Check out the 2017 WLSA Conference Programme!
The 2017 WLSA Conference will take place in Shanghai, China on July 7th-11th. The conference theme, “International Education: Exploring & Expanding its Relevance”, will provide a platform to unite leaders in international education. In line with our theme, the WLSA team has designed a programme featuring topics and speakers that will intrigue the international audience and encourage discussion.
Our diverse line-up of speakers, breakout sessions, and lectures will address critical and relevant issues facing international students and schools today. WLSA, itself, is a culturally diverse organization. We hope to use our organization’s knowledge, and the expertise of international educators to deliver an informative and game-changing conference.
Check out the 2017 WLSA Conference Programme below and register now for the early bird price that ends April 1st!
Friday, July 7
Pre-Conference Panel Event
Real World Scenarios; a discussion between leaders in education & business
Question: What are the skills needed for a globalised workforce?
Question: What will the international job market look like in 2030?
Chris Watson, James Nondorf, Berry Bock, Kelly Walter, Chuck Ng, Daniel Traça Ph.D., Qunbin Wang, Denis Yip, Hongyan Pan, & Yan Zheng
Charlie Jenkinson, Gail Berson Randall C. Deike, Ph.D., James Montoya & Michele Butler
10:00-10:30Tea & Coffee Break
Vice President of Shanghai Jiatong University
11:15-11:30: Signing Ceremony
11:30-12:30Introduction to the College Admission Network
(CAN)Douglas L. Christiansen, PhD., Kelly Walter, Robert Lay, & Ginny Maddux
Breakout Session 1:
Testing and Assessment Trends in U.S. & China Colleges
Life Skills for Fostering International Student Development
Jeff Brenzel Ph.D. & Professor Fangxian Zheng
Dr. Sumer Singh, Ph.D.
Tea & Coffee Break
Breakout Session 2:
College Admission Network: Understanding & Navigating U.S. Educational Models
Confidence to Lead: Integrating Student Leadership into the Planning of Service Programmes
Robert Lay, Ginny Maddux, Megan Harlan, Jamie Chan, Hector Martinez, Shiny Wang & Jean Wall
16:30-17:00Tea & Coffee Break
College Admission Network:
The Seven Components of U.S. University Applications
Robert Lay, Ginny Maddux, Deren Finks, Megan Harlan, Hector Martinez, Jamie Chan, Jean Wall & Shiny WangTaking Responsibility: Facilitating Student Leadership During Service ProgrammesElizabeth Gray
Saturday, July 8
Innovation in College Admissions
10:00-10:15Tea & Coffee Break
10:15-11:15College Admission Network:
Holistic Admissions Process as Highly Selective
U.S. Universities (Pt. 1 of 3)
Servant Leadership: unlocking talent in culturally diverse schools (Pt. 1 of 2)Douglas L. Christiansen Ph.D. & Kelly Walter, Gail Berson, Randall C. Deike Ph.D,
Kedra Ishop Ph.D., & Christopher Watson
Silvia van de Bunt Kokhuis, Ph.D. & Elisa van de Bunt, Ph.D.
11:30-12:30College Admissions Network Plenary
Point/Counterpoint: Perceptions & Misperceptions
of the College Admissions Process at Selective
Institutions (Pt. 2 of 3)
How to Align Culture, Structure, & Strategy in Your School Organization
Kelly Walter & Doug L. Christiansen Ph.D., Gail Berson, Randall C. Deike Ph.D., Kedra Ishop Ph.D., & Christopher Watson
Silvia van de Bunt Kokhuis Ph.D. & Elisa van de Bunt Ph.D.
13:30-14:30College Admission Network:
Case Studies in Admissions (Pt. 3 of 3)
Wake Up Class! 5 Digital Age Pedagogies That Will Revolutionize Your ClassroomKelly Walter & Doug L. Christiansen Ph.D., Gail Berson, Randall C. Deike Ph.D., Kedra Ishop Ph.D., & Christopher Watson
Craig Blewett Ph.D. & Trevor Hall
14:45-15:45College Admissions Network:
The Relevance of World-Leading Admissions Qualifications Within International Education
Stem & Admissions: Addressing the Need for Better Prepared & More Diverse Students
James Montoya, Beth Shotton, Michele Butler, Isthier Chaudhury & Yu Zhang
Paul Havern, Anjana Ahuja Ph.D., & Craig Blewett, Ph.D.
