ISSL Professional Development Programs and Events
ISSL Board of Directors MeetingWednesday, January 22, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Chaminade College Preparatory School
Current Topics in GovernanceA Dinner Presentation for Heads and Trustees
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at John Burroughs School
Presented by Yong Zhao
To encourage and support effective leadership in schools, Independent Schools of St. Louis has designed this program for members of boards of trustees, heads and educational administrators. The program will examine current topics important to all.
- 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Registration and Reception
- 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM Dinner
- 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Presentation
Yong Zhao is currently Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education, College of Education at the University of Oregon, where he also serves as the director of the Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE). He is a fellow of the International Academy for Education.
Until December, 2010, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.
His research interests include educational policy, computer gaming and education, diffusion of innovations, teacher adoption of technology, computer-assisted language learning, and globalization and education.
Zhao has extensive international experiences. He has consulted with government and educational agencies and spoken on educational issues in many countries on six continents. His current work focuses on designing 21st Century Schools in the context of globalization and the digital revolution. Zhao has published over 20 books and 100 articles. His most recent books include Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization and the Handbook of Asian Education. He has also developed computer software, including the award winning ZON the world’s first massively multi-player online role-playing game for studying Chinese.
Zhao was born in China’s Sichuan Province. He received his B.A. in English Language Education from Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing, China in 1986. After teaching English in China for six years, he came to Linfield College as a visiting scholar in 1992. He then began his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He received his MA in Education in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1996. He joined the faculty at MSU in 1996 after working as the Language Center Coordinator at Willamette University and a language specialist at Hamilton College.
His main messages are:
- Education should focus on developing children’s strengths, not “fixing their deficiencies.”
- Education is much more than the addition of instruction of course content, especially in a number of limited subjects.
- National standards/standardization have serious negative consequences.
- What makes a nation, a community strong is diversity of talents and creative citizens.
- To succeed in the globalized world, we need to cultivate global competences.
Directions to John Burroughs School:
John Burroughs School is located at 755 S. Price Road. From Highway 40, exit McKnight Road. Travel north on McKnight Road, and bear left onto Lay Road. Take Lay Road to Clayton Road. Turn left (west) on Clayton Road to Price Road. Turn right (north) on Price Road and enter the second JBS Drive (pass the main entrance) to park.
Schools with Special Programs Winter MeetingFriday, February 7, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM at Miriam School
Elementary Heads Spring MeetingTuesday, February 11, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM at Forsyth School
ISSL Board of Directors MeetingWednesday, February 19, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Chaminade College Preparatory School
Development Directors Winter MeetingThursday, February 13 2014 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM at John Burroughs School’s Haertter Hall
Data-Driven, Donor-Centered Fundraising
Presented by Dr. Gary Cole, Pursuant, Executive Vice President/Principal
Technology Directors Winter MeetingThursday, February 27, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM at Wilson School
NAIS 2014 Annual ConferenceFebruary 26 to 28, 2014 in Orlando, Florida
Teacher Hiring Fair To Promote DiversitySaturday, March 8, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Harris-Stowe State University
Spring Admissions MeetingMonday, April 14, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM at Westminster Christian Academy
Heads Luncheon with Keith Shahan, ISACS PresidentSpring Heads’ and Presidents’ Luncheon
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at MICDS
Presented by Keith Shahan, ISACS President
Directions to MICDS’ Olson Hall:
MICDS is Located at 101 North Warson Road in Ladue. From Highway 40 and Lindbergh Blvd., travel north on Lindbergh to Ladue Road. At the intersection of Ladue and Lindbergh Blvd. turn right (East) on Ladue Road to the first intersection of Warson and Ladue Roads. Turn north on Warson Road. Olson Hall is located at the main entrance of MICDS on the west side of Warson Road. Parking should be available in front of Olson Hall. Find the Presentation Room by ascending the front steps of Olson Hall. The Presentation Room is located on the first floor on the west side of the north corridor.
Business Managers / Directors of Finance Spring Round TableTuesday, May 6, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM at Westminster Christian Academy
ISSL Board of Directors MeetingWednesday, May 7, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Chaminade College Preparatory School
ISSL Annual Business MeetingThursday, June 5, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM at Thomas Jefferson School
New Trustee Orientation: How to be an Effective Independent School Board MemberThursday, June 5, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Thomas Jefferson School
Registration deadline: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Set Aside Thursday, June 5, 2014 for this important dinner program designed specifically to help both current and new trustees understand and fulfill their roles as the governors of an independent school. A panel, made up of local experienced board members, and institutional leaders will share their views, wisdom and experience on how boards and individual board members can work to best fulfill their responsibilities to guide, support and strengthen the institution of which they are apart.
Directions to Thomas Jefferson School:
Thomas Jefferson School is located at 4100 S. Lindbergh Blvd. in Sunset Hills. From Hwy 40, take I-270 South to I-44 East. Take I-44 East to the Lindbergh South exit. Take Lindbergh South, about two miles. The school is just past the Eddie and Park intersection, on the right, with a blue and white sign. Come up the drive and park to the right. Come into Main Building on the circle. If you drive past the school, the Sunset Hills Country Club will be on your right, and you have gone too far.