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At Home in the American Classroom: International Students in Transition
The student body at Idyllwild Arts Academy is now approximately half international. While not all of these students require ESL support, a vast majority face significant linguistic and cultural challenges in the classroom. This presentation focuses on how students progress through our comprehensive ESL program into mainstream academic classes beginning with placement testing and orientation. We will also address issues surrounding integrating ESL and academic curricula, developing comfort and confidence with the style of American education, and facilitating the successful transition into the mainstream classroom.
Presenters: Jeni Sponseller, ESL Department Chair; Sydney Robertson, Humanities Faculty, Idyllwild Arts Academy, CA

Crafting the Global Citizen
This presentation will focus on the necessity, and process, of tailoring a modern world history course to create the student who is a citizen of the world.  The presentation will examine how curriculum design can be drafted to simultaneously tackle historical education and an awareness of current events.  Additionally, it will look at how geography studies, character studies, group projects, service projects and a research paper can be used to enhance the development of the student as global scholar and citizen.
Presenter: Lisabeth Robinson, Dr., Western Reserve Academy, OH

Effectively Preparing and Working with Students from the Pacific Rim
The influx of international students from the Pacific Rim is often initially met with eager welcome and enthusiastic reception from schools. However, schools are often unprepared – albeit unknowingly – to adequately work with these new students. The institution’s good intentions frequently lack the depth of understanding needed to navigate the many cultural nuances which accompany the non-domestic population. Pacific Rim international students are then faced with having to reconcile the sizeable gap between their perception of and the reality of being foreign in America. It is imperative that we help students bridge the gap between their preconceived perceptions of life in American and actually living as a foreigner in the United States. Come learn a bit about the experience of Pacific Rim students. Learn tools and teaching styles to adequately prepare for your classrooms and your community.
Presenter: Metta Dael, Director of International Students, Northfield Mount Hermon, MA

Helping International Students Cope with Second Language Learning Issues
Many boarding schools have increased their international student enrollment. Cleary many international students benefit from the rigorous academic preparation offered. Yet in this environment, many struggle with English language making it difficult for them to successfully complete their courses. Unfortunately, not all boarding schools have the resources necessary to work with second language learners. Thus, the presenter, who has worked extensively in the ESL field, will offer concrete and practical suggestions that teachers and counselors can implement to help their students cope with linguistic challenges.
Presenter: Natasha Isadora Frank, Director, Middlebury-Monterey Summer Intensive College English, CA

International Programming: Risk and Crisis Management
International travel has become a standard component of an independent school’s 21st Century curriculum.  As these experiential programs go further afield, the risk horizon broadens.  Potential risks to anticipate include physical illness of students, local crime, lost passports, inherent risks of developing countries, and lack of cultural competencies. This session will cover the foundations of a risk management plan for an international travel program at your school including: training for cultural competency; marketing and communication; transportation issues; in-country communication systems; hiring contractors; mental health first response; and documentation and record-keeping.
Presenter: Ann McCollum, Principal, Ann McCollum Consulting, LLC, NM

Managing a Successful Exchange Program for Students and Faculty/Staff
Discuss the criteria needed to design, develop and implement a successful exchange program between schools. I will also provide insight into the unexpected plans and needs that may arise which someone planning an exchange should be aware of.
Presenter: Laura Desai, Director of Global Studies, The Pennington School, NJ
Eric Widmer, Senior Adviser, Chinese International School, Hong Kong, RI

Marco? Polo? Navigating the Waters from Admission to Graduation
Is there a gap between what your admissions office is selling and what your academic classrooms are offering? Learn about our collaborative approach to admissions and academics. In order for a student to buy into your program, it is essential that an applicant understands the academic and extracurricular expectations of your school. Combined, presenters represent Admissions, ESL, Administration, and English faculties. We work to ensure that qualified students experience success from the application process until the day they receive their diplomas.
Presenters: Sarah Winkler, English Department Chair; Wynne Overton, Associate Director of Admissions, Salem Academy, NC

