Dana Watts Joins ISS Leadership Team

PRINCETON NJ, USA (June 22, 2019) – International Schools Services (ISS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Dana Specker Watts has joined ISS in the newly-created role of Director of Research and Development.

Dana will support ISS School Start-Up and Management services, which continues to grow as the demand for new, high-quality international schools increases worldwide. She will be developing new school startup and management tools, expanding training programs, and increasing overall service offerings. Dana will also work closely with ISS President Liz Duffy on strategic initiatives and professional learning programs, including the Mary Anne Haas ISS Women’s Symposium and the Diversity Collaborative.

Dr. Dick Moore, Vice President of School Start-Up and Management, said, “I am excited to have someone of Dana’s experience and wisdom join our team. She is really one of the great thinkers of international education.

Dana joins ISS from Hong Kong International School, where she was the Schoolwide Curriculum Leader. Previously, Dana worked at American Embassy School in New Delhi as Technology Coordinator, and held various teaching roles at the International School of Bangkok and in the U.S.

She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Sciences from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies: Digital Literacy from State University of New College at Buffalo, and a Master of Science in Secondary Education: English from Canisius College in New York.

Dana has a broad school background in curriculum, technology, innovation, and educational leadership. She served as Executive Director of WLead, and as the Director of Innovation at 21st Century Learning International (Hong Kong). 21st Century Learning International was formed in 2008 by educators in Asia to provide professional development for teachers throughout Asia. Dana has also been a COETAIL Instructor, an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Certified Teacher, and ISTE Certified Trainer. She is the proud mother of three teenagers.

Dana will be located in the Princeton, NJ ISS headquarters and said, “I am thrilled to be joining the ISS family and hope to continue to empower international educators throughout our global community.

For more information contact [email protected] or visit iss.edu.

About International Schools Services (ISS)

As a nonprofit organization, International Schools Services (ISS) works with more than 500 international schools and thousands of educators each year across its suite of services, creating the largest global footprint in international education support. Since its inception in 1955, ISS has launched and managed more than 110 international schools; placed approximately 50,000 educators; developed ground-breaking learning programs, such as the World Language Initiative and Level 5 Creativity & Innovation Hubs; processed about 15,000 school supply orders annually; and stewarded over 75 school foundations each year. With its headquarters in Princeton, NJ, USA and locations in China and Bahrain , ISS currently owns or operates nearly 20 international schools around the world and promotes innovative best practices for global education through its core services that include founding and managing student-centered, future-oriented schools; recruiting world-class educators; providing cutting-edge professional learning opportunities; sourcing essential school supplies; and stewarding school foundations. ISS staff has extensive experience in all aspects of international education, with most senior leaders having served as Heads of Schools across a variety of continents. To learn more, please visit: www.iss.edu.

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