Presenters Topic/Title
Harvey Alvy Leadership, Admissions (Wed.)
Marilyn George Accreditation (Tues. / Wed. / Sun.)
Chris Jansen Leadership Mentoring (Wed.)
Lee Ann Jung Assessment, Inclusiveness (Wed.)
Noel Khng Business Managers' (EARASBO) Precon
John Littleford Leadership Through Partnership (LtP) (Wed. / Thurs.)
Rami Madani Leadership (Tues.)
Adam Olenn Admissions (Wed.)
Jennifer Sparrow Curriculum (Wed.)
Ann Straub Intercultural Leadership (Wed.)
James Warnock Supervision and Evaluation (Wed.)
Kendall Zoller Leadership (Wed.)
International School Leadership Program International School Leadership Program - USF/WSU

Harvey Alvy


Topic: Leadership, Admissions (Wed.)
Title: TBA
Description: TBA

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Marilyn George

Biography: Marilyn George has been the executive vice president of the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC), since 1987. In addition to her knowledge of international accreditation and ongoing school improvement her areas of expertise are school curriculum/instruction/assessment and professional development. As the executive vice president, her responsibilities for the entire ACS WASC region include: working with international, national and state governments, ACS WASC partner associations, school districts and individual schools in developing and refinement of overall policies, understandings, and detailed procedures; creating/ refining accreditation criteria, materials and processes; developing/ conducting/ facilitating training for all visiting committees/school leaders; training of trainers; supervising and organizing visiting committees and improving related office operations; advising and working with educators and professional associations; and assisting the president with numerous tasks/issues. Prior to joining ACS WASC, she has taught at the K-12 and college levels and has been a professional development specialist, a trainer, a consultant, and a high school district administrator of professional development and state/federal programs. She has given presentations and written articles and other publications in the areas of staff development, mentoring, and accreditation. Her degrees are from Westminster College (B.S.), University of Wisconsin, Madison (M.S.), and University of California Los Angeles, UCLA, (Ed.D.).

Topic: Accreditation (Tues. / Wed. / Sun.)
Title: Accreditation

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Title: WASC Focus on Learning Accreditation Training

The one-day interactive ACS WASC session will examine the guiding principles and essentials of the Focus on Learning self-study process and the many ways it can be adapted to a school's situation to ensure a meaningful self-study process. The session will provide an opportunity for EARCOS educators to examine strategies inherent in Focus on Learning that support the school's assessment of student learning in relation to schoolwide learner outcomes and academic standards. During the latter part of the session, there will be a panel of EARCOS educators who will share how they adapted the Focus on Learning process for their respective schools, including integration with strategic planning. This session enables participants to become eligible for serving on WASC visiting committees.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Title: WASC Visiting Committee Chair Training

The session will prepare EARCOS educators to chair a WASC visiting committee after having served several times as a visiting committee member. The chair roles that will be examined are the following: "keeper of the school improvement vision"; coach for the school and the visiting committee members; and an organizer of the visit. Through the dialogue and discussion there will be shared insights and advice from fellow EARCOS educators who have already chaired full, mid-cycle, and other special visits.

(For the past several years we have done a session on Thursday, October 31, 2019, for 1 hour 15 minutes about becoming accredited. CIS joined us last year. It was a conversation with the participants. We always seem to have about 25-30 people.

Title: Becoming Accredited: Essential Elements

The session will address the essential elements that must exist and be operating effectively in a school whose purpose is to move into the accreditation process that focuses on student learning and well-being and ongoing improvement. This includes the following areas: mission, vision, beliefs, governance, administration and organizational issues, staffing, instructional program student support, culture and resources.

Sunday, November 3, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Title: WASC: Focus on Learning Visiting Committee Member Training

This session will;
(1) prepare educators to serve on WASC visiting committees, emphasizing the role and responsibilities of a WASC visiting committee member and
(2) examine the guiding principles and essentials of the Focus on Learning process and its adaptability to support ongoing school improvement.

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Chris Jansen

Biography: Dr. Chris Jansen Chris is a senior consultant with Leadership Lab where he works alongside organisations in the education, health, social services and community sectors in a range of projects. These include design and delivery of leadership development programmes, change management initiatives, organisational capability and strategic planning.

In particular Chris is involved with the Grow Waitaha programme where 150 schools across Greater Christchurch have partnered with Ministry of Education, Ngai Tahu, and 4 providers over the last 4 years to explore future focussed pedagogy including student agency, collaborative teaching, flexible learning spaces, cultural narratives, authentic curriculum and diverse partnerships. This process includes individual coaching and mentoring of school leaders, facilitation of collaboration between schools to share innovation, and the curation of successful case studies to benefit the wider public sector.

Topic: Leadership Mentoring (Wed.)

