Members of the ASIJ Leadership Team recently attended the EARCOS (East Asia Regional Council of Schools) Leadership Conference in Bangkok. The team presented a session on A Strategic Direction – Establishing the Vision and Staying the Course, to a packed house. Attendees from schools across East Asia asked a number of questions about the work ASIJ is doing to implement its strategic plan.
Director of Learning Innovation, Paul O’Neill, and Director of Strategic Innovation, Glenda Baker, presented a pre-conference titled: What Are the Change Demands of a Contemporary Curriculum – and How We Prioritize and Implement These Changes in Our Schools. The full day session for curriculum leaders addressed the “knowing/doing gap” and how to turn knowledge into action. Using a case-study approach, participants examined genuine curricular and instructional challenges and how change management can be applied to improve student achievement in their schools.
Genta Branstetter, the ES Associate Principal, went to eight sessions that focused on topics from The Life of New Principals: Challenges Faced, Strategies and Tips to Succeed to Ensuring Quality Assessment. As a result, she is now working with teams to implement, create, select and effectively use assessments for a variety of purposes in the Elementary School.
Erin Nelson, Director of Advancement, attended a pre-conference on Head, Trustee, Development, Admission and Academic Partnerships To Increase Enrollment and Retention. The presenter encouraged schools to share details of professional learning undertaken by faculty and administrators with the broader school community. This ASIJ News post is an example of putting that into action.