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The Instructional Agility Professional Learning Institute (PLI) session takes participants back to the core fundamentals of classroom assessment. Rather than creating assessment events that require teachers to stop teaching in order to conduct their formative assessments, the focus will be on the more organic process of infusing assessment experiences into any activity or strategy. Specifically, participants will come to know the two, non-negotiable characteristics that make an activity a formative assessment experience as well as some practical strategies that can be used for assessment purposes.
KEY AUDIENCE: Teachers, Teacher Teams, Teacher Leaders, Coaches, Instructional Leaders
Being instructionally agile is about making seamless instructional adjustments at a moment’s notice. Learners attending this institute can expect to:
Tom Schimmer is an independent education author, speaker, and consultant from Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). He is recognized as a leader and expert in the areas of assessment for learning, sound grading practices, educational leadership, and positive behavior interventions and supports. Tom has been an educator since 1991. His teaching career began at Vancouver College in Vancouver, BC where he spent 7 years (1991-1998) as a full-time classroom teacher having taught a variety of subjects from grades 7-12. He then spent the next 11 years as a school administrator.
After spending one-year (1998-99) as the Assistant Principal for the Senior School (10-12) at Vancouver College, Tom moved to School District No. 67 in Penticton, BC (Canada) where he was a middle school (6-8) Assistant Principal for 7 years (1999-2006) and a High School (9-12) Assistant Principal for three (2006-2009). In 2009, Tom was appointed to the position of District Principal (2009-2011) where he was a member of the senior management team and was responsible for overseeing the efforts to support & build the instructional capacities of teachers & administrators throughout the district. Tom is an experienced, sought-after presenter who has delivered both keynote and workshop sessions and major conferences, as well as for schools and/or school districts, internationally.
Early-Bird Date: 26th November 2018
Cancellation Date: 25th December 2018
The American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ)
Johannesburg, South Africa.
Visa and Health
Refer to the South Africa VISA Information and Exemptions website for information.
Hotel Name: City Lodge Hotel
Physical Address: Cnr Montecasino Boulevard & Witkoppen Roads; Fourways, Johannesburg.
Phone No: +27 11 244 6000
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): ZAR 952.80
Double Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): ZAR 1,117.80
To make a booking, fill in the Booking Form and send it the Reservations Team at firstname.lastname@example.org with your check in/out details.
To arrange for an airport transfer, send an email to Marco at Avala Transport (email@example.com) with your itinerary details. Marco can also be reached at +27 827715885
Hotel – School Transport
The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the City Lodge Hotel in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.
Convergence is a summit devoted to educators interested in proven, future-ready methods of integrating Technology, Maker Learning, and Data Analytics into their practice to transform teaching and learning for their students. All sessions are hands-on, requiring educators to be active participants in developing understanding and progressing on their journey to becoming change agents.
KEY AUDIENCE: Teachers, Leadership, Specialists and any educator who is interested in learning about integrating Technology, Maker Learning, and Data Analytics into their practice.
Consilience, a non-profit, global innovation education company and the International School of Kenya have partnered to bring you Convergence: Nairobi. The Convergence summit is a hands-on Summit with Institutes in Technology Integration, Maker Learning, and Data Analytics. Institutes explore aspects of the themes below:
How might we employ technology to create powerful learning experiences, lead change, and develop professionally?
How might we empower students to use Making as a vehicle for understanding and capacity building?
How might we use data to inform and advance our practice? ...to help our students to reflect on and inform future learning?
The summit features 15+ institutes in these strands, facilitated by renowned expert, including:
A full list of the institutes and schedule can be found HERE.
Registration Closes on: 20th January 2019
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The International School of Kenya
Kirawa Road, Off Peponi Road, Kitusuru
Visitors to Kenya require a visa unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. Exempt countries include all those travelling with a passport from an East African Country. For other exempt countries see the new Kenyan Government eVisa website where you can also apply for an entry visa.
A visa MUST be obtained prior to travel. Visa cost US$51
All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.
Physical Address: Village Market, Gigiri Nairobi
Phone No: +254 (20) 725 000/ +254 732 186 000
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 135
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed Only): US$ 116
Reference: International School of Kenya
Physical Address: Kinanda Road, Off ISK Back Road, Kitisuru, Nairobi.
Phone No: +254 717 533 860 | +254 712 922 098
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 100 - 120
Booking: Make your reservation here
The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Trademark Hotel in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening. Hob House is a few minutes' walk to ISK and you can also get a taxi to drop you off.
