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ACAMIS 6th Annual Middle Managers Conference

Date: May 5-6, 2017, Monday and Tuesday

Time: 8:30 - 16:30, both days, inclusive of lunch and tea breaks

Location: Dulwich College Beijing

Our Goal: For participants to leave ACAMIS's 6th Annual Middle Managers Conference with the tools and confidence to design and implement interdisciplinary projects in a collaborative environment built on shared values, goals and interdependency.

Our Ideal Audience: New Team Leaders, Grade Level Leaders, Coordinators, Administrators, Department Heads, and Directors; both Academic and Non-Academic. It is highly recommended schools register teams of 2-6 people that will be to plan and implement an interdisciplinary project. Below are two examples of the types of teams that will benefit from this workshop:

Academic Interdisciplinary Team Example:

Sample Team: 7th Grade Math, Science and Humanities

Sample Theme: Third Culture Identity

Essential Question: What is third culture identity and how do we communicate our own identities to an audience?

Interdisciplinary Project: A cross-curricular team consisting of Math, Science and Humanities will guide students to create and publish a professional Ibook on their identities to be shared with 6th grade students to help them understand their developing identities.

Relevant Subject Matter: Narrative Writing, Statistics, Scientific Method, Data analysis, Cultural Universal Traits, Literary Analysis

Timeline: 6 weeks (September - November)

Non-Academic Interdisciplinary Team Example:

Sample Team: Admissions, Communications, Facilities Management, Finance and Marketing

Sample Theme: Declining Enrolment

Essential Question: What strengths do parents value about our school and how can we leverage those strengths to differentiate our school's marketing strategies to attract more families, as well as empower our existing parents to become more proactive in advocating on behalf of the school?

Interdisciplinary Project: The team will define the market in which they compete and benchmark their school versus other schools in that market based on feedback from parents using the following criteria: Tuition, Location, Facilities, Marketing Reach, Curriculum, Cultural Diversity and Brand Identity.

Relevant Subject Matter: Admissions, Communications Facilities Management, Finance and Marketing

Timeline: 6 weeks (September - November)

Welcome to the Middle Managers Conference!

The ACAMIS annual Middle Managers Conference helps both academic and non-academic leaders adapt their leadership skills and strengths to the unique obstacles they'll face in the upcoming school year.

Whether you are a facilitator, delegator, evaluator, or "take no prisoners" type of leader, the lessons taught during this two-day conference will help you mitigate dysfunction, handle challenging conversations, and more effectively manage your team.

Led by Michael Iannini and Kyle Wagner - two of Greater China' foremost leadership and innovation consultants for international schools - the instruction provided will leave you with tools and strategies to:

  • Lead interdisciplinary change initiatives;
  • Foster greater team interdependency; and
  • Effectively manage and evaluate projects.

Each day of the conference will kick-off with the introduction of a specific theme and keynote address, after which, participants will break out into pre-arranged groups organized by either vertically (paired with those in Academic and Non-Academic leadership roles). These breakout sessions will give participants a greater appreciation of challenges leadership face across the school, as well as the freedom to reflect, unpack, and discuss skills with peers in similar roles.

At the end of each day, we'll wrap up with a presentation from each group highlighting their knowledge, talking points, and practical applications for interdisciplinary practices.

Speakers' Biographies

Michael Iannini is an affiliated CIS consultant with the following areas of expertise:

  • Appraisal and professional development
  • Leadership training
  • School governance
  • Strategic planning

His journey in education began 20 years ago as a research assistant at Arizona State University's (ASU's) Child Development Laboratory, where he honed his talent for developmental education. Following the conclusion of his tenure at ASU, Michael went on to work as a consultant for the Children's Action Alliance and the Arizona State Government, sharing key insights on how to help children with special learning requirements.

Since moving to Asia, Michael has partnered with a number of Not-for-Profit Organization, International Schools, and Chinese Bilingual schools to develop curriculum, train teachers, create parent engagement strategies, and consult leadership on staff capacity building strategies. His exhaustive efforts have helped nurture a long and mutually beneficial relationship with ACAMIS' network of schools.

As a consultant, Michael's main focus is helping schools help students through the arts of collaboration, consensus building, and successful organization management. His diverse work experience (which spans the United States, China, India, and Hong Kong) has given him the ability to satisfy the needs of a diverse groups, develop cross-cultural leadership skills, and establish effective communication strategies.

