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Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration (until September 20, 2014)

NESA 'Member' School: $865
NESA 'Affiliate': $920
Non-member: $1,205
Codelegate : $350

Exhibitor Affiliate+1 table:$1100*
Exhibitor Non-Affiliate+1table: $1930
Additional Exhibitor: $345

Late Registration

NESA 'Member' School: $915
NESA Affiliate: $970
Non-member: $1,255
Codelegate : $350

Exhibitor Affiliate+1 table:$1150*
Exhibitor Non-Affiliate+1table: $1980
Additional Exhibitor: $345

Extra Exhibit Tables:
*one additional table is free for Exhibitor Affiliates

Hotel Rates

Conrad Hotel Room Rates:
  • Standard Room: $290 (single), $315 (double)
  • Executive Room: $390 (single), $415 (double)


Preconferences, October 22:
  • Michael Popinchalk: NEASC Accreditation Visiting Team Member Training Workshop, 8th Edition
  • Lynn Sawyer: Getting the Most Out of Teacher Evaluation — How to craft a manageable and sustainable system that assures quality teaching while promoting professional learning
  • Kelly Christian & Jackie Gilbert: MSA Self-Study Workshop
Keynote Speakers:
  • Auditi Chakravarty: The SAT's Redesign & Its International Impact / The College Board's College-Readiness System & the Common Core
  • Dan Feigelson: Literacy - Teaching Reading In The Age Of The Common Core / Teaching Readers To Think For Themselves / Setting The Stage For Powerful Reading Instruction
  • Andy Hargreaves: Professional Capital / Building Professional Culture / Uplifting Leadership
  • Ken O'Connor: Leadership for Standards-Based Grading and Assessment
  • Douglas Reeves: Leading for Creativity / Creativity in a Standards-based Environment / Assessing Creativity
Specialist Speakers:
  • Harvey Alvy: The Principalship / Abraham Lincoln and Successful 21st Century School Leadership
  • Jeff Clanon: Developing Leadership "Stance" / U Theory for Dummies
  • Sarah Daignault & Mark Levinson: Leadership Institute - Educational and Governance Transformation (School Sustainability)
  • Rick Detwiler: School Board Members & Heads
  • Jane & Jim Hulbert: Crisis Communications
  • Michelle Kuhns & Michelle Remington: Implementing Standards-based Grading and Reporting in the High School
  • Kent Peterson: School Culture
  • Mike Rodman, Tim King, Nick Mirisis, Sarah Daignault & Marc Levinson: Business Managers Strand (4 days)
  • Lynn Sawyer: Designing Effective Systems for Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning
  • Bruce Wellman: Learning-focused Supervision; Moving Teachers from Novice to Expert Teaching Practice

Certificates of Participation

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Conference Report

October 23-26, 2014 - Conrad Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey

After a 12-year absence, NESA school leaders returned to historic Istanbul for four days of high-quality professional learning and personal renewal. With a breathtaking view of the Bosphorus and the Blue Mosque visible across the Golden Horn, the elegant Conrad Hotel hosted the FLC for the third time (also in 1994 and 2002), with an unprecedented number of delegates — more than 500 — a record!

NESA Executive Director David Chojnacki opened the conference with welcome remarks, followed by Anthony Jones, Headmaster of our host school, Robert College, and Bea Cameron, Regional Education Officer from the Office of Overseas Schools, who delivered greetings from the State Department to NESA educators.

Andy Hargreaves from Boston College gave the opening keynote on “Professional Capital”, ‘recovering and redefining’ what it means to teach, to be a teacher and to be valued as a high quality professional. On Friday, grading expert Ken O’Connor outlined the six “Musts” to make grading effective so students fully benefit from high-quality teaching and assessment in “The Way Ahead in Communicating Student Achievement”. Author Douglas Reeves, in his Saturday keynote, “Leading for Creativity”, made a compelling case for what leaders must do – and what they must avoid – to nurture creativity among students and teachers. Sunday morning’s keynoter, literacy consultant Dan Feigelson, examined how important joy and engagement are in literacy instruction, in “Joy, Engagement, and Rigor: Teaching Reading In The Age of The Common Core”. Sunday afternoon, Auditi Chakravarty, Vice President for Curriculum & Instruction with the College Board’s Advanced Placement & Instruction Division, gave delegates the inside story behind the overhaul of the SAT exam, in “A Great Global Conversation: SAT’s Redesign and Its International Impact”.

Delegates took advantage of in-depth training during four three-hour workshops presented by 20 specialist speakers, including a ‘prototype’ session by Michelle Kuhns and Michelle Remington from the American School of Dubai on standards-based reporting in the high school. Other topics included school leadership, leadership “stance”, school sustainability, crisis communications, school culture, teacher evaluation and learning-focused supervision. Extended strands for business managers (four days) and board trustees (three days) were also offered. Additionally, NESA members and affiliates presented a record-breaking 27 one-hour General Interest Workshops, with 42 presenters! A special panel discussion also took place on the important subject of “Issues Around Child Protection”.

On Saturday morning, MSA and NEASC Accreditation Awards and the NESA Virtual Science Fair Awards were announced. At Saturday evening’s Gala in the Conrad Ballroom, several touching tributes were paid to this year’s Finis Engleman Award recipient, Sarah Daignault, the founding Executive Director of the National Business Officers Association, co-presenter of the business managers strand at the FLC for ten years and consultant to NESA and schools on operations, finance and governance. Also at the Gala, NESA Board President Kevin Schafer (TAISM-Muscat) honored NESA Director of Operations Jill Kalamaris and staff member Laura Canellopoulou for 24 and 20 years of service, respectively, to the organization.

Complementing the professional focus with the best of NESA hospitality, the FLC’s three social events gave delegates a chance for some fun too, starting with Wednesday’s welcome cocktail reception at the Conrad’s Summit Bar with a spectacular view of the Bosphorus. At Thursday’s Welcome Event, delegates enjoyed a traditional seafood dinner in the charming Kumkapi quarter of Istanbul, and a superb Turkish and international buffet plus a lively folklore music and dance performance at Saturday’s Gala in the Conrad Ballroom.