Breakout Sessions 2

Releasing the potential of your faculty; Why? What? How?


Presenter: Helen Wright | International Education Advisor,  Global Thought Leadership 



  • Theresa Blake | Director, Social and Emotional Learning, Appleby College
  • Michelle Quirin | School Director, Korea International School Pangyo


This session will explore some of the innovative and forward-looking practices currently employed by schools across the world to empower and develop their faculty staff.

Starting from the premise that teachers and middle leaders are the engine and powerhouse of a school, the panelists will discuss their own experiences of successful programmes and initiatives that have supported and driven forward the development of school faculty, and they will share perspectives and insights that will hopefully inspire other colleagues to lead change in their own schools.

How to best utilize your school community to serve the needs of all of your students in their journey to college


Moderator: Virginia (Ginny) Garrison Maddux, Director of College Counseling, Montgomery Bell Academy



  • Hector Martinez, Dean of College Guidance, The Webb Schools
  • Zhang Nan, Head of College Counseling & Head of High School English Department, Shanghai High School International Division
  • Jean Wall, Director of College Counseling, The Brentwood School


It takes a village to get a young person to college and independent schools have a unique opportunity to leverage the strengths and talents of the adults in the community to support student growth. This session will focus on how various schools utilize the strengths and talents of their community to develop and support a healthy college search process for students. Our panelists will share information about specific programs or procedures that help students feel comfortable focusing on fit for them, not where the school falls in the rankings. They will provide information about how they educate faculty about the college admissions process and will discuss programs that involve teachers or other community members (for example, programs about arts in admission or collegiate athletics). It is our hope that the pragmatic, programmatic information presented will provide those in attendance with information that they can adapt for use in their schools.

Practical solutions to increase the health and happiness of your school community


Moderator: Paulo Ceotto |  Assistant to the Head of School, Escola Sesc de Ensino Medio


  • Nooraine Fazal | Managing Trustee & CEO, Inventure Academy 
  • Amy Rankin | Mental Health Consultant and Program Developer, AKD Schools China


A recent global study by the OECD shows well-being among youth is at an all-time low. In a volatile and uncertain, complex world that we live in it is more important than ever for educators to promote happiness, well-being, and health.  In this session educators will share ways in which small improvements in their school have positively impacted the lives of their faculty and students.  The  main aspects will be dealt with are the body, the emotions and the mind.

Campfire: Living Under the Microscope of Social Media


Campfire Leader: Megan Harlan, Director of College Counselling, Groton School

June 20 @ 15:10
15:10 — 00:45 (45′)