Now They're Here: What Next?
Once English Language Learners have been accepted to the school, the focus shifts to placing them appropriately and settling them into school life. Since we began our two-week orientation for international students, we have seen students become more successful sooner. Orientation allows us to know students as individuals, test their English and math, and organize timetables, while they are getting to know us--our school, our residence and our culture. This presentation will describe the activities, testing, and placement process that we have been refining for over 15 years.
Presenter: Rona Archer, IEL Coordinator and Advisor, St. Margaret's School, BC

Preparing International Students for US Studies
Chinese students are the largest international contingent on American campuses. Though most are hard working and motivated learners, some are unprepared for the rigor of a College Preparatory curriculum. This workshop will offer practical suggestions and deeper understandings on how to integrate international students into the wider school culture and improve their language skills.  We will also share how schools can enhance and support these students’ academic needs, while at the same time challenging domestic students.
Presenter: Angela Weikel, Teacher, World Languages Department Chair, & Residential Faculty, San Domenico School, CA
Janet Christensen, English Teacher, San Domenico, CA
Matthew Jaskol, Founder, Alpine Education, Beijing

Professional Development for ESL Teachers
What are some of the best ways for ESL teachers at boarding schools to do professional development? The larger TESOL community often doesn’t understand the particular needs of the ESL teacher in a boarding school. The presenter will share some ways she has found useful and introduce some ideas she has for networking within the boarding school ESL community, and she asks others to bring their ideas to share.
Presenter: Allison Rainville, Author/Consultant, MA

Raising Global IQ: Preparing Students for a Shrinking Planet
In his book of this same title, BU Professor Carl Hobert sees five areas where our schools will need to do things differently moving forward if we expect to sustain our global leadership throughout the   twenty-first century:  1) language and cultural fluency, including Chinese, Arabic, and   other non-western languages, as well as the more traditional European languages; 2)   technology and media as a means to making international issues more alive in the   classroom; 3) expanded international exchange programs and other forms of crosscultural   engagement; 4) problem solving and participatory case studies of global crises, such as   the one currently taking place in Syria; 5) and service-learning opportunities, both here at   home and through well-thought-out programs abroad.
Presenter: Carl Hobert, Axis of Hope, MA

Talking to Mainstream Teachers about ESL Students
This session will address how ESL teachers can communicate more effectively with their colleagues.  Specifically, the presenters will share a case-study from a boarding school as they discuss ways to collaborate with mainstream teachers.  The workshop will emphasize the entire process, beginning with a survey given to the faculty, how that survey informed a workshop on best practices for working with ESL students in the mainstream classroom, and follow-up work done with the faculty after the presentation.
Presenters: Allison Rainville, Author/Consultant, MA; Katherine Giszack, ESL Teacher, Fork Union Military Academy, VA

The Need for Empathy in the Global Education Curriculum
There's only one rule that I know of, babies-"God damn it, you've got to be kind.”   ~Kurt Vonnegut  Increases in empathy have been linked with motivation, confidence, and retention. Most importantly, empathy is key to enabling the cross-cultural communications at the core of the global education curriculum.  This seminar explores methods by which empathy can be developed, drawing upon educational, psychological, and sociological research studies. We will discuss models for the integration of in-class studies, volunteer service, experiential learning, and guided reflection.
Presenter: Seth Leighton, CEO, Envoys, MA

The Seven Revolutions
Have you considered how a global population of 9 billion people by the middle of the century will impact your life? What are the challenges for the availability of food, water, and energy resources? How will society balance the benefits of technological innovation and advanced communication with the threat of cyber security? How will global economic integration and governance affect trade, markets, and commerce overall?
Presenter: Karen Meacham, Director of Educational Outreach, Center for Strategic and International Studies, DC
Scott Aughenbaugh, Fellow & Multimedia Manager, Center for Strategic and International Studies, DC


