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NESA Fall Leadership Conference 2019

The Diversity Collaborative

THE DIVERSITY COLLABORATIVE is committed to creating a more diverse, inclusive, equitable and just environment among the leadership of the international school community. This collaborative hopes to utilize the talents of leaders in education to create lasting changes in the way we engage, support and promote educators who encompass a broad range of identities.

Jennifer Beckwith, Liz Duffy & Beth Pfannl

Founding Director

American United School of Kuwait

JENNIFER BECKWITH has worked in K-12 education for over 30 years with international leadership experiences that span nine countries. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration with College Teaching, from GPC Vanderbilt University. Dr. Beckwith began her latest educational venture as Founding Director of American United School of Kuwait in October 2012.


International Schools Services

In July 2015, LIZ DUFFY became the President of International Schools Services (ISS). For the previous 12 years, she served as the 12th Head Master of The Lawrenceville School, a 210-year-old boarding school in New Jersey. Before Lawrenceville, Ms. Duffy worked in leadership capacities at three educational foundations, and she has served on the boards of numerous foundations, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. Ms. Duffy earned a degree in molecular biology from Princeton University and graduate degrees in business and education from Stanford University.,

Vice President

Administrative Searches & Governance Services
International Schools Services

BETH PFANNL has over 30 years of experience in international education. She was most recently the long-standing head of the American Overseas School of Rome. Dr Pfannl earned her doctorate from the Sorbonne in Paris, her BA from McGill University and holds a CAGS in School Administration from Rhode Island College. In addition to leading ISS’s administrative searches, she runs the annual Mary Anne Haas ISS Women’s Leadership Symposium and co-chairs the Diversity Collaborative.

3-Hour Workshop: Friday, Oct. 25 & Saturday, Oct. 26

Frameworks, Tools and Strategies for Promoting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEI-J) at International Schools

Most international schools are comprised of students, faculty and staff from a myriad of backgrounds and include fostering a multicultural community as a central part of their school missions. Participants in this interactive workshop will review key research and learn a variety of frameworks to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEI-J) in their school and have a chance to discuss and apply those frameworks.

Part 1: Core Definitions and Research

• What is DEIJ and the Difference Between Equity and Equality
• Why Diversity Matters

Part 2: The Personal Perspective

• Bias and Privilege
• Cross Cultural Communications

Part 3: The Institutional Perspective

• The Leadership Pipeline
• Intercultural Development Continuum
• The Diversity Collaborative Integrated Organizational Framework

**NOTE: This workshop will be repeated Saturday, October 26.

Target Audience:

Anyone interested in this topic.

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1-Hour Presentation: Sunday, Oct. 27

Director of Research and Development

International Schools Services

DANA SPECKER WATTS is the Director of Research and Development at International Schools Services (ISS). She has a broad school background in curriculum, technology, innovation, and educational leadership. In addition to working in Hong Kong (HKIS), India (AES) and Thailand (ISB), she has also served as Executive Director of WLead, and as the Director of Innovation at 21st Century Learning International. Dr Watts is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Certified Teacher, and ISTE Certified Trainer. She's recently completed her PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Kentucky.

The Diversity Collaborative: Findings and Next Steps

Come learn more about the Diversity Collaborative, hear the findings from the Spring 2019 Diversity Collaborative Survey (DCS) and learn what can be done at the school, regional and global levels to promote more diverse, inclusive and equitable leadership at international schools.


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(C) required reading PRIOR to the workshop
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