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NESA Fall Leadership Conference

SCHEDULE

NESA 2024 Fall Leadership Conference, DUBAI, UAE

October 17-20, 2024 | Pre-Conference: October 16, 2024


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17

8:30-10:00 EXTENDED PLENARY SESSION

Keynote sponsored by International Schools Services:
- SOPHIE DUMMER & JOE KAY (The Table Group): Facing Our Team – Introduction to Healthy, High-performing Teams
10:00-10:30 COFFEE BREAK (Exhibition Area)
10:30-12:00 EXTENDED PLENARY SESSION, cont'd
12:00-1:30 LUNCH & EXHIBITION

Lunch sponsored by Faria Education Group
1:30-2:30 SHARING THE JOURNEY SESSIONS
  • From Blueprint to Reality – Achieving Instructional Coherence for Effective Learning Outcomes: ERMA ANDERSON & RACHAEL LEIBEL (The American International School of Muscat, Oman)
  • How AI Transformed How We Listen, Question & Build Community: GREG CLINTON (AIS Chennai, India)
  • Robust College Counseling During Times of Uncertainty & Changing University Priorities: GRACE CHENG DODGE & WARREN EMANUEL (American Embassy School-New Delhi, India)
  • Re-thinking Professional Growth – Increased Autonomy to Maximize Student Impact: TAMARA JOCHINKE (GEMS Dubai American Academy, UAE)
  • Connecting Student and Adult Wellbeing in Pursuit of the Good Life: RON LALONDE (The KAUST School, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)
  • Fostering Intellectual Curiosity at the International School of Islamabad, Pakistan: ROSE PUFFER & BRADYLEE McGEOUGH
  • Driving School Improvement With Action Research: SARAH SISCO (ACS Amman, Jordan)
2:30-3:00 COFFEE BREAK (Exhibition Area)
3:00-4:00 ENGAGEMENT HOUR
Job-Alike/Role-Alike Teams Connect & Engage
Session designed by The Table Group
6:00 WELCOME RECEPTION
Sponsored by Cairo American College
Pool Terrace, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18

8:30-10:00 PLENARY SESSION

Keynote: DESMOND BLACKBURN – Facing Our History: Navigating Difficult Conversations – Strategies for School Leaders and Educators
10:00-10:30 COFFEE BREAK (Exhibition Area)
10:15 in Lobby Inside Out: Holistic Experiential Learning for Individual & Planetary Well-Being [experiential learning program inside and the nearby outside of the hotel]: IVY YAN
10:30-2:00 2.5-HOUR SPECIALIST CONNECT & ENGAGE WORKSHOPS & LUNCH
  • Engaging Heart, Mind and Conscience – A Transformative Approach to Teaching: DESMOND BLACKBURN
  • Activating Organizational Clarity in a School: SOPHIE DUMMER
  • Cultivating a School That LEARNS (repeated on Saturday): NICOLE FURLONGE
  • What's Next for Inclusion in International Schools?: LEE ANN JUNG
  • Technology and School Leadership – Leading around, leading of, and leading with technology: RESHAN RICHARDS
  • Hope through Achievement – The role of student agency in deep learning: TOM SCHIMMER
  • Designing and Measuring the Experience of School (Admissions & Advancement): DAVID WILLOWS & SUZETTE PARLEVLIET
  • Governance Strand: Board Development – Exploring The Hallmarks of Effective and Efficient Governance: DAVID CHOJNACKI & RICK DETWILER
  • Business Managers Strand: Roundtable – Growing Financial Capacity & Oversight in a Changing World
  • HR Professionals Strand: Roundtable – Staying Current With HR Best Practices in a Changing World
12:00-1:00 LUNCH
Sponsored by Schrole
1:00-2:00 CONNECT & ENGAGE WORKSHOPS CONT'D
2:15-3:00 NESA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
(For heads of NESA full Member Schools only)

FREE AFTERNOON-EVENING


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

8:30-10:00 PLENARY SESSION
Awards Presentation:
    • NESA Virtual Science & Engineering Fair Awards
    • Accreditation Awards: MSA & NEASC
Keynote sponsored by Search Associates, introduced by Lana Al-Aghbar, Senior Associate:
- ELIN KELSEY and a Panel of Specialists:
Facing Our Earth – Regenerative schools, our connection to nature, and our place on this planet
10:00-10:30 COFFEE BREAK (Exhibition Area)
10:30-2:00 2.5-HOUR SPECIALIST CONNECT & ENGAGE WORKSHOPS & LUNCH
  • Cultivating a Thriving Coaching Culture: KIM COFINO
  • The Unique American College Admissions Process and Expectation Management by Counselors, Heads, and Boards: GRACE CHENG DODGE & WARREN EMANUEL
  • Cultivating a School That LEARNS (repeated from Friday): NICOLE FURLONGE
  • Assessing Students, Not Standards – Begin With What Matters Most: LEE ANN JUNG
  • Case Study – Regenerative Schools: ELIN KELSEY, IVY YAN & ADAM OLIVER
  • Leveraging Technology for Human-driven Creativity: RESHAN RICHARDS
  • Effective Leadership through Assessment: TOM SCHIMMER
  • Governance Strand: Board Development – Exploring The Hallmarks of Effective and Efficient Governance: DAVID CHOJNACKI & RICK DETWILER
  • Business Managers Strand: Roundtable – Growing Financial Capacity & Oversight in a Changing World
  • HR Professionals Strand: Roundtable – Staying Current With HR Best Practices in a Changing World
12:00-1:00 LUNCH
Sponsored by Endicott International
1:00-2:00 CONNECT & ENGAGE WORKSHOPS CONT'D
2:00-2:30 COFFEE BREAK (Exhibition Area)
2:30-3:30 LEARNING PARTNER SESSIONS – #1

Workshops presented by NESA Affiliate Organizations on how they support NESA schools with resources, best practice, effective programs and initiatives, and cutting-edge innovations.
3:30-3:45 Transition Time
3:45-4:45 LEARNING PARTNER SESSIONS – #2
7:00 SATURDAY SOIREE
Emirates Ballroom JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Sponsored by TieCare International

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20

9:00-10:00 LEARNING PARTNER SESSIONS – #3

Workshops presented by NESA Affiliate Organizations on how they support NESA schools with resources, best practice, effective programs and initiatives, and cutting-edge innovations.
10:00-10:30 COFFEE BREAK (Exhibition Area)
10:30-12:00 PLENARY SESSION

Closing Keynote: KIM COFINO
Facing Ourselves – Building a Coaching Culture: The Power of Reflection for Adult Learners

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