A Team Approach to International Thinking
We all strive to embrace the diversity of our students, but the experience of our international students extends beyond campus boundaries.  Learn from a Dean, an International Student Sponsor, and a Director of International Admissions how the connections between the school’s strategic plan, programming, and expanding roles of student leaders and parent liaisons serve as key factors that support the student from the point of arrival on campus and provide the framework for the lifetime of the family’s relationship with the school.
Presenter: Jenna Davis, Director of International Admission; Edna-Anne Valdepenas, Dean of Student Services; Marion Wells, Instruction Librarian, George School, PA

Assessment for Young Learners of English  
English language proficiency is increasingly important today for young learners all over the world, especially those who want to study at high schools in the US. As a result, students, parents, teachers, and administrators all need a reliable, objective standard against which they can measure the skills of young English language learners. Participants in this session will learn how such a standard can be created and how the English language skills of students around the world can be fairly and accurately assessed in relation to that standard. Participants will learn in detail how to use these assessments to make placement decisions and to monitor progress in English language programs.
Presenter: JPaul Rybinski, Senior Assessment Specialist, Educational Testing Service, NJ

Developing a China Strategy
China is on the tip of everyone’s tongue, but how many schools are thinking long-term and developing a China strategy? During this session, we’ll touch on areas such as enrollment and development, then share our predictions of what to expect from China over the next several years. Armed with this information, attendees will leave with the nuts and bolts of developing a successful China strategy.
Presenter: Chris Boehner, Executive Director, Vericant, Beijing

International Student Recruitment Strategies and Government Resources
Examine various strategies and resources to recruit international students through the US Department of Commerce's offices across the US as well as overseas. Attendees will learn about this federal agency's latest programs including educational missions, study fairs, customized in-country appointments with prospective partners and institutions abroad, international market research, and numerous virtual recruitment services.
Presenter: Jim Paul, Director, Boston Office, U.S. Department of Commerce, MA

Maximizing Resources While Diversifying Internationally
An analysis of the various methods available to schools looking to increase / diversify their international student population. From student expos to advisor publications, we investigate the pros and cons, leaving attendees with a clearer idea of how to best tap into this lucrative student pool.
Presenters: Tom Stewart, International Sales Executive, Hothouse Media, London
Kristen Kaschub, Director of Admissions and Summer Programs, Besant Hill School, CA

Tipping Points: One School's Response to an Increase in International Student Enrollment
Idyllwild Arts Academy has always been an internationally diverse educational community.  But during the 2011-2012 school year, a group of IAA faculty and administrators was charged with assessing the curricular, cultural, and structural impact of an enrollment that was now reaching 50 percent international students.  As co-chairs of this assessment group, we will present on 1) how we balanced the integrity of the study with the IAA mission; 2) the collaborative efforts of all constituencies, including arts, academics and residential life; and 3) the analysis of specific data informing our recommendations.  We will also address strategies for cultivating community support and participation, as well how best to facilitate the school’s advancement on all recommendations.
Presenters: John Goulding, Humanities Department Chair; Ryan Zwahlen, Music Department Chair, Idyllwild Arts Academy, CA


Building and Sustaining a Fundraising Program in Asia
If your school has invested in establishing a fund-raising program in Asia, or you are looking to begin a program—come to this presentation. Over the last decade Cate School has traveled to Asia to engage parents and alumni, and to recruit students.  The generosity evidenced by families from Asia was particularly important in the completion of Cate's recent capital campaign. We will share lessons learned and facilitate a wide-ranging conversation, with all present, about strategies to employ to cultivate and solicit alumni and parents.
Presenter: Meg Bradley, Assistant Headmaster External Affairs, Cate School, CA

Donor Centered Fundraising in an International Market
In a time when more and more students are coming from international locations, schools are being faced with the challenge of fundraising from a constituency that does not have a culture of philanthropy. Schools are being forced to confront this reality and cultivate relationships among these families. To achieve success, Allison and Randy will show how schools must commit completely to meeting givers in this market where they are, and bringing them to a place of giving.
Presenters: Randy Bertin, Head of School, Besant Hill School, CA; Allison Hannah, Director of the Cheshire Fund, Cheshire Academy, CT

