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October 19-22, 2017 - InterContinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Approximately 400-450 heads of school, principals, curriculum coordinators, trustees, business managers and others in leadership roles attend this conference of morning keynotes, three-hour workshops presented by specialist speakers, networking and general interest sessions presented by NESA members and affiliates.

Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration (until September 15, 2017)

NESA 'Member' School: $990
NESA 'Affiliate' School/Institution: $1,070
Non-member: $1,380
Codelegate : $415

Exhibitor Affiliate+1 table: $1,270
Exhibitor Non-Affiliate+1 table: $2,185
Additional Exhibitor: $410

Late Registration

NESA 'Member' School: $1040
NESA 'Affiliate' School/Institution: $1,120
Non-member: $1,430
Codelegate : $415

Room Rates

InterContinental Hotel
  • Deluxe Room Single: AED 625
  • Deluxe Room Double: AED 675
  • Club Room Single: AED 1,025
  • Club Room Double: AED 1,075
The Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • Standard Room Single: AED 750
  • Standard Room Double: AED 800
  • Club Room Single: AED 1,050
  • Club Room Double: AED 1,100

Rates inclusive of 10% service charge, 6% tourism fee, 4% municipality fee and AED 15 municipality room fees. Also, rates inclusive of buffet breakfast and internet.


Preconferences, October 18:
  • Jenny Chiang| Advancement 101 - How to Develop Your Ideal Program
  • Teresa Arpin and Ronald Lalond| Finding Simplicity Within Complexity
  • Peter Mott| NEASC-CIE: ACE Learning - Team Training Workshop
  • John Moore and Kelby Zenor| Rubicon Preconference: Curriculum Leadership - Using Curriculum Data to Make Informed Decisions
  • Kelly Christian| Middle States Association Self-Study Workshop
Keynote Speakers:
  • Carolyn McKanders| What Makes for Human Flourishing? Creating a Culture of Wholeness in Schools
  • Ron Berger| An Ethic of Excellence
  • Steve Barkley| The Impact of Coaching
Specialist Speakers:
  • Jennifer Abrams| The Multi-generational Workplace/Hard Conversations
  • Teresa Arpin| Measuring What Matters
  • Natalie Bolton| Leading and Monitoring the Creation and Critique of Assessment for Learning Tasks
  • Jenny Chiang| Advancement
  • Mark Church| Creating a Culture of Thinking
  • Scott Jess and Christopher Young| School Security/Child Protection
  • Bonnie Lathram| Learning Innovations
  • Ronald Lalonde| Personal Transformation as the Key to Successful 21st Century Teaching and Learning
  • Chris Wright| Coherence in Education Systems
  • David Chadwell| Maximizing Information from MAP Reports
Extended Institutes (3 Days):
  • Rick Detwiler| Board Trustee Development
  • NC Mohan| Human Resources Professionals
  • Hemant Dutia| Business Managers, Finance Personnel, Facilities Managers

Certificates of Participation

Please contact Maria Boutzarelou at

Conference Report

October 19-22, 2017 - InterContinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE

What If. . .? Building Cultures of Wholeness & Flourishing in Schools

NESA’s 2017 Fall Leadership Conference was a celebration of community, collaboration and professional learning. The overarching theme of “human flourishing” and “cultures of wholeness” -- for educators and students – infused the entire event, starting with NESA Board President Rose Puffer inviting into the opening plenary a group who could not be present -- the children in our schools – via a video of NESA students at school. Ten NESA member schools took part in this inspiring visual project.

The video set the tone for Carolyn McKanders’ extended keynote, where she explored flourishing, growth, and the balance between ‘head’ and ‘heart’. She challenged NESA leaders to think about how to foster ‘cultures of wholeness’ at their schools by asking “What if…?”. School teams posed provocative questions, such as:

What if we develop dispositions instead of focusing on content?

What if we no longer assigned grades?

What if we redefine success?

What if all assessments were formative?

What if collaborative replaced competitive?

What if every student had a passion project?

What if the kids lead the learning?

On Friday, keynoter Ron Berger continued the theme of human flourishing by challenging school leaders to pursue an “ethic of excellence” where scholarship and character unite to create ‘beautiful work’. And Steve Barkley in his Saturday keynote explored how to build a culture of coaching in schools to generate teacher learning that impacts student success.

In the NESA spirit of collaboration, school leaders teamed with specialist presenters to share how innovations at their schools have impacted student learning in the areas of advancement/development, becoming a culture of thinking, and technology, in partnership with the NESA EdTech Leaders Collaborative.

The program also included preconferences for principals and advancement/development professionals, 17 three-hour specialist workshops, and 24 General Interest Workshops presented by NESA administrators and affiliate organizations. The NESA Business Managers and Human Resources Directors Collaboratives each met in facilitated, multi-day workshops, as did Board Trustees.

NESA’s adult learning program addresses every domain of a school, offering transformational learning to all who work to make an impact on students and take the time to ask, ‘What if…?’

Next year’s FLC: October 18-21, InterContinental Hotel, Athens, Greece. We’ll see you there!