Leading Educational Nonprofits Form “Critical Friendship”
AAIE moves its central office to ISS Princeton Headquarters, strengthening long-time relationship and shared goal to further international education worldwide
The Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) and International Schools Services (ISS) forged a tighter relationship at the start of the 2018-19 academic year, when AAIE relocated its central office to the ISS headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey. In addition to shared space, ISS will provide business office and logistical support to AAIE as part of the arrangement, and AAIE’s Mark Ulfers will provide programmatic support to ISS.
“We are both important organizations within the international school community,” says Mark Ulfers, Executive Director of AAIE. “This critical friendship will allow our independent organizations to work together more closely to improve and grow international education. The fact that we can use space at ISS and leverage their technology and accounting infrastructure means AAIE can then redirect some of its limited resources to place more emphasis on our people and programs.”
Over the past two years, ISS has formed several formal collaborations with different organizations as part of its strategic plan to create meaningful partners to better serve the international school community. Liz Duffy, President of ISS, initially approached Ulfers with the idea of an AAIE and ISS collaboration. “At ISS, it’s all about Win-Win-Win arrangements,” says Duffy. “We win; the other organization wins; and most important, the international community wins. To truly be a great collaboration, all three must exist. The critical friendship between ISS and AAIE has the potential to do really great things for international educators and the students they serve.”
Looking ahead, both organizations have exciting plans for the upcoming year. AAIE is creating its full lineup of learning events, including its flagship Annual International Leadership Conference and Expo 2019, which will be held in San Francisco, CA. In addition to its full suite of services for international schools, ISS is preparing for the launch of ISS-Schrole Advantage, a revolutionary change in global recruitment for educators and schools. ISS-Schrole Advantage will feature reimagined technology, enhanced job fairs, and a major expansion in the number of recruiting schools and job-seeking candidates.
AAIE’s Mark Ulfers sums up the collaboration with ISS thoughtfully, “In many ways, the behavior of ISS and AAIE is consistent with what we strive for in our schools: more collaborative leadership.”
Both organizations are excited for this novel relationship and expect to learn from each other. ISS and AAIE will continue to be separate organizations, focused on their individual nonprofit missions, and will find ways to work together for the betterment of the international community. For more information contact [email protected] or [email protected].