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AMISA GOVERNANCE CONFERNCE 2021

October 27-29, 2021
Miami, FL
Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
Register by October 10, 2021

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Main Conference Keynote Speaker | OCTOBER 28-29

INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCY
Reframing Diversity to Drive Inclusion and Belonging in AMISA Schools

Dr. Derrick Gay currently serves as a diversity and inclusion strategist to organizations around the world. Over the past 23 years, he has partnered with over 800 organizations across numerous sectors to deepen DEI capacity; enhance inclusion and engagement; attract, hire, and retain the best talent; and design strategies to maximize business and education goals.

 

Prior to consulting fulltime, Dr. Gay taught Spanish, French, and music in a number of independent schools across the globe, ultimately serving as director of community life and diversity, a senior administrative role.

Dr. Gay’s work has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, El Tiempo Latino, NPR, 60 Minutes, and others. He has also produced two TEDx Talks, exploring the challenges around the word diversity and the nature of racial discourse.

 
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Pre-Conference Keynote Speaker | OCTOBER 27

BOARD TRAINING 101
Understanding the Role and Responsibilities of Being a Member

Dr. Teresa Arpin is President of Transformation Systems, working with educational organizations both nationally and internationally since 1996. She specializes in leadership development, strategic planning and organizational transformation. In her role with Transformation Systems, Dr. Arpin has conducted leadership development programs, facilitated strategic planning processes and helped schools measure the impact of their strategic plans. She has worked with boards of education, schools and school districts large and small, across the United States and internationally, including: China, Poland, France, Czech Republic, Malaysia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Puerto Rico, Russia, Japan, Singapore, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Her work has also included facilitating strategic planning processes for three international regional education associations, which include NESA, CEESA and EARCOS. She has collaborated with the NESA Board for many years in the evolution of a strategic planning approach that is now being modeled in several international schools and other regional associations. Dr. Arpin is the 2013 recipient of NESA’s Finis Engleman Award, recognizing “outstanding dedication and service to schools in the NESA region reflecting the meritorious contributions of a man whose memory will always be special in the annals of NESA.” Dr. Arpin earned a Bachelor of Philosophy from Thomas Jefferson College and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Michigan State University. Her doctorate is in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. She is also certified by Newfield Network, an international program for the development of ontological coaches.

Main Conference | OCT 28-29

INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCY

Pre-Conference

October 27

 

Board Training 101: Understanding the Role and Responsibilities of Being a Board Member  

 

The one-day Governance Pre-Conference with Dr. Teresa Arpin is geared to new trustees, but would be relevant to those trustees wanting a refresher or an introduction to principles of Governance as Leadership. A range of topics within two broad areas will be discussed:

  • Trustee role, responsibilities & managing varied stakeholder relationships

  • Trustees’ fiduciary, strategic and generative roles and responsibilities

The Pre-conference curriculum is based upon the NESA Governance Standards, which are aligned with accreditation standards for governance; the NAIS’ International Trustees Handbook and resources from Board Source. The format of the Pre-conference is a mix of input, small group conversations, and large group processing. Scenarios and case studies will provide opportunities to apply concepts to the complex situations often found in schools. Quality resources will be made accessible to participants, including sample self-assessment tools.  The Pre-Conference will set the foundation for more in-depth work within the Governance Conference.

 

Dr. Teresa Arpin, President, Transformation Systems


Dr. Arpin has worked with boards of trustees, schools and school districts large and small across the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Her work has also included facilitating strategic planning processes for five international regional education associations which include NESA, CEESA, EARCOS, AISA and AMISA. She has collaborated with the NESA Board for many years in the evolution of a strategic planning approach that is now being modeled in several international schools and other regional associations.

 

 

MAIN CONFERENCE

October 28-29

Intercultural Competency: Reframing Diversity to Drive Inclusion and Belonging in AMISA Schools

 

The mission of all schools compels leaders to foster and sustain an inclusive, and safe environment of belonging to support student learning and healthy development.  In most schools, these efforts typically fall under the umbrella of Diversity and Inclusion. Most international schools, however,  struggle with implementing elements of Diversity and Inclusion, as many of the frameworks are US-centric and do not resonate in a meaningful way within the context of the school environment.

 

During this two-day learning experience, Dr. Gay will leverage his 24 years of experience as an international educator, diversity and inclusion expert, and global citizen in order to support heads of schools and board members in effectively framing efforts that foster inclusion and belonging in schools.

 

 

CONFERENCE LEARNING GOALS

 

Day One

  • Learn about the Intercultural Competency Model

  • Cultivate common language around diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Engage in exercises to learn more about your own world view, while identifying other viewpoints and perspectives

  • Learn strategies to reconcile divergent viewpoints while aligning to common school values and mission

  • Brainstorm strategic Intercultural Competency strategic questions and share across schools and participants

 

Day Two

  • Learn international school best practices and pitfalls around implementation of diversity, equity, inclusion, and intercultural competency

  • Discover strategies to effectively navigate challenging intercultural competency topics through an AMISA regional lens: race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and politics, in an empathic manner than aligns with the School’s mission

  • Engage in group case study

  • Design provisional intercultural competency/DEI strategic priorities

 

Dr. Derrick Gay, Diversity and Inclusion Strategist

Dr. Derrick Gay currently serves as a diversity and inclusion strategist to organizations around the world. Over the past 23 years, he has partnered with over 800 organizations across numerous sectors to deepen DEI capacity; enhance inclusion and engagement; attract, hire, and retain the best talent; and design strategies to maximize business and education goals.

 

Prior to consulting fulltime, Dr. Gay taught Spanish, French, and music in a number of independent schools across the globe, ultimately serving as director of community life and diversity, a senior administrative role.

Dr. Gay’s work has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, El Tiempo Latino, NPR, 60 Minutes, and others. He has also produced two TEDx Talks, exploring the challenges around the word diversity and the nature of racial discourse.

 

Fluent in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, Dr Gay currently consults around the world in these languages. His clients range from independent schools,  financial services, law, fashion, foundations, business schools, orchestras, international schools and global travel companies. Dr. Gay also currently lectures at Columbia Business School and the International Fashion Academy in Paris, France, in addition to serving as a senior consultant at Sesame Street.

 

Who should attend:

  • New and experiences Heads of School, School Directors, Superintendents

  • New and experienced governing board members

What to expect:

  • Relevant learning sessions focused on board roles and responsibilities (pre-conference)

  • Relevant learning sessions focused on leading equity and inclusion efforts in school communities 

  • Engaging in individual and team reflective practice

  • Hands-on support and coaching from content experts

 

Schedule:

October 27 | Pre-Conference

Board Training 101

General outline (may be subject to change)

6:30-7:45am              Breakfast

7:00-8:00am              Registration

8:00-9:30am              Session 1

9:30-10:00am            Coffee Break

10:00am - 12:00pm    Session 2

12:00-1:00pm            Lunch

1:00-2:30pm              Session 3

2:30-3:00pm              Coffee Break

3:00-4:00pm              Session 4

 

 

October 28-29 | Main Conference

Intercultural Competency: Reframing Diversity to Drive Inclusion and Belonging in AMISA Schools

General outline (may be subject to change)

6:30-7:45am              Breakfast

7:00-8:00am              Registration

8:00-9:30am              Session 1

9:30-10:00am            Coffee Break/Visit Exhibitors

10:00am - 12:00pm    Session 2

12:00-1:00pm            Lunch

1:00-2:30pm              Session 3

2:30-3:00pm              Coffee Break/Visit Exhibitors

3:00-4:00pm              Session 4