Global Connections Workshops

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The Global Connections track is a curated collection of pre-recorded sessions and live meetups that will unpack perspectives, insights, and experiences from international schools and associations on a range of topics including leadership, governance, social justice, learning and teaching, and community well-being.

Title Block Time Summary Track
Three Lessons Born Out of Unrelenting Crisis Leadership Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: Using international schools around the world as a leadership laboratory, this session will focus on new ways of thinking and doing when it comes to setting strategy, managing change leadership, creating shared purpose, ensuring community commitment to collective efficacy, and supporting social-emotional well-being.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Mark E. Ulfers, Association for the Advancement of International Education 
Leading, Innovating, and Thriving in the Dark Winter of a Global Pandemic: Conversations with International School Heads Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: Association for the Advancement of International Education has hosted weekly virtual conversations with its school leaders over the past year, providing them an opportunity to share and learn from one another. In this session, heads from Kenya to Kathmandu will reflect on lessons related to learning and teaching, change leadership, and building community, among others.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Mark E. Ulfers, Association for the Advancement of International Education 
Educational Change and Independent Schools into the Future Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: A panel of distinguished educators will explore the impact and opportunities arising from the disruption of the past 12 months, with a focus on the Australian independent school sector.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Geoff Newcombe, Tiffany Roos, Association of Independent Schools New South Wales; Mark Hemphill, Australian International School (Hong Kong); Tracey Gray, Sapphire Coast Anglican College (Australia); Yong Zhao, University of Kansas (United States). 
Building a Culture of Critical Thinking in an Era of Disruption Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: The structuring effects of culture are powerful, permeating through our development, influencing our behaviors and ways of working, even shaping our perceptions of what is and isn’t possible. Culture is a formidable learning tool, but what type of culture should we be striving for in education? Do we need to maintain the status quo, or should we embrace—and even seek—disruption to enhance student, teacher, and institutional potential? This workshop will explore the idea of critical thinking cultures in schools through the lenses of pedagogical capital, reimagining learning, and enabling and inhibiting factors.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Adam Kuss, University of Queensland (Australia)
Centralizing Pedagogy When Remote Learning Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: Recent experiences have amplified the importance of reconnecting with the essence of education, prioritizing relationships, centralizing pedagogy, and reconceptualizing how we know students are learning. This workshop will provide research-based information and practical strategies to support new approaches to learning and teaching.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Rachel Perry, Billie Trkulja, The Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales
International Education: Does It Perpetuate Structural Racism? Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: “I am both a victim of and a beneficiary from structural racism.” Our colleague a former international school student and later a university admission officer, published his personal story in June 2020, and it set the Council of International Schools (CIS) on a path to develop perspective on specific types of discrimination and inequity within international schools around the world. This workshop will look at racism and discrimination through multiple lenses as we learn how to effectively address it within diverse learning institutions, and how CIS as an organization has begun its own self-assessment.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Nico Evers, Jane Larsson, Nunana Nyomi, Ann Straub, Council of International Schools
Learning Unbound and the Future of Schools Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: Over the past decade, Global Online Academy (GOA) has been a leader in rethinking the ways it designs learning experiences for students and educators. In the past year, GOA has helped schools, educators, and students navigate the complexities and opportunities of remote learning based on years of action research, insights, and application via a global network of schools. This session will distill 10 years of perspectives on learning and teaching and the power of school networks as we explore Learning Unbound and what that will mean for schools in the future.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Michael Nachbar, Global Online Academy
The Value of Holistic Learning: Wisdom from Ancient Greece Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: Classical Greece has been considered the cradle of Western civilization and the culture from which the modern West inherited its educational and philosophical ideas. This workshop will explore the wisdom of the Greeks and the power of an inquiry-based system that allows for holistic learning.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Madeleine Hewitt, Near East South Asia Council of Overseas School
Three Mindsets for Embracing Organizational Change Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: What are the mindsets we need to develop in order to embrace and implement organizational change? This workshop will introduce and unpack three that are essential to school educators’ toolkits both now and post-pandemic. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their own experiences with change and change management in their schools.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Madeleine Hewitt, Near East South Asia Council of Overseas School
The Unique Challenges Facing International Schools Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: For more than 50 years, the Office of Overseas Schools (OOS) has supported overseas K–12 schools serving U.S. citizens abroad. These institutions are an important part of the global community of independent schools, and while they are similar to their U.S. counterparts, they are also quite different. OOS’s executive director will share insights on international schools, the pandemic’s impact on them, and the challenges they face.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Thomas Shearer, Office of Overseas Schools, U.S. State Department