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OpenApply Admissions Conference Shanghai: Recap

Hosted at Western International School of Shanghai
English Address
No. 555 Lian Min Road
Xujing Town Shanghai
Qing Pu District PRC 201702

Chinese Address
上海西华国际学校
上海市青浦区联民路555号

Map
http://www.wiss.cn/about-us/contact-us/ 

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Thursday, November 3
 

7:15am CST

Transportation to WISS
We have arranged pickup for participants staying at Holiday Inn Shanghai West.

Please meet Greg (greg@openapply.com) & Graham (graham@openapply.com) at the lobby entrance of Holiday Inn Shanghai West for 7:15AM sharp departure. There will be one 45-seater bus with "OpenApply Admissions Conference Shanghai" sign on its windshield.

If you miss the scheduled pickup, you will need to arrange for your own transportation to Western International School of Shanghai.

Western International School of Shanghai
English Address
No. 555 Lian Min Road
Xujing Town Shanghai
Qing Pu District PRC 201702

Chinese Address
上海西华国际学校
上海市青浦区联民路555号

Map http://www.wiss.cn/about-us/contact-us/ 

Speakers
avatar for Graham Righi

Graham Righi

OpenApply Sales and Support Associate, Faria Systems
avatar for Greg Sturm

Greg Sturm

Marketing Manager, OpenApply


Thursday November 3, 2016 7:15am - 7:45am CST
Holiday Inn Shanghai West 2000 Huqingping Road, Qingpu, Shanghai, 201702 People's Republic of China

7:45am CST

PC1: Morning Tea & Registration
Speakers
avatar for Aina Chen

Aina Chen

Data Team Manager, Faria Education Group


Thursday November 3, 2016 7:45am - 8:15am CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

8:15am CST

Who is in the room?
To help participants introduce themselves, create a feeling of “connectedness” and commonality.

Speakers
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 8:15am - 9:15am CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

9:15am CST

Mission-based School Admissions
Spending time with each of the school’s mission statements, running it through the “admissions lens”; creating the profile of the “mission appropriate student”.

Speakers
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 9:15am - 10:30am CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

10:30am CST

Coffee Break
Get your coffee and discuss with at least one partner about one of the questions in the previous session.

Speakers
avatar for Aina Chen

Aina Chen

Data Team Manager, Faria Education Group


Thursday November 3, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

11:00am CST

Reflection
To stop the professional flow for a short while in order to outline the success that resides in a good personal – professional blend.

Speakers
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

12:00pm CST

Lunch
You cannot eat alone; the purpose of this lunch is to feed your body as well as your social animal.

Speakers
avatar for Aina Chen

Aina Chen

Data Team Manager, Faria Education Group


Thursday November 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Parents Meeting Room Western International School of Shanghai

1:00pm CST

Picking Mission Appropriate Students
To equip participants with a set of tools that will enable them to find and bring in mission appropriate students; to develop ways in which they can turn back students who are not mission appropriate in ways that are respectful and grounded in facts.

Speakers
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

3:00pm CST

Coffee Break

Get your coffee and discuss with at least one partner about one of the questions in the previous session.


Speakers
avatar for Aina Chen

Aina Chen

Data Team Manager, Faria Education Group


Thursday November 3, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

3:30pm CST

Reflection
To show participants the value of being “all in” 

Speakers
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

4:30pm CST

End of Day 1
Evening Reflection will be assigned to participants to turn in by 19:00 to course coordinator.

Speakers
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

5:00pm CST

Transportation to Hotel
We have arranged a dropoff after the conference at 5:00PM for participants staying at Holiday Inn Shanghai West.

Please meet Greg (greg@openapply.com) & Graham (graham@openapply.com) for 5:00PM sharp departure. There will be one 45-seater bus with "OpenApply Admissions Conference Shanghai" sign on its windshield.

If you miss the scheduled dropoff, you will need to arrange for your own transportation to Holiday Inn Shanghai West.

Holiday Inn Shanghai West
English Address
2000 Huqingping Road, Qingpu, Shanghai 201702 PRC

Chinese Address
虹桥西郊假日酒店
上海市沪青平公路2000号

Map https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/shanghai/shgxj/hoteldetail

Speakers
avatar for Graham Righi

Graham Righi

OpenApply Sales and Support Associate, Faria Systems
avatar for Greg Sturm

Greg Sturm

Marketing Manager, OpenApply


Thursday November 3, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm CST
Western International School of Shanghai

5:30pm CST

Evening Reflection: Is my heart really in it?
Evening Reflection will be assigned to participants to turn in by 19:00 to course coordinator.

Thursday November 3, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm CST
TBA

7:00pm CST

Shanghai City Tour (Optional)
Please join us for sponsored Shanghai City Tour to explore the Bund, Xintiandi and French concession!

