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2018 AASSA Educators' Conference

Hosted by:

American School of Quito

Manuel Benigno Cueva N80-190 Urb. Carcelen

Quito, Ecuador


The Power of Yet, a phrase coined by Carol Dweck, is simply about teachers and students having a “growth mindset”:  celebrating that we are all on a learning journey and believing that we all have the ability to improve.  This hopeful mindset sees success as a future result of engaging with and learning from one’s mistakes. 

This is in stark contrast to the “fixed mindset” which has typically defined the educational process—a mindset based in “the tyranny of now” which defines a student’s result at a given point in time as either a success or a failure.  This approach has encouraged students to run away from their errors,  seek constant validation and rewards for their efforts, or brand themselves a failure and give up.   

Carol Dweck’s research has shown that the concept of “not yet” has resulted in students embracing challenges, learning from their errors, and persisting in the face of setbacks.  They come to see effort as a pathway to mastery—an idea reinforced by Malcolm Gladwell’s research that expertise develops only after about 10,000 hours of practice.  The ultimate result of teaching from the vantage point of “the power of yet” is that students develop the confidence and resiliency so as to persevere and progress.

Please take a look at the video - 2018 Conference Teaser: Reaching the Summit for further information on the theme and we hope to see you in Quito!



In order to serve conference participant needs better we built an app to access on mobile devices and laptops. To access the app and view all schedules, sessions, presenters, events, etc, please click the link below:


Please note that there will not be a printed program for this conference and the app will be your only source of comprehensive conference information so please access it using the above link. 


PDF Schedules

Link to Pre-Conference Schedules

March 20 - 21, 2018

Links to Main Conference Schedules (below)

Thursday, March 22: Practitioner Workshops

Friday, March 23: Featured Presenters & Cohorts

Saturday, March 24: Featured Presenters & Edcamp




Pre-Conference Sessions


Two-Day Pre-Conference Sessions

March 20 & 21, 2018


1.  AAIE Innovation Leadership Certificate Session 

Shabbi Luthra & Kevin Crouch

Create new innovations for your school and build your innovation capacity to lead! The AAIE Innovation Leadership Certificate program is for school leaders who want to learn how to grow innovation capacity through creating school innovations designed to meet the needs of their students and impact their schools. Participants will gain the skills and resources to create and implement real innovations within their school by learning the systematic approach to identifying and optimizing unique innovation opportunities. Join us to accelerate your change drivers, develop your essential conditions, create a unique implementation plan and foster a culture of innovation to lead your school’s innovation journey! All participants who complete this 2-day learning experience will receive the AAIE Certificate of Innovation Leadership and access to the online AAIE Innovation Leadership Discussion Group for ongoing support and sharing throughout their innovation leadership experience.

Learning Objectives:

Part 1 – Accelerate Your Change

• Design Thinking Skills & Processes

• Prototyping Skills and Processes

This certificate program is designed to equip school leaders with the knowledge and skills required to create new innovations for their school communities. Participants learn a systematic approach to identifying important learning opportunities and designing prototypes customized for their unique school contexts. Participants customize individual plans for leading their prototypes at their schools and take away guidelines, templates and customized action plans they have designed to impact student learning at their school.

Part 2 – Develop Your Essential Conditions

• Establishing & Growing the Essential Conditions for Successful Innovation

Participants are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to establish and grow a culture for innovation at their schools. The Essential Conditions for successful school innovation are developed through their experience leading prototypes they design during Part 1. Participants learn how to grow, develop and leverage the different Essential Conditions to support specific prototypes and foster a culture of innovation in their schools. Participants take away tools, resources and custom action plans for strategically establishing and growing the Essential Conditions at their school.  Progress and ongoing expert support are provided online following the event via the AAIE Innovation Leadership Discussion Group. 

Part 3 – Share Your Story of Innovation (Optional Publication)

Participants are encouraged to document their innovation leadership journey and tell their story after a year of leading the implementation, by writing an article for the internationally published AAIE InterED magazine or the AAIE Leadership CONNECTOR newsletter. Photos, videos and all creative means of sharing are welcome!