This institute will explore what it means to successfully manage an international school library program in Africa today. Participants and representatives from various library organizations will share their expertise and brainstorm solutions in informal sessions. You will leave the forum with plenty of exciting ideas to take back to your library that will inspire your students and staff to read and research more, deepen their creative literary and IT skills. There will also be opportunities to explore Addis Ababa.
This event is kindly sponsored by AISA member, EBSCO.
Due to this generous sponsorship this event is free for AISA member-schools.
Free places are limited to one person per phase of a school. This event is not open to non-members.
AISA is grateful to EBSCO for their partnership on this event.
KEY AUDIENCE: Librarians (EC-12) and Library Assistants
Registrations for this event are now closed.
International Community School of Addis Ababa (ICS Addis)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Refer to the Ethiopia VISA Information and Exemptions website for more information.
Hotel Name: Hilton Addis Ababa
Physical Address: Menelik II Ave, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone No: +251 11 517 0000
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 215
Hotel Name: Jupiter International Hotel
Physical Address: Tito St, Cazanchise, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone No: +251 11 552 7333 / +251 11 661 6969
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 100
Hotel Name: Victoria Guesthouse
Physical Address: Sarbet, Pushkin Square, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone No: +251 11 369 2112
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 90 - 120
To make a booking at the Hilton Addis Ababa Hotel, go to the Hilton Addis website and on the top right hand corner, click More Options. Select your reservation dates and add the special rate code D113169980 under the Corporate Account field. Click on the Check Rooms and Rates button and select your room.
Indicate whether you will require airport transfers which are offered by the hotel at US$ 12 per way.
To make a booking at the Jupiter Int. Hotel and Victoria Guesthouse, contact the venues directly and provide your arrival/departure details.
The Host School will only provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Hilton Addis Ababa Hotel in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening. Transportation to ICS Addis from the other hotels will be the delegates responsibility.
Note that the Victoria Guesthouse is the closest venue to the school.
This is a unique opportunity for participants to learn about writing and reading practices, relevant research and its practical applications directly from the experts, as well as get feedback on how to meet the needs of Pre-K to Grade 8 students and apply research in the critical area of effective literacy instruction. Each day will begin with a keynote followed by break out sessions based on topic and /or grade levels.
KEY AUDIENCE: PK-8 teachers, teacher teams, ELL/learning support teachers/coordinators, administrators
This institute will enable participants to discover new opportunities that lead to immediate and long range impact on improving literacy teaching and learning. Participants will experience and apply useful strategies and tools that move from simple to complex patterns of engagement and can expect to:
Kathy Collins is co-author with Matt Glover of the Heinemann title "I Am Reading". Kathy is the beloved author of Growing Readers as well as Reading for Real. She presents at conferences and works in schools all over the world to support teachers in developing high-quality, effective literacy instruction in the elementary school grades. Kathy has worked closely with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, and she was a first grade teacher in Brooklyn, New York.
Dan Feigelson has worked extensively in New York City schools as a teacher, staff developer, curriculum writer, principal, and local superintendent. An early member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, he has led institutes, workshops and lab-sites around the world on the teaching of reading and writing. A regular presenter at national conferences, Dan is the author of Reading Projects Re-imagined: Student-Driven Conferences to Deepen Critical Thinking, and Practical Punctuation: Lessons in Rule Making and Rule Breaking in Elementary Writing. He lives in Harlem and Columbia County, New York.
Early-Bird Date: 17th December 2018
Cancellation Date: 15th January 2019
Join expert voices from across the spectrum of personalized learning to gain an enhanced sense of understanding and purpose - teachers can reach all students and help everyone through a personalized learning journey.
Tim Stuart, Sasha Heckman, Jane Pollock, Matt Glover, & Chantelle Love
Early-Bird Date: 17th December 2018
School counsellors face a myriad of challenges on a daily basis as they juggle competing demands of students in crisis, child protection issues, parent and community consultation, support for teachers and implementing school wide well-being programs.
This institute will provide opportunities for counsellors to reflect on their practice, receive support through group consultations, share examples of innovative practice and learn from highly experienced practitioners within the AISA community.
James Rosow from the Truman Group, who is leading the AISA online consultation pilot programme, will also be on hand to provide support to our counsellors. He will also explore the issue of depression and anxiety, including how schools can identify and effectively treat students struggling with these disabling issues.
This institute is run in partnership with the Truman Group.
KEY AUDIENCE: School Counsellors
Chanel has a Masters in International & Community Development and is currently undertaking a Masters in Counselling. In her spare-time she tries to dedicate space for regular yoga practice and is currently studying to be a yoga teacher.
