RE: Trudeau on Travels. Quarterly Parent Drop-In: Wednesday Afternoon.

AISM Community,

During the “Year of the Wildebeest”, our school continues to change, adapt, and support one another to best meet our students’ needs. Like the “Wildebeest“, we can thrive in the most challenging environments because of our resilience.

“Our we teaching our students for our future, or theirs?”

Over the weekend, and today, I have been in Dakar, where, I have the pleasure to represent the American International School of Monrovia at the annual conference of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA). So far, the line above is one of my favorite ones from this conference, as indeed we are preparing students for a world that will look vastly different than the one, we, as parents (Yes, as the father of a two-year-old –I can say this now), grew up in.

AISA is the regional organization that helps support high quality American/Internationally-accredited education institutions worldwide. At this conference (this year in Dakar – Yes, I am sweating), both myself and Ms. Serdia Holcombe, who was here late last week, have been able to keep current on how International educational programs continue to develop and evolve to meet ours students’ needs.

I also met with the Office of Overseas Schools to inform them on the progress that we have made over the last year, and the growth, both physically and academically (new Food Service Program, new Upper School Spanish, new Art Room), that our school is presently undergoing.

On the other hand, I had meetings to ensure that we are in good standing with our vendors and educational suppliers. Over the last few days, on behalf of the school, I met with several educational partners, including:

  • Global Education Systems – to make sure we have a continuous flow of school supplies, and the most current educational resources for our students.
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Our premier textbook supplier – to look at digital resources that will enhance our students’ present resources, and “new” editions of current student resources to see if they will better meet our needs.
  • Edmentum International: Over the last year, Edmentum has partnered with the NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association), which does our Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) evaluation for your students, to provide results-driven, adaptive learning paths for individual students.

Most importantly, the AISA conference also is providing me with the opportunity to work with several other school Directors from American Schools in our region. Like us, they face complex and difficult challenges in putting student education first. However, like us, they are committed and dedicated to meeting that challenge and to ensuring that all students can and are able to succeed.

Today, while I am working on my goal sheet for the conference, the teachers are working on updating their Jupiter Grade books, as we prepare for our quarterly “Parent Drop-In” this Wednesday. This optional event takes place from 3:35 – 4:30, with parents having the opportunity to drop by, see where their students are sitting, how they are learning, and also touch base with their students’ teachers.
Please note that his is not the time for formal meetings. However, those can be easily arranged through Lovetta, if you would like more time to discuss your student’s progress.

Special thanks to Ms. Johnson, and our teaching team, for holding down the fort for a few days. I will be back in the office on Wednesday, hopefully in time to join you for the optional parent drop-in.

Best from Dakar,

Jeff

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