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Tri Association Conference Reflections

Laura Light, ISS Director of Global Recruitment

Tri Association held their annual conference in San Jose, Costa Rica in October – and once again, Sonia Keller and the team that organized the event did a wonderful job! The conference, held at the Intercontinental Hotel, had representatives from schools all over the Central America and Caribbean region, with about 750 educators in attendance. While there was much professional development happening, there was also quite a bit of camaraderie and fun to be had, too!

The theme of this year’s event was: What Matters Most? Leading Learning in an Era of Change.

Outstanding keynote speakers supported this great topic. ISS was privileged to sponsor Dr. Michael Fullan who opened the conference on the first day with a talk about ‘The Role of Coherence Making and Deep Learning.’ Heidi Hayes-Jacob was the keynote speaker on the second day with a talk about "Navigating Unchartered Waters: Globalizing and Personalizing Learning at the International School”. The conference finished on Friday with another outstanding speaker, Dr. Douglas Fisher, who talked about Engagement: The Impact of Relationships, Clarity, and Challenge’.

The event held a wide variety of breakout sessions, from discussions about the Global Issues Network (GIN) to breaking into leadership and diversity, tackling global issues, creating advisory programs – and so much more!

Each day was full of great discussions and much learning.  The TRI Conference, which is attended by administrators and teachers, focused on pushing this area of the globe to continue to be outstanding in all areas of each school, and sought to support a variety of initiatives that are coming about in schools from Havana to Panama City to Mexico City. The event ended, in true Latin American style, with an outstanding dinner and dance for all who attended.

Kudos to Sonia Keller for once again putting on an exemplary conference – and everyone looks forward to the next one in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic!

Check out all of our events and conferences | 2018/19 conference dates: Atlanta, GA, USA (December 9-11, 2018)  •   Bangkok, Thailand (January 4-7, 2019)  •   San Francisco, CA, USA (February 7-10, 2019) |