Registration Cost: $325


2.  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, March 20 


NIAAA Course 901:  Introduction to International School Athletic Program Administration 

The flagship course of Leadership Training serves as an overview for international interscholastic athletic administration and the importance of such programs in these school settings. This course introduces the philosophy of educational athletics then focuses on the role, tasks, and purpose of an athletic administrator in an international school.  Participants who will derive greatest benefit: Current International School Athletic Administrators, and those planning to move into an International School AA position.

The course also previews the NIAAA Leadership Training Institute and Certification Program. It is a prerequisite for all levels of certification and includes study materials for the CAA Certification Examination.


  • Sports administration entities
  • IIAAA history and relationships with NIAAA & CIAAA
  • Overview of 902 & 903 units
  • rules/governing bodies

Afternoon:  Round table discussion

Participants will be involved in exploring the role of the Athletic Administrator in Central and South America.  Round table sessions will be incorporated to discuss the role, challenges and opportunities and begin discussions on how schools within the AASSA region can support each other’s programs. 

Topics to be discussed:

  • Handbooks
  • Child protection
  • Social Media
  • Tournament structures
  • Seasons or year round programs

Questions to be addressed:

  • Could Central and South America conferences merge?
  • What opportunities are available for all schools throughout the AASSA region?
  • What support is needed for your program? 

Wednesday, March 21


NIAAA course 902: Principles, Strategies & Methods

This course takes a basic approach to the fundamentals and methods of international athletic administration.  It educates athletic administrators regarding potential problems and possible solutions in the areas of budgets, logistics, scheduling, parent/student/coach conflicts & communications.  The course also provides sample athletic/activity department organizational charts, activity procedures/checklists, public relations, and emergency plans.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Inexperienced athletic administrators seeking to define and improve their operational procedures.

Main Topics:

  • Logistics
  • Budgeting
  • Scheduling
  • Communications

Afternoon:  Round table discussion continues

Cost for Staff from AASSA Full Member Schools:  $260 

Cost for Staff from Invitational Member Schools:  $280

Cost for Non-Members:  $300


One-Day Pre-Conference Sessions

Wednesday, March 21

1.  Instructional Coaching

Shannon Beckley

Continuous learning and growth is the heart of our work as educators.  This year’s conference theme, “The Power of Yet” exemplifies that our organizations are at their healthiest when everyone, teachers and staff included, is learning.  This pre-conference session is designed as an interactive venue for professional growth and as a forum for extending ideas about the ways in which instructional coaches, teacher leaders, school administrators, and curriculum directors support teacher learning that improves student outcomes.  Whether you are an experienced instructional coach, aspiring coach, or an educator who supports coaches, this session is for you. 

Session Outcomes:

Participants in this session will

  • Connect with AASSA region instructional coaches & colleagues through professional networking;
  • Engage in robust professional learning experiences through the use of collaborative processes and protocols that can be replicated to support teacher learning at their own school site;
  • Know the conditions and components necessary for instructional coaching to be successful;
  • Analyze and practice essential coaching skills and techniques;
  • Acquire tools, templates, and resources to support coaching planning and work; and
  • Contribute to the design and development of the agenda through online surveys and communications prior to the face-to-face conference session.

This session focuses on the skills and techniques that coaches employ (observation, feedback, protocols, principles of adult learning, conversational tools) to support teacher learning that impacts student achievement.  It will not focus on specific content areas (eg, literacy coaching, technology coaching). 

Cost for staff from AASSA Full Member Schools:  $150

Cost for staff from Invitational Member Schools:  $ 175

Cost for Non-Members:  $200


2.  Supporting and Measuring Growth For Students

with Learning Differences

Lee Ann Jung

Teachers are facing unprecedented challenges in providing students with disabilities access to the general curriculum. With the focus on standards-based curricula, educators are under increasing pressure to mesh individualized student goals with standards. In this session, participants will learn about an intervention planning and progress-monitoring tool that teams of educators can use with students with learning differences and those receiving tiered intervention in an RTIi model. Participants will learn to take curriculum standards and define measurable objectives, individualize evidence-based intervention strategies, and set up easy-to-use, quantitative progress records. The resulting intervention plan is one that streamlines intervention and data collection so that they are a natural part of everyday classroom routines.