We have arranged pickup and dropoff for participants staying at Holiday Inn Shanghai West / 虹桥西郊假日酒店.

Please meet tour guide at the lobby entrance of Holiday Inn Shanghai West for 7:00PM sharp departure. There will be one 33-seater bus with "OpenApply Admissions Conference Shanghai" sign on its windshield.

Tour guide will also take participants to City God Temple of Shanghai to try some local food, but participants need to pay for the food themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Aina Chen

Aina Chen

Data Team Manager, Faria Education Group
avatar for Graham Righi

Graham Righi

OpenApply Sales and Support Associate, Faria Systems
avatar for Greg Sturm

Greg Sturm

Marketing Manager, OpenApply


Thursday November 3, 2016 7:00pm - 11:30pm CST
Holiday Inn Shanghai West 2000 Huqingping Road, Qingpu, Shanghai, 201702 People's Republic of China
 
Friday, November 4
 

7:45am CST

Transportation to WISS
We have arranged pickup for participants staying at Holiday Inn Shanghai West.

Please meet Greg (greg@openapply.com) & Graham (graham@openapply.com) at the lobby entrance of Holiday Inn Shanghai West for 7:45AM sharp departure. There will be one 45-seater bus and one 16-seater bus with "OpenApply Admissions Conference Shanghai" sign on its windshield.

If you miss the scheduled pickup, you will need to arrange for your own transportation to Western International School of Shanghai.

Western International School of Shanghai
English Address
No. 555 Lian Min Road
Xujing Town Shanghai
Qing Pu District PRC 201702

Chinese Address
上海西华国际学校
上海市青浦区联民路555号

Map http://www.wiss.cn/about-us/contact-us/ 

Speakers
avatar for Graham Righi

Graham Righi

OpenApply Sales and Support Associate, Faria Systems
avatar for Greg Sturm

Greg Sturm

Marketing Manager, OpenApply


Friday November 4, 2016 7:45am - 8:00am CST
Holiday Inn Shanghai West 2000 Huqingping Road, Qingpu, Shanghai, 201702 People's Republic of China

8:00am CST

PC2: Morning Tea & Registration
Speakers
avatar for Aina Chen

Aina Chen

Data Team Manager, Faria Education Group


Friday November 4, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am CST
Secondary Library Western International School of Shanghai

8:00am CST

Reflecting on Day 1

Start with a reflection on day 1 over coffee.

Free chat over coffee:

 

  • What did you think of the first day?
  • What should change today?
  • Have you taken away anything?

 


Speakers
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

8:30am CST

Reflection
Speakers
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 8:30am - 8:45am CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

8:30am CST

What Mobility Does To Your Brain

The largest study in educational research history demonstrates that moving harms learning.  But this finding is incomplete. Ota’s hopeful message is that, by understanding the issues involved in mobility and how to address them, we can harness the vast potential for growth in a life moving amongst cultures—both for our students and ourselves.

In this first presentation, Ota introduces attachment theory and cutting-edge neuroscience to explain what happens to us when we move or when people we care about move away. Across the lifespan, mobility strains mammalian brains in identical ways. We adults, like our students, need a plan to stay psychologically healthy while working in international education.  Ota’s experiential presentation will help us see the internationally mobile environment as our brains experience it, while simultaneously inviting us to examine how we cope with such environments, so we can better assist the students and schools we serve.


Speakers
avatar for Drs. Douglas W. Ota

Drs. Douglas W. Ota

Psychologist, Coach, Author, Presenter | NIP Registered Child Psychologist
Doug Ota was raised in La Jolla, California, the son of a Japanese father and an English mother.  Their separation when he was three showed Ota how to grow up between worlds.  The death of his brother and step father trained Ota in grief.  He has made a career out of wondering... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 8:30am - 10:30am CST
Secondary Library Western International School of Shanghai

8:45am CST

Perspective Taking
Participants will understand the concept of perspective taking and this will be needed for them for a successful next session as well.

Speakers
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 8:45am - 9:30am CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

9:30am CST

Parent Communication
To enlarge the participant’s horizons when it comes to one of the key elements of working in the admissions office – the parent interview / discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

10:30am CST

Coffee Break
Share funny / terrifying / weird parent meeting stories with a coffee buddy.

Speakers
avatar for Aina Chen

Aina Chen

Data Team Manager, Faria Education Group
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

11:00am CST

Working the School Tour
To offer the participants a time to meditate over their school tour and help them transform the tour into a meaningful experience for the families who visit.

Speakers
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

11:00am CST

So What Do We Do About Mobility - Part I

The largest study in educational research history demonstrates that moving harms learning.  This finding is incomplete. Ota’s work explores the vast potential for growth in a life moving amongst cultures, and how we can harness it for our students and ourselves.

