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NESA Fall Leadership Conference 2019

Joelle Basnight, Walter Basnight & Shira Daryn

High School Principal

American International School Chennai, India

JOELLE BASNIGHT is the High School Principal at the American International School Chennai. She has served as a teacher, counselor, and administrator in six different international schools over the last 25 years. She also serves as an Adaptive Schools Agency Trainer and Cognitive Coaching Trainer-in-Training. Ms Basnight was recently recognized as a Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Department of State.

She has also presented in the areas of leadership, mindfulness and empowering student voice. Ms Basnight believes that educational institutions thrive when individuals and groups intentionally build the collective capacity for collaboration and self-directedness in their faculty, staff, parents, and students.

High School Learning Coach

American International School Chennai, India

WALTER BASNIGHT serves as the High School Learning Coach at the American International School Chennai. Mr Basnight is an Agency Trainer-in-Training for both Adaptive Schools and Cognitive Coaching. Originally from the US, he has worked in international schools around the world for 23 years and believes strongly in supporting individuals and groups in developing their capacity for growth.

Science Department Head

American International School Chennai, India

SHIRA DARYN serves as the Head of the Science Department at the American International School Chennai. A Third Culture Kid herself, Dr Daryn holds a Doctorate in Physical Chemistry from Oxford University and has been teaching secondary science at three different NESA schools over the past 14 years.

3-Hour Workshop: Friday, Oct. 25

Collective Teacher Efficacy: Charting the Course for Change

Connect & Engage

When colleagues believe their combined efforts can produce a positive change, studies have shown they function more effectively as a group. Building collective teacher efficacy allows individuals and institutions to collaborate and behave in ways that support the successful implementation of initiatives.

Participants will begin by considering what efficacy looks like for themselves and their institutions through individual reflection and group dialogue. Further, they will consider how efficacy might support change initiatives in their respective contexts to help ground their learning in something familiar.


The presenters will unpack various theories and frameworks regarding building teacher efficacy (Hattie, Donohoo, and Bandura) and change management (Kotter and Knoster) and will share examples and artifacts from the five-year process of planning for and implementing standards-based assessment and reporting in the high school of the American International School Chennai. Participants will use scaffolds and protocols to support their learning.

Reflect & Apply

By the conclusion of the session, participants will amass a cache of both theory and practice to use in their own institutions. They will also explore intentional actions they can take to foster environments rich with efficacy-enhancing experiences to prepare for and implement change.

*Please bring your laptop/tablet to this workshop.

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