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2020 AASSA Educators' Conference


Hosted by:

Graded School

Sao Paulo, Brazil


Pre-Conference:  March 17 & 18, 2020

Main Conference:     March 19-21, 2020





Pre-Conference Sessions


One and Two-Day Pre-Conference Sessions

March 17 & 18


Two-Day Sessions

1.  Child Protection, Level I

Prerequisites:  None

Description:  Response team training level I is presented by the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children subject matter experts.  The content is derived from the International Task Force for Child Protection new accreditation standards for child protection and the resources of the Education Portal.  Team participation builds sustainability and shared values essential for the creation of an ethos of prevention in your school.  Child protection response teams will understand the requirements of the accreditation standards, work thought case reviews, evaluate and create policies, and identify risks and vulnerabilities in their schools.  This workshop is a prerequisite for level II response team training.

Topics Covered:  Teams will use case reviews to understand victim and offender behavior including grooming to support their development or review of child protection policies and procedures. Supplemental policies that support prevention will be reviewed and developed by teams, such as hiring, social media and communications policies and codes of conduct. Participants will understand legal concepts and cultural implications in responding to child protection concerns. The needs of children who disclose harm will be addressed in first responder question formation. Teams will evaluate key considerations of risk mitigation and address environmental vulnerabilities through audit tools. The learning process will focus on case review, small group activities, and use of resources. Exchange and connection by role and country location will be emphasized.

Target Audience:  Response teams are comprised of child protection designates and deputies, senior leaders, counselors, nurse/medical staff, and staff with special responsibilities including early years, special needs, trips/service learning, and curriculum areas of vulnerability due to 1-to-1 contact including athletics, music and performing arts.

Objectives/Outcomes:  Teams will establish shared values around child protection and receive training in the delivery of basic knowledge to staff. Participants will understand local cultural and legal considerations and their impact on policy and procedures around mandatory reporting.  Participants will use audit process to identify policy gaps and areas of vulnerability in their schools.  Participants will create or revise child protection policies and/or supplemental policies with understanding of legal terms, national laws and accreditation standards.  Teams will identify grooming behavior and student vulnerabilities and understand the disclosure process and the importance of question formation.  School teams will work through model practices around safer hiring, trips/travel and working with parents.  Participants will understand the prerequisites of the ITFCP allegation protocol for managing allegations and the principles supporting appropriate response to an allegation of abuse.


Cost for Members: $250

Cost for Non-Members: $500

2.  Child Protection, Level II 

Prerequisites:  Level II assumes previous engagement in child protection including existing school policies, which will be assessed and updated during workshop.  Level I response team training is required.  This can be fulfilled by CIS Foundation and Deep Dive workshops.  A prework packet of approximately 1 hour of individual reading, and 1 hour of team preparation will be provided.

Description:  Response team training level II presented by subject matter experts enables school-based teams to acquire a deeper level of training to more effectively prevent, evaluate and respond to child protection concerns.  Level II training includes topics around crisis communication, working with boards and the wider community and policy review and planning time will be built into sessions.  

Topics Covered:  Level II addresses offending types and institutional vulnerabilities, compares first and second responder interviews, addresses peer abuse policies and the seven most common mistakes in child protection.  These workshops provide extensive practice on crisis communications, the ITFCP allegation protocol and case evaluation.  Risk mitigation will be covered in depth, as will topics of recovery, redress and reconciliation. Teams meet by role and country in addition to school team planning in order to share and expand model practice.

Target Audience:  Response teams are comprised of child protection designates and deputies, senior leaders, counselors, nurse/medical staff, and staff with special responsibilities including early years, special needs, trips/service learning, and curriculum areas of vulnerability due to 1-to-1 contact including athletics, music and performing arts.

Objectives/Outcomes:  Teams will develop deeper knowledge in evaluating risks and mitigating factors.  Participants will establish deeper understanding of local cultural and legal considerations and their impact on policy and procedures around mandatory reporting.  Participants will understand intentions and process of the ITFCP allegation protocol for managing allegations against adults and will apply those principles to addressing concerns related to peer-on-peer abuse.  Teams will develop nuanced decision making skills through scenario and care practice related to due process, victim support, community recovery and crisis management.