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Lee Ann Jung

Biography: TBA

Topic: Assessment, Inclusiveness (Wed.)
Title: TBA
Description: TBA

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Noel Khng

Biography: TBA

Topic: Business Managers' (EARASBO) Precon
Title: TBA
Description: TBA

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John Littleford

Biography: John Littleford served as teacher, trustee and head of school for over 25 years. For the past 28 years he has been a consultant to over 5000 independent and international schools. His clients also include corporations, foundations, universities and a range of other non-profit organizations. Mr. Littleford's areas of expertise include: board governance, strategic planning, executive and faculty compensation and evaluation; executive searches; marketing strategies including admissions; fund raising, managing change; school climate; institutional and financial audits; and team building. His widely read landmark book, "Faculty Salary Systems in Independent Schools" was published by the National Association of Independent Schools for 20 years. John Littleford speaks and leads workshops at Conferences all over the world. Littleford & Associates' Newsletter is published four times a year and is widely read by 25,000 trustees and school and not for profit leaders.

Topic: Leadership Through Partnership (LtP) (Wed. / Thurs.)
Title: Leadership Through Engagement: Becoming Truly Strategic Boards and Heads

Audience: Experienced and New Heads, Chairs, Board Officers and Committee Chairs of International School Boards
Wednesday, 8:30 - 12:00

This session will examine the broad range of board governance practices from policy governance to generative governance. Which governance protocols are the healthiest leading to the most strategic school work?

The session begins Wednesday and continues Thursday morning when a cohort of new attendees will be integrated into a program focusing on head search, transition and succession, i.e., how to ensure that searches produce long-term leaders who leave a lasting legacy.

Part I Significant Takeaways:

1. How to ensure truly "healthy" boards with the right players in the room with appropriate terms of office
2. The EIGHT key roles of the crucial governance/policy/nominating committee in board selection, training, discipline and development
3. The three key partnerships: head/chair; head/board; chair/board
4. The qualities most needed in a board chair and how to spot them?
5. Best and worst practice for head evaluation, chair evaluation and board evaluation
6. The "terms" of engagement of the board with parents, staff, alumni and others and managing constituent communication

Part II: 13:00 to 16:30
Leadership Through Engagement: Difficult Issues, Tough Conversations and Creative Solutions

1. How to change the statistics on head turnover
2. Understanding your type of school: Are you an international school or an independent school and the importance of this distinction for board governance and community expectations
3. The best more to build a powerful culture of charitable giving in international school cultures
4. "Boundary issues" in school communities and how that affects board oversight of the Head
5. The three key factors in achieving and maintaining long term financial sustainability

Thursday, 10:00 to 12:30
Leadership Through Engagement: Search and Transition and Ensuring the Legacy of the Head

1. Healthy search protocols including appropriate engagement of the community in the search
3. Forming and guiding the search committee
2. Managing internal candidates
4. The Importance of a transition committee and a transition plan
5. What should an "entry plan" for a new head look like?
6. "Rules of the Road" for heads in their first, second and third years

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Rami Madani

Biography: Rami Madani is the Head of the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to that he worked in schools in Yemen, UK, Zambia, and India, serving students and faculty at all school levels. He has taught subjects ranging from Mathematics to Music to Theory of Knowledge. He has served as a secondary school principal, director of learning, dean of students, and department head in various international schools. Rami has designed a variety of professional development and training programs. In addition, he is an IB Diploma consultant and is passionate about aligning a school's systems with its mission, and ensuring that teaching and learning is the focus of what schools do. Rami presents at conferences and works with schools on areas related to strategic planning, leadership, growth & evaluation, curriculum, assessment and instruction. His primary focus is on nurturing minds, empowering educators, refining systems and tools to support student holistic growth.

Topic: Leadership (Tues.)
Title: Learning Focused Leadership (Tues.)
Description: Leaders are always on stage, the choices we make are about which stage to be on, and what impact we chose to have on the people we lead. This is an advanced pre-conference session will focus on four key components for educational leaders. Vision: How can we increase our ability to influence and inspire others and, when required, manage our positional authority effectively? Learning: How do we enhance our ability to observe confidently and give insightful, learning-focused feedback? Culture: There is much more to school culture than striving to be positive, respectful, and professional. What does a transformative school culture mean and how do we cultivate it? Facilitation: A leader’s capability to facilitate impactful learning-focussed meetings and conversations can profoundly impact how participants feel about their purpose and work. The workshop will suggest strategies that promote self-reflection and helps us see how leadership is, at its core, very personal.

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Adam Olenn

Biography: TBA

Topic: Admissions (Wed.)
Title: TBA
Description: TBA

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Jennifer Sparrow

Biography: Jennifer Sparrow serves as the deputy superintendent of Singapore American School (SAS) and has previously had the roles of MS humanities teacher, director of assessment and educational data, and executive director of teaching and learning. In addition to her work at SAS, Jennifer has facilitated over ten EARCOS regional workshops and dozens of EARCOS leadership conference sessions on the topics of quality assessment, use of data, and change leadership. Jennifer is also an Associate Presenter in the areas of assessment and professional learning communities for Solution Tree. She recently received her doctorate from the University of Southern California in organizational change and leadership.

