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2018-19

Interdisciplinary Programs: Building your STEAM Unit

Interdisciplinary Programs: Building your STEAM Unit
Shanghai Singapore International School
October 13-14, 2018

Workshop Info


Our Goal:

For participants to learn the components of effective STEAM experiences in order to develop their own milestones, assessment, connection to curriculum, and exhibition of student work.


Our Ideal Audience: STEAM coordinators and Trans-Disciplinary Teacher Teams of Science, Technology, Art and Math. (curriculum coordinators, leads and supervisors)

Welcome to the Deeper Learning through STEAM Workshop!

STEAM has become the latest buzz word in education with good reason. It provides students with the opportunity to connect to deeper learning goals, using hands on experiences in science, technology, engineering and math to reach curricular goals, while also being prepared to meet the growing demand in these fields in the next years. The challenge for schools is in delivering these programs strategically; in a way that allows for cross- curricular connections, deep investigation, and meaningful experiences with experts and professionals outside of school. This professional development course helps ensure the STEAM program provides these opportunities. Participants in this program will:

In this highly interactive 2-day workshop participants will be led through an immersive STEAM experience to understand the components of well designed STEAM projects. Participants will then be exposed to STEAM projects that contain each of these components and what separates STEAM projects from less impactful STEAM activities. Finally, in trans-disciplinary teams, teachers will plan a well- articulated STEAM unit that includes essential questions, project milestones, summative assessments, cross- curricular content and experiences, and connection to the world outside of school. They will feel confident in implementing this STEAM unit immediately back at their school campuses, or to further tune and plan with coordinators at their sites.


Led by Kyle Wagner—a High Tech High trained STEAM coach and one of China’s foremost leadership and innovation consultants for international schools—the instruction provided will leave you with tools and strategies to:

  • Identify the components of successful STEAM Experiences
  • Design their own inquiry rich STEAM unit which includes how to:
    • Frame and create an essential inquiry to guide the experience
    • Develop student inquiry through inquiry- based strategies
    • Design assessments to measure student learning and ensure growth in the unit
    • Incorporate rigorous content and skills based off of school curriculum
    • Plan an exhibition of student learning
    • Establish experiential learning opportunities and milestones with the project

The mornings of Day One and Day Two will be a more deliberate approach to learning the essentials of STEAM experiences with real examples, articles and guided activities to understand its components.

The afternoons of Day One and Day Two will consist of work time and critique for trans disciplinary groups to develop and refine their own STEAM units.


Speaker Bio


Kyle Wagner is a Project- Based Learning and innovative learning consultant with the following areas of expertise:
● PBL and STEAM Design and Implementation
● Program Creation and Development
● Strategic Planning
● Interdisciplinary Teaming and Development
● Inquiry- Based Learning

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 in a trans disciplinary team 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- centred 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, which is a fully integrated cross- curricular project- based learning academy that connects students to their passions and the real world outside of school. He is now the programme director of an innovative Montessori Adolescent Programme in Hong Kong.

As a consultant, Kyle’s main focus is to help schools lead change and deepen student learning through innovative learning experiences and teaming structures.


2-Day Agenda



Day 1


Day 1 - Background and Initial Design for Inquiry Rich PBL experiences

TimeActivityPurpose
7:45 - 8:10Coffee and Pastries
Socialize and Connect

8:10 - 8:45


Welcome - "Most Likely to Succeed" video clips

Establishes the "Why for STEAM and frames the essential question: How do we design and implement STEAM experiences to deepen learning for our students?

8:45 - 9:30Article Debrief in small groups (sent before workshop)

Establishing the essentials for STEAM experiences

9:30 - 10:00

STEAM Design Brief

Participants are provided with the Design Brief and Problem Statement for their immersive STEAM experience in addition to how they will be evaluated.

10:00 - 10:30

Break



10:30 - 12:30

STEAM Project Work in Trans-Disciplinary Teams

Teams work on STEAM project according to milestones established by the facilitator. Objective is to understand how to scaffold experiences successfully to maximize student learning.

12:30 - 1:30Lunch
1:30 - 2:30Group Presentations and EvaluationsGroups present their STEAM projects and how share process of answering essential questions. Complete self, peer and professional evaluation to learn about assessment strategies and rubric creation.

2:30 - 2:45Break
2:30 - 3:00Gallery Walk of STEAM projectsThrough a gallery walk, participants are exposed to the 5 essentials for effective STEAM experiences.

3:00 - 4:00Establishing the Challenge and Driving QuestionParticipants learn how to establish the problem statement/ Design Brief for STEAM projects in addition to the driving question.

4:00 - 4:30Reflect and DebriefParticipants identify their initial inquiries using red, yellow and green dots to signify questions that have been answered; questions that were partially answered, and burning questions they still have.




Day 2


Day 2 - Further Development of PBL Experiences and Critique

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

8:10 - 9:10

Linking STEAM experiences to Standards

Participants link problem statement to standards and skills necessary to complete STEAM unit.

9:10 - 10:15Milestones and Assessments


Participants learn how to establish milestones and assessments acquisition of key standards and skills, and to ensure success in the STEAM project.

10:15 - 10:40Break
10:40 - 12:30STEAM UNIT WORK TIMEParticipants plan out the STEAM Unit according to a STEAM planning template.

12:30 - 1:30Lunch
12:30 - 1:00STEAM presentation planningParticipants take 30 minutes to prepare a brief presentation of their STEAM Unit/ Project deliverables for another group to critique including:

    • Driving Question
    • Deliverables
    • Assessment
    • Student Experiences

1:00 - 2:15STEAM Project CritiquesParticipants learn the project critique protocol through a brief fishbowl and then are divided into groups to critique each other’s STEAM projects.

2:15 - 2:30Break
2:30 - 3:00ReflectionParticipants reflect on actionable next steps in the project process and update task list for the group in order to gain traction back at school sites.

3:00 - 3:30Working Evaluation and Parting WordsParticipants evaluate the workshop and learn about follow up coaching opportunities.



Host School


Shanghai Singapore International School
Address: 301 Zhu Jian Road, MinHang District, Shanghai PRC 201106
Tel: +86 6221 2883
Email: wong_chi_wen@ssis.asia

Web: www.ssis.asia



Hotel Reservation


The host school recommends the following hotels for participants visiting from outside Shanghai:

Atour Hotel
No.28 Minbei Road, Minhang District
Tel: +86 21 33509333

Yi Ting Hotel Shanghai
No.88 Minbei Road, Minhang District
Tel: +86 21 34119888


Leading Effective Teams: Performance Management

Leading Effective Teams: Performance Management
Yew Chung International School of Beijing
October 26-27, 2018

Workshop Info


Date: October 26-27, 2018
Time: 8:30 – 16:30, both days, inclusive of lunch and tea breaks
Location: Yew Chung International School of Beijing

Essential Question – What do I need to know and be able to do to more effectively coordinate work within my department and hold faculty accountable to agreed upon performance expectations?

Over-Arching Goal – By the end of the workshop participants will understand and have confidence to facilitate faculty meetings, manage difficult conversations, as well as to develop and foster strong relationships with and amongst faculty.


Target Audience:
Heads of Faculty: Vice-Principals, Heads of Department, Grade Level Leaders and Coordinators.

Workshop Introduction:
Heads of Faculty are the heart of the school. They are change agents and will be the most effective tool in ensuring transformative and sustained change. This workshop will instruct participants how to foster greater interdependency among team members and develop a sustainable collaborative team culture. Teacher lead teams that communicate effectively and work interdependently improve student learning!

  • Participants will gain an understanding and appreciation of different leadership expectations

  • Participants will practice effective communication skills.

  • Participants will gain an awareness of self and others and how to manage the disparity.

  • Participants will learn how to manage effective meetings, ensure equity and foster interdependence.
  • Participants will understand their role during different stages of team development.
  • Participants will hone their team's goal and identify steps towards achieving that goal.

Methodology – The facilitator will survey each participant to understand their expectations, assess their familiarity with the proposed content and identify possible case material for activities. Participants will be given reading assignments in advance to ensure a common understanding of the content to be facilitated, as well as assignments that they will report on in the workshop. The speaker will facilitate the workshop, meaning learning will be activated and reinforced through discussion and team planning, not lecture.

Pre-workshop – Survey & Team Leadership Playbook
Survey plays an important role in this workshop to ensure program content and engagement can be differentiated to meet the needs of each participant. The survey and assessment process includes:
  • Participants will be surveyed to understand their experience, ambitions and anticipated challenges;
  • Senior Leadership from participants respective schools will be invited to share feedback on their expectations and goals (This also serves to build awareness of the program and ensure support);
  • Participants take the DiSC Everything Workplace Profile to develop a greater awareness of self and others, especially when tasked with delegating work and navigating difficult conversations; and
  • Participants will receive continuous feedback from the facilitator and peers.
DISC
In order to motivate and influence our teams, we need to understand ourselves and how our priorities affect others. Influence is not about being pushy. Influence is about looking at the problem from the other person’s perspective and then explaining your own views in order to influence their decisions.

If you want to be influential you need to be able to understand yourself and your reactions as well as understand other people’s perceptions. The DISC model groups four common behavioural patterns found universally in all people on earth. This simple four quadrant model is used to articulate the common ways that all human beings tend to act and communicate.


DiSC Outcomes:
  • DiSC provides a common language to help teams understand one another and work better together
  • Develop awareness of self and other to improve communication
  • Identify and hone key presentation skills
  • Improve confidence and influencing skills
  • Develop and hone Co-presentation skills
  • Reduce conflict and avoid misunderstandings
  • Demonstrate capacity to devise and deliver a compelling value proposition

Speaker Bio


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.


2-Day Agenda



Day 1


Day 1 Morning - Team Leader Orientation

WhatWhyCognitive FocusTime
Introduction
  • Introduce facilitator
  • Provide overview of day (Year goals, workshop objectives, Essential questions)
  • Review Survey Results through facilitated dialog
  • Framing big picture
  • Personal connection
30
Block Party - Quotes Activity

  • Foster participation early by allowing everyone to speak
  • Activate thinking around teams and collaboration

  • Individual reflection
  • Small group dialogue
30

Implicit Leadership
  • An introduction to Implicit Leadership Theory will be given and an activity facilitated to demonstrate its application in school's.

  • Adaptive Leadership

30

BREAK 10:30


15
Tuckman's Stages

  • Develop an understanding of how teams develop as they work towards achieving transformative goals.
  • Assess your Team's development relative to its goal and identify actions to move your team to the next stage.