In Session 2 of the day, Ota examines how the psychological challenges described in his first presentation can only be tackled at the community level. He presents a framework for building comprehensive “Transitions Teams” at international schools. This practical workshop will help you assess your school’s current level of transitions services, interact with professionals at similar schools, and identify realistic goals for moving a resilient Transition Team at your school forward.


Speakers
avatar for Drs. Douglas W. Ota

Drs. Douglas W. Ota

Psychologist, Coach, Author, Presenter | NIP Registered Child Psychologist
Doug Ota was raised in La Jolla, California, the son of a Japanese father and an English mother.  Their separation when he was three showed Ota how to grow up between worlds.  The death of his brother and step father trained Ota in grief.  He has made a career out of wondering... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Secondary Library Western International School of Shanghai

12:00pm CST

Lunch
Best tour ever / worst tour ever – talk over lunch; make sure you laugh as much as you can.

Speakers
avatar for Aina Chen

Aina Chen

Data Team Manager, Faria Education Group


Friday November 4, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Parents Meeting Room Western International School of Shanghai

1:00pm CST

Putting Out the Welcome Mat
To lead participants into several ideas about what a successful orientation program should look like.

Speakers
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

1:00pm CST

So What Do We Do About Mobility - Part II
The largest study in educational research history demonstrates that moving harms learning.  This finding is incomplete. Ota’s work explores the vast potential for growth in a life moving amongst cultures, and how we can harness it for our students and ourselves.

In Session 3 of the day, Ota helps participants further elaborate a framework and goals for their own school for addressing transitions. He closes this session with an uncomfortable teaser for the last part of the day, namely that no single school can fully address these challenges on its own, since the emotional issues at stake span multiple schools.

Speakers
avatar for Drs. Douglas W. Ota

Drs. Douglas W. Ota

Psychologist, Coach, Author, Presenter | NIP Registered Child Psychologist
Doug Ota was raised in La Jolla, California, the son of a Japanese father and an English mother.  Their separation when he was three showed Ota how to grow up between worlds.  The death of his brother and step father trained Ota in grief.  He has made a career out of wondering... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm CST
Secondary Library Western International School of Shanghai

2:45pm CST

Coffee Break
Orientation day stories to share.

Speakers
avatar for Aina Chen

Aina Chen

Data Team Manager, Faria Education Group
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 2:45pm - 3:15pm CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

3:15pm CST

So What Do We Do About Mobility - Part II (Cont'd)
The largest study in educational research history demonstrates that moving harms learning.  This finding is incomplete. Ota’s work explores the vast potential for growth in a life moving amongst cultures, and how we can harness it for our students and ourselves.

In Session 3 of the day, Ota helps participants further elaborate a framework and goals for their own school for addressing transitions. He closes this session with an uncomfortable teaser for the last part of the day, namely that no single school can fully address these challenges on its own, since the emotional issues at stake span multiple schools.

Speakers
avatar for Drs. Douglas W. Ota

Drs. Douglas W. Ota

Psychologist, Coach, Author, Presenter | NIP Registered Child Psychologist
Doug Ota was raised in La Jolla, California, the son of a Japanese father and an English mother.  Their separation when he was three showed Ota how to grow up between worlds.  The death of his brother and step father trained Ota in grief.  He has made a career out of wondering... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 3:15pm - 3:45pm CST
Secondary Library Western International School of Shanghai

3:15pm CST

Surveys and Data Interpretation
Provide a venue for participants to share stories of success and struggle about their data systems; brainstorms solutions .

Speakers
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

3:45pm CST

How To Do Something Essential That Can’t Be Done On Your Own

Are you seriously interested in mobility issues at international schools? Have you already been involved in addressing mobility, or have the themes in one or more of Ota’s workshops piqued your attention? The introduction in this final session quickly guides you to the collision of two big ideas: transitions must be addressed for optimal learning to occur, but no single school can accomplish the task alone, because the issues span multiple schools. What should school staff do?

Ota’s final session is an attempt to provide admissions and school staff with a platform to discuss the macro-challenges involved in addressing mobility at international schools worldwide. How do you address an issue that transcends single schools? Are networks of “Safe Passage” schools possible? Are nascient networks already emerging? What role could accreditation play in the future?

Answers to these questions are already beginning to take form, as Ota and others prepare to host the first-ever international conference on addressing mobility at international schools in The Hague, Netherlands, on March 22, 2017. Join the debate, and let him convince you to continue the debate in The Hague in 2017!


Speakers
avatar for Drs. Douglas W. Ota

Drs. Douglas W. Ota

Psychologist, Coach, Author, Presenter | NIP Registered Child Psychologist
Doug Ota was raised in La Jolla, California, the son of a Japanese father and an English mother.  Their separation when he was three showed Ota how to grow up between worlds.  The death of his brother and step father trained Ota in grief.  He has made a career out of wondering... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm CST
Secondary Library Western International School of Shanghai

4:00pm CST

Wrap-up of Day 2

 

  • Was this day better / worse?
  • What are you taking away?
  • Are you going to actually do anything differently when you get home?

