Adaptive Schools Foundation

WHEN: March 7 - 10, 2020 / 8.30am - 4.00pm
WHERE: United Nations International School of Hanoi
FEE: US$700  
TRAINER: Dr Ochan Kusuma-Powell 
CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Stephanie Martra, TLC Office, or Megan Brazil, Elementary Principal,


Workshop Overview


The Adaptive Schools Foundation and Advanced Seminars present a productive, practical set of ideas and tools for developing collaborative groups in becoming effective and better equipped to resolve complex issues around student learning. The work of the Adaptive Schools Seminars is to develop the resources and capacities of the organisation and of individuals to cohesively respond to the changing needs of students and society.

The training not only explores what makes teams effective, but how to develop skills as facilitators and informed group members in informal and formal settings, in small and large groups. It takes participants beyond the idea of professional learning communities to the actual implementation, describing specific ways to weave the collaborative fabric of a faculty, develop group member skills, and acquire the principles and understandings to engage in a continuous cycle of team and individual improvement. Adaptive Schools is the “how” of professional learning communities: how to behave in groups, how to lead them, and how to facilitate them for improved leading, teaching, and learning.


Participant Learning Outcomes

In the four-day Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar, participants will develop:

  • An increased capacity to initiate, develop and sustain high functioning groups
  • New lenses for diagnosing the stages and phases of group development
  • An expanded repertoire of practical facilitation tools
  • Understandings of when and how to engage groups in dialogue and discussion, the limitations, forms and values of each
  • Skills to move groups beyond consensus to common focus
  • Ways to value and use dissension, argument and conflict
  • Strategies for keeping group members on track, on topic, energized and resourceful


About the trainer

Dr. Ochan Kusuma-Powell is the Director of Education Across Frontiers, an organisation dedicated to the professional learning of international school educators. She also serves on the Design Team for The Next Frontier Inclusion – a non-profit organisation devoted to supporting international schools in becoming more inclusive of students with special learning needs. Ochan has presented numerous workshops and courses in the areas of differentiation, assessment, teacher emotional intelligence, coaching and collaboration. She has been a trainer for the Teacher Training Centre (TTC) and is an Associate Trainer for Cognitive Coaching (SM) and Adaptive Schools. She holds a doctorate from Columbia University.

Together with her husband Bill, Ochan co-authored Count Me In! Developing Inclusive International Schools (2000), Making the Difference: Differentiation in International Schools (2008), Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher (2010), How to Teach Now: Five Keys to Personalized Learning in the Global Classroom (2012), The OIQ Factor: Raising the Organisational Intelligence of your school (2013) and Teacher Self-Supervision: Why teacher evaluation is a failed system and what we can do about it (2015). Ochan’s current research, together with the Inter-Community School of Zurich, is on the development of teacher and student meta-cognition.

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Workshop participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation. The closest neighbourhood to UNIS Hanoi is a lively suburb called Tay Ho (translates to ‘West Lake’).  From Tay Ho to UNIS Hanoi by taxi, is approximately 15 minutes, at any time of the day.

For the Adaptive Schools Foundation course, UNIS Hanoi has worked closely with the Sheraton Hanoi to arrange a better price for the workshop participants. Room reservation should be done by emailing the reservation form directly to the hotel before 5th February 2020.

Accommodation alternatives:

Intercontinental West Lake Hanoi: 1A Nghi Tam, Tay Ho District, Hanoi

Airbnb and other budget options are available in Tay Ho.

Participant's welcome pack

 The welcome pack provides other travelling information that participants may need to get to/from Hanoi including visa application, local transport, emergency contacts and access to the school.

  • United Nations International School of Hanoi
  • G9 Ciputra
  • Tay Ho
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
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