  • Team Development
90

LUNCH 12:00

60
DiSC and Communication Skills
  • Personality Inventory Reports will be reviewed.
  • Build awareness how to mitigate barriers to communication.
  • Team Member Communication Preferences
90
BREAK 14:3015
Meeting Management
  • Agenda Setting
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Review Team Norms
  • Assertively address team norm infractions
  • Devise strategies, to be used in meetings, with Naysayers, Aggressors, Dominators, Attention Seekers and Avoiders
  • Assertive Communications
90



Day 2


Day 2 - Managing Difficult Personalities

WhatWhyCognitive FocusTime
Establishing Team Purpose
  • Participants will learn to facilitate a team visioning process.

  • Goal Setting
90

BREAK 10:30

15
Tuning Protocol
  • Participants will work in groups of 4 to give and receive feedback on their team goal

  • Feedback

90
LUNCH 12:0060
Professional Inquiry
  • Understand how to devise key focus questions that will guide action and yield data for continual development
  • Continual Improvement
90
BREAK 14:3015
Experience Cube
  • Ladder of Inference
  • Problem-solve differences in understanding by tracing the origin.
  • Difficult Conversations
90




Host School


Yew Chung International School of Beijing
Honglingjin Park, No. 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100025 T: +8610 85833731
E: Michael@pdacademia.com



Hotel Reservation


The host school recommends the following hotels for participants visiting from outside Beijing:

Lijingwan Hotel (preferred hotel)
No.28, Shilipu Beili, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Tel: (86—10)85858888-60209/60216
Distance From Beijing Capital International Airport: 25 km
Distance From YCIS Beijing: 1 km
Shopping mall nearby: Joy City (4km)
*1638RMB contract rate includes standard room and one breakfast; additional 68RMB to add a breakfast
*Must book two weeks in advance
*10 min walking distance from school

NUO Hotel Beijing
2A Jiangtai Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100016 P.R. China
Tel: +86 10 5926 8888
Website/网址:http://www.nuohotel.com/en
Distance From Beijing Capital International Airport: 25 km
Distance From YCIS Beijing: 7 km
Shopping mall nearby: Lido Square (0.5km)

Four Seasons Hotel
No.118, Balizhuang Beili, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Tel: 010-85852808
5 minute Walking Distance from Hotel to YCIS – Beijing
Distance From Beijing Capital International Airport: 25 km
Distance From YCIS Beijing: 1 km
Shopping mall nearby: Joy City (4km)

Learning Focused Teams - Using Data to Improve Learning

Learning Focused Teams - Using Data to Improve Learning
November 9-10, 2018

Workshop Info


Goal: As a result of this workshop, participants will have built their capacity as influential learning leaders and will:
    • Be aware of how beliefs and values shape assessment
    • Build their assessment literacy
    • Learn to facilitate moderations and evidence-based conversations
    • Learn to plan for improving learning and then implement and monitor the effectiveness of those actions

Target Audience: Those responsible for leading teaching and learning teams and/or schools - Assessment Coordinators, Deputy Heads and Heads of Faculty

Overview and Participant Preparation
The workshop will help leaders to build their capacity and understanding of how to focus upon evidence of student learning in order to improve levels of learning in their team or school. In order to do this teams or individuals attending will be required to bring a set of evidence with them to consider. Ideally this would include
    • Results from a common assessment (within a class or a grade). This could be a piece of writing, a mathematics test, a project, student profolio evidence about service learning etc. The only requirement is that the learning goals being assessed and/or the task itself are consistent. In early years this might be evidence and documentation around a provocation to which learners responded.
    • A proficiency scale (grade scale) that was used for the assessment above.
    • Reporting or anecdotal data about the same students. These could be reporting grades or comments, or anecdotal notes on the learners who completed the formative assessment. In early years this might be documentation of observations.
    • If available, standardized data like ISA or MAP, or external exams about the same students in the same discipline or subject area.



Speaker Bio


Stuart MacAlpine is Director of Teaching and Learning for the East Campus of the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore and Director for Education (pro bono) for Sky School, a global High School for Refugees. He is passionate about concept-based learning, and a Lynn Erickson Concept-Based Workshop Leader. Stuart is on the journey to being a Cognitive Coaching Seminars Agency Trainer. He presents on learning and leadership for learning. Stuart has worked in a range of schools including Sevenoaks School and Millfield School in the UK and both campuses of The United World College of South East Asia.

Cathy Jones is High School Vice Principal at the East Campus of United World College South East Asia. An international educator who has worked in schools and in teacher training across four continents, Cathy is a Lynn Erickson Concept Based Workshop Leader who has seen the positive impact concept-based learning has on student learning, unit planning and classroom pedagogy.

Both Stuart and Cathy support UWCSEA East Campus in its strategic goals around assessment and improving student learning through building the capacity of highly effective teams and influential leaders of learning.


2-Day Agenda



Day 1


Day 1

TimeFocus and Purpose
8:30 - 10:00The Why
    • Why do teams need to focus on evidence or learning, just not teaching?
    • How do beliefs and values shape teams' actions in focusing on learning?
    • How do people define learning?
10:00 - 10:15

Break
10:15 - 12:00Awareness: of learning
      How do people write down learning goals?How do people assess learning?
    • What are some of the dimensions of learning people consider for assessment?
    • What difference does the age of students make to what or how people assess?
    • How do you assess learning in areas without discrete, specific learning goals?

12:00 - 12:45

Lunch

12:45 - 2:30Awareness: Moderation
    • What kinds of proficiency scale can people use to talk about evidence of learning?
    • What counts as evidence of learning?What role does validity and reliability play in making judgements about learning?
    • How can I facilitate my team’s moderation of learning goals?
2:30 - 2:45

Break

2:45 - 4:00Awareness: Moderation
  • Facilitating a moderation.




Day 2


Day 2

TimeFocus and Purpose
9:00 - 10:00Abstraction: making meaning of evidence of learning
    • What makes an effective team?
    • How do leaders build trust and influence in teams in order to have evidence-based conversations?
    • What protocols can help teams to make meaningful inferences about learning?
10:00 - 10:15

Break

10:15 - 12:00Abstraction: facilitating an evidence-based conversation about learning gains
    • Leading an evidence-based conversation about learning gains

12:00 - 12:45Lunch
12:45 - 2:30Application: Pedagogical Interventions and Presenting Findings to a Wider Group
    • How can we improve our practice for learners?
    • How do I communicate findings to a wider group?
    • How do I respond to questions about our findings?
2:30 - 2:45Break
2:45 - 3:30Getting Students involved
    • How can I build the agency of learners through evidence-based conversations?
3:30 - 4:00Debrief
    • Points of reflection
    • Points for growth



Host School


11 On Tin Street, Lam Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3958 1488
Email: Michael Iannini, michael@pdacademia.com




Hotel Reservation


The host school recommends the following hotel:

Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East
Address: Tower 5, No. 3 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong
Phone: +852-3983-0388
Contact: Mimi Wu, Senior Business Development Manager

Participants should book their rooms as early as possible as 7-11 November is fair period in Hong Kong and room situation will be very critical.

Check-in: 8 November, 2018
Check-out: 11 November, 2018
Booking code (i.e.: Discount code): NAISHK11

Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East Room Type:

Superior King / Twin Bed Room - 322 sq. ft. Room Rates: Single occupancy: HKD$1,170+ 10% service charge per room per night with ONE daily buffet breakfast, internet access, free local call, free use of swimming pool and fitness centre

Double occupancy: HKD$1,310+ 10% service charge per room per night with TWO daily buffet breakfasts, internet access, free local call, free use of swimming pool and fitness centre

Cancellation policy: One night room charge will be applied once cancellation or amendment notice received within 48 hours before arrival date or no show booking. To accept the above room rates, please kindly advise guest name and credit card details (card no. & expiry date) not later than 5 October, 2018 (HK Time 17:00hours) to Miss Mimi Wu, e-mail address: mimi.wu@cptko.com in order to proceed the booking and hold room space.




Register Now!


CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FEE CANCELLATION POLICY
If notification of cancellation from a registered participant is received:
30 days or more prior to a conference or workshop - 80% of registration fee is refunded
Between 15-29 days prior to a conference or workshop - 40% of registration fee is refunded
Less than 15 days prior to a conference or workshop - no refund
CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP CANCELLATION
In the unlikely event of cancellation of the conferences and workshops due to circumstances beyond our control, we will give full refund of the registration fees. However, we will unable to refund any travel, visa or accommodation expenses incurred from registering the conferences and/or workshops.

The Advanced Model for Schools of Choice

The Advanced Model for Schools of Choice
The International School of Macao
November 15-16, 2018

Workshop Info


Our Goal:

For participants to leave the workshop with the knowledge and confidence to identify and apply appropriate tools to target and improve communication with families fit for their mission.


Our Ideal Audience: Schools should send teams that are involved in the shaping and implementation of strategy. This workshop has engaged speakers that will help Admissions and Marketing directors, as well as Heads of Schools, Principals and Communications personnel to identify and implement tools that support those strategies.

Welcome to Schools of Choice!

Today’s international school market is characterized by increasingly tense competition, ongoing “disruptive” technologies, and a changing educational offering to match the future needs of society. Making your school stand-out and rise to the top of the ranking in the eyes of existing and potential families requires an integrated marketing, communications and admissions strategy.

We will dive much deeper than best practice case studies, by analysing the social psychologies of the various generations of students and parents and connect their needs with what schools have to offer. Participants will also look at analysing how some top schools balance their marketing and communications mix across traditional print and online digital and social media opportunities.

Through this workshop you will learn alongside experts from inside and outside our industry -who are re-inventing the way that institutions and schools interact with their internal and external communities to position themselves as the schools of choice. Participants will hear inspiring key note addresses, challenging panel discussions and take part in highly interactive workshop activities in this two-day workshop.


Led by Alex Gibbs — A Marketing and Communications expert with a proven record for helping international schools to communicate and improve engagement with the communities they serve — the strategies and tools provided will enable you to:
  • Understand how Leading Schools Differentiate themselves;
  • Identify changes and challenges to effectively communicate with our community;
  • Understand the changing demographics and consumer psychology effecting admissions decisions;
  • Use stakeholder research and surveys to empower advocates across the community;
  • Improve your messaging to prospective families interested in your school; and
  • Overcome internal obstacles to align and strengthen your messaging.
This workshop has been designed to meet the needs of Executive Stakeholders responsible for Admissions, and to a lesser extent, Marketing and Communications.


Each day participants will delve deeply into the strategic and process driven side of Admissions. At the end of each day participants will have time to reconvene with colleagues and collectively process what they have learned and work with the speakers to connect learning to practical actions they can take to improve how they operate. On the second day, participants will be able to gain a greater appreciation for how the tools and strategies shared can be applied to the participants specific role.


