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Learn About Teaching in International Schools

Date:April 16, 2014 from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Location:Grace Dodge Room 179
Teachers College, Columbia University 525 West 120th Street, New York, New York 10027
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Adele Tonge by sending email to .
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Pearl Rock Kane,

Director of The Klingenstein Center, Teachers College, Columbia University

Organized by:

Vicki Gochenour,

Associate Director of Employer Relations, Career Services, Adele Tonge, Communications and Special Projects, Klingenstein Center and Alan Scott, Council of International Schools

Featured Panelists:

Jane Camblin, Head of School, United Nations International School, USA

Jane previously served as the Head of the French American International School in San Francisco for nearly 20 years.

Jane holds an honors degree in English and Russian, from Bristol University, UK; a graduate degree from Sydney University, Australia, in teaching English as a Second Language; and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Bilingual Education from Stanford University, USA. She has worked previously as a teacher, administrator and consultant in public and private schools in England, France, Australia and the United States, and is a recipient of an SDB Outstanding Educator Fellowship Award (Johns Hopkins University) and a Klingenstein Fellowship (Columbia University). Jane is a three-term elected Board member of the Council of International Schools. She currently serves as Chair of the Foundation Board of Bristol University, and until January 2012, held an elected seat on the International Baccalaureate Heads Council, which provides advice on strategic policy issues. In 2004, Jane was named Chevalier des Palmes Academiques by the French Ministry of Education for her services to French culture and education.

Chris Mueller, Director, Bonn International School e.V., Germany

Chris Mueller is the Director of the Bonn International School e.V. in Germany. He was born and raised in Windhoek, Namibia, and now calls Cape Town, South Africa, home. Prior to Bonn, he was Director of the American International School of Lusaka in Zambia. Before that, he held leadership positions at the United Nations International School in New York, the American International School of Bucharest in Romania, and the International School of Tanganyika in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He also taught at the International School of Paris in France, as well as at schools in London and Cape Town. Chris completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town, his M.Ed. at the College of New Jersey in the U.S. and recently completed his EdD at Columbia University Teachers College in New York. He has a particular interest in defining and promoting internationalism in international schools.

Laurie McClellan, Director, Nanjing International School, China

Laurie is Director at Nanjing International School, an IB K-12 school of 700 students in China. He has also worked in international schools in Belgium, Colombia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. His children are products of international education, one is at university and the other in Grade 11 at NIS. Laurie has led accreditation visits in Europe and Asia.

Richard Spradling, Superintendent, American School of The Hague, The Netherlands

Rick is a US native with a BA in English from the University of West Florida, a master's degree in English literature from Indiana University, a second MA in Educational Administration from the University of Alabama - Birmingham, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina. From 1973 to 1983, he held various teaching positions in both elementary and secondary schools in Indiana, Zambia, and Cameroun. Rick was an assistant principal in Indiana, and was director of the American International School of Libreville, Gabon from 1983-87. From 1988-1990, he taught as a Visiting Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of South Carolina. Rick was director of the American Cooperative School of Tunis, Tunisia from 1990-1997, during which time he was named a National Distinguished Principal (1996). From 1997-2005, he was director of the American International School in Vienna, Austria. He has served on numerous accreditation teams and advisory boards, written several articles for national and global publications, and given presentations at various regional conferences, as well as serving on accreditation committees for Middle States Association (MSA) and the European Council of International Schools (ECIS). During his overseas career, he has served as president of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), the Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS), and the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA). From 1999-2005, he served on the board of ECIS, acting as treasurer of the ECIS board for two years. In July of 2005, Rick began his new position as Superintendent of the American School of The Hague, in the Netherlands and won Superintendent of the Year Award in 2012.


Grace Dodge Room 179 2:35 – 3:15 pm and 3:20 – 4:00 pm


A career in international education can be a uniquely rewarding experience, both professionally and personally. This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the types of schools and opportunities available, and the search and application process to obtain a right-fit position.

Workshop Presenters

Joe Cornacchio, Director of Leadership and Educator Recruitment, Council of International Schools (CIS)

Alan Scott, Regional Accreditation Officer/International Education Advisor, Council of International Schools (CIS)

Zankel 109 2:35 – 3:15 pm and 3:20 – 4:00 pm


How will educators know they are taking the right steps to provide students with an education that keeps pace with internationally-recognized standards and enables their development as global citizens? Participants will create a shared definition of global citizenship and explore the impact of intercultural perspective on their educational practices.

Workshop presenters:

Jane Larsson, Executive Director, Council of International Schools (CIS)

John Heard, Regional Accreditation Officer, Council of International Schools (CIS)


Please join us for a reception in Everett Lounge following the workshops from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

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