Cost for Members: $250

Cost for Non-Members: $500

Child Protection Trainers

Katia Dantas, MA

Policy Director for Latin America & the Caribbean | ICMEC

Katia Dantas manages the articulation and implementation of ICMEC’s multi-disciplinary program across her region.  Fluent in three languages, Ms. Dantas has been instrumental in raising public awareness, spurring legislative change, and implementing new initiatives through extensive collaboration with regional bodies, government representatives, and NGOs.  She has trained and presented extensively in virtually every country in her region at regional, national, and local events on the topics of sexual exploitation, child abduction/missing children, and in person and online abuse. Katia has received numerous honors and currently serves on the Brazilian Federal Police Academy Research Group on cybercrimes.  She earned her Master of International Development Policy from Duke University and brings deep legislative, cultural, and experiential knowledge of her region to training participants.

Jordan Greenbaum, MD

Child Abuse Physician | Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Medical Director

Global Initiative for Child Health & Well-Being | ICMEC

Dr. Jordan Greenbaum is a physician specializing in the field of child maltreatment, and the Medical Director of ICMEC’s Global Initiative for Child Health & Well-Being. She received her medical degree from Yale School of Medicine. She works with victims of suspected physical/sexual abuse, neglect and sex trafficking/exploitation at the Stephanie Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Dr. Greenbaum conducts research on child sex trafficking and provides training on all aspects of child maltreatment for medical and non-medical professionals working with children. She delivers training locally, nationally and internationally, working with child-serving professionals to prevent, identify and intervene in cases of suspected abuse and sex trafficking.

Jim Hulbert, JD

Partner and Consultant | The Jane Group

Jim Hulbert, J.D., is Partner at The Jane Group and a labor and employment lawyer by training. Jim manages the firm’s ongoing caseload and he is the lead consultant on governance and board matters and complex legal matters in the U.S. and throughout the world. In his role with boards, Jim works closely with board chairs and their executive committees, both remotely and on-site. He advises boards on complex issues involving leadership challenges and best practices in governance. Jim also oversees the firm’s international business. He has presented at numerous international education conferences for independent schools, including NESA, EARCOS and at The International Task Force on Child Protection in Dubai. Internationally, the firm also works with CIS, ISS, AAIE, ECIS, ICMEC, NESA and others. Jim assists international school leaders and boards in implementing crisis plans, including communications and protocols, child protection plans, risk management, employment and HR policies. He trains school leadership in crisis management including sexual misconduct issues and other highly sensitive matters.

Laurie Tasharski, MEd

Education Advisor and Training Facilitator | ICMEC

Laurie Tasharski facilitates educator training and oversees all aspects of the ICMEC Education Portal including development, review, and creation of child protection resources for international schools and youth-serving organizations. Ms. Tasharski has worked internationally for 26 years, primarily in training and education. Prior to her work in child protection she facilitated professional development and taught in national and international schools, receiving a Master of Education, First Class Honors from Trinity College, Dublin. As a contributing member of the International Task Force for Child Protection (ITFCP) she works closely with senior leaders across the international education and child protection fields and presents on a variety of child protection topics to such organizations as AAIE, AASSA, AISA, ECIS, Tri-Association, Office of Overseas Schools, ISS and CIS.

Peggy Woodard

Trainer and Consultant, Forensic Interviewer | ICMEC

Peggy Woodard is a graduate of the Florida State University School of Criminology. She was a criminal defense investigator with Georgia’s Northern Circuit Public Defender’s Office and later graduated from the Florida police academy and worked in child sex crimes investigations. Ms. Woodard retired from the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and acted as DFCS Liaison to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, working jointly with their medical child protection team and other hospital staff to assess cases of suspected child abuse and neglect. She was a member of the Georgia Task Force on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. Ms. Woodard’s 39 years of combined experience in the direct work of criminal defense investigation, child sex crimes, child welfare and broad multidisciplinary team collaboration offers an in-depth view of victims, offenders, and the partnerships needed to address child abuse and neglect.




Main Conference Overview





John Hattie

March 19, 2020





Professor John Hattie is an award-winning education researcher and best-selling author with nearly 30 years of experience examining what works best in student learning and achievement. Over the years, he has authored over 38 books, published and presented over 1200 research papers, supervised over 200 theses students to completion, and keynoted at more than 350 conferences. It is no wonder that Professor Hattie was once called “possibly the world’s most influential education academic” by the Times Educational Supplement.

