2nd International Schools APAC Programme

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Day 1: 16 September 2020 | Wednesday

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Stephen Codrington, Affiliated Consultant, Council of International Schools (CIS); President, Optimal School Governance, Australia


The Changing landscape for International Schools Post COVID-19

  • Regional international schools market report, and COVID-19 updates
  • How schools are coping the COVID-19 and changing business and operational models
  • How schools embrace resilient yet student-oriented business models?
  • Designing business models based on school’s market economic scenarios
  • Scenario planning for post COVID-19, investment migration, managing growth and market capitalisation

Sam Fraser, Head of Asia Research, ISC Research, Singapore

School Leaders’ Strategic Dialogue: 
Thinking Ahead for a Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19

  • How do schools have to prepare for re-opening?
  • COVID-19: How schools in your respective countries are responding?
  • Challenges of student recruitment in the aftermath of COVID-19
  • What are the innovative/alternative revenue streams and business models amidst uncertain times ahead to ensure accessibility?
  • What commercial strategies work and don’t especially in setting up schools, re-opening, and use of technology?

Stephen Codrington, Affiliated Consultant, Council of International Schools (CIS); President, Optimal School Governance, Australia

Dr. Joshua Fritts, Head of School, Ruamrudee International School – Ratchapruek Campus, Thailand
Gwen Byrom, Director of Education Strategy, NLCS International, United Kingdom
James Lyng, Deputy Principal, YK Pao School, Shanghai, China

(This session will not reference to commercial strategies of speakers’ schools. Discussions and comments are solely for regional commercial knowledge exchange only)

Online Networking & Refreshment Break


Investors’ Talk:
How has COVID-19 Changed Investment Landscape? 

  • Quick snapshot of APAC market investment potential: Key markets and emerging trends
  • What does the COVID-19 pandemic mean for school investments?
  • Scenario planning post-COVID-19, investment migration, managing growth and market capitalisation
  • How can schools ensure both business and students’ outcomes are met?

Raj Shastri, Partner, Kaizenvest, Singapore

Rosalind Yeoh, Chief Financial Officer, Taylor’s Education Pte Ltd., Singapore
Jaspal Sidhu, Founder and Chairman, SIS & Inspirasi Group of Schools, Singapore
Philippe Lagger, Chief Corporate Development Officer, Nord Anglia Education, Switzerland


Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Eowyn Crisfield, Affiliated Consultant, Council of International Schools, Senior Lecturer in TESOL, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom

Quality Assurance for International Schools Development: Case Study by NLCS International

  • Importance of a quality assurance strategy for internationalization & expansion
  • Key factors to consider when building frameworks for assuring quality
  • Operationalization of school reviews in the context of school improvement
  • How we translate our ethos into new schools

Gwen Byrom, Director of Education Strategy, NLCS International, United Kingdom

Bilingual Strategy and Enrollment:
What to Learn from the World’s Leading Chinese Bilingual Program?

  • Bilingual market outlook
  • COVID-19 management at bilingual schools
  • Beginning a successful bilingual program
  • Avoiding wrong turns along the way
  • Implications for student recruitment and retention
  • Our current model and why it’s so successful

Joint Presentation:
Peter Corcoran, Head of School, Canadian International School, Singapore
Huali Xiong, Chinese Language and Bilingual School Principal, Canadian International School, Singapore

The New Brand Mantra for Schools – Safety, and Security for All

  • HR perspectives on operating schools safely and securely after reopening
  • Building the brand that is known for students’ safety, health and wellbeing
  • Attracting the best talents to deliver student-outcome focused results
  • Financial and operating strategies to positively impact teacher retention
  • Business models that are fostering teachers’ well-being to attract and retain staff

Mark McVeigh, Principal, Denla British School, Thailand

End of Virtual Conference Day 1

Day 2: 17 September 2020 |Thursday

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Niko Lindholm, Program Director, EduSpaze Pte Ltd., Singapore


Recreating Revenue Models with the Use of Online Learning

  • ASEAN EdTech market 2020 outlook post COVID-19
  • What other factors driving EdTech’s growth in Southeast Asia?
  • How is tech shaping the education delivery during and after COVID-19, and what’s in store for the immediate future?
  • Brief overview and updates on the StormBreaker Venture Accelerator programme for EdTech startups
  • Lesson takeaways: What do start-ups want from their corporate accelerator partners, and vice-versa?

Jantanarak (Yui) Tuekaew, Managing Director, StormBreaker Venture, Thailand

International Schools and EdTech Companies Co-Creating New Technology Solutions 

  •  COVID-19: Edtech start-ups excelling at a time of crisis
  • EdTech Accelerator as Integrator
  • Innovation Platform (Test Bed)
  • Co-Innovation Model
  • Active Community
  • EdTech Specific Fund
  • Global Ecosystem Links

Niko Lindholm, Program Director, EduSpaze Pte Ltd., Singapore

EdTech Startups Pitching Session – Mapping Education’s Next Transformation 4 start-ups from the region will be selected to conduct elevated pitches to an audience of investors, schools, big tech, industry bodies and Government.

