Leadership Workshop for Strategic Planning at Korea International School

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Finding our Guiding Lights Sept 2nd & 3rd Fall 2021

Alpensia Resort Pyeongchang

Workshop Schedule DAY 1 - THURSDAY 12:00pm

Hotel check in @ Intercontinental




S1-Strategic Planning: A Team Endeavour




S2-Thinking Behind the Numbers




S3-Everything Starts with Wellbeing





DAY 2 - FRIDAY 8:00am



S4-Strategic Goal Setting


Reflection & Wrap-up


Hotel Check Out






Onward Transport / Workshop End

All sessions in the hotel's meeting room

Workshop Session 1 STRATEGIC PLANNING: A TEAM ENDEAVOUR How can we approach strategic planning as a team? What are the lights that guide us, and what unique skills and talents do we bring as leaders to this process? In this workshop, participants will explore leadership using the Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment invented by Don Clifton and published by Gallup. We will consider our strengths and balance as a team. Additionally, we will review the domains of the Council of International Schools (CIS) framework for accreditation, and how these standards can serve as lighthouses for our ongoing journey of school improvement. Finally, we will clarify the framework for the strategic planning process through the futurist’s lens. These are our guiding lights: our own strengths and values, a solid framework for school improvement, and our peek into the future of education.


Heather Carreiro

Heather is passionate about applying best practices from agile and lean management to the school improvement process. Her experience as a CIS accreditation report reader and CIS evaluation team leader inspires her to look holistically at school systems, strategy, and leadership. She will earn her MBA in Business Analytics in December 2021. Heather is in the final stage of certification as a Professional Project Manager and a Professional in Business Analysis. Wherever she goes, you will find colorful flip charts, data visualizations, and sticky notes.


Thursday Sep 2nd 1:30pm to 2:30pm HEATHER.CARREIRO@KIS.OR.KR

Workshop Session 2 THINKING BEHIND THE NUMBERS: DATA LITERATE LEADERS MOVING KIS FORWARD Data is an increasingly powerful tool in decision-making and goal setting. With this in mind, education leaders need to be aware of the capabilities of well collected, secure data to improve outcomes for all students. This session will explore the various and complex considerations that leaders face when engaging their teams in exploring and analyzing student and school data. When senior school leaders work with middle leaders and teacher teams to promote this data mindset, we can better understand our progress and impact on student outcomes and shape clear directions forward in strategic planning. Participants will engage in conversations around current data in schools, what we do with it and how we can use it to direct and evaluate our own school improvement goals. By thinking about data in our schools, and thinking about what is behind the data, we can gain a better understanding of the factors that influence student achievement, engagement and overall school operations.

FACILITATOR Aimmie Kellar is proud to serve the KIS High School Community in her fourth year as Principal. Prior to moving to Korea, Aimmie spent several years as a Research and Accountability administrator and coach in Ontario, Canada. She has also worked as a Department Leader and Teacher in Colombia, Canada and Malaysia. As a Mathematics and English teacher at her core, Aimmie enjoys collaborating with school teams to see the trends, uncover the stories and shape the directions that move schools - and students - forward.


Thursday Sep 2nd 2:45pm to 3:45pm AIMMIE.KELLAR@KIS.OR.KR

Workshop Session 3 EVERYTHING STARTS WITH WELLBEING: INTRODUCING THE PERMA MODEL FOR COMMUNITY WELLNESS Wellbeing is an increasingly important focus of individuals and organizations all around the world due to the current physical, political, social and emotional climate. This session will engage participants to delve into thinking about their own wellbeing and extending the outlook to our colleagues, students, families and the extended KIS community via the PERMA model. Caring for the wellbeing of each individual and the collective has never been more important than now, in times of change and collective trauma. We will explore goal setting targets to provide systems that take a holistic approach to protecting the wellbeing of all stakeholders in our community.