 


Speakers
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

4:30pm CST

Feedback Session
Speakers
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm CST
Annex, Secondary Western International School of Shanghai

5:00pm CST

Transportation to Hotel
We have arranged a dropoff after the conference at 5:00PM for participants staying at Holiday Inn Shanghai West.

Please meet Greg (greg@openapply.com) & Graham (graham@openapply.com) for 5:00PM sharp departure. There will be one 45-seater bus and one 16-seater bus with "OpenApply Admissions Conference Shanghai" sign on its windshield.

If you miss the scheduled dropoff, you will need to arrange for your own transportation to Holiday Inn Shanghai West.

Holiday Inn Shanghai West
English Address
2000 Huqingping Road, Qingpu, Shanghai 201702 PRC

Chinese Address
虹桥西郊假日酒店
上海市沪青平公路2000号

Map https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/shanghai/shgxj/hoteldetail

Speakers
avatar for Graham Righi

Graham Righi

OpenApply Sales and Support Associate, Faria Systems
avatar for Greg Sturm

Greg Sturm

Marketing Manager, OpenApply


Friday November 4, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm CST
Western International School of Shanghai

5:30pm CST

Hotel Happy Hour
Please join us for Happy Hour!

Happy Hour will be at 3F, JingDe Hall, Holiday Inn Shanghai West.

Holiday Inn Shanghai West
English Address
2000 Huqingping Road, Qingpu, Shanghai 201702 PRC

Chinese Address
虹桥西郊假日酒店
上海市沪青平公路2000号

Map https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/shanghai/shgxj/hoteldetail

Speakers
avatar for Aina Chen

Aina Chen

Data Team Manager, Faria Education Group


Friday November 4, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm CST
3F JingDe Hall, Holiday Inn Shanghai West
 
Saturday, November 5
 

8:00am CST

Transportation to WISS
We have arranged pickup for participants staying at Holiday Inn Shanghai West.

Please meet Greg (greg@openapply.com) & Graham (graham@openapply.com) at the lobby entrance of Holiday Inn Shanghai West for 8:00AM sharp departure. There will be one 45-seater bus and one 16-seater bus with "OpenApply Admissions Conference Shanghai" sign on its windshield.

If you miss the scheduled pickup, you will need to arrange for your own transportation to Western International School of Shanghai.

Western International School of Shanghai
English Address
No. 555 Lian Min Road
Xujing Town Shanghai
Qing Pu District PRC 201702

Chinese Address
上海西华国际学校
上海市青浦区联民路555号

Map
 http://www.wiss.cn/about-us/contact-us/ 

Speakers
avatar for Graham Righi

Graham Righi

OpenApply Sales and Support Associate, Faria Systems
avatar for Greg Sturm

Greg Sturm

Marketing Manager, OpenApply


Saturday November 5, 2016 8:00am - 8:15am CST
Holiday Inn Shanghai West 2000 Huqingping Road, Qingpu, Shanghai, 201702 People's Republic of China

8:15am CST

Morning Tea & Registration
Speakers
avatar for Aina Chen

Aina Chen

Data Team Manager, Faria Education Group


Saturday November 5, 2016 8:15am - 8:45am CST
Orsini Theatre Western International School of Shanghai

8:30am CST

Welcoming Remarks & Introductions
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Greg Brunton

Dr. Greg Brunton

Director, The Western International School of Shanghai
Dr. Greg Brunton has been an educator since 1996 and worked with schools in Florida until 2005 when he decided to move into the international arena. Greg has been an IB educator since 2005 and was Elementary School Principal at the K International School Tokyo, a full IB continuum... Read More →
avatar for Angelica Nierras

Angelica Nierras

Managing Director, Faria Education Group


Saturday November 5, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am CST
Orsini Theatre Western International School of Shanghai

9:00am CST

Keynote: "Moving and Our Schools: How Important Is This Transitions Business Really?"
In this opening keynote, Doug Ota asks us some uncomfortable questions.  How do you cope with dealing with mobility in your life?  Who struggles with the constant arrival and departure of important people?  Do you have to move to be in transition?  Or can you stay put and still be “in transition”?  Is this something we really have to deal with in our workplaces, or is the interest in mobility—and Ota’s keynote—just another passing fad?

In this 45-minute turbo flight, Ota will seek to meet you wherever you are.  This keynote is designed to get you thinking about your relationship to the inevitable changes that occur in the social landscape at international schools.  It doesn’t matter if you’re convinced of the importance of dealing with these issues, or if you’re skeptical; Ota’s keynote seeks to connect the issues at play to your experience.  Only then can you decide if they’re worth addressing at your school.

