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#NNLS INNOVATION

Innovation in International Schools

Put Your Ideas Into Practice: Four Online Sessions Focused on Transformation in Schools

WITH TIM FISH, STEVE SOSTAK, STEVE BARKLEY, JULIE STERN & Catlin Tucker
HOSTED BY MADELEINE HEWITT


STRAND

STRANDS: Design & Innovation • Deep Learning • New Pedagogies

DATE

Nov 14 & Dec 5, 2022, Jan 9 & Feb 20, 2023

CERTIFICATE

CERTIFICATE OFFERING

ELIGIBILITY

OPEN TO ALL SCHOOLS

COST

PER SCH REG FEE

AUDIENCE

FOR LEADERSHIP teAMS

EVENT TYPE

ONLINE


ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Collaborate with other school learning leaders through four online sessions culminating in an in-person March summit. This series goes beyond ideation, offering practical help for putting your ideas into practice.

Choose a strand as the focus of innovation, meet for four online sessions between November and February, do deep development work in your school, and showcase your journey at the Learning Leaders Summit.

Each strand will be led by a specialist using the NAIS Innovation Design Workbook to guide the process.

SESSIONS

Session One (November 14)

Getting to Action – Moving Innovation Forward in Your School

Tim Fish and Maddy Hewitt introduce “Nowtown” and the Innovation Landscape. Material is drawn from the NAIS Innovation Journey model and focuses on the Implementation Phase. All specialists are introduced.

At the end of the session, you will understand the Innovation Model: Systems Thinking, the Process, the Journey Metaphor and Map, what to expect during the Design Phase, and what to expect during the Implementation Phase.

Sessions Two, Three and Four (December 5, January 9, February 20)

PLC-focus: select one of four specialist-led strands to follow for these three sessions. Your specialist will provide guidance on unpacking challenges, support the development of action maps and metrics, and help you prepare to showcase iterations at the Learning Leaders Summit in March.

Between sessions, do deep work within your schools to develop an action map for your project. Approximately 2-4 hours of asynchronous work will be required between each session.

STRANDS

For Sessions 2, 3 and 4, choose to follow one of four strands. The strands selected align with feedback from Member School Heads, Principals and Learning Directors as the most important topics for schools in terms of transformation.

Schools can work on more than one topic if you choose to “divide and conquer”; e.g., one school team may attend Strand One, and another team Strand Two.

Your team may also choose to work on a specific sub-category within a strand; for example, under the "New Pedagogies" strand, you may work on a sub-topic like "Units of Inquiry", "Student-led Conferences (Inquiry/Agency)", or even self-directed pathways/playlists. You determine what is most useful and how to apply the Innovation process to your custom project.

STRAND ONE

LED BY STEVE SOSTAK

Without Limits: Flexible Time, Space, and Agency for Transformative Learning

Topic(s): Time and space for learning: designing and implementing creative, flexible scheduling.

STRAND TWO

LED BY STEVE BARKLEY

Effective Teacher Professional Growth and Appraisal Models

Topic(s): Teacher appraisal and growth models.

STRAND THREE

LED BY JULIE STERN

Understanding AND Innovating: The Two Imperatives for Learning in Today's World

Topic(s): Curriculum and assessment for transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary goals and outcomes

STRAND FOUR

LED BY CATLIN TUCKER

Designing for Deeper Learning

Topic(s): New pedagogies for deep learning: inquiry, agency, student-directed learning and best practices in assessment

TOOLS

Included in registration, each participant will receive a digital (PDF) copy of the NAIS Innovation Design Workbook for use during the online sessions, as well as a print copy of the book in person at the Learning Leaders Summit.

LEARNING LEADERS SUMMIT

The Learning Leaders Summit will take place March 17-18, 2023, at the American School of Dubai, UAE. NNLS Innovation participants will present their Action Map and Journey Story. The four specialists will facilitate the Showcase, and offer additional stand-alone workshops.

The Summit is open to all: NNLS Innovation participants and non-participants who may attend to learn from the journey of others.

The Summit is not mandatory for NNLS Innovation participants: any number of school team members can attend; however, you will receive a discount on Summit registration should you choose to attend.

AUDIENCE

Open to all school leadership teams.

SCHEDULE

Online sessions will take place on Mondays, from 3:00-4:15pm Athens, Greece time (GMT+2):

      • Session 1: November 14, 2022 (everyone attends)
      • Session 2: December 5, 2022 (attend selected strand)
      • Session 3: January 9, 2023 (attend selected strand)
      • Session 4: February 20, 2023 (attend selected strand)

Tim Fish

CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER AT NAIS

Tim Fish is the Chief Innovation Officer at NAIS. He has deep roots in the independent school community and a long history at McDonogh School (Maryland). Before joining NAIS in 2016, Tim was the school’s associate headmaster. 

In his role at NAIS, Tim leads internal innovation efforts and is a member of the Strategy Lab team. The team develops deep partnerships with member schools to co-create tools and frameworks that build capacity for designing and implementing strategy and innovation. Tim also oversees IT, data, and application development, and hosts the New View EDU podcast.  