Facebook and Twitter - Tools for Admission and Student/Alumni Relations
Facebook and Twitter are already major social media communication tools that rival the effectiveness of email. Learn how Facebook and Twitter can be used for everyday Admission purposes as well as to build a stronger community by bridging the communication divide between current students, parents, staff and alumni.
Presenter: Nicola Sarn, Associate Director of Admissions: Manager of Advancement, Verde Valley School, AZ

International Payment Challenges and 21st Century Solutions
The presentation will reveal both universal and country-specific education payment challenges experienced by international students and their families. We share international family feedback and highlight best practices that schools can adopt. These practices make the education payment process both less expensive and more convenient for schools and international families. We will discuss how implementing an efficient international payment solution can help the admissions, advancement and finance departments reach their strategic goals.
Presenter: Sharon Butler, Director, peerTransfer Education, Massachusetts

Starting your International Parent Association
Maximize your parent involvement across the globe by giving them a voice of their own. Starting an international Parent Association can help your existing PTA and also add strength to your admissions and advancement efforts. Learn how to find leaders, identify roles, connect with your existing volunteer leadership structure, and more.
Presenters: Stacie Grant, Director of Advancement; Alyce Brownridge, High School Division Head, San Domenico School, CA


Advising the High Financial Need International Student: Prep School and College Perspective
The discussion will focus on strategies that college advisors and students can employ the gain admissions and suitable funding in a highly competitive process where funds for full or high need students are scarce. College advisors and college admissions professionals will also present some case studies to illustrate these strategies and the pressure points in the process.
Presenter: Rick Hazelton, Director of College Advising, The Hotchkiss School, CT

Speaking to International Parents
Parents play a key role in helping guide their son or daughter in making the right university decision for them. College Counselors need to advise them of all the considerations in the areas of career outcome (reputation of institution, accreditation, career placement services, public vs private school), program layout (craft based learning, all academic, combination) as well as student life (location, internships, transfer options). This presentation would show how these key factors can be presented by college counselors by first establishing trust and empathy, then utilizing objective techniques to determine the best options for their children based on their short and long term goals.
Presenter: Sarah Humphrey, Regional Admission Director - North America, Laureate Education, Quebec


Acculturation: Barriers and Bridges to Cross-Cultural Communication
This presentation will be based off of authentic research I have recently conducted at secondary schools.  The content will reveal attitudes and perceptions international and American students have towards each other.  The research targets the adjustment period (first 6 months of study abroad experience) at schools who have recent increases in their international student populations.  The goal is to provide some insight on what both American and international students are feeling and suggest a model for acculturation.
Presenter: Colleen Warnick, Director of International Programs, Hyde Schools, CT

Courageous Ignorance
Few people would openly admit to being prejudice; even fewer to being racist. However, the human tendencies to fear differences and criticize the unknown make us all vulnerable to unconscious discrimination. Courageous Ignorance is an effective antidote to unintentional bias. This powerful approach combines humility with curiosity to help youth leaders and professional educators increase sensitivity, avoid racist micro-aggressions and boost their multicultural IQ. Participants in this insightful workshop will gain a new confidence to form authentic connections and support the educational goals of their students.
Presenter: Chris Thurber, School Psychologist, Phillips Exeter, NH

Developing Resiliency in International Students
Do you every wonder why some students succeed despite significant obstacles while other students with more resources do not grow to their potential?  The idea of resiliency in international learners will be explored and discussed both in theory and in example.  Come ready to learn how to help your students become more resilient as they learn and grow in a new culture.
Presenter: Brenda Vishanoff, Director of International Students, Wheaton Academy, IL

