Speakers & Schedule

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Suniya S. Luthar

Dr. Suniya S. Luthar

Founding Director of Authentic Connections

“Youth in High Achieving Schools: Maximizing Resilience”

 

This presentation will focus on the culture-specific risk and protective factors that impact student well-being in high achieving schools. This presentation will also encompass burnout faced by parents, educators, and health workers that support these students.

 

About the Speaker

Founding Director of Authentic Connections, Dr. Suniya S. Luthar is Foundation Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University and Professor Emerita at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Luthar’s research involves vulnerability and resilience among various populations including youth in poverty, children in families affected by mental illness, and teens in upper-middle class families. Her recent research has been focused on motherhood, exploring factors that best help mothers negotiate the challenges of motherhood. Luthar is the mother of two adult children. She lives in Tempe, AZ. Learn More. 

Eve Jardine-Young

Eve Jardine-Young

Principal, Cheltenham Ladies’ College

“Education, the things we have in common”

 

One of the unique features of the WLSA community of member schools is a shared sense of passion, optimism and commitment to a generation of young people who will lead the many cultural, artistic, ethical, scientific and technological advancements in the years to come. 

 

We know the world is complex, and changing rapidly. We also know the world is beleaguered by difficult challenges, and by rising inequalities both within and between nation states.  

 

The young people within our schools are growing up in a world full of choice and possibility, and the choices they make around leadership, economic agency, social inclusion and identity will shape future developments and the society in which they, in time, will raise their own families. 

 

We welcome the chance at our Conference to deepen awareness and understanding of the global diversity within our membership, exploring to what degree we currently share a vision for educational outcomes, and to what extent we are shaped by more local forces, learning from each other within an open, inspiring and collaborate context of fellowship. 

 

About the Speaker

Eve Jardine-Young is the Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College in the United Kingdom and serves as Chair of the WLSA Executive Board. Learn more.

Dr. Wong How Man

Dr. Wong How Man

Founder/President, China Exploration & Research Society

“Exploration as Education”

 

Today’s internet age puts online most knowledge, an immense amount of information and data, at a person’s fingertip.

 

However, such knowledge is generally second or third hand, if not further down the historic chain, accumulated over centuries and millenniums. Thus, young adults these days are generally deprived of the joy of primary first-hand discovery.

 

Exploration, on the other hand, emphasizes first-hand information, direct experience, and discovery of new knowledge, be it of our physical world, or even into space and beyond the galaxy.  The speaker will draw on first hand and personal stories from over four decades of exploration, including six expeditions for the National Geographic, to explain how education can be acquired, and enhanced, through exploration.

 

The illustrated lecture would share with the audience from the use of the Space Shuttle to look for lost cities in the Old Silk Road, to defining river sources of six great rivers of Asia, to the depths of caves, to distant islands in the ocean, success and failure, and how students over the years were able to get inspired through such experience.

 

About the Speaker

Dr. Wong How Man Founder and President of the Hong Kong- based China Exploration & Research Society, a pre-eminent non-profit organization specializing in exploration, research, conservation and education in remote China and neighboring countries. Learn more.

 

Session Presentors

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Phillips Academy Andover

Carolina Artacho Guerra

 

“Best practices in curriculum and pedagogy for gender-inclusive STEM courses and classrooms”

 

STEM classrooms are often perceived as neutral spaces, yet the STEM higher education and professional arenas continue to lack diversity. Can we make our entry points into scientific endeavors more inclusive? This workshop will provide a framework to understand and classify our science practices through the lens of gender inclusion. We will also generate specific tools and skills to use in a STEM classroom to challenge the notion of neutrality and create more inclusive learning environments.

:Instructor

:Phillips Academy Andover

Appleby College

Theresa Blake

 

“Healthy Campuses “

:Director, Social and Emotional Learning

:Appleby College

African Leadership Academy

Chris Bradford

 

“Talking Heads – Lessons on Leadership”

 

In this session seven different heads of WLSA schools around the world will share a short lesson they feel will benefit the room – sharing insights as to what leadership can sometimes require, and sometimes look like  given it can – by necessity – be a “lonely” place.

:Founder and Chief Operating Officer

:African Leadership Academy

Vanderbilt University

Douglas L. Christiansen, Ph.D

:Vice Provost for University Enrollment Affairs & Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

:Vanderbilt University

Europe at Minerva Schools at KGI

Lucian Cosinschi

 

“Redefining education in the 21st century”

 

In addition to local, national and regional forces shaping curriculums, the 21st century looks certain to see at least one major paradigm shift in relation to how education is received, as well as by whom and at what ages(s) during a lifetime.

 

We witnessing the growth of international movements such as University of the Third Age in retirement, a rise in home and supported schooling (including the School of the Air in Australia), and the launch of new models for higher education such as the Minerva Schools at KGI, USA which have no fixed campus base.

 

As new providers are entering the market with innovative technology-enabled models, more traditional models of education will be tested against the needs of future-looking skills requirements, and this panel affords the opportunity to share insights, perspectives and motivations for how education might (or might not) need to be re-imagined and re-defined in the years to come, to remain relevant and powerful for our emerging needs.

:Regional Director

:Europe at Minerva Schools at KGI

People Combine Educational Initiatives Ltd.

Shomie Das

 

“A Conversation with Shomie Das”

 

Shomie Das has been a pillar of education since he began his career in 1958 at Gordonstoun School in Scotland, since that time he has been an educator, head of school and has founded many of India’s premiere institutions.  An avid physicist he is a published author, has climbed the Black Peak in the Himalayas and has built the only amateur radio telescope in India. He is a man who has donned many hats as an illustrious educationist. Describing Mr. Das in limited words becomes challenging as he is the person behind the curtain who contributed his vision in education to nearly 76 schools. Giving educational consultancy, contributing to education foundations and several countries around the world Mr. Das has been counselling various school managements on ways and means on how to upgrade institutional infrastructure. In this session Shomie will share his insights on the current state of education and his hopes for where the future will take us.