Participants in this session will:

(1) develop meaningful, measurable goals that are based on individual needs and     Common Core Standards, 

(2) select the appropriate data collection type for measuring progress on individualized goals, 

(3) design an intervention plan and progress record to be used in daily routines 

Cost for Staff from AASSA Full Member Schools:  $150

Cost for Staff from Invitational Member Schools:  $175

Cost for Non-Members:  $200


3.  Promoting Social Justice and Equity through Bilingualism

 Marina Castro (WIDA) 

This one-day institute focuses on curriculum design for bilingual programs through a standards-based systems approach.  Participants will learn about the WIDA dual standards framework for language development to examine the use of Spanish and English as the languages of instruction in bilingual programs. Then, through hands-on activities, participants will apply the framework to the various stages of the teaching and learning cycle as they plan for classroom instruction and assessment. Reflection opportunities will be available throughout the day for educators to connect the new learning to their own context and their personal practice.


Cost for Staff from AASSA Full Member Schools:  $150

Cost for Staff from Invitational Member Schools:  $175  

Cost for Non-Members:  $200


4.  Google Apps for Education Workshop & Certification

Monica Martinez & Ken Shelton

Ready to level up? Want to get your Google Educator Certification? The Google Apps for Education workshop is intended for educators who are ready to ramp up their skills and explore innovative ways to implement the use of Google tools into their classrooms. Each section of this workshop includes an interactive overview, top tips from the Google Apps for Education Training Center, hands-on activities, and inspiring ideas for how to use Google Apps for teaching, learning, and professional collaboration. The activities are flexible, designed to help users quickly understand the "core magic" of each app - and to challenge veteran users by revealing features and innovative uses they never imagined. The experience is grounded in Google culture, complete with high-energy fast-paced demonstrations and challenging activities that can truly be called "hard fun." There is no better preparation for teaching and learning with Google Apps.

Learning Outcomes:

  • discover Google Apps settings, tips, and tricks
  • learn different ways to implement Google apps into the curriculum
  • build up your toolkit with the latest resources
  • expand your learning network

Who is a good fit for this workshop:

  • educators looking to integrate technology into the classroom
  • teachers who are using Google Apps in the classroom and are ready to take their skills to the next level

Registration and payment for Google Apps for Education is done directly online through the link below:


 (includes cost of Google Educator Level 1 & 2 exams + Course)

Early Bird Registration Fee: $250 until January 21, 2018

After January 21st Registration Fee: $275


5.  Focusing on Growth: NWEA Data Coaching

 Pat Reeder 

During this workshop, participants will engage in advanced data conversations to examine and apply longitudinal MAP growth data. A variety of formative and data conversation tools will be used to identify both strengths and areas for growth.  Participants will explore and apply advanced MAP reports and resources aimed toward support of student growth and personalization of the educational experience. 

Participants will explore growth patterns at various levels including student, classroom, grade/content, and school. The activities in this workshop are designed to show how to apply best practices to support participants in the interpretation and application of MAP data for student growth over time, and to impact goals for school improvement plans. While not an absolute requirement, this workshop is designed for schools with multiple years of MAP data and is designed to move data use to the next level to support student growth and achievement.

Session Learning Targets:

1. Define growth and identify how growth is measured and reported in MAP

2. Build a framework for analyzing growth data and writing goals to meet the needs of students, classrooms, grades/subjects, and schools

3. Understand various tools and resources needed for deeper analysis of MAP data and the application of best practices in use of these tools

4. Use a collaborative inquiry protocols to dialogue about data, and consider their own culture of data use

Cost for staff from AASSA Full Member Schools: $175

Cost for staff from Invitational Member Schools:  $200

Cost for Non-Members: $250


Main Conference Overview




Lee Crockett

(March 22)

The Power of Yet, The Tyranny of Now

How do you see the world? How do you see others? Has something ever happened that you wish had a different outcome? What is the tomorrow you are creating today?  Let’s explore our connection to each other and life, while we confront the default future and set our intention to be open to possibilities.


