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AISA School Heads Retreat 2017

Principled Leadership: Enhancing the Quality of Learning

22nd - 24th September 2017SHR logo RGB border

"A learning organization discovers how to tap people's commitment and capacity to learn at all levels…where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free and where people are continually learning how to learn together."--Peter Senge

The aim of the AISA School Heads Retreat is to create a forum where Heads can connect informally, share and learn together and explore ideas connected to their own (individual) professional learning pathway and wellbeing. This will be achieved via personal reflection as well as through a professional learning community, to develop the skills to engage in a continuous cycle of team and individual improvement.

The AISA SHR is exclusively for the Head of School. Please do noet register any other team members for this event.

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Registration Details


  Full Members Affiliate Members
Early Bird Rate (Friday 22nd July)) $ 495 $ 510
Full Registration $ 540 $ 560

Cancellation Date

Wednesday, 22nd August 2017View our cancellation policy.


Please note this event is for School Heads only.

Learning Outcomes

Successful school leaders know that by working from a deeply held set of principles they can be more in control of their feelings, thoughts and actions. The ability to focus in a world full of complex and challenging distractions can be the difference in making better decisions and supporting healthier organizations. Daniel Goleman reminds us that the main task of leadership is directing the attention of others toward vital and important things. The AISA retreat will focus on enhancing leadership capacity around 5 key principles of systems leadership:

  • learning,
  • diversity,
  • community,
  • inquiry and
  • patterns.

Each principle will be engaged through embedded practice and reflection from a self-directed approach.

Each Head of School will have the opportunity to...


Better understand that......


Will be more able to ....


Will demonstrate.....

Great organizations are guided by a few shared principles where individuals have high degrees of personal freedom to act. (Self-directedness).

Recognize and utilize the difference between framing by principles and constraining by rules.

Develop key principles for and with my community, and use those to create a learning culture.

Increased awareness and consistency of decision-making that is informed by shared principles.

More resilience when things go wrong because we are acting on principle.

Our primary purpose as leaders is to improve the quality of learning and life for all stakeholders connected to the school.

Identify high learning impact goals and strategies and to prioritize them.

Identify a ‘to don’t list’ of activities that are high energy/low impact.

More courage in tackling habits or favoured activities that have low learning or life impact.

More confidence and awareness in making tough decisions in complex systems.

Our schools develop differently if we embrace diversity as a starting point.

Learning and organisational success is more likely through diversity.

Develop a pro-active stance on diversity/inclusion and operationalize it effectively and efficiently.  

Additional leadership qualities in determining the right things to focus on for successful system impact.

More management qualities in doing things right.

Our schools are dynamic, organic ecosystems, rich with complexity and solving difficult challenges requires thoughtful, participatory leadership  

Reach across the traditional boundaries and talk to people in all parts of the system.

Use different forms of conversations for different purposes in intentional ways.


Increased empathy with all our learning stakeholders.

More appreciation for the added value all stakeholders can bring to a great community

School capacity is enhanced through structured inquiry especially with diverse teams Lead colleagues and other stakeholders in structured, productive inquiry to re-culture the school.  Increased reflectiveness to assess  progress, successes and failures
By being system observers, we can begin to recognize productive and non-productive patterns of practice and use this knowledge to reshape our schools.  

Recognize successful patterns of practice that can be transferred to other contexts.

Break unproductive patterns of practice, manage the ensuing complexity, move to more successful patterns.

