Written by Adam Slaton, Chief Learning Officer, AMISA
As the new academic year gets up and running, it's time to unleash your inner learner! Our team works hard to provide learning opportunities that meet the diverse needs of educators in our member schools, and it is an honor to partner with all of you along your journeys of professional and personal growth.
Learning opportunities at AMISA revolve around our core Professional Learning Strands: Visionary Leadership, Progressive Learning, and Vibrant Communities. All of what we do around adult learning connects to our core. We invite you to read the revised edition of the AMISA Professional Learning Plan and learn a little more about how we structure learning experiences for our region. There's a lot to choose from, and this is just the start! Make sure to mark your calendars and check back regularly, as opportunities will be added throughout the year.
Immerse Yourself in an AMISA Conference Experience
AMISA Governance Conference
Cultivating Community: Harnessing the Power of Communication and Common Purpose
In an increasingly divided world, it is becoming more and more difficult to bring schools together as a united community. Effectively communicating your school’s purpose and values, and strategically engaging all school stakeholders in those elements, is vital to cultivating a united and thriving school community. This conference is designed for Heads of School and Governing Board Members.
September 27-29, 2023 | Miami, FL, USA
AMISA Head of School Retreat
Journey down the path of Nuanced Leadership facilitated by Dr. Teresa Arpin. Join fellow AMISA Heads for a unique and impactful experience of networking, connecting, and learning. The Heads' Retreat is exclusively for Directors/Heads of AMISA Member Schools. Space is extremely limited for this retreat, as it is purposefully designed for a limited number of participants.
September 30-October 3, 2023 | Asheville, NC, USA
AMISA Educators' Conference
Growing and Connecting: Better Together
Travel to the Heart of South America as we gather together for the 2024 AMISA Educators' Conference at The American School of Asuncion. Spend three days immersed with fellow educators from the AMISA region learning, laughing, and networking with each other around the theme of Growing (nurturing a positive school culture), Connecting (STEAM and community integration), and Better Together (collaboration for realizing your school's vision). Interested in presenting? The Call for Proposals is open!
March 20-22, 2024 | Asuncion, Paraguay
Engage with Colleagues at AMISA Regional Institutes
New Leadership for New Times - Governance Institute
Are you a Head of School or Governing Board Member interested in positioning your school to be forward-thinking and future-ready? Engage in a two-day leadership development institute with Ian Symmonds, a leading thought-leader in school leadership, where he will help schools dig deep into current and future trends and create a roadmap for future effectiveness. This event will take place onsite at the American School of Rio de Janeiro, co-hosts with AMISA.
Aug, 31-Sept. 1, 2023 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Assessment Summit with Dr. Thomas Guskey
Reframe your thinking and understanding around assessment with Dr. Thomas Guskey at the Assessment Summit hosted by The American School of Belo Horizonte. This onsite event is for Upper School Teachers and Administrators and is open to all AMISA Schools.
Sept. 1-2, 2023 | Belo Horizonte, Brazil
3rd Annual STEAM Educators' Conference
Back for it's third year and organized by The American School of Asuncion, the STEAM Educators' Conference is for fellow science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) educators to learn and develop new STEAM skills with colleagues from international schools in AMISA region. This is a FREE event for all AMISA Schools, so don't miss out!
October 27-28, 2023 | Virtual Conference
Empathy to Impact - Global Citizenship Institute
Looking to revamp or start an impactful service learning program? Join Inspire Citizens and the staff of Colegio Jorge Washington for a two-day institute where participants will explore the Inspire Citizens' Empathy to Impact approach and engage with resources to enhance curriculum for global citizenship, service, and sustainability. This is a great opportunity for school leaders and service learning advisors!
November 16-17, 2023 | Cartagena, Colombia
Creating inclusive school environments is vital to student success and belonging and creating supportive communities. This event is hosted by the Interamerican Academy and showcases consultants and educator workshops all focused around building inclusive environments. Mark your calendars and be on the lookout for more information coming soon!
January 25-27, 2024 (tentative dates) | Guayaquil, Ecuador
Gear Up for Our Ongoing PD Opportunities
As a value of membership, many of our PD opportunities are offered FREE to AMISA Member Schools. We invite you to check out the current opportunities on our Ongoing PD page and check back regularly for new events!
Workshops & Webinars
The learning never stops with one of our workshops or webinars provided by an AMISA contracted consultant, AMISA Partner, or AMISA Member School. More opportunities will be added regularly, so make sure to bookmark our Ongoing PD page! Here's just a snapshot of what's coming up!
Inspire Citizens Global Citizenship Certificate Program | Aug. 24
Governing Board Training Sessions | Aug. 26 & Sept. 23
Child Protection Response Team Training Level 1 | Sept. 12-14
Counselor Case Consultation Session | Sept. 27
Global Citizen Student Leadership Workshop | Oct. 4
Google Back to School with AI | Oct. 5
Power Hour Networking Events
Join colleagues from the region for 60 minutes of high-impact engagement around specific themes or topics. These opportunities are focused on strengthening the networking between schools and colleagues throughout the region. Plug into an AMISA Power Hour to share stories, pose questions, gain strategies, and share resources. New Power Hour events will be added throughout the year, so check our Ongoing PD page for regular updates.
Upcoming Power Hour Events:
Power Hour | Senior Leaders | October 6
Power Hour | DEIB Initiatives in AMISA Schools | October 24
Power Hour | Leveraging AI | November 4
Power Hours for Teachers will be added soon! Stay tuned!
Continuous Learning Initiatives
Our Continuous Learning Initiatives are designed to engage participants in continuous, cohort-style learning throughout the course of an academic year. These opportunities provide leveled-up learning through both synchronous and asynchronous formats that are facilitated by a consultant, or team of consultants.
AMISA Women in Leadership
Head of School Wellness Circles
Case Consultation and Wellness Sessions for School Counselors
Truman Group Counselor Support Cohorts
Monthly Head of School Calls
Google for Education Certification Programs
Transfer of Learning Courses
Each of these opportunities may have multiple dates and activities associated with it throughout the year. More details will be released soon and can be found on our Ongoing PD page.
The true power of adult learning at AMISA lies with each of you -- the proud, dedicated, and thoughtful educators giving your time and energy to one or more of the amazing schools in our region. Wishing you, your students, and your school communities a wonderful academic year and an exciting adventure ahead! Don't be afraid to reach out at adam[at]amisa.us to share a thought, question, or an amazing story of your learning journey!