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AASSA Educators’ Conference 2018

AASSA Educators’ Conference 2018

Hosted by the American School of Quito Quito, Ecuador

Pre-Conference: March 20-21, 2018

Main Conference: March 22-24, 2018


Call for Presentation Proposals

We are now accepting Practitioner Presentation Proposals due October 16th for:

  1. Teacher Workshops

  2. Ted Talk Workshops

  3. Exhibitors’ Workshops by Associate Members

For information and to submit your proposal online, please visit


Conference Overview

The Power of Yet, a phrase coined by Carol Dweck, is simply about teachers and students having a “growth mindset”: celebrating that we are all on a learning journey and believing that we all have the ability to improve. This hopeful mindset sees success as a future result of engaging with and learning from one’s mistakes.

This is in stark contrast to the “ fixed mindset” which has typically defined the educational process—a mindset based in “the tyranny of now” which defines a student’s result at a given point in time as either a success or a failure. This approach has encouraged students to run away from their errors, seek constant validation and rewards for their efforts, or brand themselves a failure and give up.

Carol Dweck’s research has shown that the concept of “not yet” has resulted in students embracing challenges, learning from their errors, and persisting in the face of setbacks. They come to see effort as a pathway to mastery—an idea reinforced by Malcolm Gladwell’s research that expertise develops only after about 10,000 hours of practice. The ultimate result of teaching from the vantage point of “the power of yet” is that students develop the confidence and resiliency so as to persevere and progress.

Two-day Pre-Conference Institutes: Tuesday & Wednesday, March 20 & 21, 2018

  1. AAIE Innovation Leadership Certificate Session

  2. Athletic Administrator Institute

One-day Pre-Conference Institutes: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

  1. Instructional Coaching

  2. Supporting and Measuring Growth for Students with Learning Disabilities

  3. Promoting Social Justice and Equity through Bilingualism (WIDA)

  4. Google Apps for Education Workshop and Certifcation

  5. Focusing on Growth: NWEA Data Coaching

Main Conference: March 22-24, 2018

The main conference will feature a wide variety of sessions, most of which will be collaborative by design:

  1. Teacher Workshops, Ted Talk workshops, job-alike cohort, and Edcamp sessions.

  2. There will be keynotes by Lee Crockett, Sara Wilkie, Suzie Boss and Monica Martinez.

In addition, our featured presenters will offer the following workshops:

Lee Crockett

  1. Mindfulness and Heart Communication Future-Focused Learning: 10 Essential Shi s of Practice

Suzie Boss

  1. Designing Projects for Inquiry and Innovation Stakeholder Engagement for School Change Students as Change Agents for the Planet

Lee Ann Jung

  1. Assessment, Grading & Feedback: A Powerful GPA to Support All Learners Toward Meaningful Learning Support & Inclusion in International Education

Sara Wilkie

  1. Learning to Learn: The “Why Bother? Of Documentation and Reflection

  2. #Q2Learn: Students Driving their Thinking and Learning through Questioning: The Essence of an Innovative Learning Environment

Sue Easton

  1. Leadership Tools for Teacher Leaders

  2. Curriculum Design for Teacher Leaders

  3. Assessment Alignment for Teacher Leaders

  4. Supporting Continuous Growth for Teacher Leaders

Mariana Castro (WIDA)

  1. Accessibility through an Assets-Based Philosophy

  2. Formative Language Assessment

  3. Translanguaging: Leveraging the Language Practices of Multilingual Students

Monica Martinez (EdTechTeam)

  1. Google A-Z

  2. Google Apps Tips and Tricks Everyone is an Artist with ese Tools Going Mobile with Google

Ken Shelton (EdTechTeam)

  1. Multimedia Design and Storytelling Visual Literacy and Visual Storytelling


Please visit the Educators’ Conference page on our website

Registration and hotel reservations will close on February 4th, 2018

We hope to see you in Quito!


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