2021 ACAMIS Spring Leadership Conference
Friday and Saturday, April 16-17, 2021
Keystone Academy, Beijing
Thank you Keystone Academy for hosting the conference and created this wonderful video!
Conference photos will be available soon.
This year the theme of the annual ACAMIS Spring Leadership Conference will be “Values Added”. In many schools, we think about “Value Added”. Usually this refers to what the institution, and teachers, add to what the students bring with them. We expect creative and productive schools like ours to add significant value to our students’ learning. Perhaps not quite so many schools concern themselves with the ‘values’ that they add to the lives of their students. Our theme of “Values Added” is meant to encourage engagement with and discussion of the importance of values in the school curriculum, in and out of the classroom. Is it enough to be merely a “Value Adding” school? Or does holistic learning, which might encompass character and moral growth in addition to scholastic development, require “Values Added” as well?
This year’s theme recognizes that learning communities grow in goodness together. We are rigorous academic institutions at all levels, of course, but as schools we should be looking for, and looking after, so much more than the pursuit of the intellectual. At Keystone, the centrality of our 5 values – arising as they do from the Confucian tradition -- is part and parcel of our public purpose: We believe that China, and the world, need students and teachers who bring the life of the mind together with a caretaker’s spirit. As educators, we set our sights on the development of character and community throughout our school setting, and beyond.
The following are strands that will be offered at the Spring Leadership Conference based on the theme of "Values Added." They include:
- School Leaders, Middle Management and Aspiring Leaders
- Business, Facilities and Account Managers and Human Resources
- Athletic Directors/Coaches
- ACE and Performing Arts Coordinators
- University Placement Advisors/Counselors
Author, Educator and Entrepreneur
Stedman Graham is Chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates.
Graham delivers his identity message nationally and internationally to businesses, corporations, professional associations, government and civic organizations, and colleges and universities. His message is driven by the Nine Step Success Process® which supports Identity Leadership development.
Stedman Graham has authored eleven books, including two New York Times bestsellers, You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success and Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps to Success. His latest release, Identity: Your Passport to Success, was a Wall Street Journal Bestseller.
A commitment to education and lifelong learning is central to Graham’s philosophy.
He served as a former professor at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he taught management strategy and leadership.
Stedman Graham is also a former adjunct professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he taught a leadership course based on his Nine Step Success Process®. He is currently a distinguished visiting professor for universities and
colleges around the country.
Graham has worked with many notable corporations and institutions, including Gulfstream Aerospace, Harvard Business School, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, Lenovo and Merrill Lynch. He has built relationships and offered seminars with international corporate interests as well, including Kraft/Mondolez in Turkey, the Reignwood Group in China and Pengrowth Oil in Canada.
A native of Whitesboro, New Jersey, Graham has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to youth and community. He is the founder of the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro and Concerned Citizens of Lake Waccamaw, NC.
Graham serves on several boards, including Junior Achievement and the Sonima Foundation. Graham is actively involved in leadership and program development efforts in South Africa, China and the Netherlands.
Graham served in the United States Army and played basketball professionally in the European League.
Graham holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Hardin-Simmons University, a Master’s degree in Education from Ball State University and an honorary doctorate in Humanities from Coker College.
Expert on Ethical Leadership
Rosalind Wiseman is Founder of Cultures of Dignity, Author, and an International Presenter on Ethical Issues.
From where we learn to where we work, Rosalind Wiseman fosters civil dialogue and inspires communities to build strength, courage and purpose. Through professional development training, speaking, teaching, and consulting in a wide array of organizations, educational institutions and corporations, Rosalind is reimagining social emotional learning for all: so we can all be in better relationships with each other.
National media regularly depends on Wiseman as the expert on ethical leadership, conflict, media literacy, youth culture, parenting, and bullying prevention. She has been profiled in The New York Times, People, Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today. Wiseman is a frequent guest on national media like The Today Show, CNN, and NPR affiliates throughout the country.
She is the founder of Cultures of Dignity; an organization that shifts the way communities think about our physical and emotional wellbeing by working in close partnership with the experts of those communities–young people, educators, policy makers, and business and political leaders.
In addition, to her work at the Anti-Defamation League as a contributor and curriculum creator, she is best known for being the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World—the groundbreaking, best-selling book that was the basis for the movie and Broadway Musical Mean Girls, and in 2016 was fully revised for a third edition. And Wiseman is the author of the Owning Up Curriculum, a comprehensive social justice program for grades 4-12 which is in widespread use across the world.
Her other publications include the New York Times best seller, Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, which addresses the social lives of boys and was awarded Best Parenting Book by Books for a Better Life in 2014.
Head of College, Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong
Caroline Taylor has been an educator for over 30 years. She began her career in the UK and has taught in both UK state and private schools. Caroline has been in international education for 21 years and she has taught in schools in Thailand and China. She has been working with Dulwich International for the past 11 years having started her career at the Beijing campus as Deputy Head Academic. Caroline believes positive relationships have the ability and the power to release students’ and staff full potential. She has seen that the relationship between a student and their teacher plays an important role in the trajectory of their academic success and social development. Caroline believes that establishing a positive relationship with their teacher helps a child feel more comfortable and safe in their classroom environment. She is currently Head of College at Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong.
