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Pre-Conference Institutes Program


8:15 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mon. 5 & Tue. 6PC01Got Data? Now What? Dr. Laura LiptonAll Principals, Curriculum & Instruction, Teacher Leaders K-12Hilton Meeting I
Mon. 5 & Tue. 6PC02Better Learning through Structured Teaching: A Framework for the Gradual Release of ResponsibilityDr. Douglas FisherAll Teachers & Subject Area Specialists K-12, Teacher Leaders, Curriculum & Instruction, Top AdministrationHilton Meeting II
Mon. 5 & Tue. 6PC03Institute on 21st Century FluenciesMr. Lee CrockettAll Teachers & Subject Area Specialist K-12, Technology Specialists & Teachers, Curriculum & InstructionHilton Meeting III
Mon. 5 & Tue. 6PC04Empathy, Creativity, Innovation and Design: The Project Based Learning Game ChangersMs. Maggie Chumbley
All Teachers & Subject Area Specialists K-12, Teacher Leaders, Curriculum & Instruction

Mon. 5& Tue. 6PC05Inclusive Education Program Course V.: EDS 547Dr. Amy Spriggs
Participants in University of Kentucky Program only. Platinum Ballroom
Mon. 5 & Tue. 6PC06The World Virtual School Project      
Mr. Nigel Robinson

Monday: WVS Schools, Tuesday: Any school interested in WVS Project CNG
Mon. 5 & Tue. 6PC07AdvancED: Accreditation TrainingDr. Dennis KlumppSchool representatives whose schools will be undergoing external review visits or schools who are currently candidate schools. CNG
Mon. 6 & Tue. 7PC08CIS Guidance Counselor Institute
Ms. Willemijn NieuwenhuysGuidance Counselors CNG


PC01            Got Data? Now What?

Presenter: Dr. Laura Lipton
Audience: All Principals, Curriculum& Instruction, Teacher Leaders K-12
Date: October 5 & 6, 2015 (All Day)

Data can distract or direct. Skillfully using data to focus attention and energy keeps interactions learning-focused and student-centered. When groups employ clear structures and well-designed protocols to guide and facilitate their conversations, they overcome the potential for denial, dismissal and defensiveness.
This interactive session introduces a three-phase framework that helps groups discover assumptions, motivates data-focused inquiry and develops shared understandings of both problems and possible solutions to increase confidence and success in working with data and one another.
Data as feedback will illuminate choices that are effective from those that are not.  This session links data explorations to positive outcomes for students, developing shared ownership of important questions and collaborative answers that make assessments meaningful and applicable to improving program and classroom practices.

• Learn practical structures for using data to focus a group's attention and energy

• Apply a three-phase model for guiding data-driven collaborative inquiry

• Extend a repertoire of tools for productive group planning and problem-solving.

“Got Data? Now What? Creating and Leading Cultures of Inquiry”, by Laura Lipton and Bruce Wellman, 2012. Copies of book will be provided.

Dr. Laura LiptonLaura Lipton, Ed.D is Co-Director of MiraVia, LLC. Laura is an international consultant whose writing, research and seminars focus on effective and innovative instructional practices and on building professional and organizational capacities for enhanced learning.  Laura engages with schools and school districts, designing and conducting workshops on organizational development, learning-focused instruction, literacy development and growth oriented supervisory practices. She applies her extensive experience with professional learning to workshops and seminars conducted globally on topics including learning-focused relationships, data-driven dialogue, teacher leadership, action research, and learning-focused mentoring.  Laura is author and co-author of numerous publications related to organizational and professional development.

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PC02    Better Learning through Structured Teaching: A Framework for the Gradual Release of Responsibility

Presenter: Dr. Douglas Fisher
Audience: All Teachers & Subject Area Specialists K-12, Teacher Leaders, Curriculum & Instruction, Top Administration
Date: October 5 & 6, 2015 (all day)

Building student competence requires precision teaching and not prescriptive methods for engaging students.  This session focuses on the Gradual Release of Responsibility and provides participants with information about implementation of an instructional framework that ensures student success, including establishing purpose, modeling thinking, guiding instruction, productive group work, and independent learning tasks.  Purpose-driven instruction ensures that students understand learning targets and that meaningful activities are aligned with expectations.  In this session, we explore the components of a purposeful classroom, including a focus on learning goals rather than activities, the role of language expectations, relevance of the goal, and how the goal can be assessed.

