International schools around the globe share a common vision: success for every student. To build an exceptional PLC, it is critical that teachers and leaders:
KEY AUDIENCE: All Educators - Teachers, Leadership, Administration
- Champion high levels of learning for all students,
- Operate in high-functioning collaborative teams,
- Implement proven response to intervention (RTI) structures,
- Commit to developing student agency with true teacher-student partnerships,
- Believe personalized, self-directed learning is a vehicle for innovation.
Discover how to instill and imprint these key components into your school’s culture during this three-day learning experience. Acclaimed experts and master practitioners will share their firsthand experiences building PLCs, answer implementation questions, and help you develop an achievable and sustainable plan of action.
The institute aims to build a school culture where learning thrives through the PLC at Work process. Learning strands will include School Culture, Assessment, Response to Intervention and Personalized Learning.
Learners attending this institute can expect to:
- Discover how to use the four critical questions of a PLC to create a system of continuous improvement.
- Examine how to personalize learning through student agency.
- Learn how to design and rely upon standards-based assessments for reliable and actionable data to accurately measure student gains.
- Explore approaches to learning that achiever levels of engagement and deeper learning for all students.
Timothy Stuart is the Head of School at the International Community School of Addis Ababa. In his previous role as Executive Director of Strategic Programs at the Singapore American School, he served as the chief architect for Research and Development and supported strategic school reform. Tim has led schools on the PLC journey to gain PLC exemplar school status. Tim is the author of many educational books, including Global Perspectives: Professional Learning Communities at Work in International Schools. His most recent work includes being the co-author of Personalized Learning in a PLC at Work-Student Agency through the Four Critical Questions, and being the co-founder of 8DegreesUp.
Anthony Muhammad is a much sought-after educational consultant and distinguished PLC consultant. A practitioner for nearly 20 years, he has served as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, and principal, and as a high school principal. Anthony is the author of many educational books including, Overcoming the Achievement Gap:Liberating Mindset to Effect Change, The Will to Lead, the Skill to Teach: Transforming Schools at Every Level, and Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division.
Tom Schimmer is a renowned author and a speaker with expertise in assessment, grading, leadership, and behavioral support. He is a former district-level leader, school administrator, and teacher from BC, Canada. Tom is the author of many educational books including Standards-Based Learning in Action: Moving from Theory to Practice, Essential Assessment: Six Tenets for Bringing Hope, Efficacy and Achievement to the Classroom, and Grading From the Inside Out: Bringing Acuract to Student Assessment.
Darin Fahrney is Principal of the High School division at Singapore American School. He is a former Support Services Coordinator and Deputy Principal at SAS. Darin has extensive experience with PLCs, especially with creating, supporting and sustaining successful RTI models. Darin has led schools on the PLC journey to gain PLC exemplar school status. Darin is a contributing author to the book, Global Perspectives: Professional Learning Communities at Work in International Schools.
Paul Buckley is the Director at the American International School of Zagreb. He has more than 30 years of experience in education and with PLCS, particularly within PYP environments. Paul has led learning in remote schools in Central Australia and in international schools in Shanghai, Beijing, Colombo, and Jakarta. Paul has led schools on the PLC journey to gain PLC exemplar school status. Paul is a contributing author to the book Global Perspectives: Professional Learning Communities at Work in International Schools.
Sascha Heckmann is the Director at the American International School of Mozambique and has extensive educator experience internationally. Sascha is co-author of the recent book, Personalized Learning in a PLC at Work-Student Agency through the Four Critical Questions and co-founder of 8DegreesUp.
REGISTRATION FEES: US$449
International Community School of Addis Ababa (ICS Addis)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Visa and Health
Refer to the Ethiopia VISA Information and Exemptions website for more information.
Hotel Name: Hilton Addis Ababa
Physical Address: Menelik II Ave, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone No: +251 11 517 0000
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 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.
Hotel – School Transport
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.