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!

Workshop's Details

Essential Theme:

All Leadership Begins with Self-Leadership

Conference Objective:

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

Target Audience:

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.

Host School

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.

Claire Berger

Head of School

QSI International School of Shenzhen

Bitao Center #8-5 Taizi Road, Shekou, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China