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AASSA Emphasizes Partnerships and Transformative Learning

The International Educator recently published an article about the power of partnerships and transformative learning at the 2019 AASSA Conference hosted at Nido de Aguilas.


AASSA Emphasizes Partnerships and Transformative Learning

by Kristen MacConnell

Preparing to host this year's Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA) Educator's Conference, the Nido de Aguilas Theme Team imagined a wide variety of partnerships that could be showcased to highlight transformational learning. Strands included: Women in Leadership, Child Protection, Project-Based Learning, Design Thinking, Inclusion, Global Mindedness, Adult Collaboration, Deeper Learning, and Sustainability.

The Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA) held its 2019 Educators' Conference at the International School Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile Partnership models included co-teaching in classrooms, teaching partnerships between classroom teachers and support teachers, and partnerships among school leadership and teachers, to name a few examples. Little did we know, one of the most powerful partnerships that yielded transformational learning at this conference happened right under our noses.

Nido's conference organizational team partnered with 20 high school student ambassadors in preparation for this year's AASSA conference. Student ambassadors were charged with several tasks, serving as (1) student liaisons to help guide people around the large campus, (2) technology support providers for presenters, (3) photographers to help capture learning throughout the conference, and (4) presenters during the plenary session to showcase the student ambassador program.

Once conference presenters were effectively connected to the Internet, the projectors were functioning, and participants had found their way to their sessions, student ambassadors were encouraged to join in and to be a part of the learning. They fully embraced this opportunity.

Over the course of two days, student ambassadors participated actively in the conference. They spoke with presenters, learned how to create an escape room, and joined conversations about women in leadership. On the last day of the conference, students came together to reflect on their experience. They shared some of their key learnings, provided feedback to the conference organizers about what worked, and presented ideas for improvement. The student ambassadors videotaped their reflections and submitted written feedback along with the video. It was powerful to listen to their AASSA experience, in their own words, and to see the conference through the eyes of students.

As educators we attend conferences and trainings to become better at our craft for the sake of our students. After listening to the students' reflections, I realized that sometimes we may forget to share the "why" behind our professional learning opportunities with those these experiences are meant to benefit.

We want to get better at our craft, with the goal of helping our students learn in authentic and meaningful ways. We want to encounter new ideas and learn more strategies to improve our teaching, but we may not communicate those goals to our students.

Through this experience, the student ambassadors discovered that teachers are people just like them. And like them, teachers don't always follow the rules. For instance, they may have a hard time disconnecting from their phones and fully engaging in activities.

The ambassadors also learned how much teachers care about their students. By volunteering at AASSA, the students realized that all of the educators on our campus were there because they love their students and want to be better teachers for their sake.

The next time you attend a training or a conference, take the time to explain to your students where you are going and why. When you return from the event, tell them what you learned. I would also encourage you to find ways to learn with your students. What we if we created learning opportunities at conferences and trainings to learn alongside our students? That, I would argue, is true transformational learning!

Access the student ambassadors' reflections here:

Kristen L. MacConnell is Director of Professional Development and Curriculum at International School Nido de Aguilas.

International Education Conference for Social-Emotional Learning

All are invited to Making Connections, Building Communities, Nido's first International Education Conference for Social-Emotional Learning, on Saturday, March 7 from 8:30am - 4:00pm.

This conference will feature a keynote presentation on the importance of social-emotional learning in schools from Professor Catherine Griffith of University of San Diego and a variety workshops in English and Spanish from experts on topics and issues that counselors and teachers face daily in the classroom and parents face with their children and teens at home.

This conference is free and open to all parents, teachers, and counselors from any school in Chile.

Parent Mindfulness Courses

Lina Paumgarten, Nido HS Counselor and Wellness Coordinator, is once again offering her popular and valuable mindfulness courses to parents beginning in March 2020. There is an 8-week course for those who have not taken mindfulness courses before and an advanced 4-week course.

Professional Development Conferences at Nido

In March 2020 and May 2020 Nido will be hosting two exciting professional development opportunities open to educators worldwide. Join us for Teaching and Learning Through Inquiry with Kath Murdoch on March 14-15, 2020 and Readers and Writers Workshop with Erin Kent from May 11-15, 2020.

EARLY YEARS ADMISSIONS HIKE

Apoderados interesados en Nido y sus hijos de 2 a 5 años están invitados a experimentar uno de los aspectos más únicos del programa educativo de Nido en el que los alumnos participan anualmente hasta la graduación: la educación experimental.

NIDO SUMMER STEM EXPERIENCE

At Nido, the summer is an opportunity to explore new horizons and further develop important skills for an ever-changing world. Come learn with us this summer and discover the Nido Way through the Nido Summer STEM Experience (NSSE).

Nido Open House | December 3

¿Te gustaría saber más de Nido? Invitamos a todos los apoderados a nuestro Open House, el martes 3 de diciembre a las 8:30 am, para conocer nuestro enfoque único en la educación.

NIDO WORKS SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

With 85 years of experience preparing students for a rapidly changing world, we know that early exposure to a variety of workplaces and careers gives student an edge in life after high school. We invite you to join Nido Works for Students or Nido Works for Graduates.

COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL AT NIDO DE AGUILAS

Attention Young Entrepreneurs! Would you like to learn how to get started on your next big venture? Nido is partnering with Columbia Business School from New York City to bring their faculty to Santiago for a one-time, week-long workshop in January that exposes students to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Shadow Day at Nido | October 15

Una de las mejores formas de familiarizarse con un lugar es experimentándolo de primera mano. Nido ofrecerá precisamente eso a través de su Shadow Day, el martes 15 de octubre.

CULTURAL WEDNESDAY: ROBERTO BRAVO & FRIENDS

Join us in this upcoming gala concert on October 2 at 7:00pm in the Theater as we journey through music from around the world. Maestro Roberto Bravo, Chile's most renowned pianist, and his musician friends will interpret pieces from Bach, Russian and Brazilian composers, some North American Jazz, and music from films.

Open House | OCTOBER 3

¿Te gustaría saber más de Nido? Invitamos a todos los apoderados a nuestro Open House, el jueves 3 de octubre a las 8:30am.

NEW MINDFULNESS COURSE FOR PARENTS

Lina Paumgarten, Nido HS Counselor and Wellness Coordinator, is once again offering her popular and valuable mindfulness courses to parents.

Chamber Music Fest 2019 Auditions

This year Nido will host its fourth Interscholastic Nido Chamber Music Fest 2019 on October 28 and 29. Registration opens on August 19 and ends on Friday, September 13, 2019. Those who register will receive more information about the event and auditions.


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