Kyle Wagner is a school transformation and innovative learning consultant with the following areas of expertise:

  • Program development
  • Project-based and cross-curricular learning development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Innovative learning practices

Kyle is a visionary educator with over 13 years of experience in innovative learning environments and transformational school settings. His journey began 13 years ago at one of the premier project-based learning schools in the world, High Tech High, where he designed and implemented rigorous and relevant projects for middle school students. After completing his Masters int eh Graduate program in teacher leadership, with a focus on student-centered classrooms, he made his big move abroad to China.

Since moving to China, Kyle has worked with leadership teams to plan and implement innovative programs to best align with strategic plans. He co-founded Futures Academy at the International School of Beijing, helping the leadership team develop curriculum, hire and train staff, and coordinate project-management; and has led several two-day workshops for site and teacher leaders to create collaborative, cross-curricular teams.

As a consultant, Kyle's main focus is to help schools realize their vision, and implement simple structures to improve student learning.

Day 1

7:45-8:10Keynote - Michael IanniniFostering Interdependency
"A group of staff members who are determined to work together will find a way." Richard Dufour. Ensuring regular and effective communication that constantly challenges how we work and collaborate requires a common sense of purpose, shared values and a lot of trust. Research defining the form of collaboration that improves schools and the data that supports why we need to raise the bar of what should be expected from our teams will be the focus of our introduction.
8:30-10:00Defining PurposeCultivate success by building consensus and ensuring a common understanding about the Team's Purpose.
10:15-12:15Collaborative CommunicationDemonstrating communication skills to foster greater collaboration; learning to work and communicate effectively in culturally diverse teams.

Participants will be separated into Academic and Non-Academic streams.

1:00-3:00 Change Management Our capacity to effect change is often restricted by stakeholders and operational factors beyond our control. In this module we will learn how to create a sense of urgency with proven communication tools and build the foundation for successful change initiatives.
3:15-4:30DebriefReflect, Synthesize and Connect to Practice

Day 2

TimeActivity Purpose
7:45-8:10Coffee and PastriesSocialize and Connect
8:10-8:30Keynote - Kyle WagnerInterdisciplinary
The world outside of school thrives on global interdependencies. At Apple, the product engineer in California must communicate regularly with the manufacturing team in Zigong, China. Yet our schools still exist in isolated silos. This keynote will explore how one school has broken the chains of isolation by creating collaborative teaching teams that use interdisciplinary learning to reach the school's shared values and vision.

Participants will be separated into Academic and Non-Academic streams, then grouped into interdisciplinary teams to connect theory to practice by planning interdisciplinary projects.

8:30-10:00Project DesignLearnand use the key components for interdisciplinary project design including project scope, backwards planning, and project timelines to design your own project.
10:15-12:15Project ManagementTools and strategies for collaborative interdisciplinary project management - inclusive of physical and digital tools.
1:00-3:00Project EvaluationHow to assess curricular and 21st century skill standards in interdisciplinary projects
3:15-4:30DebriefReflect, Synthesize and Connect to Practice

ACAMIS 6th Annual Middle Managers Conference Friday, May 5, 2017 - Saturday, May 6, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
For more information contact: Michael Iannini
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Event Details
When: Friday, May 5, 2017 to Saturday, May 6, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Dulwich College Beijing
Who: Hosted by: Michael Iannini


400 USD for ACAMIS members

450 USD for non-members

Tea breaks and lunch are included for both days.

Please email michael(a) for more details.


Dulwich College Beijing

Address: 1 Xiang Jiang Bei Lu, Chaoyang, Beijing, China 101300


Contact Person: Joe McKee


Dulwich College Beijing has recommended the following hotel:

Crowne Plaza Beijing International Airport

No. 60 Fuqian 1 Street, Tianzhu Shunyi District, Beijing 101312


Contact Person: Sales Manager Zhao
Telephone (Front Desk): 86-10-581108888

The corporate rate is 800RMB/night including breakfast.


Tips on Registration System

Just below, you will see 'ACAMIS Member School' and 'Non-Member School'. Next to each are a 'minus' button and a 'plus' button. To add people, just keep clicking the 'plus' button. (The minus is to remove lines if you have too many.) The system will spin to process to the next step; it takes a minute, so try to be patient. Then there will be blank lines to add names and email addresses. When you are finished, scroll down and click 'register'. The system will guide you through the other steps. Once finished, a message should appear thanking you and stating that the submission is complete.

You might notice something about 'Quick add' and a login button on the first screen. This is not necessary to submit a registration. (Staff from non-member schools have successfully registered for events and they do not have logins.) The login function will be useful later (once passwords are distributed) so that member schools will be able to search the directory for a first or last name, select the right person, and the system will automatically fill in the remainder of the name, email address, and title.

If you are unable to process your registration through the online system, please email with the person's name, school, title, email address, and dietary request.

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