As part of this process, teachers collect data about students’ understanding, analyze that data, and then make instructional decisions to close the gap.

Better Learning Through Structured Teaching: A Framework for the Gradual Release of Responsibility , 2nd edition by Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey (ASCD)
Copies of book will be provided.

Dr. Douglas FisherDouglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College in San Diego.  Doug is a nationally acclaimed consultant and author for his work on literacy, instructional improvement and creating effective schools.  He is the recipient of many awards, among them the International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, the Farmer award for excellence in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education and the Innovation Award from the Academy of Educational Publishers.  Doug has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design.  Recent titles include, “Better Learning Through Structured Teaching”, “Rigorous Reading, and Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading”, and “Unstoppable Learning”, with co-author Mary Frey.   (  Doug will be presenting on his latest work at the Annual Educators’ Conference in Bogotá, Colombia 2015.

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PC03        Institute on 21st Century Fluencies

Presenter: Mr. Lee Crockett
Audience: All Teachers & Subject Area Specialist K-12, Technology Specialists & Teachers, Curriculum & Instruction
Date: October 5 & 6, 2015 (all day)

This intensive and dynamic session will help you to make meaningful change at the classroom level. Designed to engage lateral thinking and to foster creativity, the focus is on the 21st Century Fluencies presented in the book Literacy is Not Enough, (Crockett, Lee et. al.; 2011). Working in teams with participants from a mix of grade levels and subject areas, we move on to scenario development, connecting the standards to relevant real-world events and situations. At the end, each group will have created a solid, completely written scenario, identified all the standards it addresses, and consider rubrics that follow the principles of mindful assessment. Find out more and view the video here:

Mr. Lee CrocketLee is an optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together through connection and compassion.
 He is an author, speaker, designer, inspirational thinker and the creative force behind some of the most exciting transformations in education happening worldwide today.  But, that’s all in a day’s work.  In life, Lee believes in creating balance in the reality of a digital present and future.  As such, he has cultivated skills in Aikido, studied tea ceremony while living in Japan, as well as studied painting in Florence.  He also studies traditional Zen Buddhist music, which he performs on a Shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute.  Lee has a curiosity about life and the shared human experience.  This curiosity is infectious, as anyone who has heard Lee speak can tell you.  Joyful curiosity is the foundation of his approach to creating vital learning and corporate environments for groups around the world.  He is the creative force behind the Fluency21 Unit Planner—a social network which has created a culture of collaboration as educators around the world share and source unit plans aligning to the structure of a modern learning environment as outlined in his writing.  In addition to creating digital learning tools for the education sector, Lee has adapted his own corporate experience into a dynamic team-based training model. Lee sees and understands the current of endless exponential change that exists in corporate culture.  Change, which has created paradigm shifts for so many major industries.  Lee’s ability to sense trend, identify opportunity and pivot in response to adversity has been invaluable to his clients. Lee is co-author of Understanding the Digital Generation, The Digital Diet, Living on the Future Edge, and the best seller, Literacy is not Enough.  Lee works with educators and corporations in several countries, helping them make the shift to regain relevance and establish a culture of excellence.

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PC04     Empathy, Creativity, Innovation, and Design: The project based learning game changers

Presenter: Maggie Chumbley
Audience: All Teachers & Subject Area Specialists K-12, Teacher Leaders, Curriculum & Instruction
Date: October 5 & 6, 2015 (all day)

What does it mean to actually teach innovation and creativity? It means teaching with design thinking and creative facilitation. Design thinking is a process that infuses understanding and action with critical steps like empathy and prototyping that boost the creative confidence and resilient critical thinking of our students. We’ll become designers ourselves through a design challenge to see how we can support our students to learn using this dynamic methodology. Coupled with right brained, creative group facilitation, you’ll have game changing tools for service learning, project based learning and global education.  Be ready to move, build, improvise and design!