Sara Wilkie

(March 23)

TEDX: The Constant of Change: Lessons to be Learned from a 100-year Journey...

What skills, habits and attitudes transcend generational revolutions: the industrial age, the information age, the age of innovation and the age of tomorrow? How should we be asking today’s learners to invest their time and thinking, and how can we ensure these investments will pay off in this increasingly rapid pace of change?


Lee Crockett

(March 24)

Language of Possibilities

When you leave this conference, what is the change you will make in the world? With all the challenges and obstacles that await us in our daily lives, how will we ensure the time spent here will be an investment in the future for our learners? In the opening session, we set our intention to be open to possibilities. Now, in this session, let’s ensure we realize those possibilities. 


Monica Martinez


(March 24)

 Creating Culture by Design

When activity doesn’t equal achievement and learners process information at their own pace, in their own way, how are you setting the stage for learning? By being purposeful with the actions we take, we can create a culture that embraces the life skills needed to be self-directed lifelong learners. 


Main Conference Featured Presenters' Sessions




Beth Pfannel



Yolanda Murphy-Barrena





Women, Diversity and Leadership:

The Power of the Pipeline 

This workshop will review race and gender representation in leadership pipelines. Participants will learn strategies on how best to discover core strengths and weaknesses,tactics for building effective networks, and important distinctions between mentors and sponsors and networks and communities. This workshop is open to everyone (men and women).

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, networking and preparation options that are critical to move forward on the path to your next leadership role. You will also be connected to AAIE Affiliate Members who are the leading recruitment agency representatives from companies such as 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 be introduced, 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!



Ken Shelton

(EdTech Team)






Multimedia Design and Storytelling

Storytelling can serve as a useful mechanism in a myriad of pedagogical ways. Whether it be through instruction, assessment, or even knowledge representation the foundational methodologies in producing meaningful and engaging stories are the same. The purpose of this workshop is to look at the pedagogy behind developing and producing rich multimedia content. We will look at the principal elements of design for effective storytelling as well as the production of meaningful stories. Each participant will make several different projects aligned with Image Design, Digital Storytelling, and Video Production.

Storytelling, Creativity, and Communication through Effective Presentation Design

This fun-filled, interactive, and engaging presentation is designed to provide all attendees the strategies, techniques, and methodologies for producing effective presentations.The methodologies, design principles, and examples covered are applicable to any presentation format and can be utilized on a variety of presentation platforms.

Visual Literacy and Visual Storytelling 

This workshop primarily focuses on the areas of digital age literacy from a variety of perspectives. First, the session addresses the need for students to develop appropriate digital age fluency as well as represent their knowledge in a creative and innovative manner. For teachers, this session provides strategies for developing a myriad of digital age learning environments in which the focus can be anything from project-based to utilizing these methodologies for assessment. The curricular foundations addressed in this session primarily focus on elements of narrative writing, visual thinking strategies, observational literacy, applying techniques for a well sequenced story of events, and making strategic use of media.

Making Thinking Visible Through Design

A Design session that will make you think more deeply about how we design our learning experiences. Learn how the process of Design and “rapid prototyping” can be applied to any learning environment. The power of Pedagogy in the process.


Lee Ann Jung



Assessment, Grading & Feedback: A Powerful GPS to Support All  Learners

(Full Day Session)

In this interactive session, participants will consider the challenge of leading significant changes in assessment, grading, and feedback necessary to support deep student learning. We will explore the guiding principles of mastery learning and  ways to use new paradigms, including principles of standards-based learning and grading, to support our assessment practices to prepare learners for lifelong success. Participants will also learn to use a 5-step inclusive grading model for grading and reporting achievement of students with learning differences in a way that is fair, meaningful, and legally defensible.The model is appropriate for students with disabilities, English learners, and those receiving intensive intervention in an RTI model.

Toward Meaningful Learning Support & Inclusion in International Education

(Full Day Session)

The curricular rigor in international education poses real challenges for schools aiming to meaningfully include students with learning differences and developmental delays. All too often, the focus of learning support time must be spent ensuring the student completes the high-level assignments required in the subject areas. But where do we find the time to “pause” the hectic schedule and use evidence-based practices to teach the critical skills these students need for long term success? In this session, participants will engage in group discussion and sharing on this topic after learning 3 necessary components of learning support for meaningful inclusion.