E Pluribus Unum – Integrating your school’s diversity into a united population
The diversity of our boarding schools is a feature that attracts more and more students, but how do we encourage our students to become culturally-aware global citizens?  Shattuck-St. Mary's School has a plethora of scholars, athletes, musicians, and international students that both challenge and confound the faculty’s ability to foster a united student body.  Two SSM faculty members will explain the methods that their school uses to help their students become thoughtful and active members of their school’s community
Presenters: Andrew Garlinski, Director of Global Education & ESL; Matt Cavellier, Director of Academic Innovation, Shattuck-St. Mary's School, MN

Homesickness and Adjustment in International Students
All students—domestic and international—miss something about home when they are away. For international students, the differences in customs, language, food, humor, expectations, pedagogy, climate, routine and time-zone can make settling into boarding school particularly difficult. Fortunately, there are effective prevention and intervention strategies that research suggests can lower the intensity of homesickness by 50%, on average. This practical session will guide participants through an understanding of homesickness phenomenology as well as the design and implementation of anti-homesickness best practices.
Presenter: Chris Thurber, School Psychologist, Phillips Exeter, NH

Integrating International Students Through Curiosity
How can we celebrate the backgrounds of international students while igniting their curiosity towards the local community?  How can we also inspire the diverse local student population to connect with their culture in their own ways?  King’s Academy is an American style boarding school based in Jordan, with the majority of students being Jordanian and the school experiencing a recent influx of East Asian and American students.  This workshop will examine the school’s multipronged approach towards integration while considering other possibilities.
Presenters: Ryuji Yamaguchi, Dean of Residential Life and International Student Coordinator; Julianne Puente, Dean of Students and Deputy Headmaster, Kings Academy, Madaba

International Student Voices
Please join us to hear a panel of international students who are currently attending boarding schools and who will share their challenges, overall experiences, and perspectives on life at a US boarding school. They will answer questions and address topics ranging from orientation, acculturation, support from the school, academic adjustment, vacation periods, and cultural sharing opportunities. Learn from a student’s perspective how your school can be a supportive and enriching environment for students from around the world.
Presenter: Martin Milne, Vice President, ASSIST, CT

Learning What Works: Approaches to Integrating International Students
The purpose of the presentation is to provide an overview of different approaches that may be taken to help International students integrate within the Residential Life program of the school. Time will be spent looking at initiatives that are student-centered and others which seek to improve communication with parents, so that they too can assist with their child's integration. The information to be shared is based on the presenter's experience as a Director of Residential Life in Adelaide, Australia and now Vancouver, Canada.
Presenter: Tim Agnew, Mr, St George's School, British Columbia

Mind, Body & Spirit: One School's Quest for Triangular Immersion
All boarding schools struggle to solve the challenge of how to best integrate their International student populations. In many schools, such initiatives are driven by the residential faculty. Some defer solely to the classroom experience, others to athletics or extracurricular offerings. Seldom do these realms effectively collaborate.  This presentation illustrates how each of these components can join forces to create a powerful triangular immersion, resulting in a culture of respect - and a community where “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts".
Presenters: Megan Walton, Assistant Head of School; Tina Leslie, Director of ESL; Randy Bertin, Head of School, Besant Hill School, CA

Removing the Miles: A look at Communications to Families Around the Globe
Whether it’s several hundred or a few thousand miles that separate your students and parents or prospective families, your communications need to go the distance. This session will include a showcase of online school communications, such as email, emergency alerts, multilingual content, private messaging and more. Discover best practices and ideas that will inspire.
Presenter: Lorrie Jackson, Communications Manager, finalsite, CT

Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more: Helping International Students Fit In and Stand Out
Whether it’s several hundred or a few thousand miles that separate your students and parents or prospective families, your communications need to go the distance. This session will include a showcase of online school communications, such as email, emergency alerts, multilingual content, private messaging and more. Discover best practices and ideas that will inspire.
Presenter: Catherine Leary, Director of Admission and Placement; Michael Chen, President and Founder, New Mind Education, NC

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