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The Outstanding Schools Asia Conference took place on the 30 November – 2 December 2021. 

This 3-day online conference provided premium content and networking opportunities for international schools in East and Southeast Asia. It was a must-attend for Executive Leaders, Principals, Academic Heads, Pastoral Heads, Heads of Primary and Heads of Secondary to learn, connect, and collaborate around challenges and opportunities in the current education landscape.

The OSA2021 Conference showcased regional and international best practice, the event provided a uniquely dynamic and engaging platform for thought-provoking and timely discussions, and facilitated networking opportunities with like-minded colleagues.

OS Asia Conference Agenda

  • Teaching & Learning (Day 1)
  • Wellbeing & Inclusion (Day 1)
  • Leadership & Management (Day 2)
  • Workforce & CPD (Day 2)
  • Workshops (Day 3)
This conference will follow Singapore time (GMT+8) and all content will be available for 30 days after the event. 
8:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Professor Deborah Eyre
Professor Deborah Eyre
Founder and Chair
High Performance Learning
Confirmed
9:00 am
Opening Keynote Presentation: Why We Need to Increase Educational Achievement - What’s Been Tried, Why it Hasn’t Worked, and What We Can Do Instead

Improving education is an economic and social priority. Higher levels of education lead to more prosocial behaviour, reduced health care costs, reduced criminal justice costs and increased economic growth. It is therefore not surprising that most jurisdictions have looked for ways to improve the effectiveness of their schools. Unfortunately most of these efforts have had limited success.

In this keynote presentation, Dylan Wiliam will suggest that the main reason that these well-meaning attempts to improve education have failed to improve educational outcomes is because they did not focus on the the most important variable in education—the quality of the teaching in schools.

The talk will conclude by suggesting that there are two “best bets” for improving education at scale—a knowledge-rich curriculum, and supporting teachers in making greater use of classroom formative assessment, each of which can be implemented at little or no cost, and will have a substantial impact on educational achievement.

 

Professor Dylan Wiliam
Professor Dylan Wiliam
Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment
University College London
Confirmed
9:30 am
Keynote Presentation: Showcasing the Secret Recipe for a Great Education
  • Understanding how to create a learning environment that fosters curiosity, creativity, and autonomy, in which all students can thrive based on their individual and unique strengths
  • Considering when and how to re-evaluate your school’s teaching and learning style in order to maximise pupil progress, wellbeing and the overall school environment
  • Highlighting the side-effects of ranking students based on grades and academic outcomes, and making the case for an education system that meets the needs of all learners and one which celebrates both success and failure alike
Gavin McCormack
Gavin McCormack
Author, Teacher Trainer, Philanthropist and School Principal
Farmhouse Montessori School Sydney
Confirmed
10:00 am
Facilitated Networking Break
10:15 am
15 Minute Break
10:30 am
Panel Discussion: Teaching Critical Thinking: Fostering a Growth Mindset and Embedding Metacognition Across Teaching and Learning
  • Discussing the importance of metacognitive questioning and dialogue, and self-regulated learning to build independent, confident, creative and critical thinkers
  • Considering the best tools to enhance the development of metacognition and self-awareness by providing tools for students to plan, monitor and evaluate certain aspects of their learning, particularly with regards to online learning
  • Discussing effective techniques to nurture and integrate a growth mindset to improve self-confidence and resilience, and affect deep learning and outstanding performance for students and staff alike
Michael Rosenbrock
Michael Rosenbrock
Assistant Principal
Wodonga Senior Secondary College, Australia
Confirmed
Tracy Connor
Tracy Connor
Head of Primary
Léman International School Chengdu, China
Confirmed
Janecke Aarnæs
Janecke Aarnæs
Director
Universal American School of Dubai, UAE
Confirmed
Dr Kirstin Mulholland
Dr Kirstin Mulholland
Lecturer in Education - Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Northumbria University, UK
Confirmed
11:20 am
Presentation: Unleashing the Science of Learning to Deliver More Impactful Teaching in Your School
  • Explore the key principles of the science of learning and its impact on teaching: how to get children to love and engage in education through simple yet powerful teaching methods that can be implemented in the classroom
  • Learn how to use evidence and knowledge for curriculum planning and instruction to make learning meaningful and foster student’s application of knowledge in a variety of academic settings
  • Understand how the top performing students learn: how is modern cognitive psychology improving teaching and learning, and how can school leaders create environments in which teachers can think critically about their instruction?
Dr Ian Kelleher, PhD
Dr Ian Kelleher, PhD
Dreyfuss Chair of Research
The Centre for Transformative Teaching and Learning, USA
Confirmed
11:50 am
10 Minute Break
12:00 pm
Interactive Roundtable Discussion

Delegates are invited to attend the following roundtable discussion. This roundtable will be camera-on and delegate-led, to ensure all participants have the opportunity to share their experiences with one another, provide peer-to-peer support and guidance, and reflect on their current challenges and opportunities on the below topic topic.  