15:45-16:00Tea & Coffee Break
16:00-17:00Breakout Session 2
Students Perspectives on
Applications & Standing Out
Managing Expectations: Figures, Facts, & Choosing
the Right School
The State of International Admissions in a Post Trump & Brexit Era
Cyrus Motanya, Sasasa Dlamini, Ventali Tan & Sienna Zhang
Jean Wall, John Gaines, Tara Bubble, Hector Martinez, Nanci Tessier & Tara Bubble
Michele Butler, Beth Shotton, & Isthier Chaudhury
18:30-20:00College Fair at the Crowne Plaza
19:30-21:00Council Board Meeting
Sunday, July 9
9:00-10:30Breakout Sessions 1
WLSA Associates Meeting
Cross Cultural Leadership Training
Building the College Counselling Team: Leveraging the school culture to support student applications
Jack Jia & Tony Little
Peter Merrill & Charlie Jenkinson
Robert Lay, Ginny Maddux, Megan Harlan, Hector Martinez, Shiny Wang, Jamie Chan, Jean Wall & Chemeli Kipkorir
10:30-10:45Tea & Coffee Break
Leadership with Cultural Empathy: Understanding Culture
Carla Millar Ph.D. & John Mahon Ph.D.
11:30-12:30Breakout Sessions 2
The African Continent; A conversation among leaders in education
Learning by Doing: A youthful perspective on the high school identity and exploring our global and cultural positions in education around the world
Holistic Approaches to International Student Support
Sara Mierke, Andrew Taylor, Temba Maqubela & Trevor Hall
The WLSA Student Council
Marianne Smith, Rob McGuiness, Andrew Leale & Michelle Phillips
13:30-14:30Breakout Sessions 3
Innovative Schools Talk Diversity & Access
Leadership with Cultural Empathy: Understanding Leadership
Best Practices in College Counselling: Transparency & Communication
*for college counsellors only
Matej Sapak, Innes van Nostrand, William Nicholas, Dianjun Wang & Siddharth Singh
Carla Millar Ph.D. & John Mahon Ph.D.
Robert Lay & Ginny Maddux
Best Delegate Award
Westville Boys' School
15:15-15:45Tea & Coffee Break
An American Perspective: Selective College Admissions
Dean of Admissions,
Monday, July 10
9:00-10:00Breakout Sessions 1
Creating a Culture of Empathy
The Challenges of Experiential Education in the
Teacher & Headmaster Training; The Importance of
International Training in China
Deren Finks & Jean Wall
Juncheng Wang, Ruihua Dai & Douglas L. Christiansen Ph.D.
10:00-10:15Tea & Coffee
10:15-11:15Breakout Sessions 2
Asian Voices: A Conversation Among
Preparing for International School Leadership: Insights and Advice for Teachers and Aspiring Heads of School
Are We Really Preparing our Students for Their Lives as Global Citizens?
Andri Nurcahyani, Jian Wu, Huarong Li & Dr. Sunshik Min Ph.D.
Dr. Helen Wright Ph.D.
Stephan Meek, Sumer Singh, Charlie Jenkinson, Taylor Stockdale, Elizabeth Stone, Zhenfeng Yang & Jian Tian
11:30-12:30Breakout Session 3
Soft Skills Create Mental Strength
Making the Case for Outside-The-Box Summer Initiatives & Its Importance in a Globalized World
Debate Hour: The House believes single sex education is more effective than co-ed
Catriona Redding & Marrianne Smith
Catherine Raw, Andrew Leale, Tamara Bobakova & Flavia Vidal
13:30-14:30Shanghai YK Pao School ChoraleLed by Ralph Allwood Ph.D., Oliver Tarney, Dan Turner & James Day
14:30-15:00Tea & Coffee
15:00-16:30Breakout Sessions 4
WLSA Associates & Friends Share Their Stories
Cross Cultural Leadership Training (Pt. 2)
Debate Hour: The house believes that education technology in the classroom is a waste of time and money
Natalie Smith, Dr. Helen Wright Ph.D., Charlie Jenkinson, Robert Lay, Flavia Vidal, Rafaela Moutzouris, Strauss Cooper, Sunny Ma, Ana Maria Balazuela, Sara Mierke & Jiuguang Feng
Peter Merrill & Charlie Jenkinson
Wenxiong Bu, Yiping Yan, Yang Wang, Jiliang Yan, & Zhiqiang Xie
16:45-17:15Closing Plenary KeynoteTony Little,
Former Eton College Headmaster & WLSA Chairman
18:30Closing Dinner & Book Signing CeremonyLocation to be announced