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How can we best include international students in school life and mission?

4/3/2017 to 4/4/2017
When: April 3-4, 2017
Monday, 9:00-4:00pm; Tuesday, 9am-11:30am
Where: Trinity Preparatory School
5700 Trinity Prep Ln
Winter Park, Florida  32792
United States

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Please note that this event date has changed. It will now be taking place on April 3-4, 2017.


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CSEE Member Schools: $150

Others: $250

Registration includes lunch Monday, an optional dinner event Monday, 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.


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.



Monday, April 3

Monday, 9:00-4:00pm;

9:00 - 9:30am - Registration

9:30am - First session begins

Noon - Lunch

1:00pm - Presentations

4:00pm - Close

6:00pm - Dinner (Optional)


Tuesday, April 4

9:00am - Presentations being

11:30am - Close


Nicholas Wilson

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 Cordero 

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.  


Registration includes lunch on Monday and an optional dinner event Monday evening.



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), Alfond Inn (~$200 with educator discount: must show school ID) and Courtyard Orlando ($185).



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