  • Roundtable A: Home-School Partnership: How to Effectively Engage Parents in the Education of Their Children to Improve Learning Outcomes 

FACILITATOR: Rachel Arnold, Assistant Principal, Korea Foreign School, South Korea

Rachel Arnold
Rachel Arnold
Assistant Principal and Director of Learning Support
Korea Foreign School, South Korea
Confirmed
12:45 pm
Lunch Break
1:15 pm
Panel Discussion: Measuring Knowledge vs. Measuring Learning – What Does Student Success Look Like Today?
  • Discussing the principles of standards-based and performance-based learning: are we teaching students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed and how do we effectively measure competency and critical thinking?
  • Exploring viable, authentic, and responsive assessment approaches to monitor the progress and review learning outcomes of all pupils, in order to equip them with the necessary skills to thrive in tertiary education and in the workplace
  • Nurturing student agency and self-directed learning through forward-focused feedback and reporting, and enabling deeper and more meaningful learning to take place through the right challenge, pace and depth
Dr Terry McAdams
Dr Terry McAdams
Director of Technology, Research, and Innovation
Branksome Hall Asia, South Korea
Confirmed
Dr Jennifer Sparrow
Dr Jennifer Sparrow
Deputy Superintendent
Singapore American School
Confirmed
Ross Parker
Ross Parker
Director of Technology & Assessment
International College Hong Kong
Confirmed
Jarrod Hingston
Jarrod Hingston
Manager - School Assessment Services
Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
Confirmed
2:05 pm
10 Minute Break
2:15 pm
Presentation: The Role of Agency in Learning: How to Develop Meaningful Student Agency to Optimise Teaching and Learning
  • Sharing WAB’s experience in creating a community-wide journey that maximises learning for each individual student by putting them at the centre of their education
  • Highlighting how, by taking this innovative and flexible student-centred approach, WAB created a stronger culture of enquiry-driven and self-directed learning, with a focus on real-world, practical engagement
  • Considering how student agency fits into an established curriculum, how to nurture its growth among students to ensure high-quality and academically rigorous learning continues to take place

Western Academy of Beijing was ranked #1 most innovative international school in China in 2020, by KingLead.

Dr Marta Medved Krajnovic
Dr Marta Medved Krajnovic
Head of School
Western Academy Beijing, China
Confirmed
Stephen Taylor
Stephen Taylor
Director of Innovation in Learning and Teaching
Western Academy Beijing, China
Confirmed
2:40 pm
Presentation: What Does Effective Personalised Learning Look Like?
  • Exploring solutions and strategies to maximise the outcomes of differentiated teaching, and optimise personalised learning programmes
  • Taking a data-informed approach to learning and providing personalised pathways, enabling self-directed learning, and allowing teachers to challenge and intervene as and when appropriate
  • Considering the use of personalised learning materials which can be manipulated by the student or teachers to support different learning needs and ensure progress is being made
Ritika Subhash
Ritika Subhash
Learning Specialist
Mangahigh
Confirmed
3:05 pm
10 Minute Break
3:15 pm
Interactive Roundtable Discussion

Delegates are invited to attend the following roundtable discussion. This roundtable will be camera-on and delegate-led, to ensure all participants have the opportunity to share their experiences with one another, provide peer-to-peer support and guidance, and reflect on their current challenges and opportunities on the below topic topic.  

  • Roundtable C: Discussing Successful Strategies to Nurture Bilingual Students and Maintain High Expectations and Outcomes for EAL Students

FACILITATOR: Dr Yu-Chiao Chung, Visiting Research Fellow – Educational Studies, Goldsmith University

Dr Yu-Chiao Chung
Dr Yu-Chiao Chung
Visiting Research Fellow of Educational Studies
Goldsmiths, University of London
Confirmed
4:00 pm
Keynote Panel Discussion: Championing Character Development and Positive Education to Provide Students with the Tools to Flourish in Society
  • Putting wellbeing first: highlighting the necessary requirements and tools for schools to prioritise, uphold, and embed wellbeing and happiness across the whole-school strategy
  • Discussing how character education effectively feeds into traditional whole-school aims around progression, attainment and behaviour standards
  • Exploring how becoming a values-driven school will lead to higher expectations and strong academic, professional and social success
Dr Helen Street
Dr Helen Street
Honorary Research Fellow, Graduate School of Education, University of Western Australia; and Founder and Chair,
The Positive Schools Initiative
Confirmed
Tim Nash
Tim Nash
Founder
Wo Hui Mandarin
Confirmed
Professor Deborah Eyre
Professor Deborah Eyre
Founder and Chair
High Performance Learning
Confirmed
5:50 pm
Closing Keynote Presentation: What Makes Great Teaching and How to Develop Outstanding Pedagogy?
  • Providing an overview of what matters in effective student learning in the current context
  • Equipping teachers with the tools to deliver an outstanding education, with a particular focus on the importance of providing clear and efficient feedback to teachers
  • Sharing practical tools and guidance to help teachers take ownership of their professional learning and to help them enhance their practice for the benefit of students
Professor Rob Coe
Professor Rob Coe
Senior Advisor, Education Endowment Fund, and Director of Research and Development
Evidence Based Education
Confirmed
5:35 pm
Close of Conference