James Rosow, PhD: James is a doctoral level clinical psychologist who holds a license in New York. He currently lives in Madrid, where he is the Clinical Director for the Truman Group and runs an active private practice. He has worked both as a clinician and administrator in a variety of settings; as Clinical Director of the Truman Group he oversees a staff of more than 20 clinicians.
In his clinical practice Dr. Rosow provides individual therapy to children, adolescents, adults and couples. He relies on both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral interventions to treat a wide range of psychological and emotional problems. Dr. Rosow’s previous clinical positions include Director of Clinical Training at the Brooklyn Children's Psychiatric Center and Assistant Director of the Proctor Academy Charter School.
Early-Bird Date: 11th December 2018
Cancellation Date: 9th January 2019
Amani Gardens Inn
71 Church Road off Waiyaki Way, Westlands
Refer to the Kenya VISA Information and Exemptions website for more information.
Hotel Name: Amani Gardens Inn
Physical Address: 71 Church Road off Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya.
Phone No: +254 723 161935
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 80
You can make your hotel reservation directly on the the Amani Gardens Inn website or send an email to email@example.com
You can also book through the transfers company, ProLog Seven by sending an email to Kevin (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your arrival/departure details - US$ 50 per way.
Uber is available in Kenya and you can book for your transfers on arrival through the mobile App.
Education is changing and consequently, so should our teaching. As educators, we must create a positive, innovative learning environment which supports and empowers our students by taking an active role in their own learning. We will review the 21st century competencies, navigating various models of learning while also integrating technology (e.g. Google classroom). Our shift in instruction will support a shift in assessment practices. We will review formative assessment and descriptive feedback supporting learning goals which will guide instruction. Assessment is set at individual student needs. Teachers will be able to review their programs to design lessons supporting the 21st century learner.
KEY AUDIENCE: Teachers, Middle and Senior Leaders
The aim of this workshop is to support Educators in the empowerment of 21st century learners through an integrated approach
Participants attending this institute can expect to:
Annette Ackermann is an Educational Consultant working in the Peel District School Board in Canada supporting teachers from Kindergarten up to grade 12. She has been teaching for over 25 years, and she continues learning from her students every day. During her years as a teacher, she has taught with the Catholic Separate School Board and a private school in Oakville. More specifically, she has taught various grades from Primary up to Senior. She has taught all subject areas, combined grades, and has worked as a support staff working with ESL and Special Education students.
As a French speaker, she has also taught Core French and French Immersion. She also teaches Additional Qualification courses for teachers at both the University of Toronto and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario. Besides teaching she tries to remain active to find some balance in her life. In the winter, she is a ski instructor; in the summer, she runs and leads a dragon boat team. She also loves to cook, read, garden and travel. She is a proud mother of two young adult men, who both graduated from university this year.
Early-Bird Date: 24th December 2018
Cancellation Date: 22nd January 2019
Ghana International School
2nd Circular Road, Cantonments
Refer to the Ghana VISA Information and Exemptions website for more information.
Hotel Name: Midindi Hotel
Physical Address: 15 First Circular Road, East Cantonments, Accra, Ghana
Phone No: +233 302 770007
Standard Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 95
Executive Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 137
To make your reservation, send an email to Francis at email@example.com. The reservation includes a complementary airport transfer which you can request for if required.
The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Midindi Hotel in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.
This Service Learning institute is designed specifically for educators K-12 to support the implementation of authentic service learning within schools. Curriculum development using the 5 Service Learning Standards ( Investigation, Planning and Preparation, Action, Reflection and Demonstration/Communication) will be shared with the opportunity to engage in collaboration on service learning models, resources, integrated service learning units, and engaging teaching strategies to help educators successfully embed service learning at their schools. This course will also help with understanding the IBDP CAS Guidelines.
KEY AUDIENCE: All those interested in Service Learning
Deanna Milne is the CAS Coordinator at the International School of Tanganyika and works with the Servelearn organization as a consultant providing professional development workshops, coaching and resources for the implementation and integration of service learning into a school’s curricular and/or co-curricular program.
Early-Bird Date: 14th January 2019
Cancellation Date: 12th February 2019
International School of Tanganyika
Haile Selassie Road
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Refer to the Tanzania VISA Information and Exemptions website for information.
Hotel Name: Best Western Coral Beach
Physical Address: Plot 956/1412, Coral Lane, Masaki, Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam 2585, Tanzania
Phone No: +255 784 260 192
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$165
To make a booking at the Best Western Coral Beach Hotel, send an email to Nyangeta at firstname.lastname@example.org with your arrival/departure dates.
Indicate whether you will require airport transfers which are offered by the hotel at US$ 40 per way.
