The Next Frontier: Inclusion “Deciding to Teach Them All” Thursday 14th March – Saturday 16th March 2013 at the American International School of Johannesburg, South AfricaConference OverviewMore and more schools are committing to the Inclusion model for educating children in the 21st century, but what doesbeing an inclusive school truly mean? What steps do school leaders need to take to re-culture their schools so that allstakeholders understand and accept the inclusive philosophy? How can international schools join together on the journeyto support and sustain the inclusion movement? Through professional conversations with school leaders and practitioners,these questions, among others, will be addressed in this highly interactive and collaborative workshop.Outcomes • to empower and energize schools to take the next steps towards inclusion. • to inspire school leaders though shared stories and experiences about the journey towards becoming an inclusive school. • to examine the methodologies, structures and tools that make inclusion a realizable goal • to strengthen the community of schools embarking on the inclusion journeySuggested ParticipantsThis workshop is suitable for school heads, board members, principals, curriculum coordinators and learningsupport teachers. It is strongly encouraged and recommended that schools come in teams of two to five participants.Registration, Accommodation and Transport InformationInformation regarding registration, visas, hotels and transportation is also available throughour website, http://tw.aisj-jhb.com/nextfrontier.There is a registration fee of USD $ 150.00. The purpose of the fee is to support the host school’scosts for food, course materials and transportation. Remaining funds will be used for thecontinued development of the Next Frontiers Inclusion Project.The Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) is co-sponsoring the event. Limited scholarshipsupport from AISA may be available for smaller member schoolsContact InformationFor program information: Liz Hargreaves firstname.lastname@example.orgFor registration and logistical information: Robyn Spicer email@example.com
Guest Presenters William Powell and Ochan Kusuma-Powell William Powell and Ochan Kusuma-Powell are Associate Trainers for the Center for Cognitive Coaching. They have served as international school educators for the past 30 years in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Bill served as the Chief Executive Of- ficer of the International School of Tanganyika in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and as Headmaster of the International School of Kuala Lumpur. Bill and Ochan are the co-authors of Count me in! De- veloping inclusive international schools (2000), Making the difference: Differentiation in interna- tional schools (2007), Becoming an emotionally intelligent teacher (2010) and How to teach now: Five keys to personalized learning in the global classroom (2011). Bill and Ochan are currently working on a project, The Next Frontier, to support the inclusion of special needs children in international schools, supported by a grant from the US Department of State. They are focusing their attention on teacher professional development, school leadership and governance training and serve as consultants for Education Across Frontiers (Bpowell@eduxfrontiers.org). Whenthey are not facilitating teacher workshops or speaking at conferences, they can be found reading, writing and cooking inthe French Pyrenees. Lourdes Maria de la Guardia Llanso Lourdes Maria de la Guardia Llanso is a certified psychologist from the University of Havana, with specializations in Clinical Psychology and Sports Psychology. Lourdes also has a degree in Sports and Physical Education from the Superior Institute of Sports and Physical Education in Havana. She completed the CIE diploma for Teachers and Trainers from Cambridge Univer- sity and the International Teacher Certificate from the ECIS/Cambridge University. Lourdes has worked at the International School of Havana for 13 years and at present serves as Head of the Student Support Department. Lourdes has delivered several professional development sessions in the fields of neuropsychological and educational evaluations and has keen insights to share on the inclusion of special needs students in small schools.Conference ScheduleAll three days of the conference will be held at the American International School of Johannesburg.Thursday 14th March 20132:30 pm - 4:30 pm Welcome session at AISJ3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Building a Culture of Inclusion -the AISJ story4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Exploration of the values and beliefs embedded in inclusive education6:00 pm Braai in the AISJ CommonsFriday 15th March 20138:30 am - 9:00 am Establishing a common language9:00 am - 10:45 am Structured class visits10:45 am - 11:00 am Coffee Break11:00 am - 12:30 pm Debrief, reflection and preparation12:30 pm - 1.30 pm Inquiry Lunch job-a-like tables: “issues for small schools”1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Student panel and debrief session2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Break out sessions:3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Parent/ teacher story4:00 pm - 4:10 pm Close Day 2Saturday 16th March 20138:00 am - 8:30 am Plenary: Where are we now?8:30 am - 10:45 am De-mystifying Special Education- 30 minute carousel10:30 am - 10:45 am Coffee break10:45 am - 11:15 am Final word: “Inclusion is not a four letter word”11:15 am - 12:15 pm 15 minutes poster session in rotation12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch1:15 pm - 2:45 pm The Horse’s Mouth: Practical and Logistical Issues2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Coffee break3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Action planning and reflection
LogisticsRegistrationPlease register on-line through our website: http://tw.aisj-jhb.com/nextfrontier/registration/Registration deadline is 18th January 2013.Kindly send payment through wire transfer to: Electronic Funds transfer USD: Beneficiary Bank: FIRST RAND BANK LIMITED In Favour Of: THE AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Bank Address: Beneficiary Bank Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ Account No: 0235423 Reference: NFI- school nameTransportationFrom the airport to the hotel: Ta xi transfers can be arranged in advance and paid in cash (SA Rand) on arrival. Please contact Robyn Spicer firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.From the hotel to AISJ: If you are staying at one of the hotels in the Fourways area of Johannesburg AISJ can arrange transportation to and from the school. Please contact Robyn Spicer email@example.com to make arrangements.AccommodationAccommodation can be booked with any of the following hotels directly. These hotels are all within the Fourways areas ofnorthern Johannesburg. Please book directly with the following hotels and mention that you are with the American Interna-tional School.Indaba Hotel +27 11 840 6600http://www.indabahotel.co.za/ 4* hotel closest the AISJ. It is on one of the mainroads in Johannesburg and is within close drivingdistance to many of the local shops. Ta xis can bearranged from the hotel.City Lodge Fourways+27 11 244 6000http://www.citylodge.co.za/ 3* hotel on two major roads in Fourways. It is aneasy walk across the road to an entertainmentcomplex and has easy access to buses and ta xisto main shops and attractions within Johannesburg.Central Country Lodge+27 11 467 7725http://www.wheretostay.co.za/centralcountry/This small lodge is the cheapest option and is in avery quiet location off the main roads of Fourways.It has a bar and swimming pool, but transportationoutside the lodge is limited.