*Programme subject to change

This conference will follow Singapore time (GMT+8) and all content will be available for 30 days after the event. 
8:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Professor Deborah Eyre
Professor Deborah Eyre
Founder and Chair
High Performance Learning
Confirmed
9:00 am
Opening Keynote Presentation: Why We Need to Increase Educational Achievement - What’s Been Tried, Why it Hasn’t Worked, and What We Can Do Instead

Improving education is an economic and social priority. Higher levels of education lead to more prosocial behaviour, reduced health care costs, reduced criminal justice costs and increased economic growth. It is therefore not surprising that most jurisdictions have looked for ways to improve the effectiveness of their schools. Unfortunately most of these efforts have had limited success.

In this keynote presentation, Dylan Wiliam will suggest that the main reason that these well-meaning attempts to improve education have failed to improve educational outcomes is because they did not focus on the the most important variable in education—the quality of the teaching in schools.

The talk will conclude by suggesting that there are two “best bets” for improving education at scale—a knowledge-rich curriculum, and supporting teachers in making greater use of classroom formative assessment, each of which can be implemented at little or no cost, and will have a substantial impact on educational achievement.

 

 

Professor Dylan Wiliam
Professor Dylan Wiliam
Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment
University College London
Confirmed
9:30 am
Keynote Presentation: Showcasing the Secret Recipe for a Great Education
  • Understanding how to create a learning environment that fosters curiosity, creativity, and autonomy, in which all students can thrive based on their individual and unique strengths
  • Considering when and how to re-evaluate your school’s teaching and learning style in order to maximise pupil progress, wellbeing and the overall school environment
  • Highlighting the side-effects of ranking students based on grades and academic outcomes, and making the case for an education system that meets the needs of all learners and one which celebrates both success and failure alike
Gavin McCormack
Gavin McCormack
Author, Teacher Trainer, Philanthropist and School Principal
Farmhouse Montessori School Sydney
Confirmed
10:00 am
Facilitated Networking Break
10:15 am
15 Minute Break
10:30 am
Panel Discussion: Removing Barriers and Providing Quality Learning Opportunities For All
  • Discussing what strategies and approaches work in delivering effective and safe support provision whilst meeting the online learning needs of the student
  • Exploring how assistive technology and AI can help support learning needs through identification, assessment and tailored intervention during home-based learning
  • Considering the vital role of training and professional development in improving ALN provision, navigating cultural complexities and ensuring outstanding outcomes for all learners
  • Sharing advice and tips on navigating cultural stigmas around learning needs, and how school leaders can work with parents to support inclusion and affect student progress
Kelly Somerville
Kelly Somerville
Director of Inclusion
Australian International School, Singapore
Confirmed
Anu Monga
Anu Monga
Founder and Chairperson
The Association of International Schools of India (TAISI)
Confirmed
Verity Harvey
Verity Harvey
Head of Inclusion/SENCo
St Andrew’s International School Bangkok, Thailand
Confirmed
Cindy Warner-Dobrowski
Cindy Warner-Dobrowski
Director of Professional Learning, International School Leaders of Educational Support (ISLES); and Director of Student Services
American School Of Dubai, UAE
Confirmed
11:20 am
Presentation: How to Promote an Inclusive Classroom Environment in Your School
  • Understanding the barriers to effective learning and creating the conditions to promote equity and ensure progress for all students
  • Emphasising the importance of effective differentiation to meet individual learning needs, and understanding what school leaders can do to ensure all teachers differentiate correctly
  • Sharing evidence-based guidance and solutions that school leaders can implement to ensure that progress happens for all students, from the most vulnerable to the high-achievers
Daniel Sobel
Daniel Sobel
Author, The Inclusive Classroom: A New Approach to Differentiation, and CEO
Inclusion Expert
Confirmed
11:50 am
10 Minute Break
12:00 pm
Interactive Roundtable Discussion

Delegates are invited to attend the following roundtable discussion. This roundtable will be camera-on and delegate-led, to ensure all participants have the opportunity to share their experiences with one another, provide peer-to-peer support and guidance, and reflect on their current challenges and opportunities on the below topic topic.  

