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Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration


NESA 'Member' School: $900
NESA 'Affiliate': $970
Non-member: $1,255
Codelegate : $375

Exhibitor Affiliate+1 table:$1,150*
Exhibitor Non-Affiliate+1table: $1,980
Additional Exhibitor: $370

Late Registration


NESA 'Member' School: $950
NESA Affiliate: $1,020
Non-member: $1,305
Codelegate : $375

Exhibitor Affiliate+1 table:$1,200
Exhibitor Non-Affiliate+1table: $2,030
Additional Exhibitor: $370

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

Room Rates

Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown

Single/Double room: AED 400 inclusive of Buffet Breakfast & Internet.
The rates are subject to 10% service charge and 6% tourism fee.

Crowne Plaza

Single/Double room: AED 450 inclusive of Buffet Breakfast & Internet.
The rates are subject to 10% service charge and 6% tourism fee.

  • Deluxe Single Room: AED 799
  • Deluxe Double Room: AED 905
  • Club Room (single or double): AED 1,199

Rates include: 16% Service & taxes, buffet breakfast, 1MB internet in sleeping room and meeting areas.


Pre-conferences, October 21:
  • Mark Kessler & David Chadwell: NWEA MAP Preconference (by invitation only)
  • Rick Detwiler: Fundamentals of Trusteeship (for new trustees)
  • Hank Cram & Priscilla Feir: Middle States Association Self-Study Workshop
  • Max Eisl: Finalsite Web Strategy Workshop
Specialist Speakers:
  • Elle Allison-Napolitano (keynote speaker): Resilience in Leadership
  • Sharnell Jackson (keynote speaker): Establishing and Supporting Personalized Learning Using Data
  • Jay McTighe & Giselle Martin-Kniep (keynote speakers): Schooling by Design and ARCS Systems Thinking
  • Doug Reeves (keynote speaker): Inspiring Creativity and Innovation: A Leader’s Guide
  • Kim Bane, Karen Sumaryono, Paula Peters-Frampton: Transforming EAL Inclusive Practices
  • Rick Detwiler: Boardmanship (3 days)
  • Tom Guskey: SBGR for Boards - Policy Implications; Elements of a Sound PD Plan
  • Heather Hoerle: Non-cognitive Measures (Measuring the Mission)
  • Jane & Jim Hulbert: Crisis Communications
  • Lee Ann Jung: Is yours an inclusive school? Creating a Culture of Inclusion
  • Marc Levinson: Business & Facilities Managers Institute [3 days: Thursday at ACS Abu Dhabi (transport provided); Friday at AS-Dubai (transport provided); Saturday at InterContinental Hotel]
  • Shabbi Luthra, Fiona Reynolds, Sujoy Chaudhuri: Using Visualization for Learning Analytics
  • N.C. Mohan, Amira Hashem: Human Resources Directors Summit (2 days)
  • Tom Schimmer: Towards a Standards-based Learning System
  • Tim Shanahan: Disciplinary Literacy

Certificates of Participation

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Conference Report

October 22-25, 2015 - InterContinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE

NESA’s last Fall Leadership Conference in Abu Dhabi was in 1996, David Chojnacki’s first conference as NESA Executive Director! This was the organization’s largest FLC ever, with more than 575 delegates, including 100 exhibitors. All gathered once again at the elegant InterContinental Hotel for four days of high-quality professional learning and personal renewal.

At Thursday’s opening plenary, US Ambassador to the UAE Barbara Leaf welcomed delegates, and Bea Cameron from the Office of Overseas Schools, ACS Abu Dhabi Superintendent Robin Heslip, NESA Board President Kevin Schafer (TAISM-Muscat), and NESA’s David Chojnacki set the tone of professional learning.

Douglas Reeves gave the opening keynote on “Inspiring Creativity and Innovation: A Leader’s Guide”, outlining what school leaders can do at the system and school level to inspire creativity; afterwards, a panel of specialist speakers responded to Dr Reeves’ keynote. On Friday, Jay McTighe and Giselle Martin Kniep, in “Schooling by Design and the ARCS Framework for School Improvement”, explored strategies for sustainable school improvement based on the intersection of these two concepts. Sharnell Jackson, in her Saturday keynote, “Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision-Making”, outlined how to create the organizational and technological conditions that foster effective data use. Sunday morning’s keynoter, Elle Allison-Napolitano, examined how resilience in leaders is transformative in “Super Strong: The Extraordinary Nature of Leadership Resilience”. For the closing keynote Sunday afternoon, NYU professor Eric Hilgendorf held a conversation with a colleague (an engineer) on what innovation looks like in “Key Elements of Innovation with Teacher as Mentor”.

During the four days, delegates took advantage of in-depth training at three-hour workshops presented by 23 specialist speakers, including two sessions by administrators from NESA members the American School of Bombay (on Learning Analytics) and AIS-Chennai (on EAL inclusion). Additionally, NESA members and affiliates presented 25 one-hour General Interest Workshops over three days.

NESA conferences combine professional learning with personal renewal. In that spirit, delegates had opportunities to re-connect during Thursday’s Welcome Reception at the InterContinental’s "Bayshore” waterfront garden and pool area, and during Saturday evening’s Gala in the Intercontinental’s Dar El Istiqbal Ballroom, where they enjoyed a buffet dinner, an amazing “Arabic jazz fusion” live band, and a traditional whirling dervish performance. That evening, David Chojnacki, on behalf of the NESA Board, honored Jaunice Ansell of the International School of Islamabad, for her service to and support of NESA.

Next year’s Fall Leadership Conference is October 20-23 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Doha, Qatar. Mark your calendars!