With almost two decades of academic experience, Dr. Marta Medved Krajnovic brings demonstrated leadership skills, a deep understanding, passion, and appreciation for international education to Western Academy of Beijing. Before joining WAB in 2018, Marta served as the director of Stockholm International School for five years. She previously worked as Associate Professor at the University of Zagreb, and was also director of the Postgraduate Programme in Applied Linguistics there. Marta has authored books and research articles on second language acquisition and multilingualism. In addition to her academic work, she is currently a board member of Educational Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS). After living in Croatia, England, Ireland, Japan, Hungary and Sweden, Marta has rich international experience with different countries, people and cultures. She has served as a board member of the American International School of Budapest and as a chair and member of various Croatian and international educational committees and projects.
Julie Lawton has lived in Beijing for almost 25 years and is a founding member of Beijing City International School (BCIS). Julie’s background is in elementary education as a grade teacher, EAL specialist and PYP Coordinator before becoming a Principal in 2004. Julie was the Elementary Principal at BCIS for 13 years, including holding the combined role of Deputy Head of School for 7 years, until becoming the first female Head of School in August 2018. Being a part BCIS’ growth and development over the past 16 years continues to be an incredible journey. The next stage of this journey will see Julie taking on the new role of Chief Academic Officer for BCIS parent group, YueCheng Education (YCE), in August 2021.
Lili is a passionate teacher and educator with over 28 years of experience. She is currently based in Beijing, works as Associate Head of School & Dean of Curriculum at Keystone Academy. She has served at different international and bilingual schools as well as Chinese National government schools where she gained her teaching and leadership experience in Chinese National Curriculum, IGCSE and IB. She is an IB workshop leader with over 14 years of teacher training experience, also serves as an IB field representative, senior examiner, School Authorization Visiting Team leader & consultant, School evaluation leader and program leader. She was distinguished speaker and presenter at many national and international education conferences. During the time working at local government schools, she worked as homeroom teacher, language lead teacher, grade level leader and also an examiner for the China National Curriculum High School Entrance Exam. She was awarded as the Outstanding Young Teacher at the city and district level.
She is committed to blending distinctive traditions in eastern, western and international education and truly believes in developing a positive instinct for difference, and a desire to learn from otherness.
Dr. Lily Liu holds a Global Ed.D from the Rossier Education School of the University of Southern California. She also holds a professional Senior Educational title from China.
Furthermore, Dr. Liu is a member of the National Youth Federation Association. She is also a member of the Shaanxi Provincial Political Consultative Conference. She has been awarded as National Outstanding Worker for Moral Education. She ranks in the Top Ten as a Shaanxi Province Counselor, and has also acquired the Shenzhen City Outstanding Educator Prize. In addition, Dr. Liu was awarded Xi’an City May 4th Youth Medal, and the Hi-Tech Zone Advanced Educator Award. She was appointed as vice principal of Xi’an High-tech No.3 Primary School after the open election of High-tech Zone in 2009 and has served as Head of Xi’an High-tech International School International Department (Xi’an Liangjiatan International School) since 2013.
Over the past seven years, she has supported the school to become the first IB International School, and SAT/AP test center school in the Northwest of China. During her Global Ed.D study, she visited many schools in the US, UK, Finland, Qatar and Hong Kong. She focuses on the study of the retention of expatriate experts in an advancing city. In 2017, 2018 and 2019, she was invited to participate in the "China International School Industry Annual Conference" for three consecutive years and made a keynote speech as the host of the conference. She advocates the development of international educators and learners in a global context in order to build Xi’an’s Liang Jiatan’s international community.
Keystone Academy is an innovative and unique school in China and the world. It draws from Chinese, American and International learning traditions and weaves them into a powerful bilingual education model. It is truly one-of-its kind in China. The curriculum is bilingual in the primary years with more intensive instruction in English through middle and high schools. We focus on inquiry-based learning, critical thinking, and creative problem solving in a rigorous intellectual environment. This prepares Keystone students for the challenges of the modern integrated world. Keystone's academic program is international in scope with a strong and intentional central Chinese focus on national identity, language, culture, and history. Our school is from foundation year through grade 12.
Our school includes a boarding program, optional in grades seven and eight, and mandatory in grades 9-12. Through our residential program, our students will develop the values, close relationships and independence that are essential for positive leadership and success. Western educational approaches in a Chinese context enable a model of true cultural fusion and international understanding. The majority of our students will be Chinese, but we will also have a healthy representation of other nationalities.
Our sprawling campus is in Shunyi, Beijing, which includes a state-of-the-art music room, theatre, indoor gymnasium, science labs and other facilities.
Head of School
No.11, Anfu Street, Houshayu, Shunyi District, Beijing 101318
+86 10 8049 6008
This Conference is generously sponsored by:
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