  • Roundtable A: Supporting Student Mental Health Needs Through Early, Targeted Interventions

FACILITATOR: Piet Jansen, Director of International Relations, Yes We Can Youth Clinics

Piet Jansen
Piet Jansen
Managing Director
Yes We Can Youth Clinics, Netherlands
Confirmed
12:45 pm
Lunch Break
1:15 pm
Panel Discussion: Putting Wellbeing First - Implementing a Whole-School Approach to Happiness, Wellbeing, and Social and Emotional Learning
  • Prioritising mental wellbeing as a whole-school strategic responsibility and sharing practical guidance to integrating and measuring social and emotional learning in the classroom
  • Exploring the benefits of mindfulness on teaching and learning and sharing evidence-based best practice on how to effectively develop and integrate mindfulness in schools to improve student outcomes
  • Highlighting the most effective and creative ways of integrating SEL in the classroom, for example through cognitive coaching and mentoring, and frameworks that enable students to understand and manage their emotions, set positive goals and maintain healthy relationships
Priya Mitchell
Priya Mitchell
Wellbeing & Safeguarding Architect
International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Confirmed
Maria Gebrial
Maria Gebrial
Head of Prep
Malvern College Hong Kong
Confirmed
Dr Sadie Hollins
Dr Sadie Hollins
Head of Sixth Form
Lanna International School, Thailand
Confirmed
Dr Joe Thurbon, PhD
Dr Joe Thurbon, PhD
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Educator Impact
Confirmed
2:05 pm
10 Minute Break
2:15 pm
Let’s Talk About Safeguarding: How and Why International Schools Must Take a Proactive Approach to Safeguarding
  • Understanding the key steps schools must take to create a safe environment and maintain child safeguarding standards through comprehensive prevention and intervention strategies
  • Exploring tools and practices to effectively respond to hidden risks as well as challenges and concerns around digital technologies
  • Discussing the need to develop and implement a robust safeguarding strategy which includes training all teachers to recognise and spot early warning signs, as well as have a clear reporting and monitoring process for all alerts
  • Highlighting the responsibilities for schools to create suicide-safer learning environments by tackling pressures and anxieties around academic results, as well as stigmas around child protection and mental wellbeing
Magnus Cowie
Magnus Cowie
Deputy Head - Pastoral and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Marlborough College Malaysia
Confirmed
Duncan Ogilvie
Duncan Ogilvie
Director of Digital Learning
Marlborough College Malaysia
Confirmed
Leica Burley
Leica Burley
Assistant Head
Taipei European School, Taiwan
Confirmed
Roger Schultz
Roger Schultz
Patron’s Accredited Member of COBIS, and Head
Alice Smith School, Malaysia
Confirmed
3:05 pm
10 Minute Break
3:15 pm
Interactive Roundtable Discussion

Delegates are invited to attend the following roundtable discussion. This roundtable will be camera-on and delegate-led, to ensure all participants have the opportunity to share their experiences with one another, provide peer-to-peer support and guidance, and reflect on their current challenges and opportunities on the below topic topic.  

  • Roundtable B: How do you know when and how to intervene? And how can data help us decide?

FACILITATOR: Dr Joe Thurbon, Chief Technology Officer, Educator Impact

Dr Joe Thurbon, PhD
Dr Joe Thurbon, PhD
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Educator Impact
Confirmed
4:00 pm
Keynote Panel Discussion: Championing Character Development and Positive Education to Provide Students with the Tools to Flourish in Society
  • Putting wellbeing first: highlighting the necessary requirements and tools for schools to prioritise, uphold, and embed wellbeing and happiness across the whole-school strategy
  • Discussing how character education effectively feeds into traditional whole-school aims around progression, attainment and behaviour standards
  • Exploring how becoming a values-driven school will lead to higher expectations and strong academic, professional and social success
Dr Helen Street
Dr Helen Street
Honorary Research Fellow, Graduate School of Education, University of Western Australia; and Founder and Chair,
The Positive Schools Initiative
Confirmed
Tim Nash
Tim Nash
Founder
Wo Hui Mandarin
Confirmed
Professor Deborah Eyre
Professor Deborah Eyre
Founder and Chair
High Performance Learning
Confirmed
4:50 pm
Closing Keynote Presentation: What Makes Great Teaching and How to Develop Outstanding Pedagogy?
  • Providing an overview of what matters in effective student learning in the current context
  • Equipping teachers with the tools to deliver an outstanding education, with a particular focus on the importance of providing clear and efficient feedback to teachers
  • Sharing practical tools and guidance to help teachers take ownership of their professional learning and to help them enhance their practice for the benefit of students
Professor Rob Coe
Professor Rob Coe
Senior Advisor, Education Endowment Fund, and Director of Research and Development
Evidence Based Education
Confirmed
5:35 pm

