2nd International Schools APAC Programme

Day 1: 16 September 2020 | Wednesday

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


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?

Dwayne Lehman, School Director, Footprints International School, Cambodia
Dr. Murray Tod, Headmaster, EPSOM College in Malaysia, Malaysia
Dr. Joshua Fritts, Head of School, Ruamrudee International School – Ratchapruek Campus, Thailand
More panelists to be confirmed

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

New School in the New Era:

Outlook for International Schools Market in Thailand – The Commercial Priorities

  • Post-COVID operation and commercial strategy
  • Snapshot of international schools’ market demand, and expected trends
  • Investments into new facilities and technologies
  • Becoming a benchmark for international education in Thailand and the region

Ashley Deacon, Director of Admissions, Rugby School Thailand, Thailand

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?

Ahmed Adhly Rasheed, Chief Executive Officer, Islanders Education, Maldives
Rosalind Yeoh, Chief Financial Officer, Taylor’s Education Pte Ltd., Singapore
Raj Shastri, Partner, Kaizenvest, Singapore
Jaspal Sidhu, Founder and Chairman, SIS Group of Schools, Singapore

Online Networking and Stratch Break


Data for Leadership

  • Importance of student formative assessments
  • Better educational outcomes
  • Effective school self-evaluation
  • Evidence for accreditations and inspections
  • How to implement an effective assessment programme

James Lyng, Vice Principal, Denla British School, Thailand

Case Study:
Pioneering Partnerships for International School Development 

  • The assessment of tourism market, expatriate population and demand forecasting
  • Success with the first Finland International School accredited by the Finnish Government in APAC
  • Public-Private Partnership with the Housing Development Corporation in Maldives
  • Market growth and regulation outlook with specific reference to Sri Lanka and Maldives

Ahmed Adhly Rasheed, Chief Executive Officer, Islanders Education, Maldives

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

  • Bilingual market outlook
  • China’s 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, K-12 Principal for Chinese Language and Culture, Canadian International School, Singapore


Human Resources Spotlight: 
The New Brand Mantra for Schools – Safety, and Security for All 

  • HR perspectives on operating schools safe and secure after reopening
  • Building the brand that safe for students’ health and wellbeing
  • Attracting the best talents to deliver student-outcome focus 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

Plenary EdTech Startups Pitching Session: 
How to Create Competitive Advantage Post COVID With EdTech


Home Powering Adaptive and Personalised Learning with AI technology 
Que Nguyen, 
CEO and Co-Founder, Edmicro, Vietnam

Social Learning: A Private Instagram for the Real Formative Assessments 
Daniel Shen, 
Founder, Soqqle, Singapore

Microlearning Games for your students

Shin Wangkaewhiran, CEO and Founder, Vonder, Thailand

Democratising Quality Learning Tools in Myanmar

Hla Hla Win, Founder and CEO, 360ed, Myanmar

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

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

Bassam Abushakra, Regional Director, Esol Education, United Arab Emirates
Onchanok Nawapruek, Analyst, Thailand Research & Consulting, CBRE, Thailand
Elias Kareem, Regional Director of Projects – Middle East, International Schools Partnership, Dubai
More panelists to be confirmed

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

Christopher Seal, Principal, Shrewsbury International School, Thailand
Anthony Roberti, Head of School, U.S. Vietnam Talent International School, Vietnam
Michael Walton, Head Master, Brighton College Bangkok, Thailand
Elsa Donohue, Head of School, Vientiane International School, Laos

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

Beyond Final Exams – The ABCs of Preparing Students for the Future 

  • Creativity, empathy, problem-solving and analytical skills in curriculum
  • Addressing the diverse learning needs of students: Balancing personalised teaching with collaboration
  • How do students learn best and how can we better engage them in the learning process?

Elsa Donohue, Head of School, Vientiane International School, Laos


The Cambodia Market – Potential, Challenges and Marketing Strategy

  • FIS’ success in Cambodia
  • Student demographics and enrolment updates
  • Key factors to consider in local market expansion: Student quota, licensing, culture, etc.

Dwayne Lehman, School Director, Footprints International School, Cambodia

Laos’ International Schools Market 

  • Student demographics and enrolment updates
  • Investments going into expansion and facilities upgrading
  • Opportunities created within AIS to raise its teaching and learning methodology

Jose Ruthchan Portillo, Principal and Vice-Director, The Australian International School Laos, Laos

End of Virtual Conference Day 3

15 September 2020 | Tuesday

Webinar Title: 
International Accreditation as Important Operational and Marketing Strategy: A Framework for Efficiency, Sustainability and High-Quality Learning

Workshop Synopsis: 
In this workshop, leaders of new, existing or future school can learn the value of seeking International Accreditation to build, sustain and improve their school and stand out in a crowded market.

Workshop Takeaways:

The Value of International Accreditation: Why should school’s seek accreditation to have better competitive advantage?

  • Parent and company perspective
  • Impact on recruiting
  • University recognition
  • Accreditation as a winning marketing strategy

Foundational ElementsWhat are key elements all effective schools must have to be successful and to become accredited?

  • Learning and organization Structure
  • Health, Safety and Security
  • Facilities, Finances and Resources
  • Ethical Practice
  • Boarding/Residential

High-Quality Learning:How can schools ensure that they are transforming to meet the modern needs of our time and not just replicating traditional systems of education? Do you want your students to:-

  • Meet the demands of the 21stcentury
  • Achieve at the highest levels using any curriculum or program model
  • Be deeply engaged in their own learning process

NEASC’s 10 Learning Principles provide a guide for schools to think deeply about their Learning Community so they can build sustainable structures that will help them stand out as schools of modern learning.

Workshop Speaker:
Kevin Skeoch, Head of School, Dwight School Seoul, South Korea