Speaker Bio


Alex Gibbs – Managing Director, Agenda Consulting
Alex Gibbs has consulted for and worked at numerous international schools in Hong Kong over the past 12 years. In 2014 he started Agenda Consulting, creating a specialised consultancy service which provides educational institutions with creative communications, marketing and fundraising initiatives and development programs. With a background in corporate public relations, Alex believes planned, effective communications strategies are the key to unlocking additional revenue streams for schools. Through individual and corporate fundraising, he has raised over US$20m for international schools in recent years. Alex has been a regular speaker and trainer at conferences and workshops throughout Australasia for over a decade.

2-Day Agenda


Day 1 & 2: The Advanced Model for Schools of Choice

Each day will kick-off with the introduction of a specific theme and keynote address. Learning will be activated through three different mediums:

  1. Presentation: Participants will experience how the tools introduced in the presentation can be applied to change initiatives that every educator will enounter at some point in their career .
  2. Case Analysis: Facilitator-led case analysis will give participants an opportunity to apply the tools introduced during the presentation to specific cases relevant to their cohort. Discussion activities will provide an opportunity for participants to learn from each other, as well as identify obstacles that will impact or influence the effectiveness of tools.
  3. Coaching: Facilitators at the end of each day will support participants to understand how to apply lessons and tools to their specific challenges.

Day 1


Day 1

TimeTopic

9:15 - 10:30am

Keynote 1 - "What the research says"
Review the insights of over 240,000 parents who have applied to more than 150 school to see what the key drivers are to their selection of a school and understand what drives their levels of satisfaction, and ultimately success. This talk will look more closely at areas that influence admissions.

10:30 - 11:00am

Break

11:00 - 12:30pm

Topic 1 Shifting Strategies and the Impact on Admissions
Effectively communicating strategy from Board to Management to Staff and then on to Stakeholders is a challenge for many schools, particularly those that underestimate the importance of internal communications. Unclear or changing strategies has an immediate impact on admissions policies which can be confusing and frustration for Admissions Staff, teachers and parents alike.
Learning Outcomes

  • Assess ways in which to ensure the "brand promise" or experience your school promises matches what is delivered to students, parents and staff.
  • Understand the strategic role that Admissions staff need to take in guiding and supporting strategy.
(Kellett Case Study)
(Chinese International School Case Study)


12:30 - 2:00pm

Lunch

2:00 - 2:45pm

Topic 2 Authenticity and Creating the Ultimate School Tour
“Walking the talk” and being clear and authentic in what the school delivers will build trust and loyalty from prospective and existing parents, but most importantly staff.
Learning Outcomes

  • Using a new way to look at how schools can identify and communicate their USPs throughout the organisation, we will review an integrated key message development model for staff that will form the basis of your school tours
(Case Study - Shanghai American School)


3:00 - 4:30pm

Table discussions on ideas and issues

4:30 - 5:15pm

Recap and reinforcing learning outcomes from the day




Day 2


Day 2

TimeTopic

9:15 - 10:30am

Key note 2 - Consumer Psychology - What we need to know about changes in society and how we need to connect and engage in this new age of a collaborative economy

10:30 - 11:00am

Break

11:00 - 12:30pm

Admissions Conversion Models and templates
The admissions team use basic model to track the number of prospective families to ensure enrolment goals are met. We will analyse simple models and conversion metrics through Enquiries/Applications/Offers/Acceptance/Leavers
Learning Outcomes

  • Effective conversion - understanding new ways of how to most effectively funnel enquiries to enrolment
(Case Study - Churchie School Brisbane)


12:30 - 2:00pm

Lunch

2:00 - 2:45pm

Key Note 3 - Collective Alignment - Overcoming the most common and unlikely internal hurdles and operational challenges to achieve your objectives

2:45 - 3:30pm

Floating table discussions on ideas and issues around hurdles and challenges

3:30 - 4:00pm

Closing Panel Discussion and Q&A on Opportunities and Career Pathways in Admissions



Host School


MUST Campus, Block K, Taipa, Macao
Tel: +853 2853 3700

www.tis.edu.mo



Hotel Reservation


The host school recommends the following hotel for participants:

The Sands Cotai Holiday Inn Hotel

URL: https://www.sandscotaicentral.com/hotels/holiday-inn-macao.html


Register Now!


CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FEE CANCELLATION POLICY
If notification of cancellation from a registered participant is received:
30 days or more prior to a conference or workshop - 80% of registration fee is refunded
Between 15-29 days prior to a conference or workshop - 40% of registration fee is refunded
Less than 15 days prior to a conference or workshop - no refund
CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP CANCELLATION
In the unlikely event of cancellation of the conferences and workshops due to circumstances beyond our control, we will give full refund of the registration fees. However, we will unable to refund any travel, visa or accommodation expenses incurred from registering the conferences and/or workshops.

Building Safe Passage Across Networks: Supporting Transitions at International Schools

Building Safe Passage Across Networks:
Supporting Transitions at International Schools
November 16-17, 2018

Workshop Info


The largest study in educational research history demonstrates that moving harms learning. But this finding is incomplete. The ACAMIS workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the field of transitions at international schools. Moving from the personal to the practical, the Workshop traverses these questions: What impact has working at international schools with a high degree of turnover had on you personally? What does mobility do to the human brain? How does this impact relate to current findings in psychology, neuroscience, and even medicine? What frameworks exist for how schools can and should be addressing mobility? In other words, how can the challenges of mobility be harnessed for their transformative, positive potential? And if this is an issue that no single school can address on its own—for the simple reason that students, families, and teachers move around—how should networks of schools be working together?

Doug Ota's warm, highly personal, and very practical two-day workshop helps you arrive at answers to these questions, so that you can make substantive inroads in improving how mobility is addressed at your schools—and beyond. Doug's hopeful message is that, by understanding the issues at stake in mobility and how to address them, we can harness the vast potential for growth in a life moving amongst cultures—both for our students and ourselves.

Speaker Bio


Doug Ota’s father was Japanese, while his mother traces her ancestry to England. Their divorce showed him and his brother how to operate between worlds. The loss of his stepfather and brother grounded Doug in grief. He has made a career out of wondering where he—and others—belong.

Doug migrated east to study religion at Princeton, then further east to study Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Leiden, going on to become a child psychologist with the Dutch Psychological Association. For many years, he was a counselor at the American School of The Hague. He now works in private practice. Doug is completing his Ph.D in psychology with a professor at Leiden and Cambridge Universities, trying to develop the empirical argument for transitions programs at international schools.

Half of Ota’s professional activities are devoted to counseling adolescents, individuals, couples, and families (www.safepassage.nl). The other half is devoted to building programs and systems that address the challenges and opportunities of mobility at international schools. He is the author of Safe Passage: What Mobility Does to People and What International Schools Should Do About It. In 2016, Doug became the Founding Director of the non-profit organization Safe Passage Across Networks, or SPAN. SPAN's mission is to refresh, equip, and connect transitions care providers around the globe, and to establish processes to certify schools that deliver excellent transitions care.

Provisional Schedule


The workshop cycles through four strands for considering work on transitions.

* Important note: for descriptive purposes, these four strands are temporally located in various portions of the two-day workshop. In reality, the workshop will use a great deal of sound, video, and music to cycle continuously through these strands, moving on both days between stories, neuroscience, attachment, and practice. Doug seeks—metaphorically at least—to deliver one coherent composition that you can take with you, adapt, and play at your own schools. (Don't worry, though: no singing required.)

Day 1: Why?


Strand 1: "Stories"
Friday morning, November 16, 9am-12:30pm
We are wired to tell, and remember, stories. Work on transitions is only effective when the stories are personal and real. Because "that which is most personal is most universal," Doug taps experience from his own life to share his rationale for his own commitment to this field. Throughout the two days, participants reflect upon and share their own investment in this work. Only by creating and fostering a climate where it is safe and normal to struggle with change and loss can we possibly, as educators, do the same for our students and families. Don't worry, though: Doug understands emotional safety! Participants only share if and when they want to.

Strand 2: "Neuroscience"
Friday afternoon, November 16, 1:30-3pm
The largest study in educational research history (Hattie, Visible Learning, 2009) showed that mobility is associated with decreases in learning. While Hattie's work provides the best evidence to date in favor of the development of transitions program, this evidence remains indirect. What actually causes the decreases in learning that Hattie documented? The "Neuroscience" portion of the workshop takes you on an integrative tour of recent findings in neuroscience and psychoneuroimmunology, right down to the telomeres at the end of your chromosomes. What do synapses and chemicals have to do with mobility at international schools? Potentially everything! If we're not careful, we could be placing our clientele—and ourselves—on non-optimal developmental pathways that are literally getting under our skin. This portion of the workshop arms you with the facts you need to persuade decision makers and communities that transitions are worth addressing.

Strand 3: "Attachment"
Friday afternoon, November 16, 3:15pm - 5pm
While often innovative and exciting, much of the research and programming on transitions at international schools has been only weakly informed by what is arguably the most sweeping development in psychology in the last fifty years, namely attachment theory. This portion of the training provides you with a primer on attachment theory, so that you understand in your bones why it is that those with secure attachment thrive more in life, be that at work, at home, or in one's physical body.

Day 2: How?


Strand 4: "Practice"
Saturday, November 17, 9am -12:15pm, 1:15pm-3:30pm
So what do you do about all of this? Armed with the educational, neuroscientific, and psychological research you need to persuade decision makers and communities, this portion of the training fills your toolbox. The goal is to send you out the door armed with practical tools to build powerful transitions programs for students, parents, and staff. What do you need to consider in building such a program? What about maintaining such a program, so that mobility doesn't erode the very Team designed to beat it? What about the fact that people come and go, confronting us with the challenge of what happened at the last school—or what will happen at the next? How can we develop programs that transcend school walls, so that our students' attachment systems are safe wherever they go, be it Singapore or Santiago? How does SPAN's vision address that challenge?


Doug Ota and fellow Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN) Board Member Mona Stuart look forward to welcoming you to this workshop. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to the journey, in SPAN workshops like this one, we hope and believe you will find a home for your commitment to transitions, and that you will leave with a song in your heart.

