CSEE Member Schools: $150
Registration includes dinner Thursday, lunch Friday and materials.
Independent schools are welcoming a growing population of international students. Are we meeting these students' needs, maximizing the value of students' diverse backgrounds, and inviting them fully into school lives and missions? This event will explore how schools can better serve international students, especially "homestay" international students. The presenters will share how a school can better understand international students, and provide tools so that the school can help students better understand and embrace the school's mission. Time will be allocated for participants to share effective strategies.
This event is sponsored by Three W International, a company that strives to "enable academic excellence, in-depth sharing, cultural understanding, and open-mindedness between students from diverse backgrounds." See more here.
Mission Alignment: An Essential for a School’s International Student Program
For schools that implement an international student program it is imperative that all aspects of the program be aligned with the school’s mission and that it is adequately resourced so as to provide these international students a school experience of the same quality as its domestic students. Mission alignment is key to delivering a program that is safe and nurturing for international students, many of whom are living away from home for the first time.
This discussion entails looking at the pitfalls that can happen to schools who only see international education as a stop gap or as a means to revenue generation, when creating long term, sustainable programs should be the goal of every school.
Conversations with Xin: Academic Integrity through the Eyes of an International Student
This session will describe the various ways in which international students are taught, how they are assessed and what aspects of learning are emphasized. With this context as a looking glass, participants will begin to understand the international student’s perspective as it applies to academic integrity. This session will explore differences among cultures with regard to the way course content is delivered, the nature of teacher-student relationships and proper citing of text. By first understanding the cultural assumptions of international students with regards to academic integrity, participants will be better equipped to orient and foster the cultural transition that occurs when a new international student arrives on campus.
Management of Homestay and Boarding Programs
As more day schools implement international student programs a new reality is introduced. How to get appropriate host families, how to make the host family / student match, and how to monitor the success or challenges of this arranged relationship is usually much more challenging than many expect. However, there are many concerns beyond the logistical concerns that tend to overwhelm staff at the onset.
These concerns deal with the taboo words in our litigious society such as: neglect, abuse, pedophilia, molestation, statutory rape, assault, and the means about how to get liability insurance that covers a school and it’s host families. Discussions on best practices and creating policies and procedures to help mitigate such events and to manage the risk will be paramount.
Cultural Competence: How it is Achieved by Faculty and Staff
A high level of cultural competence of a school’s faculty and staff is essential for success of international students. Getting staff to buy into the current movement and realize that this is the trend for American Education to be Globalized.
A culturally competent and knowledgeable staff and faculty is critical to running a successful international program. This session is intended to give you a crash course on admitting AND KEEPING international students.
Thursday, January 19
3:30-4pm - Registration
4:00pm - First session begins
6:00pm - Dinner
7:00pm - Session
8:00pm - Close
Friday, January 20
8:30am - Session
Noon - Lunch
1:00pm - Session
3:30pm - Close
Ellen O. Nelson has been teaching art for 29 years. More recently, her work as Faculty Advisor to the Honor Council at The Hill School, Pottstown, PA has led her on a path to seek ways to support students as they encounter moral decisions. Through her guidance, The Hill School was recognized for its excellence in ethical education by CSEE in 2014. Her program, titled “Conversations with Xin: Academic Integrity through the Eyes of an International Student,” was presented at the PAIS (Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools) Inaugural Boarding Schools Conference and will be presented at the TABS-NAIS Global Symposium in April.
Dr. Shawn Warren
Shawn is an enthusiastic and seasoned leader with more than 16 years of experience in education and business. He has extensive experience in the areas of operations, teaching, building positive teams and leaders, aligning talent and strategy, entrepreneurship and developing practical business solutions to meet complex and disruptive issues. Shawn is a regular guest speaker for Brigham Young University and is an Adjunct Professor. He teaches graduate courses in Advanced Strategic Management and Human Resource Development. He has done extensive research in the field of Positive Organizational Behavior and Leadership. He completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University, graduate work from Northern Arizona University and a doctorate from Pepperdine University. His hobbies include his family, golfing and riding horses.
As a college student, Nicholas (Nick) began his career in education while tutoring students in the inner cities of Buffalo and Rochester, NY. He taught high school science in Buffalo, NY & Tampa, FL in both private and public high schools. Throughout his career he has worked with international students from China, Venezuela, Vietnam, Spain, Peru and Mexico. His last year in the classroom afforded him an opportunity to start an International Baccalaureate program where he led the certification process for the science department. In his current capacity at Three W International, he enjoys his time working with teachers and administrators across our country. He embraces the opportunity in being an advocate for the international students as they embark in one of the most difficult challenges that they have elected to take on, living and studying in a foreign country. He is an avid traveler having lived in China for a year and visited countries such as: Brazil, the Middle East, Germany, England, Austria, Mexico, Spain, Canada and, his favorite, St. Maarten.
Mavis was born in Colombia and came to the United States at the age of six. After receiving her degree in Music and Liberal Arts from La Sierra University, she spent 3 years in the United States Peace Corp and taught English as a Second Language (ESL) in Latin America. When she returned to the States she started her Master’s course work in Business Administration at UCLA and together with 2 colleagues co-founded Muse Cordero Chen, Inc., the nation’s first multicultural advertising agency.
In 2005, after serving as Alumni President at her alma mater, San Fernando Valley Academy, a K-12 College Preparatory private school, she came on board to serve as the Registrar, Academic Counselor and upper school Administrator. She embraced the development of the International Student Program where she worked with various agencies and agents bringing students from China, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Europe and several Latin American countries. Aside from teaching ESL and being the Director of the International Program, she had the opportunity to create the Homestay Program insuring that her international students succeeded; not only academically but socially throughout their school years in the United States.
Mavis is currently Vice President for Twinn Palms where she is responsible for a cross-country Homestay Coordinator base, and the implementation of a successful and safe home environment to the more than 500 students who live with host families in over 400 American homes. She is passionate about being able to provide diverse opportunities to young people across the globe as they learn languages, gain a great education, immerse themselves in new cultures and help unite our world in trust, friendship and peace.
Dinner will be served Thursday night, coffee Friday morning, and lunch Friday at noon.
Trinity Prep is located 20 minutes north of the Orlando International Airport. There are several hotels located four miles east of the school campus in the University of Central Florida area, including Fairfield Inn and Suites ($140), Hampton Inn ($159), Residence Inn ($205) and Courtyard Orlando ($185).