Moderator: Niko Lindholm, Program Director, EduSpaze Pte Ltd., Singapore

Social Learning with SoqqleEDU: Upscale online student engagement with student generated videos  Daniel Shen, Founder, Soqqle, Singapore

Vonder: Microlearning Games for your students
Shin Wangkaewhiran, CEO and Founder, Vonder, Thailand

360ed: Democratising Quality Learning Tools in Myanmar
Hla Hla Win, Founder and CEO, 360ed, Myanmar

Combined Live Q&A Session Live

The COVID-19 Crisis and Reflections on the Digital Transformation of Education

  • Why schools and education systems globally for the most part are not keeping on track with the biggest and most important changes
  • Need for education leaders and policymakers to adopt a more systematic approach to implementing digitalisation
  • Current frameworks, success factors and case studies of best practices in the digital transformation of schools and education systems

Aidan McCarthy, Principal – K12 Digital Transformation and Strategy, Microsoft Education, Singapore

Online Networking & Refreshment Break


Strategic Marketing in International Schools

  • Lockdowns and closures – When is the best time to reinforce marketing strategy?
  • Post-COVID traditional and digital marketing channels, and their evolution in the International Schools market
  • Targeted partnership channels focusing on admissions
  • Key campaigns for attracting potential students and parents

Nhu Y Nguyen Nguyen, Head of Marketing, Communications and Admissions, Australian International School Saigon, Vietnam

Data for Leadership

  • Different types of data available to school leaders
  • Effective way of using data to sharpen your school’s focus
  • Measuring the impact of institutional development

James Lyng, Deputy Principal, YK Pao School, Shanghai, China

Leveraging on Networks for the Success of International Schools

  • Growth of school networks relative to standalone schools
  • Competitive advantages of school networks
  • Case studies of how school networks compete effectively by leveraging on their scale and scope
  • Potential pitfalls of over-marketing and leveraging on network scale

Dr. Ahmed Mitwalli, Chief Strategy Officer, Esol Education, American School Hong Kong, Dubai / Hong Kong

Panel Discussion: 
Pros and Cons of Integrating International Schools in Mixed-Use Developments

  • Meeting the demand for schools – How property developers view from space perspectives?
  • Live-Work-Play in one place: Can it happen?
  • Trends in mixed-use investment for schools
  • Integrating international schools in mixed-use developments

Mansoor Ahmed, Director (MENA Region) Valuation & Advisory – Real Estate | Healthcare | Education | Infrastructure & Public Private Partnership (PPP), Colliers International, United Arab Emirates

Bassam Abushakra, Regional Director, Esol Education, United Arab Emirates
Onchanok Nawapruek, Senior Research Analyst, CBRE, Thailand
Elias Kareem, Regional Director of Projects – Middle East, International Schools Partnership, Dubai
Adam Malouf, Director – Investment, Knowledge Fund – Government of Dubai, Dubai

End of Virtual Conference Day 2

Day 3: 18 September 2020 | Friday

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


Reflections on Recruitment and Retention of Staff

  • Competitive landscape of recruiting commercial leadership, teachers and talents
  • Ethos & Values of retention
  • Pleasures and pitfalls of recruiting internationally
  • Does retention equal results?

Dr. Murray Tod, Headmaster, EPSOM College in Malaysia, Malaysia

Finding, Growing and Retaining – Staff Recruitment and Retention in a Competitive World

  • The recruitment process unpicked
  • Navigating challenging recruitment environments

Christopher Seal, Principal, Shrewsbury International School, Thailand

Headmasters’ Views:  
Faculty Engagement Panel on the COVID-19 Lockdown Experience

  • Technology adaptation
  • What ways does the teacher’s role change as classes go online?
  • Roles for socioemotional learning and school leadership during COVID-19
  • Strategies to support teachers’ well-being and retention
  • Strategies to engage and support students

Sam Fraser, Head of Asia Research, ISC Research, Singapore

Christopher Seal, Principal, Shrewsbury International School, Thailand
Anthony Roberti, Head of School, U.S. Vietnam Talent International School, Vietnam
Kevin Skeoch, Head of School, Dwight School Seoul, South Korea

Online Networking & Refreshment Break


Implementing Innovative Teaching for World-Class Learning

  • Leading the way with evidence-based teaching & learning
  • Differentiation and blended learning – Pathways to success for all students
  • Building a real-world & active learning experience

Dr. Joshua Fritts, Head of School, Ruamrudee International School – Ratchapruek Campus, Thailand

International Accreditation for APAC Schools: Improving quality and gaining regional and international recognition to differentiate in competitive markets

Trillium Hibbeln, Associate Director, Commission on International Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, China

End of Virtual Conference Day 3