Lee Crockett



Mindfulness and Heart Communication

Mindfulness is a term tossed around today without mindfulness. It brings images of a practitioner sitting on a cushion blocking out the world and thinking of nothing. In reality, it is the complete opposite; it is about being open to unlimited possibility and creating a bright future for all beings.  Let’s look at the practice and purpose of mindfulness from the perspective of Buddhism and begin to understand the deeper meaning behind this practice.

Future-Focused Learning:  10 Essential Shifts of Practice

In this session, we’ll look at inspiring examples of the solutions-focused ingenuity students are demonstrating in innovative learning environments including STEM, inquiry, and PBL utilizing Solution Fluency to cultivate ethical, responsible Global Digital Citizens taking positive action and striving together to solve problems that matter. Together we’ll learn the 10 Essential Shifts of Practice we can start doing today to give our children a solutions-focused edge for creating a better tomorrow.

Lynn Notarainni and

Barbara Field

(Curriculum Associates)

Charting the Course of a Child's Development Through Smarter Assessment

This interactive session will provide teachers the opportunity to share their assumptions and experiences using formative assessment.  The goal is to provide tools that identify educational needs early and build a strong foundation for conceptual development.  Physical, emotional, and academic parameters will be investigate in the long term formation of the whole child.

Madeleine Maceda Heide

Creating a Culture of Innovation and Transformation: An Ideation Mash-Up

We live in a time of rapid change! Schools must re-invent themselves in order to better meet the changing needs of students and avoid becoming irrelevant. Moving away from traditional notions of school is not easy. In order to design new notions of school, we need to strengthen our ability to be creative, to think innovatively and to sustain an open mindset. In this session, participants will experience one step of the Design Thinking process - an Ideation Mash-Up - as a tool to spark innovation and begin changing our mindsets towards innovation. Fun, fast-paced and super creative!

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 leadership roles or into positions of influence. I will explain the various reasons why societies hold women back, as well as why women hold ourselves back. I’ll examine those reasons, discuss the role men play, and then offer ways that all women can cultivate our own individual voice and develop the critical skills for becoming a woman of influence in today’s global world.

Mariana Castro



Accessibility through an Assets-Based Philosophy 

This workshop will address issues of access to content and meaningful participation in teaching and learning for all students, regardless of their level of English language proficiency.  Participants will discuss access through differentiation of the instructional environment, processes and products while maintaining rigor and challenging cognitive engagement during teaching and learning activities.  Participants will use the WIDA Can Do descriptors as sample tools to support accessibility through hands-on activities and opportunities for application and reflection.  

Formative Language Assessment

This workshop will introduce the process of formative language assessment as an alternative source for data about language use.  This workshop is right for educators who do not find summative data specific enough to inform every day planning or for those who would like to collect additional data throughout the school year. During the workshop, a cycle for formative language assessment will be shared along with opportunities for participants to discuss the selection of appropriate assessment tasks and assessment tools.

Translanguaging: Leveraging the Language Practices of Multilingual Students 

This workshop discusses language practices of multilingual individuals and their impact in teaching and learning.  Participants will be invited to explore language use of multilingual students through a critical lens to answer questions related to access and engagement in challenging teaching and learning classroom experiences.  During this session, participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the latest literature and research related to translanguaging and discuss findings from research across various international settings.

 Monica Martinez





Google A - Z

Just when you think you've covered the Google suite of apps, one more tools emerges. Join me in this fast-paced session as I share even more great free Google unknown gems. Attendees will walk away with an extensive list of tools that are easy to setup and use in your classrooms today.

Google Apps Tips and Tricks

Become a "Google Power User" by learning some advanced tips and tricks. During this session we'll cover settings, labs, third-party add-ons, and advanced features that will take your technical skills and use of Google tools to a new level.

