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AISA 2012 Keynote Speakers

Every year, AISA carefully selects the best international speakers to deliver keynotes at our conferences. The following is a list of keynotes at the AISA 2012 events.

Dr. Beverley Naidoo


Mrs. Beverley Naidoo

Yvonne has a 30 year career in education spanning all phases including a hospital school. She worked in schools as a teacher and senior manager and more recently as a Local Authority Adviser promoting national agendas such as gifted and talented, S.E.A.L. and thinking skills. Her experience includes working with schools and stake holders in the Middle East, Asia, South America, Africa and Europe on areas of school improvement including monitoring and inspecting, gifted and talented, curriculum development, personalised learning and thinking skills. She believes in the importance of global learning and knowledge sharing and has been involved in a number of international educational initiatives.

Yvonne takes a proactive approach to learning, actively seeking new opportunities to progress and develop. Yvonne has a wide knowledge of national and international school improvement initiatives and how to promote them.

She is a motivational and inspirational leader who has a history of driving improvement. Her most recent work has been as Head of Secondary in a Swiss school, supporting change and raising achievement.

When not travelling to work with schools worldwide, Yvonne lives in London with her family and spends as much time as possible with her 2 grandchildren

Keynote Welcome to Jo’burg: We Are Our Stories

The stories, oral and literary, that we tell ourselves and our children are a vital part of who we are. Like our stories, we can be ‘fixed’ or capable of change. Beverley Naidoo will tell something of her own story, born during WW2 into ‘white Johannesburg’, and how both reading and writing have been a critical part of her own journeys in crossing boundaries. She will reflect on her experiences in returning from exile in the 1990s to work with young South Africans of all backgrounds. She will offer you glimpses into this city ‘Jozi’ and beyond - through Aesop’s ancient tales set in the nearby veld to her newly-launched adult/young adult biography of Neil Aggett who died 30 years ago in a Johannesburg police cell. Beverley upholds that while our stories are our ‘memory against forgetting’, they are also our future.

When October 21, 2012
In addition, Beverley will also be presenting institutes and workshops.

Sponsored by College Board

Cathryn Berger Kaye

President, CBK Associates

Cathryn Berger Kaye

When asked, “Where do you live?” Cathryn Berger Kaye often answers “in Los Angeles and airports.” In her work as president of CBK Associates and ABCD Books, Cathy travels 120 plus days a year throughout the United States and globally providing professional and organizational development, keynotes, in-depth institutes, and exceptional education and learning resources.

Most recent journeys include keynoting Singapore Character and Civic Education Conference, leading a three-day service learning institute in Jakarta for educators from 10 countries, leading a yea- long series professional development for educators through the department of education in Hawaii, and addressing critical education needs of New York City teachers. Cathryn authored The Complete Guide to Service Learning, and a Kids in Action workbook series. With Philippe Cousteau she has written two books Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands and the upcoming Make a Splash! A Kids Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands. Her program Strategies for Success: A Learning Curriculum that Serves has been implemented with over 50,000 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She reads, dances, cooks, and she is delighted to be at the AISA Conference.

Keynote Personalised learning….Is it a Myth?

Personalised learning, thinking skills and the importance to teach for 21st Century learning. Reality

Are these achievable in everyday classroom settings? Are they compatible with the curriculum? Are we ready and willing to change? Do schools really want to embrace all that they mean? Are we perhaps just paying lip service to the ideas, but not ready to completely implement the concepts? Do we need to?

The keynote will ask all these questions and more from a practical starting point. The presentation will be based upon Yvonne’s own experiences as a head teacher, moving a school from traditional learning towards the 21st century approach and as a classroom practitioner faced with the challenge of applying the theory of personalised learning into practice at the same time as ensuring students are prepared for and achieve in traditional exams.

When October 22, 2012
In addition, Yvonne will also be presenting institutes and workshops.

Sponsored by International Schools Services

Brett Dillingham

Director, Performance Literacy Institute

Brett Dillingham

Brett Dillingham created the performance literacy process, where students write and tell their own stories to authentic audiences. He has spent the past 20 years teaching in remote villages in Alaska and Canada, high-poverty urban environments in the United States and Western Europe, and international schools and conferences in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Brett’s keynote addresses include the World Congress on Reading and the International Reading Association. He is the author of the children’s book Raven Day and the textbook Performance Literacy Through Storytelling.

Keynote A Pre-history and History of Storytelling… and Why It Matters To Teachers

Storytelling surrounds us yet it is often difficult to “see” it- we often seem as unaware that storytelling is continuously occurring around us, much like a fish is unaware that it is surrounded by water. In this keynote you will hear stories, learn the likely origin of storytelling, become more aware of the stories around you, and have a basic understanding of what the latest brain research tells us about why storytelling is the means by which humans’ brains remember and transmit information.

When the keynote- the storytelling- is over, you will have stories unfolding in your head and breathe the stories that envelop you.

When October 23, 2012
In addition, Brett will also be presenting institutes and workshops. Click here for details

Sponsored by Bufallo State University

Linda Sills

Director of Program Development, Global Issues Network

Linda Sills

Linda Sills is the Director of Program Development for the Global Issues Network (GIN). Linda has been involved with GIN since 2006. Presently based in Berkeley, CA, she began in East Asia and has since worked in various regions building the Global Issues Network organizing student-led conferences first in Asia: China and Thailand, and now for the Americas: Peru, Brazil, and Costa Rica. GIN’s membership is 1500 strong and growing

Working in six international schools as a teacher, counselor and school psychologist has proven to be invaluable. Three of these schools were in Kenya, Burkina Faso and Morocco for 18 wonderful years. Having a leadership role with EARCOS was excellent preparation for her current role. Linda received a BA from UC Berkeley, a MA from Harvard and Tufts and is a devoted lifelong learner

Keynote Linda Sills Keynote

The power of accepting one's Global Citizenship challenges us to recognize our shared responsibility to act on global issues that affect us all as members of an interconnected global community.

Service, carefully and well chosen, is then the imperative to address these shared responsibilities.
Student Empowerment comes through taking action. Service with sustainable solutions fuels this powerful and relationship.

When October 24, 2012
In addition, Linda will also be presenting institutes and workshops.

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