Speakers
avatar for Drs. Douglas W. Ota

Drs. Douglas W. Ota

Psychologist, Coach, Author, Presenter | NIP Registered Child Psychologist
Doug Ota was raised in La Jolla, California, the son of a Japanese father and an English mother.  Their separation when he was three showed Ota how to grow up between worlds.  The death of his brother and step father trained Ota in grief.  He has made a career out of wondering... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am CST
Orsini Theatre Western International School of Shanghai

9:45am CST

Re-imagining International School Admissions as a Learning Experience 

One day we woke up and (collectively) realised that we might have been doing admissions all wrong. Or at least part of it. So we began to re-imagine a very different kind of learning experience for families visiting the school.  This interactive workshop will tell the story  of what happened next, actively engage participants in some of the key issues, and challenge you to re-imagine the future of school admissions.


Speakers
avatar for David Willows

David Willows

Director of Advancement, The International School of Brussels
Dr. David Willows is Director of Admissions and Advancement at the International School of Brussels. David is also a regular presenter & trainer at international events and author of several books and articles in the field of international school branding, admissions, marketing and... Read More →



Saturday November 5, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am CST
Orsini Theatre Western International School of Shanghai

10:30am CST

Coffee Break
Speakers
avatar for Aina Chen

Aina Chen

Data Team Manager, Faria Education Group


Saturday November 5, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am CST
Orsini Theatre Western International School of Shanghai

11:00am CST

Global Survey of International Admission Professionals Inspires #Admission Evolution
Admission is the chief source of revenue for international schools, but what are the critical data that define the roles played by admission leaders within and across international schools? 

Last winter several organizations (SSATB, ISC-Research, EARCOS, ECIS, NESA, COBIS and AISA) collaborated on a first-of-its-kind Global International Schools Admissions Survey designed to gather comprehensive information about the function, role, structure, and challenges of the admission and enrollment process in international schools. Developed in partnership with experienced international school admission professionals, the survey gathered information on a variety of matters relating to the enrollment of students attending international schools around the globe.

Results provide critical comparative information and data on industry standards necessary to encourage dialogue about the changing conditions of, and expectations for, admission officers in international schools. The results are in, but how can admission leaders worldwide use the information to inspire change? It is time to mobilize efforts to reposition the work of enrollment management as both strategic and foundational to institutional success.

Speakers
avatar for Aimee Gruber

Aimee Gruber

Senior Director of Outreach and Business Development, The Enrollment Management Association
Aimee has spent the past 25 years honing her skills in admission and related fields. She travels extensively visiting schools, presenting at conferences, and meeting with education sector contacts on behalf of SSATB member schools and families. As an experienced admission director... Read More →



Saturday November 5, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am CST
Orsini Theatre Western International School of Shanghai

11:30am CST

Panel Discussion: State of Admissions in China

Not only do certain trends here in China have impact globally, but the challenges Admissions staff are facing here can be learned from by all. This is a case study highlighting the needed skill of adaptability for any effective Admissions team. During the panel discussion, experts from the education and relocation scene in China will share their perspective and experience on the following topics, then answer questions from the audience:

  1. The changing landscape of expats
  2. Relocation trends and impact on corporate support for international schooling
  3. The rise of bilingual schools in China
  4. How have international school admissions processes/staffing adapted?
  5. What will happen to international schools in the future?
  6. Open Q&A

Moderators
avatar for Corrie Zacharia

Corrie Zacharia

Head of Admissions, China Region, Yew Chung International School of Shanghai
For over eight years, Corrie has helped expatriate families navigate the complicated Shanghai international school landscape and make the best decision for their children -- one that will enable them to thrive during their time in China and beyond. She oversees a multicultural Admissions... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christina Decu

Christina Decu

Director of Admissions and Marketing, Western International School of Shanghai
Mrs Christina Decu has lived in Sweden, Germany, the USA and since 1992 in Shanghai, China. Her background is tourism but she worked many years in finance and added eventually a China MBA. She got involved in education while being part of establishing the German school in Shanghai... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Jo Larson

Kelly Jo Larson

Sr. Director Communications & Strategic Planning, Concordia International School Shanghai
As Senior Director of Communications and Strategic Planning overseeing all Marketing & Communications activities for Concordia International School Shanghai, Kelly Jo Larson employs the same techniques she used in the business world to focus the team on building the brand to affect... Read More →
avatar for Alice Li-Arndt

Alice Li-Arndt

Director of Admissions, Shanghai American School
Since 2013 Alice Li-Arndt has headed the Office of Admission at Shanghai American School (SAS), one of the largest, most historic international schools in China. In addition to overseeing a multinational team on two Pre-K to Grade 12 campuses, she also serves on the general leadership... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Metz

