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

    Time

    Event/Session

    Speaker

    8:00-17:00

    Registration Open

     

    8:30-10:00

    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 Tra├ža Ph.D., Qunbin Wang, Denis Yip, Hongyan Pan, & Yan Zheng

    Charlie Jenkinson, Gail Berson Randall C. Deike, Ph.D., James Montoya & Michele Butler

    10:00-10:30

    Tea & Coffee Break
     

    10:30-10:45

    Welcome

    Zhen Huang,
    Vice President of Shanghai Jiatong University

    10:45-11:30

    WLSA Opening
    10:45-11:00
    11:00-11:15
    11:15-11:30: Signing Ceremony

    Tony Little
    Jian Wu
    Jack Jia

    11:30-12:30

    Introduction to the College Admission Network
    (CAN)
    Douglas L. Christiansen, PhD., Kelly Walter, Robert Lay, & Ginny Maddux

    12:30-13:30

    Complimentary Lunch

     

    14:00-15:00

    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.

    15:00-15:30

    Tea & Coffee Break

     

    15:30-16:30

    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 


    Elizabeth Gray 

    16:30-17:00

    Tea & Coffee Break
     

    17:00-18:00

    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 Wang

     
    Taking Responsibility: Facilitating Student Leadership During Service Programmes
    Elizabeth Gray

    18:30

    Welcome Reception

     
  • Saturday, July 8

    Time

    Event/Session

    Speaker

    8:00-17:00

    Registration Open
     

    9:00-10:00

    CAN Keynote:
    Innovation in College Admissions

    James Nondorf

    10:00-10:15

    Tea & Coffee Break
     

    10:15-11:15

    College 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.

    11:30-12:30

    College 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.

    12:30-13:30

    Complimentary Lunch
     

    13:30-14:30

    College Admission Network:
    Case Studies in Admissions (Pt. 3 of 3)



    Wake Up Class! 5 Digital Age Pedagogies That Will Revolutionize Your Classroom
    Kelly 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

    14:45-15:45

    College 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.


    15:45-16:00

    Tea & Coffee Break
     

    16:00-17:00

    Breakout 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

    18:30-20:00

    College Fair at the Crowne Plaza
     

    19:30-21:00

    Council Board Meeting
     
  • Sunday, July 9

    Time

    Event/Session

    Speaker

    8:00-17:00

    Registration Open
     

    9:00-10:30

    Breakout 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

    10:30-10:45

    Tea & Coffee Break
     

    10:45-11:30

    Cultural Spotlight:
    Leadership with Cultural Empathy: Understanding Culture


    Carla Millar Ph.D. & John Mahon Ph.D.

    11:30-12:30

    Breakout 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

    12:30-13:30

    Complimentary Lunch
     

    13:30-14:30

    Breakout 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

    14:45-15:15

    Student Spotlight:
    Best Delegate Award

    David Weber,
    Westville Boys' School  

    15:15-15:45

    Tea & Coffee Break
     

    15:45-16:45

    WLSA Keynote 
    An American Perspective: Selective College Admissions

    Janet Rapelye
    Dean of Admissions,
    Princeton University
  • Monday, July 10

    Time

    Event/Session

    Speaker

    8:00-12:00

    Registration Open
     

    9:00-10:00

    Breakout Sessions 1
    Creating a Culture of Empathy 

    The Challenges of Experiential Education in the
    Developing World

    Teacher & Headmaster Training; The Importance of
    International Training in China

    Deren Finks & Jean Wall

    Nishad Das


    Juncheng Wang, Ruihua Dai & Douglas L. Christiansen Ph.D.

    10:00-10:15

    Tea & Coffee
     

    10:15-11:15

    Breakout Sessions 2
    Asian Voices: A Conversation Among
    School Leaders

    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



    11:30-12:30

    Breakout 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

    Elizabeth Morrison 



    Catherine Raw, Andrew Leale, Tamara Bobakova & Flavia Vidal


    12:30-13:30

    Complimentary Lunch
     

    13:30-14:30

    Shanghai YK Pao School Chorale
    Led by Ralph Allwood Ph.D., Oliver Tarney, Dan Turner & James Day

    14:30-15:00

    Tea & Coffee
     

    15:00-16:30

    Breakout 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
     

    16:45-17:15

    Closing Plenary Keynote
    Tony Little,
    Former Eton College Headmaster & WLSA Chairman

    18:30

    Closing Dinner & Book Signing Ceremony
    Location to be announced

    21:00

    Boat Tour