Topic: Curriculum (Wed.)
Title: TBA
Description: TBA

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Ann Straub

Biography: Ann Straub is an International Advisor for the Council of International Schools (CIS). She is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and trains teachers and educational leaders who are strategically focused on developing intercultural competency and global citizens, intercultural leadership, and intercultural learning to promote diversity and inclusion. Ann was previously the Director of Curriculum and Staff Development at the International School of Bangkok and a trainer for the Principals' Training Center. She trains teachers and administrators in the United States and internationally who are strategically focused on developing intercultural competency and global citizens. Ann currently resides in Middlebury, VT with her husband Peter and their new Westie puppy, Daks.

Topic: Intercultural Leadership (Wed.)
Title: Intercultural Leadership: Educating for Global Citizenship
Description: What is your school's definition of global citizenship? How is this put into practice and measured? The words "global citizenship" often appear in school's guiding statements, but what this looks like and how to accomplish this is often frustratingly vague with a "hit or miss" approach prevailing. This requires a leader who understands what is meant by intercultural leadership and strives to develop intercultural competence. In this interactive workshop, we will refer to research on intercultural leadership, reflect on our own leadership traits, and look at a school's institutional responsibility toward the development of global citizens and how this can be operationalized in a practical sense. By discussing international school case studies, listening to an experienced school leader focused on global citizenship, and seeing successful school examples, participants will gain a much clearer picture of where their school is on this journey with subsequent steps in mind.

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James Warnock

Biography: James Warnock is a consultant with the Boston-based consulting firm Research for Better Teaching and has over 30 years of experience in education. His consulting work centers on instructional leadership, classroom instruction, supporting schools and districts in developing standards-based supervision/ evaluation systems and working with principals of underperforming schools. He has provided technical assistance to schools in Russia as part of a U.S. Department of State Community Connections program and has conducted teacher training in Australia. For fifteen years Jim directed the Sino-American Seminar on Educational Leadership for the University of Vermont's Asian Studies Outreach Program and has traveled and worked extensively throughout China. Recent and current clients include the Buffalo (NY) Public Schools, the KIPP School Leadership Program, Socorro ISD in El Paso TX, the University Liggett School, the Michigan State University sponsored Michigan Fellowship of Instructional Leaders, Fresno (CA) Unified School District and the Ministry of Education in Singapore. Prior to working with Research for Better Teaching, Jim was Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the city of Burlington, Vermont, and has also served as a secondary principal, K-12 staff developer and teacher. He is a co-author of The Skillful Leader II: Confronting Conditions that Undermine Learning (2008) and completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Brown University and the University of Vermont. Jim is the father of two grown children and lives with his wife, Carol, in Lincoln, Vermont.

Topic: Supervision and Evaluation (Wed.)
Title: Feedback: The Engine for Student and Teacher Growth
Description: This practical, interactive presentation will focus on the critical role feedback plays in promoting both student and teacher growth. Drawing from our work at Research for Better Teaching, participants will first develop a common definition of feedback and then identify what must be in place both in classroom instruction and in teacher supervision in order for feedback to be possible. Video analysis of classroom instruction and teacher conferencing will be utilized to highlight key concepts and promote participant discussion and reflection.

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Kendall Zoller

Biography: Kendall Zoller, EdD, is an author, educator, researcher, and international presenter in communicative intelligence, presentation and facilitation skills, leadership and adaptive schools. He is co-author of Voices Leading From the Ecotone (2019) and The Choreography of Presenting: The 7 Essential Abilities of Effective Presenters (Corwin Press, 2010). Kendall is president of Sierra Training Associates and graduate faculty at California State University, Dominguez Hills and The University of Maine. He has authored over three dozen reviewed book chapters and journal articles on topics of communication, community, and leadership for educators and law enforcement. His work on leadership and presentation skills takes him to schools, districts, universities, state agencies, and corporations across the United States, Canada, Europe, China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Europe. His lectures, presentations, and paper presentations include the campuses of Harvard, UC Berkeley, St. Anselm College, Boston University, University of Chicago, and Loyola University Maryland. Kendall has a doctorate in Educational Leadership a Masters in Educational Management. Kendall can be reached at

Topic: Leadership (Wed.)
Title: Voices Leading From the Ecotone
Description: Using case studies from their most recent book, Voices Leading from the Ecotone, participants work through a leadership model designed to disrupt systems. Disruptions of creativity and innovation that challenge values and beliefs. The narratives are primarily practical in nature and drawn from school leaders at the highest needs schools in a large urban school district in the southwestern United States. Every day they grapple with social justice and equity: poverty, gangs, violence, racial tension, disability, and LGBTQ issues. Each narrative highlights a leader’s struggles, challenges, and the “a-ha” moments that help the school move forward.

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International School Leadership Program - USF/WSU
The International School Leadership Program (ISLP) program is a collaborative effort between the University of San Francisco and Washington State University. It is designed for educators in the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS). For more information please contact Dr. Walt Gmelch at OR visit the ISLP website click here