*Programme subject to change

This conference will follow Singapore time (GMT+8) and all content will be available for 30 days after the event. 
8:45 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Armand Doucet
Armand Doucet
World Renowned Award Winning Teacher; and Co-Author of "Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Standing at the Precipice"
Confirmed
9:00 am
Keynote Panel Discussion: Setting the Scene - Adapting to Change in the Asian International Schools Landscape as a School Leader
  • Exploring the current landscape and trends in the international school sector, and discussing areas of growth and innovation in school management and leadership that have emerged in the past year
  • Discussing how the changing demand for private and international schooling is driving change in the sector, and how schools can navigate this and build strategic partnerships to support short- and long-term business goals in the region
  • Preparing for the possibility of a permanently blended school environment, and discussing what international school leaders need to consider in delivering a sustainable and outstanding education offering for all stakeholders
Dr Darren Bryant
Dr Darren Bryant
Associate Professor; Head of Department of Policy and Leadership; and Associate Director of Asia-Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change (APCLC)
The Education University of Hong Kong
Confirmed
Dr Margaret Alvarez
Dr Margaret Alvarez
Director of International Accreditation, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); and Head Emeritus
ISS International School Singapore
Confirmed
Dr Lim Lai Cheng
Dr Lim Lai Cheng
Chairperson of Singapore Positive Education Network
IPEN Southeast Asia
Confirmed
Armand Doucet
Armand Doucet
World Renowned Award Winning Teacher; and Co-Author of "Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Standing at the Precipice"
Confirmed
9:45 am
Keynote Presentation: Delivering Successful Leadership in Times of Crisis

Born to a poor family in Costa Rica, Sandra Cauffman nurtured her impossible dream of space travel and is now the Deputy Director for the Astrophysics Division at NASA. She provides executive leadership, strategic direction, and management for the entire agency’s multi-billion Astrophysics programs and missions necessary to discover how the universe works, to explore how the universe began and developed into its present form, and to search for Earth-like planets.

In this keynote address, Sandra Cauffman will share the key and necessary skills that every leader must have in order to inspire their teams, drive change and have an impact on their wider communities, particularly in the face of adversity.

Sandra Cauffman
Sandra Cauffman
Deputy Director, Astrophysics Division
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Confirmed
10:15 am
Morning Facilitated Networking
10:30 am
10 Minute Break
10:40 am
Panel Discussion: School Leadership Lessons from the Pandemic
  • How can school leaders best manage their teams during school closures and overcome key challenges in staffing, admissions, or financial management?
  • What can school leaders do to strengthen stakeholder engagement and communication management in order to meet the varied needs and expectations of all stakeholders?
  • What are the critical skills that successful school leaders need to have in order to effectively lead their teams during times of crisis, while also looking after their own wellbeing?
Mark Steed
Mark Steed
Principal and CEO
Kellett School, The British School in Hong Kong
Confirmed
Madeleine Maceda Heide
Madeleine Maceda Heide
Superintendent
Lincoln School - The American School of Buenos Aires
Confirmed
Andrew Hoover
Andrew Hoover
Head of School
American International School Chennai, India
Confirmed
11:20 am
Presentation: How to Create a Coaching Culture in your School

In this presentation, Nicholas Mckie will explore and share what schools need to do to maximise coaching and mentoring, and utilise them as powerful tools for staff development and capacity building. 

11:50 am
10 Minute Break
12:00 pm
Interactive Roundtable Discussion

Delegates are invited to attend the following roundtable discussion. This roundtable will be camera-on and delegate-led, to ensure all participants have the opportunity to share their experiences with one another, provide peer-to-peer support and guidance, and reflect on their current challenges and opportunities on the below topic topic.  

  • Roundtable A: Virtual Accreditations: What to Expect and How to Get Them Right

FACILITATOR: Emmi Hines, Principal, Udon Thani International School, Thailand

Emmi Hines
Emmi Hines
Principal
Udon Thani International School, Thailand
Confirmed
12:45 pm
Lunch Break
1:30 pm
Presentation: Cultivating Teacher Leadership
  • Understanding the value of teacher leaders who provide consistent and meaningful coaching to their colleagues
  • Sharing the key functions of teacher leaders and how to empower them with the tools needed to effectively lead their peers
  • Discussing the roadmap for launching a teacher leader program and what outcomes to set as targets
Tom Boasberg
Tom Boasberg
Superintendent
Singapore American School
Confirmed
2:00 pm
Practical Guidance Session: Learning How to Boost Operational Efficiency to Enhance Performance and Drive Wider School Improvement
  • Understanding the process of identifying and implementing methods to drive business optimisation and operational efficiency across the school
  • Discussing the key factors to consider to ensure that the school’s day-to-day operations are efficient, safe, and compliant, particularly on stretched budgets
  • Highlighting the role of technology in driving and maintaining operational efficiency for example by elevating automation and streamlining processes
Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leadership, UK
Confirmed
2:20 pm
10 Minute Break
2:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Boosting Strategic Leadership and Planning Effectiveness to Create the Conditions for Outstanding Education
  • Outlining the importance of creating a strong business strategy and vision for the future that enables agile, flexible, and dynamic transformation during unpredictable times
  • Building a resilient organisational culture incorporating a robust change management approach and a ‘preparedness leadership’ mindset
  • Discussing the level of knowledge school leaders require around business and financial management in order to respond effectively to changing demands in international schooling
Carma Elliot
Carma Elliot
College President
United World College (UWC) of South East Asia, Singapore
Confirmed
Vanita Uppal OBE
Vanita Uppal OBE
Director
The British School New Delhi, India
Confirmed
Greg Smith
Greg Smith
Head of School
Shekou International School, China
Confirmed
Michael Iannini
Michael Iannini
Education Advisor and Author
Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS)
Confirmed
3:20 pm
10 Minute Break
3:30 pm
Interactive Roundtable Discussion

Delegates are invited to attend the following roundtable discussion. This roundtable will be camera-on and delegate-led, to ensure all participants have the opportunity to share their experiences with one another, provide peer-to-peer support and guidance, and reflect on their current challenges and opportunities on the below topic topic.  