Tim was also the founding president and CEO of the FolioCollaborative, a nonprofit community of more than 175 schools worldwide, focused on working together to build a flexible faculty/staff development process grounded in strong relationships and meaningful conversations. 

Tim is the co-author of the book Leadership and Technology at Independent Schools. He started his career as a 4th-grade teacher and has served as a founder, board member, and consultant for a variety of schools, organizations, and companies. He has served on six non-profit boards and is currently serving on the board of Viewpoint School, a 1,200-student PreK-12 school in Los Angeles. 

Tim has an undergraduate degree from St. Francis University and an M.Ed. from George Mason University. Tim is also the father of four children (The Four Fish Sticks). Tim and his wife, Diane, live outside Baltimore, Maryland.  


Maddy Hewitt

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NESA

Madeleine (“Maddy”) Hewitt is the Executive Director of the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools. Before taking on the position in July, 2017, Maddy had served previously in five international schools: The International School of Tanganyika, Taipei American School, Cairo American College, the American International School of Johannesburg, and The KAUST School in Saudi Arabia. She holds a BA in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College (’84), and an MEd from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (’92).

Maddy has presented at international conferences on a wide range of topics including the architecture of deep learning, gender issues in schools, transforming school culture through inquiry-based education, adult learning and data-informed decision-making.


Steve Sostak

CO-FOUNDER, INSPIRE CITIZENS


Following 15 years teaching elementary and middle school in Chicago, Lima, Kuala Lumpur, and Beijing, Steve Sostak co-founded Inspire Citizens in order to enable schools, educators, and students to co-create learning experiences and goals that spark purposeful action for sustainable development, peace, and happiness. 
 
Now, as co-director of Inspire Citizens, and the lead writer and designer of the Global Citizenship Certificate and Eco-Media network, he works around the world, collaborating on strategic initiatives, student changemaker projects, and learning design for what he calls: Engaged Global Citizenship. 
 
Steve is best known for Empathy to Impact -- a heart, head, and hands approach to learning that empowers educators and students in living through greater compassion, connection, understanding, and action in shaping healthier relationships with oneself, others, and Nature. 


Steve Barkley

CHIEF LEARNING OFFICER & EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, PLS 3rd Learning

Steve Barkley, Chief Learning Officer and Executive Vice-President of PLS 3rd Learning, is internationally recognized for his ability to facilitate change through his teaching and coaching. He is skilled in guiding teams through continuous improvement with coaching, mentoring, and professional learning communities. Most recently, Steve has concentrated on leadership training, coaching skills, and establishing teacher professional development goals, often focused on efficacy, agency and accelerated learning. Students’ holistic growth requires learning opportunities that are authentic, purposeful, and connected.

He began his career more than 45 years ago as an elementary teacher. For the past 30+ years he has served as a consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities both nationally and internationally. His strategies to connect with clients virtually has greatly increased his availability for personalized facilitation and coaching.

Steve is a master teacher-of-educators, a highly motivational speaker who is extraordinarily knowledgeable about life in schools. A catalyst for growth, he is a true role model who practices what he teaches. 


Julie Stern

EDUCATOR, BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, GLOBAL CONSULTANT

Julie Stern is passionate about synthesizing the best of education research into practical tools that support educators in breaking free of the industrial model of schooling and moving toward teaching and learning that promotes sustainability, equity, and well-being.

Julie is the best-selling author of Learning that Transfers, Visible Learning for Social Studies, and Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary and Secondary. She is the thought leader behind the global workshop series Making Sense of Learning Transfer and is a certified trainer in Visible Learning Plus.

She is a James Madison Constitutional Fellow and taught social studies for many years in Washington, DC, and her native Louisiana.

Julie moves internationally every few years with her husband, a US diplomat, and her two young sons.


Catlin Tucker

EDUCATOR, SPEAKER, TRAINER, AUTHOR

Dr. Catlin Tucker is a bestselling author, international trainer, and keynote speaker. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2010 in Sonoma County, where she taught for 16 years. Catlin earned her doctorate in learning technologies from Pepperdine University. Currently, Catlin is working as a blended learning coach, education consultant, and professor in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program at Pepperdine University. Catlin has written a series of bestselling books on blended learning, which include The Complete Guide to Blended Learning, UDL and Blended Learning, and Balance With Blended Learning.


Registration Fees

NESA Member & Affiliate Schools

  • School teams of 2-5: $1500/school
  • School teams of 6-15: $2000/school

Non-Member Schools

  • School teams of 2-5: $2000/school
  • School teams of 6-15: $2500/school

All fees quoted are in US Dollars (USD).

Note: Summit registration is not included; however, NNLS Innovation participants will receive a 10% discount on Summit registration. Ideally, participants will be able to attend both the NNLS Innovation program and the Summit, but this is not required.

Please review the Cancellation Notice before applying.