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As the rains settle in to Nairobi, I am reminded that another calendar year is all too quickly drawing to a close and the Holiday Season will soon be upon us. As they say – time flies when you’re having fun!
Since my last communication to you AISA has been busy with the 2018 AISA Educators Conference which took place in Dakar in October. I’d like to thank the International School of Dakar for their help in making this event such a success. It was great to be back in West Africa with over 140 Educators and Associate exhibitors in attendance. I am mindful that our schools there have limited opportunities to access high quality, impactful and targeted Professional Learning on a regular basis. It was such a pleasure to note the openness and willingness to learn new things that this group of educators displays. Their call for AISA to try to make more professional learning accessible to our schools in this part of the Continent is certainly something we are looking at seriously. Please look for the review of this event from Graham Watts (AISA’s Director of Professional Learning) elsewhere in this circular. Please also contact Graham if your school would like to host one of our very popular Professional Learning Institutes (PLIs) next school year.
With the AEC complete, our attention is now turning to the inaugural AISA Invitational Conference (AIC) that will take place from the 30th - 31st March 2019 at the American International School in Lagos, Nigeria. While this event is primarily targeting non-member schools that are interested in experience the quality of learning AISA offers, and who are in the process of becoming an accredited international school, I do invite all educators and leaders from AISA member schools to take advantage of the close proximity of this learning event and register. Complete information about the programme and the logistics for the AIC is available on our AIC Website here.
We are also preparing for our new format, combined AISA Conference to take place in Cape Town from 21st - 23rd November 2019 at the CITCC, Cape Town. AISA’s Professional Learning Design Team (PLDT) will be gathering later in November to finalize the line-up of facilitators that I know will be our best yet. One particular item I want to make you aware of is the multi-stream governance deep dives we are preparing. These will target several aspects of good governance in international schools for a variety of stakeholders - be they new or experienced school leaders, senior admin staff and, significantly, school board members. Of course, this is also our 50th Anniversary Edition and we have a lot of great surprises in store for all who attend that event - so save the date. We will publish further details of the 2019 AISA Conference on our website early in the New Year.
Another date to save is the 2019 AISA Luncheon that will take place in San Francisco alongside the AAIE conference on Wednesday February 6th from 12:00 – 1:30pm. I will soon be sending out invitations to this event with full details - so watch out for those.
For now, as this is our last Circular for the year, it just remains for me to wish you, your loved ones and your entire school community a safe and relaxing holiday. Get some rest!
Dr Peter Bateman
Managing allegations of abuse against another child, adult or member of staff is a highly stressful, complex task.
It is vital that any concerns or allegation are dealt with properly and in a way that protects and upholds the dignity of all who are involved. These situations are often complex and can quickly escalate, particularly in the context of an international school community environment.
For this reason, the International Taskforce on Child Protection (ITFCP) has developed guidelines for international schools on how to manage such allegations effectively.
To read about why and how the protocol was developed, see this introductory article.
Download the Protocol - Managing Allegations
ISM is offering all AISA member school a FREE 3 month of Gold Membership. Included in the Gold Membership are the following benefits:
Over the past decade the role of non-formal education/ overseas expeditions & adventure weeks has been prevalent in many government agendas worldwide and the development of many school curricular. To name just a few, we currently have: the UK “manifesto for learning outside the classroom” (2006), the Scottish “curriculum for excellence through outdoor learning” (2010), International Baccalaureate C.A.S. Programme, the American Curriculum “week without walls”, “challenge week” and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award which has continued to grow, now operating in school in 140 countries worldwide.
1. Provide adventurous activities built on a well-established foundation of professional and safe practices.
2. Inspire holistic personal development and an exploration of inter-personal identities through culturally diverse experiences.
3. Outdoor learning which enables young people to discover their true potential to be dynamic and prosperous in their future lives.
Outdoor adventurous activities provide a unique opportunity to frame learning experiences for students in which they have an opportunity to take risks, be self-reliant and to be physically challenged. A meaningful experiential learning opportunity should include all of these elements offering space for students to build confidence, break down barriers, begin to understand their own strengths in challenging situations and to form bonds with their peers to achieve extraordinary things. Through outdoor experiences students can develop holistically.
Add these workshops/ focuses to your school field trip:
Contact Malko Alexandre Schraner for more information.
October is a busy month at AISA. With AISA professional learning institutes (PLIs) happening across Africa almost every weekend, I find myself in the fortunate position of needing to make choices as to which of these I should try to participate in. But what a great challenge to have! For example, I've just returned from an exceptional PLC at Work institute at the International Community School (ICS) in Addis Ababa over the past weekend. Dr Tim Stuart and his team crafted a powerful 3 days of deep learning around the key principles that support Professional Learning Communities in international schools. My mind is buzzing around how AISA can support these key principles in our schools and, in time, encourage the fully articulated implementation of PLC schools within the AISA region. If you're wondering what all this about please take a look at the Solution Tree website.