Host School


Hangzhou International School
Address: 78 Dongxin Street, Bin Jiang District, Hangzhou 310053
Tel: 86-571-8669-0045
Contact: Peggy Pan - ppan@his-china.org



Hotel Reservation


The host school has recommended the following hotels:

1. Hangzhou Zhi Cheng
688 Dongxin Avenue, 310053 Hangzhou, China
Distance to HIS: 1.3km
Standard Room (Twin Beds) - 320RMB (2 breakfast & cable internet)
Standard Room (King Bed) - 350RMB (2 breakfast & cable internet)
Contact: Mr Qiu
Contact Number: 189 5713 1191 or 152 6712 0582

2. Four Points
868 Dongxin Avenue, Binjiang District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Tel: 86 571 2887 8888
Distance to HIS: 2.1km
Standard Room (Twin Beds) - 680RMB (1 breakfast); 770RMB (2 breakfasts and wifi)
Standard Room (King Bed) - 680RMB (1 breakfast); 770RMB (2 breakfasts and wifi)
Contact: Mr. Wesley Xu
Contact Number: 135 8888 8811

Email: Sales.Hangzhou@Fourpoints.com, Reservation.Hangzhou@Fourpoints.com (Please send emails to both email addresses at the same time)


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2017-18

Leadership Conference

Inquiry through Project-Based Learning Workshop

Workshop Info

Date: November 4-5, 2017, Saturday and Sunday

Time: 7:45-16:00, both days, inclusive of lunches and tea breaks

Location: Yew Chung International School of Beijing

Our Goal: For participants to understand the components of an effective inquiry in a project-based experience; and how to design and implement a project-based experience with students in the 2017-2018 school year. In addition, for site leaders to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to support them.

Our Ideal Audience: Middle Level teachers across several subjects and instructional coaches (curriculum coordinators, leads and supervisors)

Welcome to the Inquiry through Project-Based Learning Workshop

Inquiry based learning engages students, provides for deeper learning, and helps them engage in authentic learning outside of the school walls. The problem is, many of us aren’t equipped with a framework to do inquiry well. Project-Based Learning provides that framework.

This Inquiry through Project-Based Learning Workshop will provide participants with all the tools, understanding and skills to design and implement an inquiry rich cross- curricular project- based experience to deepens student learning.

In this highly interactive 2-day workshop participants will be led through an interactive exploration of highly successful and inquiry rich project- based experiences in order to better develop their own. By the end of the two days, participants will have framed appropriate inquiries, designed the appropriate in and out of school experiences, organized formative and summative assessment, and planned the entry event and exhibition for a project based experience to implement in the 2017-2018 school year!

Led by Kyle Wagner—a High Tech High trained PBL coach and one of China’s foremost leadership and innovation consultants for international schools—the instruction provided will leave you with tools and strategies to:

  • Identify the components of successful Project-Based Experiences
  • Design their own inquiry rich PBL experience which includes how to:
    • Frame and create an essential inquiry to guide the experience
    • Develop student inquiry through inquiry- based strategies
    • Design assessments to measure student learning and ensure growth in the project
    • Incorporate rigorous content and skills based off of school curriculum
    • Plan an exhibition of student learning
    • Establish experiential learning opportunities and milestones with the project

The mornings of Day One and Day Two will be a more deliberate approach to learning the essentials of project- based learning with guided activities to understand its components.

The afternoons of Day One and Day Two will consist of work time and critique for interdisciplinary groups to develop their own project- based experiences.

Speaker Bio

Kyle Wagner is a Project- Based Learning and innovative learning consultant with the following areas of expertise:

  • Project-based Design and Implementation
  • Program Creation and Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Interdisciplinary Teaming and Development
  • Inquiry- Based Learning

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- centred 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, which is a fully integrated cross- curricular project- based learning academy that connects students to their passions and the real world outside of school.

As a consultant, Kyle’s main focus is to help schools lead change and deepen student learning through innovative learning experiences and teaming structures.

2-Day Agenda

Day 1: Background and Initial Design for Inquiry rich PBL Experiences

TimeActivityPurpose
7:45-8:00 Coffee and Pastries Socialize and Connect
8:00-8:45Welcome - "Most Likely to Succeed"
video clips with guided discussion
Establish the "Why" for inquiry-based PBL workshop and frames the essential question: How to we design and implement inquiry rich PBL experiences
8:45-9:30 Article Debrief in small groupsEstablishing the essentials for PBL experiences.


9:30-11:00 Divide Groups (YCIS teachers continue PBL planning from previous day)
9:30-10:00Gallery Walk Participants complete gallery walk of sample projects and look for the essential components. Lead a discussion of projects that are "most impactful." Leads into the design process delivered after break.
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00The 5-step simple process to design a PBL Experience (YCIS teachers continue planning)Interactive presentation to demystify the project design process in 5 simple steps so that participants can work to design their own PBL experience in the afternoon.
11:00-12:00Framing the Inquiry and Essential questions in a PBL experience (YCIS Teachers back all together)
Particpants learn the components of an effective driving question.
Practice creating driving question. Work together in interdisciplinary teams to write the driving question and essential inquiry for their project.
12:00-1:00Lunch
1:00-2:00Establishing the outcome and final product/presentation for the PBL experiencePOL vs. PBL video. Participants will learn about project "deliverables" and design the "deliverables" for their own project-based experiences.
2:00-2:15Break
2:00-3:00Assessment in a PBL experienceParticipants learn the components of formative and summative assessments in a PBL experience. Design assessments/milestones for their own PBL experiences.
3:00-3:30Reflect and DebriefParticipants identify their initial inquiries using red, yellow and green dots to signify questions that have been answered; questions that were partially answered, and burning questions they still have.


Day 2: Further Development of PBL Experiences and Critique

TimeActivityPurpose
7:45-8:10Coffee and PastriesSocialize and Connect
8:10-9:00Assessment WorkDiscussion on grading assessments in a PBL experience.
Additional time to work on assessment in small groups.
9:00-9:25How to develop student based inquiryContext for student-based inquiries through case study.
9:25-10:15Inquiry Cycle and Strategies in PBL experienceParticipants use guide to develop inquiry based experiences within their Project-Based Experiences
10:15-10:40Break
10:40-11:30Project ManagementIntroduction to project-management tools. Participants delegate tasks, role and responsibilities for management of their own PBL experience.
11:00-12:00PBL presentation planningParticipants take 30 minutes to prepare a brief presentation of their project deliverables for another group to critique including:
  • Driving Question
  • Deliverables
  • Assessment
  • Student Experiences
12:00-1:00Lunch
1:00-3:00Project CritiquesParticipants learn the project critique protocol through a brief fishbowl and then are divided into groups to critique each other's projects.
3:00-3:30ReflectionParticipants reflect on actionable next steps in the project process and update task list for the group in order to gain traction back at school sites.
3:30-4:00Workshop Evaluation and Parting WordsParticipants evaluate the workshop and learn about follow up coaching opportunities.

Using Data to Improve Student Learning

Workshop Info

Date: November 13-14, 2017

School: Suzhou Singapore International School

Intended Audience: administrators, curriculum coordinators, instructional coaches, department heads, teacher leaders, counselors, school psychologists

Outcomes:

  • Develop data literacy
  • Learn tools, skills and strategies for fostering a culture of collaborative inquiry with regard to student learning data
  • Develop strategies for tackling obstacles to using data in your context
  • Apply learning to data from your school context
  • Develop an action plan for next steps in using data to improve student learning within your sphere of influence
Overview:

Schools are often regarded as “data rich and information poor,” and in international schools this phenomenon can be even more pronounced. In this workshop, you will learn skills and strategies to collect and make sense of data in order to improve student learning. You will apply your learning to data from your own school, and develop and plan for how you might move forward with using data to develop a culture of collaborative inquiry and improve learning within your sphere of influence.

Participant Preparation:

Participants should bring data from their school that they would like to explore further. This might be results from an assessment (e.g. MAP, ISA, IB, internal common assessment), survey data, enrollment data, etc.

Presenter Profile

Cindy Warner-Dobrowski is Director of Student Services at International School Bangkok, where she oversees the Learning Support, English as an Additional Language, Counseling and Challenge and Enrichment programs. A school psychologist by training, Cindy is passionate about collecting and analyzing data to understand student learning needs, and developing plans to ensure that these needs are met at an individual student and systems level. At ISB, Cindy supports whole school data analysis, the development of data literacy and the use of data to understand and improve student learning at the team and whole-school levels through the use of Data Driven Dialogues.

2-Day Agenda

Day 1:
TimeTopicGuiding Question
8:00-10:00IntroductionWhat do we mean by "data", and how can they be used

to improve learning?

10:00-10:15Break
10:15-12:15Selecting data, data literacyWhich data should we use?

What are the implications of the properties and limitations of our assessment tools?

12:15-1:00Lunch
1:00-3:00Collecting, organizing and

displaying data

How can we facilitate the collection and organization of student learning data to maximize its usefulness?

How can we create effective data displays?

3:00-3:15Break
3:15-4:15Reflect, synthesize,

connect

What are you taking away from today and how might it be applied?



Day 2:

TimeTopicGuiding Questions
8:00-10:00Cultural considerationsHow can we cultivate a culture of collaborative inquiry and data use?

How can we navigate some of the obstacles we might encounter?

10:00-10:15Break
10:15-12:15Data Driven Dialogue: A collaborative inquiry protocolHow can a Data Driven

Dialogue be used to facilitate a process of collaborative inquiry and ultimately improve student learning?

12:15-1:00Lunch
1:00-3:00Making data-driven

decisions

How might we use data to

improve our decision-making about supporting learning?

3:00-3:15Break
3:15-4:15Opportunities for

application

How might you apply these concepts, tools and strategies in your context?

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Facility Management: Understanding and Resolving Customer Requests

Workshop Info

Date: November 24-25, 2017

School: Canadian International School of Beijing

Our Goal: For participants to leave ACAMIS’s Facility Management Customer Service Workshop with the knowledge and confidence to identify and apply appropriate tools which will optimize customer services.

Our Ideal Audience: This workshop is designed as an introduction to how to handle customer requests and generate a positive Customer Service experience for all non-academic staff.

Welcome to ACAMIS's Customer Service Workshop!

ACAMIS’s Facility Management Workshops help non-academic staff develop their customer service skills for unique obstacles they’ll face working in a culturally diverse community. This year’s workshop is focused specifically on building capacity in non-academic staff across the school to resolve customer issues related to facilities and other ancillary services.

Led by Luca Mantovani - a Facility and Operation Management expert with a proven record for helping international schools design facility management processes and protocols — the instruction provided will leave you with tools and strategies to:

  • Navigate difficult conversations associated with delivering superior service;Lead your own process of inquiry into understanding the customer’s needs;
  • Identify barriers and develop plans to mitigate them;
  • Assess and tailor responses for different reactions;
  • Determine the appropriate strategies and corresponding behaviours to address community concerns;
  • Develop and execute a communications plan for excellent customer service; and
  • Apply best practice techniques.

This Workshop has been designed to meet the needs of all staffs that have recently experienced, or are currently involved in daily customer services at their school. The nuts and bolts of Customer Service will be introduced during these two days and participants will delve deeply into Customer Service strategies that can be immediately applied to their school. The format will be a mixture of whole group informative sessions, break-out groups to work on real-life current issues, action planning individual feedback, whole group feedback and question/answer sessions.