Ryan Metz

Director (China), Crown World Mobility
Ryan joined Crown Relocations in 2012 and brings over a decade ofglobal relocation experience to the Crown World Mobility (CWM) team.Following immersive language training in southern China, Ryan began acareer in relocations in 2002 with a leading moving company and has served in variety... Read More →
avatar for Cynthia Zhang

Cynthia Zhang

Director of Student Affairs and Admissions, YK PAO School
Cynthia Ling Zhang (章凌) received her Master Degree from China European International Business School, currently she is Director of Student Affairs and Admissions of YK Pao School (in short YKPS) and works cross campus for both Primary and Secondary Division. Her passion for cross-cultural... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Orsini Theatre Western International School of Shanghai

11:30am CST

OpenApply Support Workshop
Saturday November 5, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
A2.2 Western International School of Shanghai

12:30pm CST

Lunch & School Tour
Speakers
avatar for Aina Chen

Aina Chen

Data Team Manager, Faria Education Group
avatar for Christina Decu

Christina Decu

Director of Admissions and Marketing, Western International School of Shanghai
Mrs Christina Decu has lived in Sweden, Germany, the USA and since 1992 in Shanghai, China. Her background is tourism but she worked many years in finance and added eventually a China MBA. She got involved in education while being part of establishing the German school in Shanghai... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm CST
Orsini Theatre Western International School of Shanghai

1:30pm CST

Enrollment Management - Not Just For Your Admission Office
School success hinges on the ability to drive and sustain enrollment.  This workshop will define the concepts and practice of admission and enrollment management and explore the external forces shaping the admission funnel at international schools, including assessment, a changing consumer, and the need for professionalization in the admission office.  The results of the first-ever International School Admission Industry survey (2015) -- conducted in conjunction with ISC-Research, ECIS, and four other regional international school associations -- will be highlighted. School leaders will also learn about the four enrollment indicators of successful schools for leading the charge for innovation and renewal of practice at their institutions.

Speakers
avatar for Aimee Gruber

Aimee Gruber

Senior Director of Outreach and Business Development, The Enrollment Management Association
Aimee has spent the past 25 years honing her skills in admission and related fields. She travels extensively visiting schools, presenting at conferences, and meeting with education sector contacts on behalf of SSATB member schools and families. As an experienced admission director... Read More →



Saturday November 5, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm CST
A2.3 Western International School of Shanghai

1:30pm CST

Job-Alike - Round 1

1.    How much of admissions is sales and how much is counseling?
Some days it feels like we are “selling the school” and some other days it feels like we are counseling parents. What are the do’s and don’ts in each of these positions?

2.    What are the skills needed for successful admissions management?
Looking around the room, what are the participants’ professional skills and abilities? What is the story of our coming into admissions? What more do we need and what do we need to do away with to be successful? 

3.    Admissions – Marketing – Communications – same family?
In many of our schools these are either the same person or the same department. How should these three very important components come together to best represent and help your school mission?


Moderators
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christina Decu

Christina Decu

Director of Admissions and Marketing, Western International School of Shanghai
Mrs Christina Decu has lived in Sweden, Germany, the USA and since 1992 in Shanghai, China. Her background is tourism but she worked many years in finance and added eventually a China MBA. She got involved in education while being part of establishing the German school in Shanghai... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Jo Larson

Kelly Jo Larson

Sr. Director Communications & Strategic Planning, Concordia International School Shanghai
As Senior Director of Communications and Strategic Planning overseeing all Marketing & Communications activities for Concordia International School Shanghai, Kelly Jo Larson employs the same techniques she used in the business world to focus the team on building the brand to affect... Read More →
avatar for Alice Li-Arndt

Alice Li-Arndt

Director of Admissions, Shanghai American School
Since 2013 Alice Li-Arndt has headed the Office of Admission at Shanghai American School (SAS), one of the largest, most historic international schools in China. In addition to overseeing a multinational team on two Pre-K to Grade 12 campuses, she also serves on the general leadership... Read More →
avatar for Corrie Zacharia

Corrie Zacharia

Head of Admissions, China Region, Yew Chung International School of Shanghai
For over eight years, Corrie has helped expatriate families navigate the complicated Shanghai international school landscape and make the best decision for their children -- one that will enable them to thrive during their time in China and beyond. She oversees a multicultural Admissions... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm CST
Orsini Theatre Western International School of Shanghai

1:30pm CST

Learning Innovation and The Story Tellers
The way we think about learning is changing.  Our schools are changing.  But we are still stuck in traditional ways of communicating learning to prospective parents.  This interactive workshop will engage participants with three simple ideas: (1) innovative storytelling is daring to describe the school we haven't quite become; (2) innovative storytelling makes learning visible through framing; (3) innovative storytelling is about building windows onto the learning experience of our students.  The workshop is designed for ​admissions professionals interested in helping families understand what actually happens in our schools or who feels fed up with reading jargon-filled websites and news about the latest bake-sales.

