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AMISA Monthly: December 2021

Welcome to AMISA Monthly, a monthly newsletter featuring updates, blog posts, podcasts, professional learning events, and exclusive member-only benefits for AMISA-member schools.

A Message From Our Chief Learning Officer

Have questions about how other schools are implementing DEIJ strategies? Need help from colleagues in the region about specific practices or policies that you might be experiencing at your school? AMISA Networking is a great way to engage in conversation to enhance professional growth.

Interested in think-tanking with colleagues in the region? Want to design a collaborative multi-school project? We have over 30 Connect Groups for members to join, providing a safe space for resource sharing, strategizing, and connecting with colleagues in similar roles throughout the region.

Conversations are starting around DEIJ, NGSS Curriculum, and other topics in our AMISA Forums! Dive into the conversations around practical application, implementation, reflection, and much more. If there is a topic of interest that isn’t represented in the forums, send an email to me at

Help us enhance professional growth of AMISA educators by engaging in AMISA Networking opportunities! Click here to find out how to join!


A Recap of Governance Conference

The theme at this year's Governance Conference was Reframing Diversity to Drive Inclusion and Belonging in AMISA Schools. More than 65 participants, including Board Members, Heads of Schools and AMISA partners/exhibitors attended the conference held in Miami, FL. Their goal was to deepen their understanding and to further develop AMISA schools' strategic planning around diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ).

Authentic Empathy Drives Inclusion

Here is a recap from our main conference keynote speaker, Diversity and Inclusion Strategist, Dr. Derrick Gay.

Follow Dr. Gay on Twitter @DerrickGay.

The Responsibilities of a Board Member

Dr. Teresa Arpin led our pre-conference, Board Training 101: Understanding the Role and Responsibilities of Being a Member.

Dr. Arpin discussed a range of topics within two broad areas: 1) Trustee role, responsibilities & managing varied stakeholder relationships, and 2) Trustees’ fiduciary, strategic and generative roles and responsibilities.

Congratulating our Distinguished Member Schools

During the Governance Conference, our Executive Director, Dr. Dereck Rhoads recognized our distinguished member schools:

  • Pan American School of Porto Alegre

  • Graded - The American School of Sao Paulo

  • International School Nido de Aguilas

  • Colegio Nueva Granada

  • Carol Morgan School

  • American School of Guatemala


2022 Annual Educator's Conference in Brazil

Over the past 2 years, educators were faced with unique challenges, forcing them to evolve and change the way they teach and reach children. Here at AMISA, we understand that now more than ever as we settle into our new normal, we must continue to find innovative ways to teach the whole child.

This is why we are so excited to announce the theme of our Annual Educators' Conference -

The Science of Learning: Educating Hearts and Minds.

The conference will be held at Graded School in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 22-27.

Registration is now open for educators and exhibitors! A call for presenters is coming soon.

Visit our Educators' Conference page for more details. Be sure to follow the hashtag #AMISAEdCon22 on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to keep up with announcements.


Welcome New AMISA-Member Schools

On behalf of the entire region, AMISA sends a warm welcome to our newest member-schools, American School Foundation of Monterrey (ASFM) and GI School.

ASFM, located in Monterrey, Mexico, is led by Director/Superintendent George Stewart. Learn more by visiting the school's website today.

GI School, located in Armenia, Colombia, is led by Director Andrew Roberts. Learn more by visiting the school's website today.

View a list of all AMISA-member schools here!


Landing An International Teaching Job

Don't miss our upcoming recruiting event! Over the past month, AMISA has been in full effect, hosting five virtual recruiting events tailored to the needs of our international teacher candidates and recruiters!

Our final event of this year's recruiting season is our Meet & Greet and Interview Sign Ups.

The recruiting event will be held on December 4 from 10 AM to 12 PM (ET).

Find all past AMISA recruiting events HERE! You can also find our blog post announcing our recruitment events.

Candidates, visit our database to ensure your application is marked complete and active..

Recruiters, remember to update your job vacancies in the recruiting database.


3 Leadership Traits Necessary for Today's Leader.

Unique circumstances call for leaders who can connect. In this episode of #AMISARadio, we met with Ryan Persaud to discuss challenges of leading a school at the height of the pandemic and the most rewarding elements of school leadership during the pandemic.

Persaud is currently serves as the Director of IT and Innovation, and recently was filling in as the Interim Head of School at The International School of Curitiba.

With over 19 years of experience in Education, working in Brazil, South Korea, and Canada, Persaud has served such roles as Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning, Instructional Program Leader, and Classroom Teacher. He is a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership from the University of Western, Ontario, holds a Bachelors in Education and Masters in Education from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelors in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.

The AMISA Radio podcast is now streaming on Spotify!


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Happy Holidays!

We hope that your Thanksgiving was spent with loved ones and full of joy. May the magic of this holiday season fill your home with love and happiness. To our member schools' students, teachers, communities, and to our supporters and partner members - Happy Holidays!


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