Increased wisdom in using experience to anticipate outcomes, build on successful patterns, eliminate unsuccessful ones


SHR Programme

Friday, September 22



Facilitator Venue
16.00 - 17.30



 Palmiers Foyer
17.30 - 19.00

Welcome Cocktail & Launch of the AISA School Effectiveness Handbook

Dr Peter Bateman &
Dr Dennis Larkin
Palmiers Foyer
19.00 Dinner with friends    

 Saturday, September 23



Facilitator Venue
09.00 - 9.30



Office of Overseas Schools

Dr Peter Bateman (AISA ED)

Caroline Jacoby (AISA Board Chair)

Mary Russman (REO)

09.30 - 10.30

Session 1 (Part 1) The Power of Principles (Overview)

(Part 2) The Community Principle

Kevin Bartlett and Jim Roussin  
10:30 - 11.00 Tea/coffee   Baobabs Foyer
11:00 - 13.00

Session 2 - The Learning Principle

Kevin Bartlett and Jim Roussin Baobabs
13:00 - 14.00 Lunch   Terrasse Restaurant
14:00 - 16.00

Session 3 - The Pattern Principle

Individual and/or shared Reflection

School Heads’ Dialogue

Kevin Bartlett and Jim Roussin

16.00 - 17.30

AISA Mentoring Programme Launch 
(or free time if not invlived)

 Dan Jubert and David Henry Baobabs

Networking Dinner (Optional)

  Le Grain de Sel Restaurant


Sunday, September 24

Time Event Facilitator Venue
09.00 - 10.30

Session 4 - The Diversity Principle 

Kevin Bartlett and Jim Roussin Baobabs
10.30 - 11.00 Tea/Coffee   Baobabs Foyer
11.00 - 13.00

Session 5 - The Inquiry Principle

Kevin Bartlett and Jim Roussin Baobabs
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch   Terrasse Restaurant
14.00 - 15.45

Session 6 - Wrap-Up

Individual reflection/Evaluation of the SHR


Kevin & Jim

Peter Bateman & Caroline Jocoby

15.45 - 16.00 Coffee and departure   Baobabs Foyer



About the Facilitators

Kevin BartlettKevin Bartlett

Kevin Bartlett has held leadership positions in the UK, Tanzania, Namibia, Austria and Belgium, where he is currently Director of the International School of Brussels (ISB), a fully inclusive school.
He has been deeply involved in designing accreditation systems for the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). Kevin was a member of the Founding Board of CIS and served as Chairman for four years. He is a writer and trainer in the field of leadership for learning for the Principals' Training Center. As a curriculum designer he was the initiator and early leader of the IB Primary Years Programme.
Kevin is the Co-Designer and Co-Leader of two successful global initiatives: The Next Frontier: Inclusion and The Common Ground Collaborative, a curriculum project for international and national schools.

Kevin’s work has recently been recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools, which named ISB as one of six Schools of the Future, and by the Association for the Advancement of International Education, which named Kevin as International Superintendent of the Year 2014.

James L. RoussinJim Photo copy 002

Jim has worked as an assistant superintendent, language arts teacher, ESL coordinator and adjunct professor.

Jim is currently the executive director for Generative Learning. A consulting practice focused on healthy organizations and human development through the lens of natural systems theory and complexity science. http://www.generative-learning.com

He is also a teaching associate for Human Systems Dynamics (an institute that is using complexity theory to influence organizational effectiveness). Jim facilitates learning in the following areas: Leadership Development, Strategic Planning, Cognitive Coaching, Adaptive Schools and Program Evaluation.

Jim is the co-developer and co-facilitator of the West-Metro Teacher Leadership Academy in Minnesota! You can learn more about the teacher academy at the following video link: https://vimeo.com/126870299

Jim has authored numerous articles and is the coauthor of two books: Implementing Change Through Learning: Concerns-Based Concepts, Tools, and Strategies for Guiding Change (2013) & Guiding Professional Learning Communities: Inspiration, Challenge, Surprise, and Meaning (2010). Jim is currently working on a new book with Robert Garmston: Transparent Teams: How Mindful Groups Abandon Limitations for School Improvement


Visa and Health

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Venue & Accommodation for SHR

Terrou-Bi Hotel, Dakar
Dakar Room TB Hotel

        Rate FCFA      Rate USD
Standard Bed & Breakfast   122,000 200
Transfer - One way 7,000 12


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