ACAMIS Student Leadership Conference
Saturday, January 27, 2024
QSI International School of Shenzhen
Theme: Leading Ourselves, Leading Teams, Leading Project
In the coming days, your Secondary Division Leader and Student Activities Leader will be fully informed about this special training opportunity for student leaders, and registration will then open. Our facilitator for the day, Pete Rogers, has decades of experience in Leadership Training at the Secondary School, University, and corporate levels. This will be an exceptional opportunity for students to move beyond insights and practice leadership grounded in self-awareness and healthy team dynamics while improving student well-being, confidence, and performance. The day will be highly interactive, and students will " do” more than they consume. There will also be time for each school to undertake a resources audit that will allow you to prioritize projects more clearly, saving time, energy, money, and frustration!
All Leadership Begins with Self-Leadership
Help emerging leaders understand self-leadership's critical role in school leadership. This will be achieved through various highly interactive exercises illuminating gifts and creating pathways to complete projects and initiatives.
Free for ACAMIS Member Schools, including lunch and break time refreshments
Year 9-11 student government leaders and faculty advisors. We are planning for ACAMIS member schools in Shenzhen and surrounding areas that can easily reach Shenzhen within a 1-hour train journey. A delegation of 6-10 students and 1 faculty advisor would be welcome.
Young people take leadership roles in our communities in ways we have never seen before. From traditional leadership positions like student councils and peer leadership to participating in orientations and student advocacy groups, how do student leaders lead in this new and changing landscape? How do they support other students? How can they most effectively advocate and work with the adults at school?
This interactive conference will:
- Teach concrete skills (e.g., presentation skills, conflict resolution skills, brainstorming skills, prioritizing skills) to overcome the common obstacles student leaders experience and the unique challenges they may encounter in the upcoming year.
- This workshop will engage faculty mentors and students to undertake a clear-eyed and gratitude-based assessment of their Student Leadership Program, including resources (time, energy, and focus) so that increased opportunities for student ownership are enhanced.
- Discuss student leaders' common challenges and strategies to affect positive change within school communities.
Refreshments and Registration
Welcome by Erin or QSI Head of College (orientation to bathrooms, etc…) and Introduction to Keynote speaker Pete Rogers
Keynote Session Presentation Skills for Student Leaders - (How to be heard!)
Biggest Breakthroughs (sharing our learning)
Pete Rogers: Session 1: Team Conflict-Setback or Opportunity? (Activity-Giving helpful feedback, or “earning the right”).
10 Minute Break
Session 2: Firing Up Your Imagination for Innovative Leadership-Moving beyond “I like that idea” (students will be mixed from their school groups)
*Session 3: Self-Care for Leaders (Creating a self-care plan and MINDFULLY forming a community to avoid isolation and burnout)
Four Pillars of Student Leadership/Pareto/Priorities
Individual School Assessment in Gratitude to Set Future Priorities
10-15 Minute Break
Wandering With Intention
Large Group Sharing of Best Practices: What did you learn? What can you borrow?
Final Activity: How can we cheer for one another? Lessons from Carol K.
Refreshments and networking (Faculty Advisors could have a separate session for networking and experience sharing)
* I could do this by myself, or a faculty mentor from QSI, or another school could facilitate this section.
- Sessions are intended to support the topics by challenging participants to apply the knowledge they’re learning.
- Faculty advisors will facilitate sessions, be briefed on all activities, and be given instructions on how to facilitate the activities 2-weeks before the conference.
QSI is a non-profit organization that has 35 schools in 29 different countries (in five continents), founded in 1991 as an outgrowth of our school in Sanaa, Yemen, that was established in 1971. Many of our schools have come into existence at the request of personnel in an American Embassy (or Consulate) and are accredited by Middle States Association (Philadelphia). QSI International School of Shenzhen has been established in 2001. It is a co-educational day school for students from 2 years of age through Secondary graduation. With nearly 1000 students from over 35 different nationalities. The caring faculty is recruited from native-English speaking countries, and staff who hold certifications in their core content areas.
Head of School
QSI International School of Shenzhen
Bitao Center #8-5 Taizi Road, Shekou, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China
If notice of cancellation re the registered participant/sponsor 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
Online PD Programs - No refund will be granted re participants commencing an online PD program and withdrawing part way through. Course material fees (re DiSC surveys, book fees, etc) are not refundable once access is granted.Refund Due To PD Event Cancellation
In the event of cancellation of a conference, workshop or online PD program, we will fully refund the registration or sponsorship fee(s) paid. However, we will be unable to refund any travel, visa or accommodation expenses incurred or course material fees where access has been granted.