Among the many highlights of my time at ICS was the time I spent with the Teaching Assistants (TAs) who were in attendance at the PLC institute. I found myself gravitating towards them in sessions and at the breaks as I have not really taken the time to explore this important perspective of learning support in our schools. Their engagement, articulateness, proud sense of inclusion and the way they valued so highly the opportunity to learn that this event afforded them was such a pleasure to witness. Although we have included PL opportunities for TAs before in the AISA programme, I am working with the AISA team to explore ways that AISA might better support TAs across all our member schools on a regular basis. This will start with AISA designing (at least) one of our Webinar Series later this year with Teaching Assistants as the focus and to follow this up by establishing an online Community of Practice for TAs across the AISA region.
The other big event this month is the annual AISA Educators Conference taking place in Dakar later this week. This will be another rich learning experience for educators in our schools. I hope to see many of your there - but if you can't join us why not take a look here at what will be on offer. I'll let you know how it goes in the next eCircular.
Dr Peter Bateman
This year AISA received over 70 applications for our AISA scholarships', a sure indication that our learning events are attracting the attention we think they deserve.
We are pleased to announce the winners:
AISA Educator Conference (AEC) Scholarship Winners
1. Stephanie Budd, Banjul American International School
2. Derrick James Zamzow, American International School of Freetown
3. Yaye Aye Barry, American International School of Conakry
AISA Professional Learning Institute (PLI) Scholarship Winners
1. Molly Toliver, AIS Abuja
2. Trey Shiver, Harare International School
3. Heather Cronk, International School of Kenya
4. Bronwyn Schickerling, American International School of Cape Town
The work on the History of AISA book is now in full swing. We are still accepting contributions in the next few weeks. Perhaps you have a story to share about AISA and the impact it has had on you, and especially photos that may illustrate your story.
Here is one such story.
At IST in the early 1980s we looked forward to the annual AISA conference in Nairobi with an enthusiasm not always engendered by educational get-togethers. Not that the conference itself was uninspiring – IST contributed far more workshop leaders in those days than any other school. But schools, like armies, march on their stomachs. And our stomachs, thanks to Tanzania’s blighted economy (just buying bread or even weevil-infested flour was a daily challenge), were crying out for something a little more exciting than corned beef or mashed potatoes.
The AISA conference provided it. In the form, in those days, of a daily buffet lunch that back in Dar es Salaam we could only dream about, set up on the lawns by ISK’s swimming pool. We would, like Byron’s Assyrian cohorts, come down upon it “like the wolf on the fold”.
And as soon as the day’s workshops had ended (or to be honest, sometimes long before) we would descend upon Nairobi’s supermarkets with similar single-minded fervour.
The rest of the story will be in the History of AISA book.
American International School of Dakar (ISD)
With Dakar the host city of the AEC2018, we thought it timely to highlight one of our member schools in Dakar.
ISD in numbers:
The International School of Dakar began our 35th year last week.
We expect to break 600 students, a 30% increase over the past five years. Our community is truly diverse with over 55 different nationalities represented. An elementary classroom will have ten different nationalities and 6 different languages represented.
Our students had the highest scores in school history on the IB DP exams in May, with the highest scores in school history. We are an MYP Candidate School and hope to earn our PYP authorization by the end of this school year.
The new US$7million Performing Arts Center & Athletic Complex is well underway with an expected completion date of May 2019. The complex will significantly improve the arts and sports facilities for our students as well as the larger Senegalese community.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
AISA is delighted to highlight HMH, proud sponsors of the AEC2019 and loyal sponsors of many AISA past conferences.
Name: Surbhi Chopra
Location: Dublin Ireland
Role: Senior Account Executive
What does your organisation do or offer?
We are The Learning Company. As visionaries, we are looking toward the future while remaining committed to the core mission behind our founding – fostering lifelong learners. As educators, our purpose is to develop instruction and resources proven to provide every learner with a pathway to success in school and life. By working with teachers, parents, community learners, and field experts, HMH® continues to remain at the forefront of education. Together, with our customers, we create the fullest expression of what learning can be.
What are you best at doing?
Providing comprehensive learning solutions to help all students achieve their maximum potential, HMH serves as the leading source for personalized, flexible, and dynamic instruction. HMH’s programs offer AISA member school students, teachers, families, and administrators a path for raising student achievement.
How are you uniquely placed to support AISA member schools?
For more than 180 years, HMH has remained committed to excellence in learning and we are proud to be a long standing supporter of the AISA organisation. HMH has an experienced team of Account Executives and Solution Specialists who support AISA member schools on curriculum solutions to best suit your classroom requirements.
Most memorable Africa experience.
AISA Leadership Conference in Johannesburg in March 2017 was my most memorable event. It was my first AISA experience. I met the AISA team and the brilliant education fraternity in Africa. It was a great opportunity for me to learn about the association, schools, risks and demands of the region. The sessions were very well organized and informative even for someone like me who is not an educator.
What do you always travel with/top travel tips?
I believe in travelling light but I always have painkillers for headache following a sleepless night on the plane, eye-mask, a pair of comfortable shoes and compatible charges or converters.
Is there a special offer you could provide ASIA schools this month? –
HMH is offering a discount on our independent classroom reading libraries. Please contact Surbhi for more details.
Email: Surbhi.Chopra@ hmhco.com
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