Operations and Facilities management play a significant role in an international school. Managing operations and maintaining school’s facilities takes 24/7 effort and attention. When done right, operations and facilities management can empower educators in the classroom, concentrate on what they do best – raising students’ attainment levels. Studies show that safe, well-maintained, purpose-driven designed school buildings that are free from disruption can contribute to healthier students and staff, which can improve student performance (see https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/school-buildings-student-health-performance) and increase teaching time and reduce rates of teacher turnover (see https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED539484.pdf).
After Human Resources, operations and facilities management are the mostly expensive operations cost of a school. Schools can reduce unnecessary spending and costs when the school’s facilities and operations are managed and maintained well. It leads to a higher ROIs and extends the lifetime value of school’s assets.
The scope of facilities management is wide and extensive. As a facilities management professional, whether responsible for a single facility at a school site or multiple campus locations, maintaining high standards requires oversight of several key areas:
- Building and Premise Maintenance
- Space Management
- Sustainability and Environmental Improvements
- Capital Planning
- Health and Safety Compliance
- School Equipment
- Contractor and Sub-Contractor Management
- Crisis Management Protocols
- Custodial Services
- Auxiliary Services such as School Buses, Lunch Catering
- Landscape Design and Upkeep
- Moves and Setups
Each year, there are mandatory inspections by different municipal bureaus, and this mostly focus on the building and its operating systems. In addition, the facilities department is expected to meet the requirements of the Fire Bureau, Public Security Bureau, Power or Gas Supply Agency, Building Construction or Food Hygiene Bureau, etc.
The scope of work of a facilities management/operations department is expanding with new, evolving technologies and changing environments. Hybrid classroom is now the norm. Facilities management and operations professionals need to continue to expand their knowledge and learn new skills. To achieve this goal, ACAMIS is organizing three Professional Learning Network (PLN) sessions next academic year. The purpose of the PLN sessions is to provide an opportunity for experienced and new professionals in facilities management from different schools in China to get together to determine best practices, ask questions, discuss common issues/challenges, and share strategies, techniques, and solutions.
The sessions will be facilitated by Henry Wong who has served in both academic and non-teaching roles in a school. He has more than fourteen years of work experience in China’s international and bilingual schools as Business Administration Director. His responsibility in these schools was to oversee and provide leadership to all non-teaching functions, which included the Admissions & Marketing, Human Resources, Facilities Management, IT Help Desk, Public Relations, Auxiliary Services, Procurement, and Inventory departments. Henry published a booklet titled, “Preparing Host Country Support Staff for their Roles in International Schools.” While now living in southern California, he remains active in facilitating workshops for schools in China and Singapore.
Each PLN session will be conducted in two formats. The topic of the first half is pre-determined, and participants share their knowledge, experience, and questions related to the topic. The participants decide what topics to talk about during the second half of the PLN session.
This professional learning network is ideal for facilities management managers/directors and/or their supervisors. It is relevant for all levels of experience in the field.
9:00 - 12:00 China Standard Time
September 21, 2022
November 30, 2022
March 29, 2023
In addition to being an accomplished editor on interpersonal relationships, he is one of the few administrators who have served in both academic and non-academic roles in a school. He has more than sixteen years of work experience in international schools based in Singapore, China, and the US. His administrative positions have included Senior Admissions and Marketing Manager, Business Administration Director and, Co-head.
Henry worked in three international schools and two bilingual schools with student populations ranging from 220 to 1400. His international schools’ responsibility was to oversee and provide leadership for non-academic functions, including the Admissions & Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Public Relations, IT Help Desk, Facilities Management, Auxiliary Services, Procurement, and Inventory departments. These schools had very culturally diverse teaching and family populations. All the schools are accredited by schools and colleges associations (US), and IBO authorizes the three international schools. He published a booklet titled "Preparing Host Country Support Staff for their Roles in International Schools."
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REGISTRATION FEE REFUND POLICY
If notice of cancellation re the registered participant is received:
- 30+ days pre-event: 80% of fee is refundable
- 15-29 days pre-event: 40% of fee is refundable
- Less than 15 days pre-event: no refund
"Event" means the first PLN strand session in the annual program.
Participants who commence but do not complete the full annual program (withdrawing part way through) will not be granted any fee refund.
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REFUND DUE TO PD EVENT CANCELLATION
In the event of cancellation of any session of the three PLN strand annual sessions, we will make a pro-rata refund or provide an equivalent credit for the registration fee(s) paid.