Everyone is An Artist with These Tools

Do your pictures, movies and projects look sort of blah? Come play with user friendly free web tools and apps that will transform your work into a professional landscape. Bring your mobile phones and laptops!!

Going Mobile with Google

Learn what you can and can’t do with Google tools on your mobile devices (iOS platforms). During this session we will explore both Google mobile apps and browser access to your Google tools. Get ready for total Google mobile integration! (An iPad, iPhone or iPod is recommended for a hands-on experience.)

Sara Wilkie


Learning to Learn:  The “Why Bother?” of Documentation and Reflection

We don’t learn from our experiences, we learn from reflecting on our experiences.” – John Dewey

This session supports preschool learners through adult learners. Participants will develop their individual roadmaps for implementing documentation and reflection on a daily basis. Discussion and examples of successful efforts will be the focus of the session. The key elements of documentation and reflection include the meta-cognitive skills of:

  • Questioning as a guide for learning
  • Reflecting on effort and achievement
  • Self-monitoring and self-assessment 
  • Sharing learning with the world 

 #Q2Learn: Students Driving Their Thinking & Learning through Questioning; The Essence of an Innovative Learning Environment

The Common Core and other standards are demanding students stake a “Claim” and find “Evidence”.  Is that enough? Or do students also need to ask questions, identify problems and share thinking?  Students making their own meaning is not a new idea, but the advent of the Internet has reintroduced it as a growing tenet of innovative and thoughtful learning environments. Today our challenge is to collectively determine how to provide learners the time, confidence and mental space to create meaning.  

Inspired by Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile, this session is specifically designed to consider effective questioning techniques and student-led discussion strategies as vehicles for advancing student learning rather than for assessing or checking their understanding.  

Join this highly engaging session, as we explore strategies and share resources for developing questioning and thinking routines:

  • to make students’ questions and thinking more accessible for exploring, discussing and connecting
  • to enhance student-led discussions where all students are engaged in the conversation and thinking
  • to nurture a learning culture of inquirers, thinkers, communicators and risk takers
Learning by Design - Less (Teaching) is More (Learning):  Helping Learners Realize the True Potential and Power of "Yet"!

One of the arts of teaching is knowing when to lead, when to help, and when to let the students figure it out themselves. We take the cliché about being the guide on the side seriously. But, how do you really move from learner dependence to independence in any environment? 

Based off our lessons learned from creating Thinkering Studio and our popular Master Class, Less (Teaching) Is More (Learning), this session will engage participants in a strategy-building session of how to seed (start), scaffold and grow student-owned learning (and survive!). Don’t expect one-size-fits-all answers – but questions, strategies, possibilities, examples, and maybe a few awkward (reflective) silences…

Whatever your role, please join us as we explore ways to:

• Engage and empower learners as critical thinkers, questioners, collaborators, connectors and creators of content

•Challenge learners to mine mistakes, wrong turns and “failures for the richer learning opportunities embedded within

• Build student repertoire of problem-solving strategies

• (re)Imagine the increasing range of teacher and student roles in the learning process

• Identify and consider critical and recursive elements of building culture and learning design that support students as they develop habits of practice

• Consider resources to scaffold the process and build capacity of all learners over time

Shoshana Blauer


Telling Your Story with Growth Data: MAP and AdvancED

For some schools, connecting your existing MAP data to the intent of the AdvancED standards can feel like a [?]Not Yet[?] journey. Embrace the challenge and walk through the various reports you already have and see how they connect to Learning, Leadership, and Resource Capacity!

Silvia Tolisano

Social Media for International Educators

Social Media for international educators has gone beyond "nice to use" to stay in touch with family and friends back home. Social Media has become a vital strategy for professional development, a professional opportunity to experience contemporary literacies and an important stepping stone of what is yet to come. We will explore social media strategies, syntax, semantics, different platforms, social media storytelling, becoming a brand ambassador for your school, social media content creation, showcasing and promoting your students' work to parents, community members and a global network. 