Speaker Bio

Luca Mantovani has worked for many years as an external advisor to International Schools, especially in the areas of facility management, operations, leadership, personal and professional development. Whilst based in Hong Kong, Luca works internationally, with extensive experience in Mainland China where he lived with his family for over 10 years. Luca is fluent in Chinese and is able to use his language skills to assist Chinese participants with key concepts.

Luca has worked in Facility Management (FM) operations for over 10 years, during which he has help design and implement FM strategies for multinationals (pharmaceutical, financial, IT) and education institutions, and operational improvement in manufacturing organizations.

Luca’s facilitation style is dynamic, and collaborative. So, be prepared to be engaged, to be challenged, to get involved in discussions and activities, and to leave the day with your head buzzing with ideas!

2-Day Agenda

Day 1
Friday, November 24Understanding the Customer
The essential questions are:
  • What does the Customer Want?
  • How can I understand what the customer is asking me?
  • How can I develop and enhance key communication skills within my team associated with difficult conversations related to customer service?
Time

Purpose

8:30 - 10:00


  • Introduction by Luca Mantovani, positioning of the day, objectives and personal goals from participants for the day
  • Personal perceptions of customer service - from your own perspective rather than from academic research
  • Importance of engaging "head, heart, and hands"
  • Core concepts for holding difficult conversations when the stakes are high or stakeholders are concerned about outcomes
  • •Table team discussions about critical, core or crucial conversations in which participants are currently engaged
  • Feedback and action planning

10:00-10:15

Break

10:15-12:00

  • The human responses to Customer Service (Do’s & Don’ts)
  • Whole group exercise to document thoughts and feelings of good and bad customer service
  • How to build, and maintain trust throughout the process
  • Action planning with a trusted partner based on a specific real-life situation

12:00-13:00

Lunch

13:00-14:30

Tour of Canadian International School, Beijing

15:00-15:15

Break

15:15-16:30


  • Reinforce critical skills and demonstrate best practice of: questioning, listening, reflecting and responding
  • Breaking bad news
  • Helping and leading people through positive customer service experience
  • 1:1 role plays
  • Summary, key insights, ideas and action planning
  • Delivering an inspirational, and engaging customer service experience

Day 2

Saturday,
November 25
Delivering Solutions
The essential questions are:
  • How can I adapt my services to meet the customer’s request?
  • How can I document the customer’s request?
  • How can I help my
  • team deliver an effective and positive customer service experience?
TimePurpose
8:30-10:00
  • Summary of day 1, positioning of the day, objectives and personal goals from participants for the day
  • Documenting customer complaints
10:00-10:15Break
10:15-12:00
  • Tracking of customer complaints and/or tickets
  • Table team discussions about how to handle, document and track customer complaints
12:00-13:00Lunch
13:00-15:00
  • How to problem solve customer’s requests
  • How to show empathy
  • Understanding and dealing with different types of clients
  • Gain agreement from unhappy customers
  • 1:1 role plays
15:00-15:15Break
15:15-16:30
  • Delivering the complete customer service experience
  • 1:1 role plays
  • Workshop summary, key insights, ideas and action planning

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Leading in Your Role: Human Resource Managers

Communicating Cross-Culturally with Parents and Teachers

Workshop Info


Note: This workshop will be facilitated in Mandarin Chinese.

Our Goal: By the end of the workshop, participants will leave with the understanding and confidence to facilitate positive and productive relationships with academic leadership, teachers and parents.

Our Ideal Audience: Workshop content is being developed for Mandarin speaking Non-Academic staff. School roles that will benefit from this workshop include: Administration Managers, Operational Staff, Secretaries, Receptionists, Activities Coordinators, Admissions, Marketing and Communications personnel who regularly communicate with and support culturally diverse stakeholders.


Welcome to Administrative Excellence!

International Schools present a challenging work environment for our Non-Academic staff, many who have never attended such a school nor interfaced with such a culturally diverse community. School management, leadership and their respective teams rely extensively on their support staff to communicate effectively on behalf of the school and be the first point of contact for parents and teachers, especially when important decisions or difficult news needs to be communicated.


The program draws from research done by Hofstede and other leading researchers that for the past 60 years have identified distinct cultural attributes and strategies for communicating cross-culturally. The workshop provides a systematic approach to understanding cultural differences, explores various national cultural profiles, as well as other cultures—family, school—that can influence an individual’s thinking and behavior. With this knowledge, staff can strengthen credibility, communication, relationships and collaboration. Participants will engage in practical activities and be given tools and role-plays applicable to their daily jobs.


2-Day Agenda

Day 1:

TimeActivity
Purpose
8:30-10:00 Key Communication Skills

To understand how communication is perceived and the common barriers to being understood. Activities will demonstrate the effects of both verbal and non-verbal communication.

10:00-10:15Break

10:15-12:00 Intercultural Communication
To develop awareness of the communication preferences and styles of other cultures, as well as practice effective communication culturally.
12:00-1:00Lunch
1:00-3:00Problem Solving
Develop essential questioning skills to ensure a problem is completely understood, as well as the expectations of all stakeholders.
3:00-3:15Break
3:15-4:30Dealing with Difficult People
Understand how to apply Day 1 communication tools with different types of difficult personalities. Role-play and communication activities will be used to demonstrate practical application of Day 1 tools and strategies.


Day 2:

TimeActivity
Purpose
8:30-10:00 Four styles and performances when facing challenges
To understand the differences and behaviors among different people when they face challenges, find out your own preferences, and practice ways of understanding and resolving differences
10:00-10:15Break
10:15-12:00Empathy
Research shows many communication problems and misunderstandings are from not fully understanding the person we are communicating with. When people feel they are not listened to they can easily become angry and not cooperate. Learn how empathy can disarm someone who is angry.
12:00-1:00Lunch
1:00-3:00Conflict Resolution
Conflict is unavoidable, but you can solve it in a warm, firm and fair way. This session is to explore and practice ways of solving conflicts related to your role.
3:00-3:15Break
3:15-4:30Appreciation and ClosureLearn how to express appreciation effectively and sense the power of appreciation. Share what you have learnt from the two-day workshop.


Speaker Bio


Summer Li: Summer loves education and has been working in international education for over 6 years and was an educator for 5 years previous to working in operations and leadership. Her operational role was the Learning Center Manager of Yue Cheng Education Research Institute, affiliated with Beijing City International School, where she was responsible for professional development programs, introduced advanced and Western educational philosophies, research, teaching methodologies and best practices to Chinese national educators.

In Summer’s current role, she is responsible for communicating and cooperating with overseas universities, educational institutions and educators to improve the internationalization of education. Summer holds a bachelor degree in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. In addition to her work in international education, Summer spends considerable time researching and facilitating workshops related to parent roles in education, cross-cultural communication, organizational management and leadership. Summer is a Certified Positive Discipline in the Classroom Educator, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, has expertise in Non-Violent Communication (NVC), and will soon finish her Cognitive Coaching certification.

Host School Info


Shanghai American School, Puxi Campus
Address: China, Shanghai, Minhang, 258 JinFeng Road (金丰路258号)
Phone: +86 21 6221 1445
Website: http://www.saschina.org/en
Contact: Serena Lu - Serena.Lu@saschina.org


Hotel Reservation


Note: Transportation will be provided during the workshop days.

Holiday Inn Shanghai Hongqiao West
Address: 2000 Huqingping Road, Qingpu, Shanghai, 201702
Contact: 86 21 3973 8888 or rsvn@hisw.net.cn
Website URL - https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/gb/en/shanghai/shgxj/hoteldetail#

Please be sure to mention Shanghai American School for the contract rates. As of 2016 the lowest rate for a Standard Room was 608RMB, including breakfast and wifi.


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If notification of cancellation from a registered participant is received:
30 days or more prior to a conference or workshop - 80% of registration fee is refunded
Between 15-29 days prior to a conference or workshop - 40% of registration fee is refunded
Less than 15 days prior to a conference or workshop - no refund
CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP CANCELLATION
In the unlikely event of cancellation of the conferences and workshops due to circumstances beyond our control, we will give full refund of the registration fees. However, we will unable to refund any travel, visa or accommodation expenses incurred from registering the conferences and/or workshops.

Marketing and Communication: Improving Advocacy and Engagement

Marketing and Communication: Improving Advocacy and Engagement

March 7-8, 2018 - Shanghai American School, Puxi Campus


Workshop Info

Essential Question: How might the latest innovations and best practices in the corporate world enhance communications and marketing at my school?

Our Ideal Audience: This workshop has been designed for Admissions, Communications, Development and Marketing teams that want to improve advocacy and engagement with their internal and external stakeholders. Members of these teams can include senior leadership, parent advocates and board members that are interested in adopting new strategies to increase the reach of their school's communications, as well as differentiate their school's key messaging.

Welcome to ACAMIS's Annual Marketing and Communications Workshop!

The ACAMIS annual Marketing and Communications workshops connect school leadership and their teams with the latest concepts, strategies and tools to increase their marketing reach and improve engagement with their community. This years workshop will be led by Alex Gibbs, a marketing and communications expert with a proven record for helping international schools design and implement creative communications, marketing and fundraising initiatives and development programs. Alex has been invited back due in large part from the overwhelmingly positive feedback ACAMIS received from last years Parent Engagement Workshop that he helped design and co-facilitate.

In this year’s workshop participants will be introduced to several concepts that are increasingly used by leading organisations in their marketing and communication strategies to improve advocacy and engagement of their internal and external stakeholders. Concepts to be discussed in this workshop are: Social Purpose, Authentic Leadership, Stakeholder Engagement, Disruption Economies, New Media, and Psychological Safety. Participants will engage in a process to learn and understand each concept and this understanding will be further enhanced through case study analysis and peer discussion.

At the close of this workshop, you will be able to recognise beneficial influences from the corporate world that could be mirrored in your school’s marketing and communications functions and take away some practical strategies on how to implement and apply them.

Speaker Bio

Alex Gibbs - Managing Director, Agenda Consulting

Alex Gibbs has consulted for and worked at numerous international schools in Hong Kong over the past 12 years. In 2014 he started Agenda Consulting, creating a specialised consultancy service which provides educational institutions with creative communications, marketing and fundraising initiatives and development programs. With a background in corporate public relations, Alex believes planned, effective communications strategies are the key to unlocking additional revenue streams for schools. Through individual and corporate fundraising, he has raised over US$20m for international schools in recent years. Alex has been a regular speaker and trainer at conferences and workshops throughout Australasia for over a decade.