Currently, he is Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, and Chair of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leaders.

His most recognized work is his Visible Learning research, the culmination of nearly 30 years of examining what works best for student learning and achievement. The Visible Learning research synthesizes more than 1,500 meta-analyses, including more than 90,000 studies involving over 300 million students around the world. Through this profound research and in partnership with Corwin, he has also developed Visible Learningplus professional development aimed at translating the groundbreaking Visible Learning research into a practical model of inquiry and evaluation for schools worldwide.

Professor Hattie has been the recipient of the Hedley Beare Award for Writing in Education (ACEL), AERA Outstanding Reviewer for Educational Research, University Teaching and Supervision Award, Inaugural Secondary Principals Association Leadership in Education Award, Computerworld Excellence Award for Use of IT in Education, and he was elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association as well as Highly Commended in the BearingPoint Awards for Innovation in Technology. He has also been awarded him with the “Order of Merit for New Zealand” for services to education by the NZ Government.

His notable publications include Visible Learning, Visible Learning for Teachers, Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn, Visible Learning into Action, Visible Learning for Mathematics, Grades K-12, and 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning.


Cindy Moss

March 20, 2020

Cindy Moss, Director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education, is charged with supporting school districts in their work to develop and deploy student initiatives to drive science, technology, engineering and math achievement nationwide.

A nationally respected thought leader in STEM education and reform, Dr. Moss brings over 31 years' experience in district leadership, classroom instruction and inquiry based learning to her work as a champion for STEM engagement and career & workforce readiness. 

Dr. Moss is a sought-after speaker on the topic of student engagement through STEM and was selected by the National Science Foundation to serve on the federal commission, which created the “National Action Plan for Addressing the Critical Needs of the US Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education System.” In 2012, Dr. Moss was recognized as one of the top “100 Women in STEM.”

Prior to joining Discovery Education, Dr. Moss served 10 years as Director of PreK-12 STEM Education for the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system, the 17th largest district in the US. Dr. Moss moved into this role after 21 years as a classroom teacher, where she received numerous awards for excellence including RadioShack’s National Teaching Award and the Milken National Educator Award.

Dr. Moss has a BS in Zoology from UNC-Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead Scholar, a Masters in Science Teaching from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in Science Curriculum and Instruction from Curtin Institute of Technology in Perth, Western Australia.


George Couros

March 21, 2020

George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is the author of the book, The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. He is a sought after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe.

George is a leader in the area of innovation, yet his focus is always on the development of leadership and people and what is best for learners. His belief that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts, is modeled in his writing and speaking. You can connect with George on his blog, The Principal of Change (georgecouros.ca) or through Twitter @gcouros. 






Call for Workshop Presentation Proposals


We are currently accepting the proposals for

workshops from educators and supporting partners:


1.  Educator Workshops

            Evaluation Rubric  


2.   Partner Workshops 



All proposals are to be submitted online by:

October 4, 2019



Rankings of workshops by Heads of School are due into AASSA by November 1, 2019


Heads of School:  Ranking of Workshops Form  



Main Conference Registration Fees:



Regular Registration

     Registration cost for staff from AASSA Member Schools:   $425

Register by February 14, 2020


Late Registration

Registration cost for staff from AASSA Member Schools:   $475

Deadline to register is February 28, 2020


*Distinguished Schools receive 2 free AASSA event registrations per year



Registration cost for staff from Non-Member Schools:   $950

Deadline to register is February 28, 2020


AASSA Partner Exhibitor

Registration cost for staff from Partner Members:   $550

Deadline to register is February 28, 2020


Non-Partner Exhibitor

Registration cost for staff from Non-Partners:   $2,000

Deadline to register is February 28, 2020


*Gold Partners receive 1 free AASSA event registration per year

**Platinum Partners receive 2 free AASSA event registrations per year


Click HERE to become an AASSA Partner



Registration Process: 




Step 1:  Register for the conference (registration will open in the fall, but book your hotel now to reserve a discounted room at one of our Conference Hotels)



Refunds for cancellations will not be processed after February 28, 2020




Step 2:  Book your hotel by clicking here  




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 Sao Paulo!


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