Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow
The ACAMIS Spring Leadership Conference was held in Guangzhou
The ACAMIS Spring Leadership Conference was held in the Canadian International School of Guangzhou. Leaders from the Department of Education of Guangdong Province and the Education Bureau of Guangzhou, in addition to more than 400 representatives from 85 international schools attended the meeting. Some of the guests included the International School of Beijing, the Shanghai American School, the Stamford American International School of Hong Kong, the International School of Macao and the Shekou International School Shenzhen. Dr. Liu, Head of school ay XLIS, Mr. Brian Lalor, Deputy Head of XLIS, Mrs. Marly Song, XLIS’ Primary Principal, Alex Rambaud, Head of Whole School Cultural Activities & Dormitory, and Mr. Zachary Dwyer, the ACAMIS Athletics Coordinator were honored to be part of this conference’s guests.
The theme of this year’s conference was “Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow”. The theme also speaks to the role that schools play in developing our students to be future leaders. Also, it calls on us as educators to be lifelong learners. The learning should be constant. After conquering challenging times, the schools and leaders that survived are those that learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Dr. Jane Larsson, Executive Director of CIS, Chairman of the International Child Protection Working Group, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICAISA, delivered a keynote speech on “Shaping the Future of International Education”. Mr. Marlon Devonish, world champion and Olympic gold medallist in track and field, delivered a keynote speech on “Success in Adversity”.
At the conference, Dr Liu, Head of XLIS, was elected as a member of the ACAMIS Board of Directors. During the roundtable forum, for the common concerns from participating principals, such as “foreign experts moving away and international students leaving”, Dr. Liu responded positively that these temporary situations are just phased problems brought about by the global epidemic. China will basically realize socialist modernization by 2035, which means education and technology talent will be elevated to an unprecedented position of importance. China is entering a new path of high-quality development after the epidemic and will surely attract more and more top talents from all over the world to develop and live in China. Mr. Brian Lalor, Deputy Head of XLIS, led workshops on Aspiring Heads and Principal’s Principles, sharing the experience of running international schools in law-based education and planning, as well as international teacher recruitment and professional development in China. Mrs. Marly Song, the Primary Principal, attended the forums on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion-Beyond the Classroom, Growing Purpose-Driven Team: Culture, Impacting Student Learning and Women In Leadership Panel .Championing Diversity : The Role of Inclusive Leadership. Mr. Alex Rambaud, Head of Cultural Activities and Head of Dormitory at XLIS was promoted to ACAMIS Regional Representative (North China) for the Academic, Cultural, and Enrichment Events (ACE), in August 2022. In this role, Mr. Rambaud was required to lead the ACAMIS ACE General Meeting (AGM) during the conference. Along with his colleague, Mr. Caleb Doyle (ACE Regional Representative for South China), Mr. Rambaud was able to draft a five-to-ten-year plan for the ACE committee. Mr. Doyle and Mr. Rambaud are also aiming to create an event’s module that will guide any ACAMIS school to organize and implement ACE events at will. Mr. Zachary Dwyer, the ACAMIS Athletics Coordinator, represented our school to vote for the host of the 2024 ACAMIS Jr. Swimming competition and managed to win the bid for this event.
ACAMIS is a non-profit organization founded in 1999, which has been committed to promote exchanges and development in international schools between China and Mongolia and enhance cross-cultural understanding and communication through various inter-school activities. So far, ACAMIS has got a total of 85 member schools. We have gained a lot from this conference and have strengthened our confidence in running an international school. In the future, we will take advantage of this opportunity to actively respond to the fundamental objectives of the ACAMIS, to provide more international students with a variety of interactive activities, to promote collaboration with other member schools, and to contribute to the development of a high level of international education and the cultivation of open-minded global citizens.
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