We’ll look at:
- Methods, modes, and mindsets of the Stanford school design thinking model.
- Creative group facilitation tools
- How to take design thinking to real classroom instruction

- Core elements of group and project based learning

- Resources, resources, resources

- Essential elements to powerful and creative learning experiences

Maggie ChumbleyMaggie Chumbley, MAT
Maggie Chumbley, consultant, curriculum writer, and facilitator works internationally with learning communities to support their development of programs and projects that include service-learning, design thinking, global education, sustainability, project based learning, creative facilitation and creative community.  She co-designed and co-leads the United World College-USA’s Global Leadership Forum summer program, and is the co-founder and director of the Midway Education Collaborative.  As an active part of the Tri Association’s Global Issues Networks, Maggie does keynote speaking, group facilitation, and delivers professional developments.  She lives in Seattle, WA. For more information please visit

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PC05      Inclusive Education Program Course V.:  EDS 547

Presenter: Dr. Amy Spriggs (Associate Professor University of Kentucky)
Audience: Participants in University of Kentucky Program only.
Date: October 5 & 6, 2015 (all day)

EDS 547
Description: The purpose of this course is to provide students with information related to working with children with and without disabilities and their families. This course will focus both on presenting new information and providing opportunities for students to practice skills necessary for working with families.
Rationale: This course provides teachers with skills in teaming with families.  Teachers learn to design high-quality IEPs and intervention plans with families and to consult with families to implement intervention in everyday routines and settings.

Amy SpringsDr. Amy Spriggs is an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Spriggs received her degrees in Special Education from the University of Georgia. Dr. Spriggs taught in public schools while pursuing her degrees and has over ten years of experience working with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and students with moderate/severe disabilities. She currently advises students and teaches in the graduate certificate on autism. Dr. Spriggs has focused her research on student needs to include practical systematic instruction implementation in the classroom, strategies to increase independence, access to recreation and leisure activities, and video modeling.

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PC06   World Virtual School Project. Tri-Association / AASSA Pre-Conference

Presenter: Nigel Robinson
Audience: Monday: WVS Schools, Tuesday: Any school interested in WVS Project
Date: October 5 & 6, 2015 (all day)

The World Virtual School Project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools to assist participating schools and regions in terms of:

•    a "blended learning" platform - allowing for the combination of internet-based resources and activities to be integrated into the daily practices of teaching and learning
•    a collaborative platform - allowing participating schools to work on joint projects and share valuable open educational resources
•    an emergency platform - allowing schools to sustain our academic program even if access to the campus is not possible
This Pre-Conference session is intended for Tri-Associations schools that are current members of the World Virtual School Project. This session will be a round table discussion focusing on the following topics:

•    WVS Framework
•    Regional Goals and Objects
•    Successes and Challenges
•    Staff Development
•    Technical Tools
•    Collaborative Initiatives
•    Resource Sharing
School who are not yet member of the WVS Project may sit in on the second day of the regional meeting on Tuesday, October 6 and are encouraged to attend the session during the Main Conference entitled, “World Virtual School Project”.  Please send questions about the project to
Nigel RobinsonNigel holds a BA in Digital Media Studies from the University of Denver, Colorado; Nigel also holds a Master of English as a Second Language, from The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey.  Currently he is the Academic Technology Director at the Carol Morgan School in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  He has eleven years of experience as a technology educator in Rabat, Morocco; Maracaibo, Caracas, Venezuela and now the DR.  Nigel is the Regional Services Coordinator for the World Virtual School Project, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools.