2-Day Learning Objectives


TopicContent and Case StudyLearning Objective
Social Purpose
Case Study ANZ Bank
More than just a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) "bolt-on", Social Purpose or Shared Purpose is the notion of driving business decision based on the ability to make a positive impact on communities, rather than bottom line profits. Companies are turning to “purpose” and “authenticity” as a way to engage consumers and employees.Linking with similarities schools place on mission and vision statements, we will undertake a new way of looking at and generating your key messages and identifying your school’s unique value proposition. Using key messages that are beyond the features and benefits of your school will gain a greater amount of interest and traction from the outside world and set you apart from your competitors.
Authentic Leadership
Case study Disney

Authentic Leaders are culture drivers and use a leadership and communication style that is true to their personality and core values of honesty, ethics and a practical approach.

By identifying the attributes of your school leaders, you are better equipped to support the communication that cascades from the top of your school and develop a style that can flow consistently through leadership and personnel change.

Stakeholder CommunicationsCase study DFSIn large corporate organisations Internal communications teams exist solely to ensure that people within the organisation understand where, how and why the operational components of their work is significant to the overall objectives

of the company. They are specific and methodical in their approach to ensuring

those within the organisation are united in purpose and galvanized in culture.

By identifying the key stakeholders within your school, and grouping them according into your internal and external – you can adopt engagement strategies and communications processes to ensure everyone is aligned to mission, vision and key messages.

Discruption Economies and Innovation
Case Study AIA; Purple Bricks; Uber

A disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market leading firms, products and alliances.

We will seek to identify innovations that either threaten our industry or our school and those that can be used to enhance our school.

New Media and Augmented Reality
Case Study
University of Technology

The media landscape has changed and so should your marketing mix. It’s not over yet… as there are more and more innovations that we need to be aware of, including augmented reality, virtual reality and the many forms of digital marketing.

Participants will map out the current technologies used in schools and then analyse their effectiveness. Using the examples and case studies provided they will then be able to conceptualise how to remodel these onto new technology platforms. This is not about the scope of work and the tools used, it is about understanding the new platforms that people are engaging in and aggregating current and past work onto these platforms.

Psychological Safety
Case Study Google

Psychological safety is a shared belief that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking, where individuals are "able to show and employ one's self without fear of negative consequences of self-image, status or career". Along with Growth Mindset and new staff and student well-being models this is one of the key areas of focus in corporate world and in education today.

A practical component of this topic will be to understand your own feelings of Psychological safety and map how your organisation works in this regard. This section is also aimed at empowering and motivating participants to take on new challenges and seek to employ some of their ideas learnt in the workshop at their schools. It will also allow us to recognise the importance of psychological safety in our own departments, our classes and across the faculty and staff at our schools.

Host School

Shanghai American School, Puxi Campus
Minhang, 258 JinFeng Road, Shanghai 金丰路258号
Tel: +86 21 6221 1445
Email Contact: eo@acamis.org
Website: http://www.saschina.org/en


Hotel Reservation

Note: Transportation will be provided during the workshop days.

Holiday Inn Shanghai Hongqiao West
Address: 2000 Huqingping Road, Qingpu, Shanghai, 201702
Contact: +86 21 3973 8888 or rsvn@hisw.net.cn
Website: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/gb/en/shanghai/shgxj/hoteldetail#

As of 2016 the lowest rate for a Standard Room was 608RMB, including breakfast and wifi.


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CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FEE CANCELLATION POLICY
If notification of cancellation from a registered participant is received:
30 days or more prior to a conference or workshop - 80% of registration fee is refunded
Between 15-29 days prior to a conference or workshop - 40% of registration fee is refunded
Less than 15 days prior to a conference or workshop - no refund
CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP CANCELLATION
In the unlikely event of cancellation of the conferences and workshops due to circumstances beyond our control, we will give full refund of the registration fees. However, we will unable to refund any travel, visa or accommodation expenses incurred from registering the conferences and/or workshops.

Coordinating Transformative Professional Development

Coordinating Transformative Professional Development

(formerly titled Leading in Your Role: PD Coordinators)

April 20-21, 2018 - Hangzhou International School


Workshop Info


Essential Learning Question: How can school leaders engage staff in meaningful professional learning that will have lasting impact on school culture and student learning and well being?


Our Goal: For participants to leave with practical tools to strengthen their existing professional learning programs, including components of a comprehensive policy, ingredients for a mature program, and an action plan to take them to the next step.


Target Audience: This workshop is intended for those who implement and/or support a professional development program: Professional Development Coordinators, School Leaders and Administrators, Curriculum Coordinators.

Overview:
Everyone working with our children plays a role in their education and development. With such a wide range of individuals working tirelessly to educate and nurture our students, how can leaders in turn nurture and support them?

A mature professional learning and development program can do just that and more. It can support and nurture the young teacher, it can challenge and stretch the experienced, professional educator. Such a program plays a crucial role in the efforts to engage staff in a cultural shift or as a response to a known need. A mature program takes into account all members of a school staff.

In short, if it takes a village to raise a child, we need to make sure our village is prepared for the task.


Workshop Outcomes:

  1. Participants will engage with philosophy, policy, and procedural practices
  2. Participants will explore links between strategic vision, professional learning, evaluation, and professional learning communities
  3. Participants will understand key elements of a mature program
  4. Participants will draft an action plan for their school

Participant Preparation:
Participants should bring existing policies, procedures, and relevant school documents related to staff evaluation and staff professional development. As schools review SY2017-2018 and plan for SY2018-2019, bring their school’s strategic plans or goals for the coming year. None of the above need to be in their final versions; bring drafts of these documents or action plans to consider throughout the course of the training.

Speaker Bio


Renee Rehfeldt is Director of Professional Learning and Development at Suzhou Singapore International School, in Suzhou, China, where she oversees the staff induction and orientation program, professional learning and development, professional growth and evaluation, and works with the leadership team on development of policy and protocol to support student and staff learning and wellbeing.

Involved in education for over 20 years, she has worked with a wide range of learners, from nursery to adult. She earned her Masters of Education in the United States, focusing on Spanish and Humanities instruction.

She is increasingly involved in the teacher development in the region, including conference and workshop presentations. Building a community where teachers have opportunities to reflect, learn, grow, and share is a basic ingredient for any learning environment. She believes strongly in the power of collaboration to improve student learning and strives to strengthen ties between educators and leaders.

2-Day Agenda

Day 1:

TimeFocus and Purpose
8:30-10:00 From Professional Development to Professional Learning
- What does the current research teach us about effective professional development?
- How can a shift in vocabulary help shape a school's vision and culture?
10:00-10:15Break
10:15-12:00 Meaningful Policies and Procedures
- What is your school's philosophy on professional learning?
- What are the essential elements your school needs to include in a professional learning policy?
- What are budgetary allowances and how do you allocate resources?
- Who are the key stakeholders to include in a developing policy?
12:00-12:45Lunch
12:45-2:30From Policy to Practice
- What are the components of a mature program?
- Which suit your school's culture and strategic vision?
- Where is your school now? Where to next?
2:30-2:45Break
2:45-4:30Connecting the Dots
- What professional learning is needed to support your school's strategic vision and direction?
- How can school leaders link professional learning, evaluation, and professional learning communities?
- How can school leaders link school and student needs to teacher needs?


Day 2:

TimeFocus and Purpose
8:30-10:00Internal Strategies that have a meaningful impact on student learning
- What does the current research teach us about effective professional development?
- How can we differentiate for teachers?
- What options are available to support internal professional learning for staff?
- How can school leaders get buy-in for an internal professional learning program?
10:00-10:15Break
10:15-12:00Supporting Network Development
- What network connection does your school have?
- How can your school cultivate network opportunities for professional sharing?
- What is involved in supporting development of Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)?
12:00-12:45Lunch
12:45-2:30Externally Provided Opportunities
- Does your school have specific protocol and criteria to support fair, transparent division of resources?
- How can your school best capitalize on external, one-off trainings?
2:30-2:45Break
2:45-4:00Action Plans
- Where is your school now?
- Where to next?
- How will you communicate to staff and implement the program?
4:00-4:30Debrief
- Points of reflection
- Points for growth


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CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FEE CANCELLATION POLICY
If notification of cancellation from a registered participant is received:
30 days or more prior to a conference or workshop - 80% of registration fee is refunded
Between 15-29 days prior to a conference or workshop - 40% of registration fee is refunded
Less than 15 days prior to a conference or workshop - no refund
CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP CANCELLATION
In the unlikely event of cancellation of the conferences and workshops due to circumstances beyond our control, we will give full refund of the registration fees. However, we will unable to refund any travel, visa or accommodation expenses incurred from registering the conferences and/or workshops.

Hotel Reservation


The school has recommended the following hotels:

1. Hangzhou Zhi Cheng
Address: 688 Dongxin Avenue, 310053 Hangzhou, China
Phone: 189-5713-1191 and 152-6712-0582
Contact: Mr. Qiu - 490409526@qq.com
Distance to HIS: 1.3 km
Standard Room (Twin Beds): 320RMB (2 Breakfast & cable Internet)
Standard Room (King Bed): 350RMB (2 Breakfast & cable Internet)

2. Four Points
Address: 868 Dongxin Avenue Binjiang District Hangzhou, Zhejiang China
Phone: (86)(571) 2887 8888
Contact: Ms.Tracy Zhou - tracy.zhou4@fourpoints.com
Cell Number: 152-5887-1630
Distance to HIS: 2.1 km

Standard Room (Twin Beds):
680RMB (1 Breakfast)*
770RMB (2 Breakfast & wi-fi)*

Standard Room (King Bed):
680RMB (1 Breakfast)*
770RMB (2 Breakfast & wi-fi)*

*Room rates listed may subject to changes

Host School

Hangzhou International School
Address: 78 Dongxin Street, Bin Jiang District, Hangzhou 310053
Phone: 86-571-8669-0045
Website: https://hz.scis-his.net/
Contact: Peggy Pan - ppan@his-china.org


Influential Curriculum Leadership

Influential Curriculum Leadership

April 21-22, 2018 - Chinese International School, Hong Kong


Workshop Info


Our Goal: As a result of this workshop, participants will have built their capacity as influential curriculum leaders and will:

  • Be aware of how beliefs and values shape behaviours and choices around learning and what this means when leading curriculum.
  • Understand the role of definitions of learning and learning principles.
  • Understand how the written curriculum can be framed and how this influences teaching, assessment, recording and reporting.
  • Be able to identify different types of challenge and choose congruent behaviours.
  • Reflect upon opportunities in their current context to use their leadership to improve learning.

Target Audience: Those responsible for leading learning - Directors of Learning, Teaching, Curriculum, Curriculum Coordinators and those in other positions such as Principal or Vice Principal who have responsibility for the quality of learning.

