AASSA Governance Conference
Our second conference of the year, the Governance Conference for School Heads and Board Members, was attended by a record 106 participants from 30 schools as well as 18 associate members. Mina Merkel facilitated the Pre-Conference (Governance 101) and the main conference which was developed around the theme KnowledgeAble: Sharing Shamelessly Across the Region.
AASSA GIN Conference 2014
The GIN conference at Lincoln School in Buenos Aires was a great success. 281 students and advisors from 20 member schools and 2 non-member schools were in attendance, making this our best-attended GIN conference to date with a 20% increase in participants over the prior year. In addition, 68 dedicated students from Lincoln School worked the conference.
The following is a testimonial from Sally Eckel from Lincoln School:
The 2014 GIN Conference held at Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was an unforgettable experience. Coming into the conference, as it was my first experience in any GIN-related event, I wasn’t sure what to expect. By the end of the conference I was sure of one thing: GIN is something that everyone should get involved in. No matter your level of knowledge about global issues, it will be an insightful learning experience. I personally began the conference with little knowledge, and left a different person. Not only did I learn about the global issues that are harming our world today, but I learned what students all over the world are doing to stop these problems. It was truly inspirational to see a real global network being formed as kids came from all over the Americas to work together to share their ideas and fight global issues. Everyone in the conference witnessed that every small change in our own communities is a step in changing the world. Several keynote speakers joined in the discussion, adding to the mix of ideas. Their insight and example of accomplishing the goals that this conference sets was an inspiration to us all, and showed us again that everyone is capable of changing the world. This GIN Conference was a huge success and everyone who participated left ready to continue changing the world for the better.
Next year’s conference will take place at the American School of Rio in October 2015.