We were so hopeful that we could gather for the rescheduled Spring Leadership Conference at Keystone Academy in Beijing on May 30-31 to share, learn and celebrate getting through this phase of our ongoing ordeal and brainstorm about what is coming, but with quarantines in place and restrictions on public gatherings, this is not possible. The host school, the Board, and the Executive Office have taken the decision to cancel the Spring Leadership Conference this year.
Planning will begin as soon as possible for March 5-6, 2021 at Keystone Academy as many of the fundamental logistics are in place. We are hopeful of having the two great keynote speakers, Stedman Graham and Rosalind Wiseman with us as well. It is important that you know of the tremendous support of Malcolm McKenzie, the Head of our host school, Keystone Academy in Beijing, and his conference planning team who have been most creative, flexible and adaptable in working with us to try to hold this conference. We are extremely grateful to Malcolm for his wisdom and generosity and are delighted that Keystone Academy will be the host in 2021. We look forward to celebrating our 20th Anniversary next year.
Thank you to the approximately 150 people who reconfirmed their registrations when the conference was rescheduled. We have granted refunds to those who requested one and will continue to do so. Email notification concerning this update and registration refund arrangement will soon be sent to registrants and registered attendees.
Thank you for the Ongoing Support!
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.
There will be nine strands at the Spring Leadership Conference based on the theme of "Values Added." They include:
- Leaders and Management:
- Middle Management and Aspiring Leaders;
- Business Managers/HR/Facilities Managers
- Student Activities:
- Athletic Directors/Coaches;
- ACE and Performing Arts Coordinators;
- Community Learning and Service;
- Student Support:
- Residential Life and Pastoral Care;
- University Placement Counselors/Advisors; and