of their world evolves and develops over time. However, most educators don’t realize that the hearts and minds of adults are also subject to development over time.  There are both stages of adult cognitive development and transformational processes that move us from stage to stage. This workshop is a deep-dive into transformation and learning communities that support adult transformation..

 

SRI ‘Critical Friendship’ & the Professional Learning Process (90-Minute Workshop)

This workshop is a deep dive into the components and rationale of a comprehensive professional learning process implemented at CITY Center for Collaborative Learning’s three demonstration schools in Tucson, AZ.  This process is grounded in transformational learning theory/adult cognitive development. Participants will learn about the SRI ‘Critical Friendship’ model of professional learning communities and how they can be embedded effectively into a school’s professional culture along with: cycles of independent teacher inquiry; quarterly teacher-driven, school ‘edcamps’ for sharing best practices; and end-of-year teacher ‘demonstrations of learning’ – final exhibitions of teacher learning from the individual inquiry cycles.

 

Melissa Daniels

Deeper Learning through Projects

In this workshop, participants will examine models of authentic, rigorous project work and explore structures for designing meaningful project-based learning experiences for students.

 

Work that Matters: Elevating the Authenticity of Student Work

When’s the last time you did a book report in your adult life? Never, right? Too often, we ask students to “play school,” or to do work that is not present in the adult, professional world. In order to prepare our students to succeed, we must give them opportunities to do real work--work that is authentic. In this workshop, participants will examine models of authentic project work, evaluate the authenticity of student work samples, and explore ways to elevate the authenticity of student work.

 

 

Yolanda Murphy-Barrena

International Leaders Wanted: Step Up to Your Leadership Future

If you are a teacher leader, curriculum leader, year head, assistant principal, etc. in your school, or just curious to know more about leadership opportunities as a principal or head of school in the international school setting, this workshop is for you! This session will provide you with practical information on the skills, attitudes, connections and preparation options that are critical to move forward on the path to your next leadership role.  You will also be introduced to the leading recruitment agency representatives who place new leaders in schools around the world from SEARCH Associates, ISS, Carney Sandoe, CIS and more. These are key people for you to get to know. They will have the opportunity in this session to give you tips on leadership applications and connect with you personally. Your leadership journey should be as unique as you are…come join this session and STEP UP to Your Leadership Future!

 

Women & Leadership:  Expanding Your Leadership Influence

Join us for this session focused on empowering more women to realize their leadership potential within international schools around the globe.  This unique session is facilitated by a team of women who lead international schools and international educational organizations committed to closing the leadership gender gap. Focused on providing you with the confidence, strategies, networks and skills to seek out and successfully land your first principal or head of school position, this session explores a variety of topics and incorporates participant input, question and answer and an open forum for discussion grounded in the latest research and literature on women and leadership. We look forward to your participation as we explore and expand our leadership influence together! All levels of leaders are welcome!

 

 

Madeleine Maceda Heide 

Becoming A Woman of Influence:  Cultivate Your Own Voice and Don't Be Held Back

Around the world and across most industries, few women hold top leadership positions. In fact, women often hold back from stepping forward into positions of influence. This workshop is a call to examine the reasons why societies hold women back and why women hold ourselves back as well. Together we will consider ways that women can cultivate our own individual voice and develop the critical skills for becoming a woman of influence in today’s global world.

 

Bold Steps to Transform Learning through Inclusion

What bold steps are needed to lead school communities towards making the leap to serve students with learning needs? Many international schools are reluctant to serve students with learning needs or only serve those with mild to moderate needs. Using John Kotter’s 8 Steps to Accelerate Change (from his book “Accelerate”), we will explore the steps taken by Academia Cotopaxi, as well as the hurdles we faced, and the successes we experienced. Participants who are curious about how to make change happen in any area of their school will find useful material in this session and participants who are seriously considering becoming an inclusive school will be inspired!

 

 

 

Main Conference Registration Fees:

 

    Cost for staff from AASSA Full Member Schools:   $350

 

     Cost for staff from Invitational Member Schools:   $450

 

     Cost for Non-Members:              $650

 

     Cost for Exhibitors:                   $550

 

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Registration Process: 

 

 

 

Step 1:  Register for the conference here

 

  

 

Refunds for cancellations will not be processed after March 1, 2019  

 

 

 

Step 2:  Book your hotel by clicking here.  

 

The reservation deadline for all four conference hotels is March 1, 2019

 

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.  

  

 

 

We look forward to seeing you in Santiago!

 


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