:Chairman (Non-executive)

:People Combine Educational Initiatives Ltd.

Goodyear Capital Corporation & Goodyear Investment Company

Charles Goodyear

 

“Closing the Emotional Preparation Gap”

 

 

 

 

:President

:Goodyear Capital Corporation & Goodyear Investment Company

Marlborough College

Niall Hamilton

 

 

“Measuring the Unmeasurable”

:International Admissions Tutor

:Marlborough College

Groton School

Megan Harlan

 

“Holistic Approach to College Counselling & Admissions”

:Director of College Counselling

:Groton School

Phillips Academy Andover and Brace Center for Gender Studies

Kay Heffernan

 

“A Framework of Care: a Queer-Inclusive, Sex-Positive, Trauma-Informed Approach to Peer Health Education”

 

In a 2017 NAIS report, authors Fonte et. al write, “Health education and sexuality education curricula may be interpreted as competing with the ultimate mission of core academic schooling.” What are the perceived and real barriers to establishing comprehensive health education in your school, with your students? Learn the tenets of and resources needed for a sex education curriculum that is queer-inclusive, trauma-informed, and sex-positive. This session also covers the importance of values-driven mentorship in developing these programs. We will implicate ourselves, our attitudes towards sexuality, and our views on adolescence in our discussion, so come ready to share.

:Former Fellow in English a and Brace Center for Gender Studies Liaison

:Phillips Academy Andover

New York University

MJ Knoll-Finn

 

“Closing the Emotional Preparation Gap”

:Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management

:New York University

Montgomery Bell Academy

Virginia Maddux

:Director of College Counseling

:Montgomery Bell Academy

Groton School

Temba Maqubela

 

“Talking Heads – Lessons on Leadership”

 

In this session seven different heads of WLSA schools around the world will share a short lesson they feel will benefit the room – sharing insights as to what leadership can sometimes require, and sometimes look like  given it can – by necessity – be a “lonely” place.

:Headmaster

:Groton School

The College Board

James Montoya

 

“Redefining education in the 21st century”

 

In addition to local, national and regional forces shaping curriculums, the 21st century looks certain to see at least one major paradigm shift in relation to how education is received, as well as by whom and at what ages(s) during a lifetime.

 

We witnessing the growth of international movements such as University of the Third Age in retirement, a rise in home and supported schooling (including the School of the Air in Australia), and the launch of new models for higher education such as the Minerva Schools at KGI, USA which have no fixed campus base.

 

As new providers are entering the market with innovative technology-enabled models, more traditional models of education will be tested against the needs of future-looking skills requirements, and this panel affords the opportunity to share insights, perspectives and motivations for how education might (or might not) need to be re-imagined and re-defined in the years to come, to remain relevant and powerful for our emerging needs.

:Chief of Membership, Governance, and Global Higher Education & Secretary of the Corporation

:The College Board

Education Salad

Dr. Sumer Singh

 

“Empowering Students”

:Education Consulant

:Education Salad

Phillips Academy Andover

Emma Staffaroni

 

“Creating Inclusive Spaces for Trans*, Non-Binary, and Gender Non-Conforming Students”

 

How familiar are you with the gender unicorn? In this session, educators at all different levels of knowledge and experience can come together to think about how to make their schools, classrooms, playing fields, dormitories, hallways, and community centers more inclusive, caring, and supportive spaces for students with diverse gender identities and expressions. We all have students who are not cisgender at our schools, whether we know it or not. Are we ready for them? Are we going to be able to support them with resources, spaces, and an informed community? Emma Staffaroni from Phillips Academy Andover has worked with a team of colleagues at their New England boarding school to found an all-gender dormitory. The idea started with a student, and after careful thinking, flexibility, and student-driven policy change, Andover opened its all-gender dorm in the fall of 2017. Emma will talk through some conceptual and logistical ways to tailor gender inclusivity policies and practices to your specific institution. There will be time for brainstorming and reflecting on your own school’s most immediate areas for growth in gender inclusion.

:Instructor

:Phillips Academy Andover

The Webb Schools

Taylor Stockdale

 

“Who Are Our Students? Now and Into the Future”

 

As  secondary and higher education’s student demographic evolves, it’s critical that a cultural shift take place on campus —elite institutions especially—centered around empathy and understanding for challenges and obstacles that stand in the way of student persistence and success. This panel will look at the next 10 years and discuss ways institutions can support the new learner.

:Head of School

:The Webb Schools

Phillips Academy Andover and Brace Center for Gender Studies

Flavia Vidal, Ph.D.

 

“Yes Means Yes!: Teaching Consent and Healthy Relationships”

 

From #Me Too to the Kavanaugh hearings, our news cycle is inundated with narratives of sexual assault. The college statistics about gender-based violence are eye opening. In this workshop, we will examine how these issues play out in our school communities and discuss strategies and tools that have proven effective in teaching students how to form healthy relationships, to give and obtain consent, and to develop positive sexual identities.

:Director of the Brace Center for Gender Studies and Instructor in English and Interdisciplinary Studies

:Phillips Academy Andover

Boston University

Kelly Walter

:Associate Vice President for Enrollment & Dean of Admissions

:Boston University

Speakers will be added leading up to the 2019 Conference in July. Please visit our website for updates.

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