Digital Portfolios and Documenting Learning

Digital portfolios have arrived in schools.  No matter the platform, (SeeSaw, Blog, Google site, etc.), the type (process, showcase or hybrid), or purpose (assessment, visible thinking, global communication hub), documenting learning is a strategy to amplify digital portfolio work. We will explore the documenting learning types, framework, learningflow routine and how they support the development of your professional or your students' digital portfolio. We will look at specific text, audio, video and image tools to amplify learning through documentation.

Sue Easton

(The PTC)


Leadership Tools for Teacher Leaders

Are you a department head, grade level leader, committee chair, or in some other role where you lead other teachers?

Join us as we learn about and practice three key tools for ensuring that your team, and your meetings, run effectively.

Curriculum Design for Teacher Leaders

Are you a department head, grade level leader, committee chair, or in some other role where you lead other teachers? Do you work on developing, implementing and/or monitoring the curriculum?

Join us as we learn about and practice three key strategies for ensuring that your curriculum supports and enhances student learning.

Assessment Alignment for Teacher Leaders

Are you a department head, grade level leader, committee chair, or in some other role where you lead other teachers? Do you work on creating effective assessments, using assessment data to make instructional and/ or programmatic decisions, and/or looking at student work to enhance student learning?

Join us as we learn about and practice three key strategies for ensuring that your assessment practices support and enhance student learning.

Supporting Continuous Growth for Teacher Leaders

Are you a department head, grade level leader, committee chair, or in some other role where you lead other teachers? Do you work with teams or individuals to support continuous professional growth, through professional dialogue, peer observation, or more formal professional development practices? 

Join us as we learn about and practice three key strategies for supporting continuous growth for your faculty.

Patricia Handly

(Center for The Collaborative Classroom)

Inside the Collaborative Classroom: Student -Centered Literacy Learning 

Please join us for an interactive session where we will use discussion, video and a model reading lesson to explore the following questions:

  • How do I build community in my literacy class and promote students’ social and emotional development?
  • What key teaching practices support student voice, engagement and literacy learning? 
  • How can social- emotional learning be seamlessly integrated with academics? 
  • How can I build upon students’ intrinsic motivation and engagement in the literacy classroom? 

You will leave this session with tools and enthusiasm to build your collaborative literacy classroom!

Educating the Whole Child: Establishing the Teaching Practices for Social-Emotional Learning

Studies on Social Emotional Learning have yielded multiple benefits. For example, explicitly teaching children the social skills of collaboration resulted in 11 percent gains in both achievement test scores and in student grades (Durlak, 2011). 

Please join us in this interactive session where we will:

  • Review the SEL research
  • Explore the social-emotional competencies
  • Learn the teaching practices for social-emotional learning
  • Envision ways to look at your school through a cooperative and collaborative lens

You will return to you school with a renewed commitment to embrace the power of social-emotional learning as a pathway to social, emotional AND academic achievement!

Relationships:  The Heart of Literacy Learning

The research is compelling – alongside academic knowledge, building relationships is central to productive learning.

Please join us in this interactive session where we will explore and experience the important role relationships play in becoming literate. Through dialogue, video clips and an a article read, we will demonstrate how to add even more HEART to literacy learning! 

Teach~Play~Love! : Teaching Our Youngest Readers

  • Which foundational skills and strategies do our K-2 learners need to become independent readers and learners?

  • Which teaching practices develop a love and appreciation of reading and help our youngest learners see themselves as readers and writers and members of a caring classroom community?

  • How can we help teachers manage these practices?

  • How do we differentiate for the diverse levels in our K–2 classrooms?

Please join us as we answer these questions and explore both the research and Instructional practices designed to build a strong literacy foundation for all children. 



Main Conference Registration Fees:

    Cost for staff from AASSA Full Member Schools:   $325

     Cost for staff from Invitational Member Schools:   $375

     Cost for Non-Members:              $425

     Cost for Exhibitors:                   $300



Registration Process: 




Step 1:  Register for the conference here



Registration is now closed!



After February 19th, refunds for cancellations will not be processed  

Step 2:  Book your hotel by clicking here.  

Hotel Quito reservations deadline is February 15th

NH Hotel registration is closed!

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.  


The American School of Quito is a 'green' school and we will provide a water bottle for each participant.  



We look forward to seeing you in Quito!


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