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PC07   AdvancED’s Internal & External Review Process: A Hand’s On Practicum

Presenter: Dr. Dennis Klumpp
Audience: School representatives whose schools will be undergoing External Review visits or schools who are currently candidate schools
Date: October 6, 2015 (all day)

This workshop will provide participants with a “hands on” overview of the necessary preparations for a successful Internal Review, the components of the External Review, including the eleot instrument and support materials, and access the AdvancED ASSIST workspace.
The session is designed for school representatives whose schools will be undergoing in the near future their External Review visits.  The aim of the workshop is to demonstrate how to employ the self-assessment tools and templates, share tips and suggestions on administering stakeholder surveys, discuss school-specific completion of the student performance diagnostics instrument, and also the school improvement plan builder.   Participants will be provided plenty of materials, including examples of completed self-assessment documents and also how to access AdvancED website support tool
Dr. Dennis KlumppDr. Klumpp joined the AdvancED accreditation division in July, 2012 as the Regional Director for Latin America.  Dennis has over 35 years of overseas experience and brings to AdvancED extensive educational experience in Latin America, having worked as a teacher and administrator in several locations including serving as school head in five accredited American International schools in the region including Aruba, Brazil, and Paraguay.  Prior to his post with AdvancED he served as the Superintendent of the Pan American School of Salvador, Brazil for five years.
He began his educational career as a high school teacher in his home state of Michigan where he earned his BA degree in English and Journalism.  He also holds a MA degree in Educational Administration from Boston State College and an Ed.D. Degree from Boston University.  Dr. Klumpp has been heavily involved in AdvancED accreditation through service as the Chair of the Council of Latin American and International Schools as well as leading and serving on many AdvancED External Review teams. Dennis and his wife, Silvia are proud parents of Eric and Felipe who grew up attending the overseas schools where Dennis and Silvia worked and who now each work and live in the state of Florida.

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PC08  CIS Institute on International Admissions & Guidance

Presenter: Willemijn Nieuwenhuys
Audience: Guidance Counsellors
Date: October 6, 2015 (all day)

This full day event offers an excellent opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with admission and guidance colleagues from universities around the world and to develop successfully collaborative relationships. With an emphasis on building professional partnerships and the importance of such partnerships in advising globally minded students on their future educational plans, our program will focus on professional development, networking and group discussion. Session topics in the area of undergraduate admission and student recruitment to higher education will be included.
Institute features include:                                                                                         
·      Professional development sessions
·      Small group discussions
·      School fair for university representatives
·      Opportunities to network with your colleagues
·      Coffee breaks and lunch

Invited participants include admission officers from CIS member universities and colleges from across the United States, Canada and Europe and counselors from Central America, Colombia, Caribbean and Mexico.

Ms. Willemijn NieuwenhuysWillemijn Nieuwenhuys is the Assistant Director of Higher Education Services at the Council of International Schools (CIS). In her role as Assistant Director, Willemijn works collaboratively with guidance counsellors, admission officers, volunteers and partner organisations around the world, to ensure the provision of high quality membership and support services to facilitate international admission and guidance at the university undergraduate level.
Originally from The Netherlands, Willemijn spent more than a decade abroad in South Asia and Belgium. During the last six years, she has been the Director of Student Recruitment & External Relations at an international, undergraduate College in Brussels. Willemijn has a wide range of work and travel experience, including the United Nations in Nepal, where she managed relations with local communities to improve human rights in the country. During that time, she worked closely with volunteers from all different parts of society.  
Willemijn holds a master’s degree in Social Psychology from Leiden University, The Netherlands.

*  CIS Higher Education Services will be handling registration for the CIS Institute on International Admission and Guidance. Please take note of the following information, as the registration deadlines are different.
* Registration will open on April 15, 2015. The deadline for regular registration is June 19, 2015. Registration by the deadline is essential due to the popularity of the CIS Institute and space limitations.  Registration is confirmed on a first come, first served basis.  Please register prior to the conclusion of the 2014-2015 Academic Year.
* You can register online by visiting the CIS website.
* The registration fee is US$130.00.
* The fee includes professional development sessions, small group discussions, and a college fair for guidance counselors, opportunities to network with your colleagues, coffee breaks and lunch.  
Please direct any questions to:

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Note: The College Board will be offering two AP courses on October 5 & 6, 2015.  The course titles and descriptions are not available yet, but will be displayed on this site shortly.

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