  • Roundtable B: What is Cultural Leadership and Why is it Important for School Leaders?

FACILITATOR: Marc Mesich, Founding Director and Principal, Osaka YMCA International School, Japan

Marc Mesich
Marc Mesich
Founding Director and Principal
Osaka YMCA International School, Japan
Confirmed
4:15 pm
5 Minute Break
4:20 pm
Keynote Presentation: Learning for an Interconnected World

In this presentation, Dr Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will share an update on the latest OECD findings, and discuss how schools must adapt their learning provision for an interconnected world. 

Dr Andreas Schleicher
Dr Andreas Schleicher
Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Confirmed
4:40 pm
Keynote Panel Discussion: The Role of International Schools in Strengthening the Impact of International Education
  • Discussing the key priorities and responsibilities for international schools to contribute to a strong education system which places emphasis on local, global and intercultural awareness
  • Considering how to strengthen the impact of international education to advance change, particularly by widening the access to high-quality and affordable education, increasing student mobility, and navigating changing globalisation trends
  • Understanding the importance of professional development and the need for qualified staff to create a strong child-centred learning environment
Dr Andreas Schleicher
Dr Andreas Schleicher
Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Confirmed
Sally Holloway
Sally Holloway
Former Deputy Director General
International Baccalaureate Organisation
Confirmed
Kam Chohan
Kam Chohan
Executive Director
Education Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS)
Confirmed
Armand Doucet
Armand Doucet
World Renowned Award Winning Teacher; and Co-Author of "Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Standing at the Precipice"
Confirmed
5:30 pm
Close of Conference

*Programme subject to change

This conference will follow Singapore time (GMT+8) and all content will be available for 30 days after the event. 
8:45 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Armand Doucet
Armand Doucet
World Renowned Award Winning Teacher; and Co-Author of "Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Standing at the Precipice"
Confirmed
9:00 am
Keynote Panel Discussion: Setting the Scene - Adapting to Change in the Asian International Schools Landscape as a School Leader
  • Exploring the current landscape and trends in the international school sector, and discussing areas of growth and innovation in school management and leadership that have emerged in the past year
  • Discussing how the changing demand for private and international schooling is driving change in the sector, and how schools can navigate this and build strategic partnerships to support short- and long-term business goals in the region
  • Preparing for the possibility of a permanently blended school environment, and discussing what international school leaders need to consider in delivering a sustainable and outstanding education offering for all stakeholders
Dr Darren Bryant
Dr Darren Bryant
Associate Professor; Head of Department of Policy and Leadership; and Associate Director of Asia-Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change (APCLC)
The Education University of Hong Kong
Confirmed
Dr Margaret Alvarez
Dr Margaret Alvarez
Director of International Accreditation, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); and Head Emeritus
ISS International School Singapore
Confirmed
Dr Lim Lai Cheng
Dr Lim Lai Cheng
Chairperson of Singapore Positive Education Network
IPEN Southeast Asia
Confirmed
Armand Doucet
Armand Doucet
World Renowned Award Winning Teacher; and Co-Author of "Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Standing at the Precipice"
Confirmed
9:45 am
Keynote Presentation: Delivering Successful Leadership in Times of Crisis

Born to a poor family in Costa Rica, Sandra Cauffman nurtured her impossible dream of space travel and is now the Deputy Director for the Astrophysics Division at NASA. She provides executive leadership, strategic direction, and management for the entire agency’s multi-billion Astrophysics programs and missions necessary to discover how the universe works, to explore how the universe began and developed into its present form, and to search for Earth-like planets.

In this keynote address, Sandra Cauffman will share the key and necessary skills that every leader must have in order to inspire their teams, drive change and have an impact on their wider communities, particularly in the face of adversity.

Sandra Cauffman
Sandra Cauffman
Deputy Director, Astrophysics Division
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Confirmed
10:15 am
Morning Facilitated Networking
10:30 am
10 Minute Break
10:40 am
Recruitment Fireside Chat: Recruiting Outstanding International Educators - Lessons from the Pandemic
  • Exploring the changing trends and patterns in international recruitment since the start of the pandemic – what are the key lessons learned and how can this inform future recruitment and retention strategies?
  • Navigating the shortage and high turnover of staff, and overcoming the long-term impacts of Covid-19 on the recruitment of international teachers
  • Considering the opportunities and challenges around employing local teachers over foreign teachers – how can international schools navigate this growing trend?
  • Creating a robust recruitment strategy and exploring virtual recruitment and interview strategies that have been successful in hiring outstanding educators for bilingual and multicultural school settings
Dr Alan Phan
Dr Alan Phan
Head of School
Royal Embassy Academy, Vietnam
Confirmed
Dr Vincent Chian
Dr Vincent Chian
Principal
Fairview International School, Malaysia
Confirmed
Beccy Fox
Beccy Fox
Director of Teaching and Learning
KIS International School, Thailand
Confirmed
11:20 am
Presentation: How To Create a Coaching Culture in your School

In this presentation, Nicholas Mckie will explore and share what schools need to do to maximise coaching and mentoring, and utilise them as powerful tools for staff development and capacity building. 

