We are proud to announce a new partnership with the Association of American Schools in South America. AASSA’s mission is to “provide and promote programs and services to member schools to enhance the quality of American International Education. As an organization, AASSA values service leadership, quality and effectiveness” (http://www.aassa.com/index.cfm). For several years now, our director and a handful of our professors have been presenting at AASSA conferences throughout South America. We have worked within several AASSA member schools with great success throughout the years. Out of this relationship and a shared mission, we thought it best to form an official partnership that would benefit AASSA and the Institute and, most importantly, the international member schools of South America.
See below to for an excerpt written by Paul Poore, the director of AASSA, for the most recent AASSA e-newsletter (http://www.aassa.com/uploaded/AASSA_Newsletters/Current_Newsletter/September_Newsletter.pdf):
“As both AASSA and Seton Hall University are committed to elevating student achievement and raising the bar for international schools throughout South America, the Institute and AASSA are joining together to provide research-based, practitioner-validated, quality education services to meet the needs of AASSA member schools.
These services will include:
Trustee / School Board Training
What is the role of the school board? What are its goals and how should those goals be evaluated? The Institute will help individual school boards develop a sense of identity and purpose. One of our expert consultants will meet with constituents of a school board for 1-2 days of on-site training, goal planning and evaluation development. To ensure success, the consultant will keep in contact with the board over the following months to guide the implementation process and monitor board progress.
Professional Development Workshops
The Institute’s Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) are interactive, intensive development sessions led by a cadre of exceptional international school professors/ consultants. Each PDW is tailor-made, focusing on one area that an international school identifies as a need, including Differentiated Instruction, Literacy, Assessment, Leadership, Math and Science. PDWs take place over two days at a site of the host school’s choosing. One PDW with one consultant will serve up to 25 educators. Smaller schools may join together to host a workshop. At the end of the program each participant will receive a certificate and can count the workshop towards Continuing Education Units.”
We look forward to working with AASSA and are already in conversation to bring our professional development workshops to some of the member schools. If you, too, are interested in the Institute’s partnership with AASSA, including school board training and professional development workshops, contact us right away!