Overiew:
In recent years the role of ‘Director of Learning’ or ‘Curriculum Director’ has rapidly expanded in international schools, alongside longer standing roles such as curriculum coordinator for a specific programme. Whilst the management part of these roles is often straightforward, there is often no preparation for leadership from a position which requires influential leadership, rather than traditional hierarchical leadership. This workshop is intended to give serving or aspiring learning and curriculum leaders a set of mental maps and tools to help them improve learning through developing their influential leadership.

The speakers are donating their fees for this workshop to https://www.skyschool.world, a high school for refugees who want to change the world.

Participant Preparation:
Participants would benefit from bringing a sample of learning goals (curriculum) from their school, assessments aligned to these, records of learning they would expect a teacher to keep and a report. They could also come prepared to talk about their current strategic plans for leading curriculum. These will not need to be formally shared rather they will be used by participants to refer to during sessions.

Speaker Bio


Stuart MacAlpine is Director of Teaching and Learning for the East Campus of the United World College of South East Asia and joint Head of Curriculum Development and Research for the combined Campuses. He is passionate about concept based learning, and a Lynn Erickson Concept Based Workshop Leader and you can see his blog on https://uwcseaconcepts.wordpress.com. Stuart is on the journey to being a Cognitive Coaching Seminars Agency Trainer. He presents on learning and leadership for learning. Stuart has worked in a range of schools including Sevenoaks School and Millfield School in the UK and both campuses of The United World College of South East Asia. Stuart is Director for Education (pro bono) for Sky School, a High School for Refugees who want to change the world.

Rami Madani is the Director of Learning at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He served as a secondary school principal, dean of students, and department head in various international schools. Rami has designed a variety of professional development and training programs for teachers and administrators. In addition, he is an IB Diploma consultant and is passionate about aligning a school's systems with its mission and values, and ensuring that teaching and learning is the focus of what schools do. Rami presents at conferences and works with schools on areas related to curriculum, assessment, instruction, strategic planning, and leadership development. His primary focus is on nurturing minds, empowering educators, refining systems and tools to support student holistic growth.

2-Day Agenda

Day 1:

TimeFocus and Purpose
8;30-10:00 The Why
- How do beliefs and values determine the behaviours of learning teams?
10:00-10:15Break
10:15-12:00 The Written Curriculum
- How does the way learning is written down determine the way teaching and learning looks, feels and sounds like in a school?
12:00-12:45Lunch
12:45-2:30Leading Conversations about Learning
- How can I facilitate my teams' conversations about learning?
2:30-2:45Break
2:45-4:30Practice leading to a learning conversation.
- What am I becoming more aware of about the mental maps I bring to my role and how i influence learning?


Day 2:

TimeFocus and Purpose
8:30-10:00Practice leading an evidence of learning gains conversation.
- How can I support my teams to be effective users of learning data?
10:00-10:15Break
10:15-12:00Types of problems, types of support.
- What support functions do I use with those I lead?
12:00-12:45Lunch
12:45-2:30Types of change, types of actions
- How do I successfully lead change in my school?
2:30-2:45Break
2:45-4:00Mapping Change.
- What kinds of change am I going to be leading?
4:00-4:30Debrief
- Points of reflection
- Points for growth


Register Here!


CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FEE CANCELLATION POLICY
If notification of cancellation from a registered participant is received:
30 days or more prior to a conference or workshop - 80% of registration fee is refunded
Between 15-29 days prior to a conference or workshop - 40% of registration fee is refunded
Less than 15 days prior to a conference or workshop - no refund
CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP CANCELLATION
In the unlikely event of cancellation of the conferences and workshops due to circumstances beyond our control, we will give full refund of the registration fees. However, we will unable to refund any travel, visa or accommodation expenses incurred from registering the conferences and/or workshops.

Hotel Reservation


L'Hotel Causeway Bay Harbour View
Address: 18 King’s Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 3553 2898
Website: www.lhotelgroup.com
Contact: Ms. Debbie Chan – debbiechan@lhotelgroup.com
Single Deluxe Room – HK$1,280.00 inclusive of 10% service charge and buffet breakfast


Host School


Chinese International School
Address: 1 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill, Hong Kong SAR, China
Phone: +852 2510 7288
Website: www.cis.edu.hk
Contact: Lindsey Berns - lberns@cis.edu.hk


Implementing Effective and Sustainable Service Learning in Your School

Implementing Effective and Sustainable Service Learning in Your School

May 4-5, 2018 - Harrow International School, Beijing


Workshop Info


Target Audience: Extra Curricular Activity Coordinators / Leadership and Service Coordinators / Heads of Department / Directors of Sport

Student benefits of service learning include enhanced opportunities for learning, and personal and social skill development. Students gain increased knowledge of academic materials, their communities, and themselves. Service learning is a form of experiential education that supports deep learning. Through their service learning activities, students apply classroom knowledge in practical settings to enhance their understanding of class materials. Service learning provides students with opportunities to develop social engagement skills. By working with community members, students can enhance their group, organisational and interpersonal skills. They also can gain important experience working with diverse members of their communities. Students can gain better understanding of themselves as they explore and develop ways to contribute to their communities. They can develop self-confidence and an enhanced commitment to public service.

This 2-day workshop will be split into the following themes;

Day 1 – What is service-learning? What does an effective Service Learning Program look like? How to implement an effective and sustainable Service Learning Program in your school?

Day 2 – Preparing students for service learning with links to holistic development programs. Tracking student leadership and service throughout their education journey. Identifying and managing outside providers.



CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FEE CANCELLATION POLICY
If notification of cancellation from a registered participant is received:
30 days or more prior to a conference or workshop - 80% of registration fee is refunded
Between 15-29 days prior to a conference or workshop - 40% of registration fee is refunded
Less than 15 days prior to a conference or workshop - no refund
CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP CANCELLATION
In the unlikely event of cancellation of the conferences and workshops due to circumstances beyond our control, we will give full refund of the registration fees. However, we will unable to refund any travel, visa or accommodation expenses incurred from registering the conferences and/or workshops.

Speaker Profiles

Simon Joyce
Simon is the Head of Co Curricular Activities Department and a member of the Senior Management Team at The ISF Academy, Simon has worked in the Hong Kong education sector since 1993 serving at senior management level in both educational institutions and companies specializing in youth activity provision. Simon is a registered teacher in Hong Kong and holds a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from Newcastle University, Australia as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Adelaide. He has a keen interest in education and in supporting additional learning opportunities for students. In addition to his educational and business expertise, Simon has experience in establishing and implementing administration, marketing and communication systems.


Tim Sharpe

Tim is the current Head of Pre-Prep and a member of the Senior Management Team at Harrow Beijing. Currently in his 6th year in Beijing, Tim has been the Lower School Co Curricular Activities Coordinator for the last 4 years and holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Birmingham City University. He has a keen interest in education, in the personal development of students in the areas of wellbeing, conduct and leadership opportunities and how this matches the current. Tim is currently undertaking the NPQSL relating to Personal Development within his current school.

The Hutong Education Company
A long standing partner with Harrow School Beijing, the Hutong Education Company have been running unique and creative study programs to off-the-beaten-track destinations within China since 2009, with thorough professionalism and an impeccable safety record. They aim to broaden students’ horizons by exposing them to unique experiences throughout China. Their educational programs focus on a combination of cultural immersion, experiential outdoor education and service activities.
Attendees will travel to a meeting point in Beijing City to take part in an activity that will incorporate the use of a mobile phone application known as ‘The Go-Game’ and understand how it benefits students’ learning.


Hotel Reservation

The school has recommended the following hotels:

Crowne Plaza Lido, Beijing
Address: Building A, No. 6 Jingtai Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 10004
Phone: +86 10 6437 3388
https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/beiji...

The hotel is conveniently located at Chaoyang district in the center of the Lido area, famous for its up-market residents, international medical centers, restaurants & bars. The hotel is only 20 minutes’ drive from Beijing International Airport and close to Wangjing area. Commute easily to other parts of the city with the nearby Metro L14 &15 and the readily available taxis in the district.

All of the hotel guestrooms feature flat-screen TV, satellite channels, a large workspace and high-speed Internet access. The hotel is a 20-minute taxi ride from Harrow Beijing School. The room rate with this hotel is normally over CNY1, 000 per night.


Metropark Lido Hotel
Address: No. 6 Jiangtai Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100004
Phone: +86 10 64376237
http://www.hotellidobeijing.com/en/page.html?id=12...

The Metropark Lido Hotel,Beijing (Former Holiday Inn Lido Beijing), was established in 1984. On January 1st 2011, the hotel changed the name to Metropark Lido Hotel (former Holiday Inn Lido Beijing). It is a comprehensive 4-star-hotel integrating Accommodation, Restaurants & Bars, Apartment, Office Tower, Sports Club, Leisure Facilities, and International School & Kindergartens.

Just 17 km from the Beijing Capital International Airport, and the hotel is conveniently close to China International Exhibition Centre and 798 Art Zone, as well as within easy distance of many of Beijing's famous tourist attractions (Temple of Heaven, Great Wall, Ming Tomb, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Houhai). The hotel is a 20-minute taxi ride from Harrow Beijing School. The room rate with this hotel is normally under CNY1,000 per night.



Host School


Harrow School Beijing
Address: No.287 Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang County, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, 100102
Phone: +86 10 64448900
http://www.harrowbeijing.cn/


2-Day Agenda

Day 1:

TimeActivity
PurposeOutcomes
8:00 - 8:30Coffee and Pastries

Networking

8:30-9:00Keynote - Simon Joyce
Tapping the Power of Service Learning. An introduction to Service Learning and the impact effective Service Learning programs have on schools and communities.

Every school will gain an understanding of enhancing empathy amongst students through Service learning, motivating students and the power of retention.

9:00-10:00

Implementing an Effective and Sustainable Service Learning in the field - Simon Joyce

Implementing an Effective and Sustainable Service Learning Program. Participants will gain an understanding of the 5 Ps of sustainable development and how they can use this model in their respective schools

  • Every school will gain an understanding of the assessment process for implementing effective Service Learning Programs
  • Every school will be given time to develop a model of investigation, preparation and action which can then be applied to their respective schools.

10:00-10:15Break

10:15-12:15

Implementing an Effective and Sustainable Service Learning in the schools– Simon Joyce & Simon Newbold

Both will introduce strategic planning tools their schools utilize to successfully identify and evaluate programs. Colleagues will use these planning tools to

  • Every school will be given time to discuss and plan a robust, sustainable service-learning program by linking this session to a draft action plan. (We will refer to this throughout the 2 day workshop)
  • Schools will have the opportunity to share their action plans with the rest of the group.