FACILITATORS Renee Brossman is excited to become a part of KIS in the new role of Designated Safeguarding Coordinator. She is proud to join a school that clearly values the social, emotional and physical health of the entire school community. Previously she worked as school counselor in Shanghai, China and in the state of Colorado. She also has experience as a daycare business owner, adolescent intake caseworker and director of a supervised visitation center for children and their families. Always leading with a heart for people, Renee looks forward to Renee Brossman team collaboration to bring forward what D E S I G N A T E D S A F E G U A R D I N G is best for kids. COORDINATOR

Thursday Sept 2nd 4:00pm to 5:00pm RENEE.BROSSMAN@KIS.OR.KR

Workshop Session 3 FACILITATORS “Flourishing is the product of the pursuit and engagement of an authentic life that brings inner joy and happiness through meeting goals, being connected with life passions, and relishing in accomplishments through the peaks and valleys of life.” Dr. Lynn Soots


Jennifer Le Varge is the Seoul Campus Principal at KIS. Her visits to the schools and infant-toddler centres of Reggio Emilia, Italy changed her life and fed her passion for inquiring into learning environments, anthropology and human agency. Jennifer has a BA in Elementary Education and MA in Cultural Anthropology. She has co-authored a book, The Reggio Emilia Experience in Early Childhood, published in Arabic. She has spoken at several international education conferences and is a WASC Visiting Committee Member, as well as a member of the IB Educators Network (IBEN). As an IBEN, she loves working as a PYP Workshop Leader, School Visit Team Leader, and Consultant. Jennifer has partnered with the IB and the Daegu Metropolitan Office of Education to publish the recent resource, The Korean National Curriculum (KNC) and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP): A comparison report for teachers and school leaders (2021). Jennifer tweets via @VargeLe.

Thursday Sept 2nd 4:00pm to 5:00pm JENNIFER.LEVARGE@KIS.OR.KR

Workshop Session 4 STRATEGIC GOAL SETTING Among the plethora of ways organizations define, design, and use strategy, how will strategy live at KIS? We will consider what strategy is, and what it is not. Working in small groups, participants will be challenged to look into the time horizon and consider emerging trends and systems-level evolution in different domains, from teaching & learning to governance to facility design. Groups will generate a vision for each focus area, set strategic goals, and consider what action plans and measures can achieve these outcomes. This is an interactive session; be prepared to think strategically and also consider appropriate tactics. The outcome of this session will be a critical input to the strategic planning process.



Michelle Quirin has served on the Korea International School Leadership Team since 2014. Michelle previously established 3 distinct new school communities as a teacher leader, student advocate, and school-based administrator over a 20 year tenure in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC. Aligning mission, vision, values, policies, and practices is essential for promoting a collaborative culture of continual school improvement. Michelle is passionate about nurturing a safe and supportive community that allows students and teachers to thrive; building organizational structures to maximize learning; developing cultural competence among community members; and celebrating, modeling, and investing in what you value.

Friday Sept 3rd 9:00am to 10:15am MICHELLE.QUIRIN@KIS.OR.KR



Jeff Shin

Assistant Headmaster

Renee Brossman

Designated Safeguarding Coordinator

Heather Carreiro

Applied Learning Coordinator

Liz Cho

Principal of Teaching & Learning

Claire Cho

Communication Director

Dan Choi

Business Director

Aimmie Kellar

High School Principal

Jennifer LeVarge

Seoul Campus Principal

Younghoon Kim

Business Administrator

David Lindberg

Admissions Director

Travis Peterson

Elementary School Principal

Michelle Quirin

School Director

Jim Slaid

Middle School Principal

Will Vreugdenhil

Associate Principal of Athletics & Activities

"We want our school to represent the best that Korea has to offer, but also that our students come to understand the world in which we live-socially, economically, culturally, and linguistically. We demand that our students reach out to the world, to learn about its peoples and its ways, and will continue to do so, and that they embrace an inclusionary rather than an exclusionary vision of humanity."

Dr. Sunshik Min HEADMASTER

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