The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Best Western Coral Beach Hotel in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.
The role of the human resources professional is to ensure that the workplace and the individuals that are employed there are safe, engaged and are managed in a way that is legal and serves to motivate top performance. To do this, HR professionals benefit from continuing education, access to best practices in recruiting, legal compliance, communication, technology and employee relations. This workshop is designed to provide vital communication and people management skills, as well as create a forum for HR professionals within American International Schools in Africa to network to find solutions to common problems and legal challenges that they face in their school environment. It is designed to be informative and fun.
KEY AUDIENCE: HR Mangers
The aim of the Human Resource Managers institute is to provide a forum for HR professionals to learn people development topics related to helping manage school staff and create a forum for peers to learn from one another and find common solutions to common challenges.
A frequent public speaker who is quoted often in national and industry press, Claudia is a regular contributor to numerous print and electronic publications on the topic of human resources. Her professional passion is in employee engagement, team development and workplace communications. Claudia is also the author of Transforming Teams – Tips for Improving Collaboration and Building Trust, a “#1 Hot New Release” on Amazon.com.
Claudia holds an undergraduate degree in employee benefits and labor relations from The American University and a master’s degree in business and public administration from The George Washington University, and numerous HR and behavioral science certifications.
Cancellation Date: 12th February 2019
Past UNEP. Off Magnolia Close
The Trademark Hotel
Physical Address: Village Market, Gigiri Nairobi
Phone No: +254 (20) 725 000/ +254 732 186 000
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 136
Double Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 156
Project Based Learning (PBL) is a research-based instructional approach that allows teachers to incorporate authentic learning experiences that provide students agency and complexity in their learning. PBL allows teachers within a discipline and across discipline to design learning experiences where students connect conceptual understandings. Using PBL, teachers are able to offer students a wide degree of voice and choice while ensuring that students master essential disciplinary content and skills. This training targets teachers from Grade 4 through Grade 12 and will focus on classroom-based strategies that empower learners to inquire and master essential content.
KEY AUDIENCE: Teachers, Coaches, Curriculum Coordinator
The aim of this workshop is to grow teachers' ability to develop disciplinary and trans-disciplinary Project Based Learning units that are authentic and rigorous.
Michael McDowell, Ed.D. is a national presenter, speaking on instruction, learning, leadership and innovation. He has provided professional development services to large school districts, State Departments of Education, and higher education. In addition, he was a former National Faculty member for the Buck Institute of Education and a key thought leader in the inception of their leadership work in scaling innovation in instructional methodologies. His expertise in design and implementation is complimented by his scholarly approach to leadership, learning, and instruction. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Redlands and an Ed.D. from the University of La Verne. He received departmental honors for his work in Environmental Science and was awarded the Tom Fine Creative Leadership Award for his doctoral work at the University of La Verne. He has also completed certification programs through Harvard University, the California Association of School Business Officials, the American Association of School Personnel Administrators, and Cognition Education. He holds both a California single subject teaching credential and an administrative credential. Dr. McDowell currently serves as the Superintendent of the Ross School District.
Most recently, he served as the Associate Superintendent of Instructional and Personnel Services at the Tamalpais Union High School District. During his tenure, the Tamalpais Union High School District was recognized by the Marzano Research Laboratories as one of the top highly reliable organizations in the United States, and schools within the district received recognitions by the US News and World Report, and honored with California Distinguished Schools accolades.
Prior to his role as a central office administrator, Dr. McDowell served as the Principal of North Tahoe High School, a California Distinguished School. Prior to administration, Dr. McDowell was a leadership and instructional coach for the New Tech Network supporting educators in designing, implementing, and enhancing innovative schools across the country.
Before engaging in the nonprofit sector, Dr. McDowell created and implemented an environmental science and biology program at Napa New Technology High School, infusing 1:1 technology, innovative teaching and assessment, and leveraging student voice in the classroom. Additionally, Dr. McDowell, taught middle school math and science in Pacifica, CA.
Early-Bird Date: 11th February 2019
Cancellation Date: 12th March 2019
The American International School of Mozambique (AISM)
Rua do Rio Raraga,
Refer to the Mozambique VISA Information and Exemptions website for more information.
Hotel Name: EasyStay Maputo
Physical Address: 151 Avenida Da Marginal, Maputo, Mozambique
Phone No: +258 20 607030
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$110
Promo Code: To be advised
To make your reservation, please use the link above to book directly with the hotel and reference the Promo Code. Payment will be due on check-in.
Request the hotel for airport transfers if required.
The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the StayEasy Maputo in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.
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