Nicholas McKie
Nicholas McKie
Director, Persyou; Certified Professional Coach, and Associate Professor
University of Warwick, UK
Confirmed
11:50 am
10 Minute Break
12:00 pm
Interactive Roundtable Discussion

Delegates are invited to attend the following roundtable discussion. This roundtable will be camera-on and delegate-led, to ensure all participants have the opportunity to share their experiences with one another, provide peer-to-peer support and guidance, and reflect on their current challenges and opportunities on the below topic topic.  

  • Roundtable A: Championing Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) in International Schools

This roundtable discussion will be an opportunity for participants to enter in an open, courageous, and reflective dialogue around DEIJ in international schools. Led by Joel Jr. Llaban from the International School of Kuala Lumpur, this roundtable discussion will explore the reflection, learning, and actions of the international community  in pursuit of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

FACILITATOR: Joel Jr Llaban, Learning Specialist and Instructional Coach, International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Joel Jr Llaban
Joel Jr Llaban
Learning Specialist and Instructional Coach
International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Confirmed
12:45 pm
Lunch Break
1:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Discussing What Works in Professional Development; Maximising the Impact of Effective CPD to Retain a Highly Skilled Workforce
  • Championing a personalised, adaptive and holistic approach to teacher education and talent development to successfully harness and enable professional growth of all staff, advance whole-school improvement, and improve long-term retention
  • Placing CPD as the key to attracting, nurturing, and retaining talent through high-quality leadership development at all levels
  • Discussing how school leaders can and should enable the personal and professional development of all staff, and ensure that professional development activities support teacher engagement and teacher autonomy
Dr Ahmed Hussain
Dr Ahmed Hussain
Former Executive Director, Huili Institute of Learning for Wellington College China; and Chief Education Officer
Harrow International AISL, Hong Kong
Confirmed
Elizabeth Cloke
Elizabeth Cloke
Head of Secondary
Tenby International Schools Penang, Malaysia
Confirmed
Surabhi Goel
Surabhi Goel
Chief Executive Officer
Aditya Birla Education Trust Schools
Confirmed
Dang Phan
Dang Phan
Senior Director - Digital Learning
Cognia
Confirmed
2:20 pm
10 Minute Break
2:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Building and Leading a High-Performing and Emotionally Intelligent Workforce
  • From a culture of teaching to a culture of learning: how to empower teachers to raise their professional profile by developing their expert voice and becoming life-long learners
  • Leadership, not management: how to effectively lead with agility, resilience, and empathy to create an outstanding workplace culture
  • Understanding the importance of social and emotional learning to boost wellbeing and cultivate empathy in order to boost positivity and productivity across the board
  • Rethinking observations and performance appraisals: how nurturing autonomy, self-reflection, and accountability can improve staff performance
Dr Katina Grigoraskos, Psy.D.
Dr Katina Grigoraskos, Psy.D.
IBDP CAS Coordinator, Wells International School Thailand, and Professor,
London School of Business and Education
Confirmed
Rebecca Findlay
Rebecca Findlay
Head of Primary
International School @ParkCity, Malaysia
Confirmed
Graeme Scott
Graeme Scott
Former Founding Director, Fairgreen International School Dubai; and Executive Chairperson
The Mario Framewiork
Confirmed
Margaret Park
Margaret Park
Elementary School Assistant Principal
Seoul Foreign School, South Korea
Confirmed
3:20 pm
10 Minute Break
3:30 pm
Interactive Roundtable Discussion

Delegates are invited to attend the following roundtable discussion. This roundtable will be camera-on and delegate-led, to ensure all participants have the opportunity to share their experiences with one another, provide peer-to-peer support and guidance, and reflect on their current challenges and opportunities on the below topic topic.  

  • Roundtable B: Stepping into Leadership: Successful Approaches to Supporting Aspiring and Newly Qualified Middle Leaders

FACILITATOR: Ciaran Cunningham-Watson, International School Inspector, PENTA International 

 

Ciaran Cunningham-Watson
Ciaran Cunningham-Watson
International School Inspector (BSO)
PENTA International
Confirmed
4:15 pm
5 Minute Break
4:20 pm
Keynote Presentation: Learning for an Interconnected World

In this presentation, Dr Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will share an update on the latest OECD findings, and discuss how schools must adapt their learning provision for an interconnected world. 