12:15 - 1:15Lunch

1:15 - 2:00
Linking schools curriculum to Service Learning

Debate with all participants regarding the highlights/challenges faced when linking Service Learning to the main school curriculum.

Every school to contribute to discussion, brainstorm ideas and create an action plan for linking curriculum to Service Learning for their respective schools.

2:00 - 2:45School Communities and Charities - John Hopkins - Include discussion

John and selected students will discuss their community outreach program and the impact this has had. John will also share how he is establishing links with the local community in Beijing and will encourage discussion from all schools

  • Schools will understand how to create links with local charities in China and developing effective relationships with the local community.
  • Schools will share links they have made with Charities and share success stories.

2:45 - 3:00Break
3:00 - 3:45Case Study - Upper/Lower School Students Service Learning at Harrow BeijingPresentations will include students from Harrow introducing these projects:
Future Forests - Upper School - Dave Gabb
Save the Children (Den Day) - Lower School - Rob Crook
  • Harrow students will share their experience of Service Learning at Harrow Beijing
  • Schools with share experiences of effective activities to replicate in other schools
3:45 - 4:15Reflection TimeSchools will use this time to reflect on the day and note any important points, add to action plans and have time to ask further questions about any of the themes covered in each session


Day 2:

TimeActivity
PurposeOutcomes
9:00-9:30 Coffee and Pastries
Networking
9:30 -10:30Keynote - Tim Sharpe
Student Leadership - Preparing for Service Workshop

Developing key skills and character strengths to help students apply knowledge to practical settings and enhance their understanding of leadership and service.

  • Schools will share their Holistic programs and how this does or could link to a Service Learning Program
  • Schools will use this opportunity to add ideas from the keynote and discussion time to their overall action plan.
10:30 - 10:45Break


10:45-11:45

Integrating Service Learning into Tracking and Student Portfolios - Meeghan Wilson – Shekou International School

Meeghan will share examples of blogs and student portfolios to track service learning. Michael Rust and James Gant will give examples of how students record their leadership journey at Harrow School.

  • All schools will have an opportunity to share ways of recording Leadership and Service through ICT platforms.
  • Schools will have time to discuss the formats shared and add these to their action plan

11:45-12:30

Identifying and Managing Outside Service Providers - Rohan Kara/David Nicholson


Discussion on how to identify and manage outside service providers. Participants will be invited to share experiences with different service providers/ charities


  • Ideas for collaboration and communication formats used at Harrow School Beijing.
  • Schools will be given time to add ideas from discussion to their action plans.
12:30-1:15
Lunch


1:15 - 2:15

The Hutong Education Company

A presentation from one of our school partners on Service Learning through the Hutong Education. Other schools will have an opportunity to share other outside providers that support Service Learning

Schools will add ideas from this presentation to their action plan.
Schools will share contact details of to other outside providers that support Service Learning.
2:15 - 3:00Reflection Time and Next StepsAction plan for year on year


Register Here!


CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FEE CANCELLATION POLICY
If notification of cancellation from a registered participant is received:
30 days or more prior to a conference or workshop - 80% of registration fee is refunded
Between 15-29 days prior to a conference or workshop - 40% of registration fee is refunded
Less than 15 days prior to a conference or workshop - no refund
CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP CANCELLATION
In the unlikely event of cancellation of the conferences and workshops due to circumstances beyond our control, we will give full refund of the registration fees. However, we will unable to refund any travel, visa or accommodation expenses incurred from registering the conferences and/or workshops.

Empowering Teaching Assistants

Empowering Teaching Assistants

May 11-12, 2018 - Harrow International School, Beijing


Workshop Info


Essential Learning Question: What do I need to know and be able to do to create and sustain a positive learning environment for students?

Our Goal: For participants to leave with the confidence and tools necessary to play a larger role in managing classroom activities, communication with students and parents, as well as ensure a positive learning environment.

Our Ideal Audience: Teaching Assistants. Facilitation for workshop will be in Mandarin Chinese and English, but materials will be prepared in Chinese and participant groupings will allow for activities to be done in Chinese, if required.

Welcome to Empowering Teaching Assistants!

Everyone working in a school should be considered an educator; no matter what role they have in a school. Unfortunately, our teaching assistants, who have the ability to contribute the most in the classroom, are often relied upon the least to support student learning. Empowering Teaching Assistants is a highly interactive 2-day seminar designed to help teaching assistants take a larger role in influencing the classroom-learning environment.

Participants will experience how developing the relationships with one-self, students, colleagues and parents can:

  1. Strengthen the learning community;
  2. Ensure a safe learning environment;
  3. Develop trust; and
  4. Improve student learning.

Additional outcomes from applying the skills taught in this program will also ensure teaching assistants model and reinforce social-emotional and leadership skills.

Speaker Profiles


Summer Li loves education and has been working in education for over 11 years, both as a teacher and in operations and leadership. Her operational role was the Learning Center Manager of Yue Cheng Education Research Institute, affiliated with Beijing City International School, where she was responsible for professional development programs, introduced advanced and Western educational philosophies, research, teaching methodologies and best practices to Chinese national educators.

In Summer’s current role in KaiWen Education, she is responsible for communicating and cooperating with overseas universities, educational institutions and educators to improve the internationalization of education.

Summer holds a bachelor degree in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. In addition to her work in international education, Summer spends considerable time researching parent roles in education, communication, organizational management and leadership. Summer is a Certified Positive Discipline in Classroom Educator, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, has expertise in non-violent communication (NVC), and will soon finish her Cognitive Coaching certification.


Franziska Herting is Harrow Beijing’s current Head of Early Years. She joined the School in 2014 and has worked both in Early Years and Key Stage 1. Having worked in the UK, Australia and now China for nearly 20 years, she has a wealth of experience in leading and managing staff in quality Teaching and Learning and Early Years provision.

“I am passionate about Early Years education and its positive impact on future academic outcomes. Children learn and develop through playing, exploring, being active, being creative and being asked questions to help their thinking. A high quality Early Years education is pivotal for children to acquire the necessary skills and talents to ensure a successful entry into the compulsory years of schooling.”

Throughout her teaching career, Ms. Herting has developed a deep understanding of the importance of pastoral care and how it positively affects pupil achievements. She continues to apply this knowledge to Harrow Beijing’s youngest learners by working to establish a safe, caring and happy learning environment for them.

One of Ms. Herting’s main area of interest is English literacy development as well as second language acquisition. Ms. Herting is an accredited Jolly Phonics Trainer and has led the implementation of this programme at Harrow Beijing. Using Jolly Phonics has contributed to the Reception classes making excellent progress in early reading and writing. In her capacity as a Trainer, Ms. Herting has run various teacher training sessions across the wider Beijing community.

2-Day Agenda

Friday, May 11


Friday, May 11

TimeSessionFacilitator
8:30-10:00 Key Note: Pedagogy - How do pupils learn successfully in a modern classroom

Barbara Justham and Fran Herting

10:00-10:30Break

10:30-11:15 Workshop 1: Mindfulness and its impact on pupil learning

Laura Luo

10:30-11:15Workshop 2: Teaching and Learning in the Early YearsFran Herting and Helen Wang
10:30-11:15Workshop 3: Supporting successful English language development

Vivian Cai and Catherine Li

11:15-11:30Break

11:30-12:30Key Note: Positive Behaviour ManagementJames Rupasinha
12:30-1:30Lunch
1:30-2:30Key Note: A Journey towards Best Practice - The Harrow Beijing StoryKelly Wailes
2:30-3:15Key Note: A Journey towards Best Practice - Part 2 (Video Observations)

Fran Herting
3:15-3:30Break
3:30-4:15Workshop 1: Successful communication using the NVC approach

Ben Hill
3:30-4:15Workshop 2: Kinesthetic Learning – Engaging young learners

Catherine Niu
3:30-4:15Workshop 3: Team TeachingSummer Li
3:30-4:15Workshop 4: Effective questioning in the classroomFran Herting
4:15-4:30Reflection through "Speed Dating"Fran Herting
4:30-5:30Welcome Drinks (Optional)Fran Herting


Saturday, May 12


Friday, May 12

TimeSessionFacilitator
8:30-10:00Key Note: Collaborative TeachingSummer Li
10:00-10:30Break
10:30-11:15Workshop 1: Cultural Collaboration in an international settingSandy Lv
10:30-11:15Workshop 2: Successful early literacy development Alice Xue
10:30-11:15Workshop 3: Communication in a global classroomSummer Li
10:30-11:15Workshop 4: Effective coaching and mentoring Fran Herting/Barbara Justham
11:15-11:30Break
11:30-12:30Key Note: Cultural UnderstandingRosemary Zhao
12:30-1:30Lunch
1:30-1:45Reflection through "Speed Dating"

Fran Herting
1:45-3:00Project Work - Which strategies and tools will you employ in your setting?Summer Li and Fran Herting

Host School


Harrow School Beijing
Address: No.287 Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang County, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, 100102
Phone: +86 10 64448900
http://www.harrowbeijing.cn/


Hotel Reservation

The school has recommended the following hotels:

Crowne Plaza Lido, Beijing
Address: Building A, No. 6 Jingtai Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 10004
Phone: +86 10 6437 3388
https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/beiji...

The hotel is conveniently located at Chaoyang district in the center of the Lido area, famous for its up-market residents, international medical centers, restaurants & bars. The hotel is only 20 minutes’ drive from Beijing International Airport and close to Wangjing area. Commute easily to other parts of the city with the nearby Metro L14 &15 and the readily available taxis in the district.

All of the hotel guestrooms feature flat-screen TV, satellite channels, a large workspace and high-speed Internet access. The hotel is a 20-minute taxi ride from Harrow Beijing School. The room rate with this hotel is normally over CNY1, 000 per night.


Metropark Lido Hotel
Address: No. 6 Jiangtai Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100004
Phone: +86 10 64376237
http://www.hotellidobeijing.com/en/page.html?id=12...

The Metropark Lido Hotel,Beijing (Former Holiday Inn Lido Beijing), was established in 1984. On January 1st 2011, the hotel changed the name to Metropark Lido Hotel (former Holiday Inn Lido Beijing). It is a comprehensive 4-star-hotel integrating Accommodation, Restaurants & Bars, Apartment, Office Tower, Sports Club, Leisure Facilities, and International School & Kindergartens.

Just 17 km from the Beijing Capital International Airport, and the hotel is conveniently close to China International Exhibition Centre and 798 Art Zone, as well as within easy distance of many of Beijing's famous tourist attractions (Temple of Heaven, Great Wall, Ming Tomb, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Houhai). The hotel is a 20-minute taxi ride from Harrow Beijing School. The room rate with this hotel is normally under CNY1,000 per night.


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2016-17