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Day 1: Leadership and Workforce | 29th November 2022

Please note that all agenda timings are in Singapore Time (Greenwich Mean Time +8). All content will be available to delegates for on-demand viewing for 30 days after the conference has concluded.
9:00 am
Conference Registration and Guided Tour of the Conference Platform
9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks

An introduction to the conference and an overview of the two streams taking place on Day 1: Leadership and Workforce and Safeguarding and Wellbeing.

Andrea Downie
Andrea Downie
Co-founding Director, Educator, Learning and Wellbeing Designer
Project Thrive Australia
Confirmed
9:45 am
Opening Keynote Presentation – The State of Play: Students’ Social, Emotional and Behavioural Wellbeing Post-Pandemic
  • As a result of the pandemic, there are cohorts of children who have had scant opportunity to socialise outside of the home, resulting in several social and behavioural issues: difficulty forging friendships, socialising with peers, and anxiety when outside of the home
  • How can schools improve interpersonal dynamics between students on campus?
  • What are the likely long-term emotional and mental health issues that students will likely experience because of the pandemic, and how can schools prepare to support children with these going forward.
  • How can educators teach and instil resilience within their students?
Professor Angela Duckworth
Professor Angela Duckworth
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Character Lab
Invited
10:30 am
Sponsored Presentation
10:50 am
Morning Facilitated Networking Break

Attendees are encouraged to network with fellow delegates and speakers via the chat function on the conference platform. There will be an opportunity for delegates to opt into a more structure networking opportunity, which will consist of a series of brief one-to-one meetings to informally introduce delegates to peers and thought leaders in attendance.

11:20 am
Keynote Panel Discussion – The Evolving Landscape of Asian International Schools
  • As the Asian international school sector trends towards catering to predominantly local, rather than expatriate, families, this inevitably impacts what international schools are, who they serve, and what their purpose is
  • What does internationalisation mean in an increasingly localised market?
  • How can schools articulate their identities and mission statements in terms that resonate with local families and future recruits?
  • How can international schools integrate themselves within their local education community whilst maintaining their international outlook?
  • How will the changing global economy continue to impact the Asian international school sector going forward?
Lesley Meyer
Lesley Meyer
Chief Education Officer
Dulwich College International
Confirmed
Joy Qioa
Joy Qioa
Founder and Chair of Governors
Wellington Colleges China
Invited
John Gwyn Jones MBE
John Gwyn Jones MBE
Chief Executive Officer
FOBISIA
Confirmed
Dr Ahmed Hussain
Dr Ahmed Hussain
Chief Education Officer
Harrow International AISL
Confirmed
12:05 pm
Roundtable Discussion Series
Roundtable 1 – Establishing a Culture of Coaching and Mentoring In Your School
  • Discover how to cultivate authentic coaching and mentoring relationships that bring out the best in your teaching staff
  • How to build professional capacity in your schools by establishing a culture of coaching and mentoring
  • The importance of coaching and mentoring as a constituent part of succession planning
Ellen Mahoney
Ellen Mahoney
CEO and Founder
Sea Change Mentoring
Confirmed
Roundtable 2 – Tackling the Talent Crunch: Attracting, Recruiting and Retaining Leading Talent at Asian International Schools
  • How to attract, recruit and retain diverse talent whose values are consistent with that of your school
  • How can international schools prepare individuals for living and working in Asia to ensure that they thrive upon their arrival?
  • What best practices should schools implement to ensure that their intake cycle is fair and inclusive?
  • What proactive steps can schools take to create an equitable recruitment process?
  • The importance of optimising and maximising existing talent through CPD opportunities
Kam Chohan
Kam Chohan
Executive Director
Education Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS)
Confirmed
Roundtable 3 – Sponsored Roundtable
1:05 pm
Lunch Break
2:05 pm
Afternoon Keynote Presentation – Lessons from the Stoics: How to Thrive as a Leader in Times of Change and Crises
  • How can lessons from the ancient philosophical school of Stoicism help inform, guide, and enrich leadership strategies in the twenty-first century?
  • How can leaders maintain a Stoic equanimity when faced with periods of crisis and upheaval?
  • How can Stoic thought help senior leadership teams looking to establish a school ecosystem that promotes the wellbeing of local communities and the importance of living in accordance with nature?
Brenton Zola
Brenton Zola
Writer, Thinker, and Multi-disciplinary Artist
Invited
2:35 pm
Panel Discussion – Ensuring an Equitable Future: Confronting Bias and Promoting Equal Leadership Opportunities for International Educators of Colour
  • What barriers are in place that prevent people of colour from occupying senior leadership positions, and how can schools dismantle them?
  • Are hiring committee members’ unconscious biases precluding people of colour from advancing to positions of authority in international schools?
  • The importance of intersectional recruitment practices
  • What best practices should schools adopt to avoid job requirements that might be considered discriminatory
  • How to create a culture shift that eschews Eurocentric perceptions about what constitutes a leader in an international school and managing parental expectations regarding the experiences required for leadership
Dr Alan Phan
Dr Alan Phan
Founding Principal and Director
North London Collegiate School Ho Chi Minh City
Invited
Jane McGee
Jane McGee
Head of School
United Nations International School of Hanoi
Confirmed
Jessica Wei Huang
Jessica Wei Huang
Vice Principal of Wellness and Wellbeing
United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA)
Invited
Margaret Park
Margaret Park
DEIJ Consultant and Advisory Board Member
Association of International Educators and People of Color
Confirmed
3:20 pm
Sponsored Presentation – The Importance of Recruiting Locally
  • What effective strategies should senior leadership teams establish to increase the number of local teachers employed by the school?
  • The importance of having a blend of expatriate and local educators for student wellbeing and a balanced school culture
  • Why an emphasis upon local recruitment should form a part of any meaningful DEIJ strategies within international schools
3:50 pm
Afternoon Facilitated Networking Break

Attendees are encouraged to network with fellow delegates and speakers via the chat function on the conference platform. There will be an opportunity for delegates to opt into a more structure networking opportunity, which will consist of a series of brief one-to-one meetings to informally introduce delegates to peers and thought leaders in attendance.

4:20 pm
Panel Discussion – Covid Resilience and Chinese International Schools: Leading with Agility and Empathy in Times of Crisis
  • Hear the key learnings discovered by senior leaders at Chinese international schools and school groups over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • What key takeaways from the pandemic will Chinese international school leaders be taking forward and implementing into their future strategy?
  • How have senior leaders successfully supported and empowered educators throughout the pandemic?
  • As a school leader, how can you create an effective succession plan in times of crisis?
  • How has onboarding new hires been impacted by the ongoing effects of the pandemic?
  • What duty of care do senior leaders have towards the wellbeing of their staff and especially new recruits?
Tom Nolan
Tom Nolan
Head of Upper School
Harrow International School Beijing
Confirmed
Dr Marta Medved Krajnovic
Dr Marta Medved Krajnovic
Head of School
Western Academy Beijing, China
Confirmed
Dr Emily McCarren
Dr Emily McCarren
Executive Head of School
Keystone Academy, China
Invited
5:05 pm
Presentation – Maximising Educator Wellbeing
  • Why is educator wellbeing important to schools?
  • What is educator burnout and what causes it? What factors are unique to international schools?
  • How can a school maximise the wellbeing of its educators?
Dr Helen Kelly
Dr Helen Kelly
Researcher, Writer, Speaker and Consultant
The Positive Principal
Confirmed
5:35 pm
Chair’s Closing Remarks
Andrea Downie
Andrea Downie
Co-founding Director, Educator, Learning and Wellbeing Designer
Project Thrive Australia
Confirmed