Dr Andreas Schleicher
Dr Andreas Schleicher
Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Confirmed
4:40 pm
Keynote Panel Discussion: The Role of International Schools in Strengthening the Impact of International Education
  • Discussing the key priorities and responsibilities for international schools to contribute to a strong education system which places emphasis on local, global and intercultural awareness
  • Considering how to strengthen the impact of international education to advance change, particularly by widening the access to high-quality and affordable education, increasing student mobility, and navigating changing globalisation trends
  • Understanding the importance of professional development and the need for qualified staff to create a strong child-centred learning environment
Dr Andreas Schleicher
Dr Andreas Schleicher
Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Confirmed
Sally Holloway
Sally Holloway
Former Deputy Director General
International Baccalaureate Organisation
Confirmed
Kam Chohan
Kam Chohan
Executive Director
Education Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS)
Confirmed
Armand Doucet
Armand Doucet
World Renowned Award Winning Teacher; and Co-Author of "Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Standing at the Precipice"
Confirmed
5:30 pm
Close of Conference

*Programme subject to change

This conference will follow Singapore time (GMT+8) and all content will be available for 30 days after the event. 
8:45 am
Opening Keynote Presentation: Effectively Leading Change During Difficult Times

Why do we resist change as we grow older. How can we nurture and develop an organisational culture that embraces change and encourages collaboration?

Richard examines why change has become increasingly challenging and how risk aversion can stifle individuals and organisations. He explores how to harness the power of creativity, curiosity and confidence in uncertain times and why we must shift the paradigm to understand that change is not a programme or a strategy but an ever-present organic part of the 21st Century.

Richard Gerver
Richard Gerver
Award-Winning Speaker, Bestselling Author and World-Renowned Thinker
Confirmed
9:30 am
Workforce & CPD Workshop: Trust-Based Observations - Maximising Teaching and Learning Growth

It is widely agreed that current observation practices do not improve teaching and learning, but rather hinder teacher risk-taking. In this session, Craig Randall, will explore how to engage with observation as a supportive tool for teacher learning, which combines empathy and growth mindset to create a powerful system for professional collaboration that enables teacher growth and an empowered professional community.

Key learning points will include:

  • How to design and implement a framework that places teacher growth at the centre of the teacher evaluation process in your school
  • How to lead observations based on trust, relationships, and efficient feedback
  • Discovering alternatives to evaluative grading of pedagogy which focuses on individual teacher strength and promotes growth innovation in teaching and learning
Craig Randall
Craig Randall
Counselor, Coach, Trainer, Educator and Author
Trust-Based Observations: Maximizing Teaching and Learning Growth
Confirmed
10:30 am
20 Minute Break
10:50 am
Leadership & Management Masterclass: Setting the Climate for Financial Success in International Schools

So what can you do to create a school that creates a climate where all stakeholders work together to promote financial success? Having inherited deficit budgets in two schools, Dr. Gregory Hedger was successful in bringing them back to healthy reserves. He also established a positive cash flow in a new school start up within two years.  Working in partnership with Cameron Janzen at three schools, the pair have identified procedures to ensure a level of success with financial management in international schools.

Key learning points will include

  • Recognizing your responsibility as a school leader to provide guidance, create a culture of sustainability, and ensure clarity of roles
  • Information and financial silos and their impact on financial success
  • The importance of investing In financial information resources
  • Establishing predictability while maintaining flexibility to address unexpected events
Dr Gregory Hedger
Dr Gregory Hedger
Director
The International School Yangon, Myanmar
Confirmed
Cameron Janzen
Cameron Janzen
Chief Operating Officer
The International School Yangon, Myanmar
Confirmed
11:50 am
20 Minute Break
12:10 pm
Wellbeing & Inclusion Masterclass: Championing Mental Health and Wellbeing Across the Whole-School

As the recipient of the ISC Wellbeing Initiative Award 2021, Rami Madani, Head of the International School of Kuala Lumpur will share his school’s journey in creating a community-wide approach to mental health support and wellbeing.

Key learning points will include:

  • How to create a school-wide approach to social and emotional health by creating an open and safe community, and nurturing the wellbeing of students, parents and staff
  • How to encourage and prioritise physical education to enhance mental health and wellbeing, as well as reduce stress and anxiety
  • How to address the unique needs of students in a way that has a positive impact on wellbeing
Rami Madani
Rami Madani
Head of School
International School Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Confirmed
1:10 pm
20 Minutes Break
1:30 pm
Workshop: Building an Equitable and Inclusive School Culture

In this practical, interactive and reflective workshop, Sarah Kupke, Head of Professional Learning at ECIS, will discuss and share best practice around Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ).

School leaders will explore and understand the tools and resources available to them to promote and effect change within their international schools, and work towards equal and just practices.

Sarah Kupke
Sarah Kupke
Head of Professional Learning
Education Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS)
Confirmed
2:30 pm
Close of Conference

*Programme subject to change