Speakers
avatar for David Willows

David Willows

Director of Advancement, The International School of Brussels
Dr. David Willows is Director of Admissions and Advancement at the International School of Brussels. David is also a regular presenter & trainer at international events and author of several books and articles in the field of international school branding, admissions, marketing and... Read More →



Saturday November 5, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm CST
A2.4 Western International School of Shanghai

1:30pm CST

OpenApply Introduction & Updates
Learn how OpenApply supports international schools in their transition to the paperless admissions office of the future, and our latest updates including OpenApply School Directory and WeChat.

Hear also from Laura Amza's implementation of OpenApply as THE solution for online applications at the American International School of Bucharest - from full drawers of paper files to one laptop on the admissions manager's desk.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Amza

Laura Amza

Secondary School Registrar, American International School of Bucharest
Laura Amza is the Secondary School Registrar at the American International School of Bucharest where she has been working since 2003.  A Chemistry graduate of the University of Bucharest, Laura’s passion for technology has taken her from working as the AISB Secondary School Lab... Read More →
avatar for Kirsten Anderson

Kirsten Anderson

VP of Sales, Faria Education Group



Saturday November 5, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm CST
A2.2 Western International School of Shanghai

2:45pm CST

Coffee Break
Saturday November 5, 2016 2:45pm - 3:15pm CST
Orsini Theatre Western International School of Shanghai

3:15pm CST

Job-Alike - Round 2
1.    How much of admissions is sales and how much is counseling?
Some days it feels like we are “selling the school” and some other days it feels like we are counseling parents. What are the do’s and don’ts in each of these positions?

2.    What are the skills needed for successful admissions management?
Looking around the room, what are the participants’ professional skills and abilities? What is the story of our coming into admissions? What more do we need and what do we need to do away with to be successful? 

3.    Admissions – Marketing – Communications – same family?
In many of our schools these are either the same person or the same department. How should these three very important components come together to best represent and help your school mission?

Moderators
avatar for Catalina Gardescu

Catalina Gardescu

Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu is the Manager of Admissions & External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest where she has worked in various positions. She is Romanian and lives in Bucharest with her son and partner.A graduate of the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christina Decu

Christina Decu

Director of Admissions and Marketing, Western International School of Shanghai
Mrs Christina Decu has lived in Sweden, Germany, the USA and since 1992 in Shanghai, China. Her background is tourism but she worked many years in finance and added eventually a China MBA. She got involved in education while being part of establishing the German school in Shanghai... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Jo Larson

Kelly Jo Larson

Sr. Director Communications & Strategic Planning, Concordia International School Shanghai
As Senior Director of Communications and Strategic Planning overseeing all Marketing & Communications activities for Concordia International School Shanghai, Kelly Jo Larson employs the same techniques she used in the business world to focus the team on building the brand to affect... Read More →
avatar for Alice Li-Arndt

Alice Li-Arndt

Director of Admissions, Shanghai American School
Since 2013 Alice Li-Arndt has headed the Office of Admission at Shanghai American School (SAS), one of the largest, most historic international schools in China. In addition to overseeing a multinational team on two Pre-K to Grade 12 campuses, she also serves on the general leadership... Read More →
avatar for Corrie Zacharia

Corrie Zacharia

Head of Admissions, China Region, Yew Chung International School of Shanghai
For over eight years, Corrie has helped expatriate families navigate the complicated Shanghai international school landscape and make the best decision for their children -- one that will enable them to thrive during their time in China and beyond. She oversees a multicultural Admissions... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm CST
Orsini Theatre Western International School of Shanghai

3:15pm CST

Moving and Our Schools: You’ve Realized That This Transitions Business IS Really Important and Want to Do/Know More
(Continuation from Keynote)

Intrigued by the first 30-minute flight?  Climb on board for a more in-depth journey.  We can’t help anybody with things that we haven’t figured out for ourselves.  Come to this session if you want to be challenged to reflect upon how mobility has affected you in your work and life.  By understanding these effects, you’ll be in a better position to help other people—and your school—deal with transitions.

Speakers
avatar for Drs. Douglas W. Ota

Drs. Douglas W. Ota

Psychologist, Coach, Author, Presenter | NIP Registered Child Psychologist
Doug Ota was raised in La Jolla, California, the son of a Japanese father and an English mother.  Their separation when he was three showed Ota how to grow up between worlds.  The death of his brother and step father trained Ota in grief.  He has made a career out of wondering... Read More →



Saturday November 5, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm CST
A2.4 Western International School of Shanghai

3:15pm CST

Stepping Away from Traditional Admission Practices: Sustaining Enrollment in a Changing Marketplace

This discussion-based session focuses on how the job has changed. It examines: heightened competition; the shift from admission to enrollment management; the changed customer; new trends in assessment including character assessment; leadership; and, technology. 


