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ACAMIS 6th Annual Middle Managers Conference

Date: May 5-6, 2017, Friday and Saturday

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 necessary to work interdependently in interdisciplinary teams capable of achieving outcomes, such as: curricular articulation, improve student learning, recruit and retain staff aligned with the school’s core values, increase parent engagement and mitigate a variety of challenges that the school faces.

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 able 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: 6th grade Math, 8th grade Humanities, 11th grade Science

Sample Theme: Think globally, act locally

Essential Question: How do we take action on a social, economic or environmental issue affecting our immediate community?

Interdisciplinary Project: A cross- curricular team consisting of multiple subjects and multiple grade levels will develop and backwards design a capstone project that asks students to 1) Investigate a global issue 2) Explore that issue in context of their local community 3) Create an action plan for a local NGO to help resolve the environmental, social or economic issue.

Relevant Subject Matter: Explanatory Writing, Statistics, Primary and Secondary Source analysis, Data analysis, Digital communication, anthropology, innovation and creativity

Timeline: 12 weeks (January- June of 12th grade year)

Non-Academic Interdisciplinary Team Example:

Sample Team: Admissions, Advancement, Communications, Development and Marketing

Sample Theme: Parent Engagement

Essential Question: What strengths do parents value about our school and how can we ensure those strengths are communicated consistently across our school to empower our families to become more proactive in advocating on behalf of the school, as well as attract more families to our community.

Interdisciplinary Project: The team will develop, implement and analyze a community engagement survey to: 1) Measure the disparity between internal and external stakeholder perception; 2) Determine the effectiveness of existing communication channels and tools; and 3) Strengthen communications to reach families that fit our mission.

Relevant Subject Matter: Admissions, Parent Engagement and Marketing

Timeline: 12 weeks (September – December)

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. In this highly interactive 2-day workshop participants will develop a graduate profile for students in their school, use teaming skills to promote interdependency and define a capstone experience that aligns to their graduate profile. Working in interdisciplinary teams, participants will use strategic planning tools to develop a capstone project proposal and use a tuning protocol to improve their proposal.

This is an exciting opportunity to have staff from different teams learn and work together to prepare a proposal that addresses a real problem your school is seeking innovative solutions to. Kyle and Michael encourage early registration so that we can begin preparing and interacting with participants 30 days prior to the workshop.

Led by Michael Iannini and Kyle Wagner—two of Greater China’s 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 design and propose innovative 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 similar Academic or Non-Academic leadership roles) or horizontally (paired with those in disparate Academic or 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

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 in the 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.

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 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 Organizations, 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 organizational 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.

Two Day Agenda

Day 1

7:45-8:10Coffee and PastriesSocialize and Connect



My five greatest mistakes with interdisciplinary teaming and what I learned.

Understand the impact and advantage of effective interdisciplinary learning and teaming on student achievement and school culture.



Graduate Profile

Discover and align shared values and beliefs to a profile of a student graduate from

your school



Styles and Needs Analysis

Better understand the importance of identifying the needs and working styles of team members in an interdisciplinary team. Groups will develop a contract for norms

and behaviors for how they will work together.


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




To understand the effectiveness and components of capstone projects in helping schools meet their values and vision of a graduate profile.

3:15-4:30DebriefReflect, Synthesize and Connect to Practice

Day 2

TimeActivity Purpose
7:45-8:10Coffee and PastriesSocialize and Connect


with the End in Mind

Learn and use the key components for interdisciplinary project design including project scope, backwards planning, and project timelines to design your capstone project.

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



Project Definition

Learn how collaborative norms with the graduate profile define a capstone project.




Facilitators will model for each group the process of backwards planning and "Understanding by Design" to demonstrate how to define outcomes and experiences.



Tuning Protocol

Use a 'Project Tuning Protocol' to give and receive effective feedback and strengthen Capstone Ideas. Interdisciplinary Teams will finish the day with a well defined capstone experience with critical edits to bring back to their


3:15-4:30DebriefReflect, Synthesize and Connect to Practice

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