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The full day pre-conference sessions will take place on 24 March at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. These sessions are specially selected for educators that are looking for opportunities to enhance their professional skills. It will be conducted by industry professionals and university professors.

Powerful Presentations – Moving your audience into action (Full day)

Professionals are regularly called on to stand before an audience to educate, share ideas, present proposals, and provide recommendations. When they do, many fail to do justice to the substance they possess. This intensive one-day workshop, conducted in collaboration with the International Professional Managers Association (IPMA) UK, aims to help professionals to develop the ability to deliver more impactful presentations through effective engagement.

Learn how to:

  • Harness confidence and overcome nervousness
  • Develop, structure and deliver a compelling presentation
  • Perfect and spice up your presentation
  • Capture the listeners’ viewpoint
  • Navigate through question-and-answer sessions seamlessly
  • Utilise audio visual aids appropriately
  • Deliver an impactful presentation that will motivate your audience into action


K.C. See Principal Consultant, Quest Group

Paul Ch’ng Managing Consultant, Quest Learning

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Developing leadership capabilities for global Eeducation context (Full day)

The trends of globalisation – such as increased migration and mobility - are an increasing reality for our schools and creating new challenges for school leaders. Classrooms are increasingly diverse, as are faculty staffrooms. Given the importance of school leadership to teacher effectiveness and student outcomes, what are the key competencies and capabilities which school leaders need in order to successfully guide their learning communities within a global context? In response to the increasingly complex work of school leaders, the IB has recently developed a Leadership Development Framework for aspiring and experienced leaders. This presentation provides an overview of the journey to understand the needs of contemporary leaders in a global context and provide a meaningful developmental pathway to build those essential capabilities for leading schools in a global network.

Workshop participants will:

  • examine a case study and draw on their own experience to construct their own set of capabilities as they unpack the latest research
  • reflect and provide feedback on the constructs underpinning this new IB Leadership Development Framework
  • yield deeper understandings of the complex nature of leadership in schools within an international context


Dr Gerard Calnin

Research Fellow, Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne Scholar-Practitioner,

Education University of Hong Kong

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Performance development and management of talent (Full day)

The strength of an organisation lies in the collective strength of its people and talent. Do the people in your organization provide any competitive advantage over others? How does one leverage the strengths of the people in the organization to create a positive workplace where collaboration and help enable organizational performance? This 1-day session will focus on how you can create and manage a positive environment for employees such that they are motivated to perform over and above their current levels.

Using a combination of cases, role plays and group discussions, participants will learn to manage the multiple talents of employees, specifically focusing on performance development and management.  

At the end of the 1-day workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how to develop a talent management framework for one’s organization;
  • Build a performance management and development system that leverages the strengths of the employees;
  • Explore one’s coaching and mentoring styles in performance management;
  • Develop ways to engage employees for higher performance.


Dr Tan Hwee Hoon

Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources

Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University

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Identifying opportunities to innovate and expand global citizenship and education in our schools (Half day - Afternoon) 

This session will be a highly interactive that challenges school leadership to think about new opportunities for schools to innovate global citizenship education. Participants will be facilitated through a Rapid Design Challenge that produces in tangible prototypes with practical ideas and tools that can be taken back to their school. Goals set to be achieved at the end of this session includes:

  • Participants will leave inspired by the opportunity to use global citizenship education as a differentiate for how their school educates young people
  • Participants will leave with practical global citizenship education tools and ideas that they can use to empower educators and students back at their school.
  • Participants will create a collaborative action plan to engage in promoting global citizenship education back at their school and throughout the region. 


Justin Bedard

Executive Director and Co-founder, JUMP! Foundation

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IB Continuum Schools: where we are and where we are going (Half day – Morning)

This is an interactive half-day session with information exchange and opportunity for Heads of Schools which offer the IB continuum of programmes (PYP, MYP, DP/CP) to discuss issues with each other. There will be an overview of Dr McConnell’s 2016 research, “Continuum Schools: How can the IB serve continuum schools better?”, and a set of discussions on various aspects of the lives of continuum schools. Topics would include:

  • What is a continuum school?
  • How are schools working on the programme transitions?
  • How are the core elements of the IB used to create a continuum school culture?
  • How are schools supporting students throughout the programmes, but especially as DP students?
  • Is the CP a viable addition for continuum schools?


Jim McConnell


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Managing talent within a school community; lessons learnt from high performance sport (Half day – afternoon)

With the Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games taking place in early 2018, much of the world will tune into these global events. School corridors and classrooms will be fuelled by talk of how these athletes achieve such amazing results through their extraordinary determination and talent. In this one day workshop, the World Academy of Sport will discuss and address lessons learnt from high performance sports in order to develop high performing staff teams in your school.

The World Academy of Sport (WAoS) develops and delivers learning programmes for sport and event participants from athletes through to coaches, officials, administrators and managers through tailored educational programmes. Its expertise lies in providing high quality, pragmatic, outcome driven management education to many diverse audiences throughout the world. The WAoS has delivered education pathways to the organising committees of the past several Olympic and Paralympic Games and is the education service provider to the International Olympic Committee Games Department along with being the outsourced Knowledge Management partner of the International Paralympic Committee.

WAoS has been working with the IB for over 10 years on a variety of projects and is currently partnering with the IB on addressing the issues and challenges facing student-athletes in balancing sport and education. This workshop is an opportunity for schools to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge that the WAoS has developed in its work with the international sporting community and how learnings from such high performance environments are transferable across the global education context. 

The workshop will look to address:

  • Building an organisational structure to deliver results
  • Talent development and succession planning
  • Finding and defining talent in a school setting
  • Creating work teams with shared levels of commitment
  • Addressing implementation challenges of talent pathways 

For more information about the work of WAoS, please visit their website.


More pre-conference sessions will be introduced in the coming weeks. A notification email will be sent to all registered participants.