Speakers
avatar for Aimee Gruber

Aimee Gruber

Senior Director of Outreach and Business Development, The Enrollment Management Association
Aimee has spent the past 25 years honing her skills in admission and related fields. She travels extensively visiting schools, presenting at conferences, and meeting with education sector contacts on behalf of SSATB member schools and families. As an experienced admission director... Read More →



Saturday November 5, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm CST
A2.3 Western International School of Shanghai

3:15pm CST

Top 10 OpenApply Tips & Support Workshop
Learn some of the best tips and tricks for using OpenApply.
  • Link parents,
  • Merge duplicate applicants,
  • Create custom filters,
  • Build status levels,
  • Set automatic exports, and much more!
Bring your own tips and tricks to share during the session as well. 

Speakers
avatar for MacKenzie Hovermale

MacKenzie Hovermale

OpenApply Director, OpenApply
MacKenzie is the OpenApply Director at Faria Education Group, a leading provider of information systems for international schools, currently supporting over 10,000 schools worldwide. Since joining the OpenApply team, MacKenzie has helped over 300 schools take their admissions online... Read More →



Saturday November 5, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm CST
A2.2 Western International School of Shanghai

4:30pm CST

Best Practices & Closing Remarks
Speakers
avatar for David Willows

David Willows

Director of Advancement, The International School of Brussels
Dr. David Willows is Director of Admissions and Advancement at the International School of Brussels. David is also a regular presenter & trainer at international events and author of several books and articles in the field of international school branding, admissions, marketing and... Read More →



Saturday November 5, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm CST
Orsini Theatre Western International School of Shanghai

5:00pm CST

Transportation to Airport
We have arranged a dropoff after the conference at 5:00PM for participants going direct to Shanghai Pudong Airport.

Please meet RVenus (rvenus@managebac.com) for 5:00PM sharp departure. There will be one 16-seater bus with "OpenApply Admissions Conference Shanghai" sign on its windshield.

Speakers
avatar for RVenus Lai

RVenus Lai

Regional Director, Asia-Pacific, Faria Education Group
Faria Education Group provides integrated systems to enhance efficiency in international education.Faria Education Group is the world's leading provider of software to IB world schools, and offers a fully integrated school management suite: ManageBac for planning, assessment and reporting... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm CST
Western International School of Shanghai

5:00pm CST

Transportation to Hotel
We have arranged a dropoff after the conference at 5:00PM for participants staying at Holiday Inn Shanghai West.

Please meet Greg (greg@openapply.com) & Graham (graham@openapply.com) for 5:00PM sharp departure. There will be one 45-seater bus and one-16-seater bus with "OpenApply Admissions Conference Shanghai" sign on its windshield.

If you miss the scheduled dropoff, you will need to arrange for your own transportation to Holiday Inn Shanghai West.

Holiday Inn Shanghai West
English Address
2000 Huqingping Road, Qingpu, Shanghai 201702 PRC

Chinese Address
虹桥西郊假日酒店
上海市沪青平公路2000号

Map https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/shanghai/shgxj/hoteldetail

Speakers
avatar for Graham Righi

Graham Righi

OpenApply Sales and Support Associate, Faria Systems
avatar for Greg Sturm

Greg Sturm

Marketing Manager, OpenApply


Saturday November 5, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm CST
Western International School of Shanghai

7:00pm CST

Dinner & Drinks
Please join us for a privately sponsored dinner at Lost Heaven, located at 17A ,Yan An East Road, Huang Pu District, Shanghai, China

Lost Heaven
English Address
17A ,Yan An East Road, Huang Pu District, Shanghai, China

Chinese Address
花马天堂云南餐厅(外滩店)
上海市黄浦区延安东路17号甲(近四川南路)

Dress-code: Smart-casual

We have arranged pickup for participants staying at Holiday Inn Shanghai West.

Please meet Greg (greg@openapply.com) & Graham (graham@openapply.com) at the lobby entrance of Holiday Inn Shanghai West for 6:15PM sharp departure. There will be one 45-seater bus and one 16-seater bus with "OpenApply Admissions Conference Shanghai" sign on its windshield.

After dinner, we have also arranged dropoff for participants staying at Holiday Inn Shanghai West at 9:00PM. There will be one 45-seater bus with "OpenApply Admissions Conference Shanghai" sign on its windshield.

Speakers
avatar for Aina Chen

Aina Chen

Data Team Manager, Faria Education Group
avatar for Graham Righi

Graham Righi

OpenApply Sales and Support Associate, Faria Systems
avatar for Greg Sturm

Greg Sturm

Marketing Manager, OpenApply


Saturday November 5, 2016 7:00pm - 9:30pm CST
Lost Heaven 17A ,Yan An East Road, Huang Pu District, Shanghai, China