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Michael Iannini

Education Advisor and Author - Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS)
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Michael Iannini is ACAMIS’s Leadership Development Facilitator, Search Associates Contracted HR PD Coordinator for China, and an affiliated Council of International School’s (CIS) consultant with the following areas of expertise:

  • Appraisal and Professional Development
  • Leadership Development
  • School governance
  • Strategic planning

His journey in education began 20 years ago as a research assistant at Arizona State University’s Child Development Laboratory, where he was an early years educator and researcher. Since moving to China in 1999, originally as an Early Years Teacher, Michael has advised and trained the Boards and Leadership of hundreds of International Schools across Asia. His work has helped small and large schools facilitate real strategic planning, develop leadership across the school, implement best practices for human resource management, and design staff capacity-building programs for both academic and non-academic staff.

Michael’s first book, Hidden in Plain Site: Realizing the Full Potential of Middle Leaders, is the foundation for all his leadership development work. Since writing this book he launched www.middleleader.com where he is regularly posting articles on school leadership and interviews with school leadership influencers.

Michael’s exhaustive efforts to understand the needs and context that schools operate in have helped nurture a long and mutually beneficial relationship with ACAMIS’s network of schools. His work in China is also why Search Associates recently contracted Michael to develop and coordinate professional development activities for it’s member schools, focused on the Retention, Recruitment, and Induction of Foreign Teachers.