Pre-Conference Workshops

2019 Pre-Conference Workshops

Monday, October 21 from 2:00-5:00 PM

Move Your International Program to Excellence

By Brenda Vishanoff, Director of International Students
Wheaton Academy, West Chicago, IL

This session will focus on 4 key areas of international student programming: academics, social/ emotional adjustment, operations and program philosophies. Participants will consider how to move program components to the next level within their school contexts. Examples, strategies, and steps to implemention will be shared. Participants will also have designated time and strategies to collaborate with each other to gain more ideas and feedback. This session is geared to both the attendee who is just building a program or new their role as well as the experienced program director committed to continuous program improvement.

Constructing an ESL Program

ELL Coordinator and International Student Advisor
Wheaton Academy, West Chicago, IL

During our pre-symposium session, we will focus on the foundational elements needed to construct a solid ESL class/program. Our time together will be spent addressing the specific academic English needs of students and ways to create curriculum that seeks to support learning outcomes. The format of the session will be workshop oriented and provide time to evaluate your unique teaching situation and how to apply the principles you learn. Registrants will need to come prepared with some completed pre-session materials that will be provided ahead of time, as well as specific information regarding their teaching context.

Using WeChat as an Effective Communication and Recruitment Tool

By James Brannon
WA Global Network Director of Recruitment

WeChat is the #1 social media and messaging application in China and is used by over 1 billion people worldwide, including almost every Chinese student, parent, and agent. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and SnapChat are all blocked in China. WeChat is the way to effectively reach a Chinese audience. Do you use WeChat? Maybe you have WeChat, but are you using it effectively to communicate to students, parents, and recruiting partners? Join James Brannon, Director of Student Recruitment for WA Global Network, for an afternoon of step-by-step instructions on how to setup a personal WeChat account, the basics of cross-cultural communication with Chinese parents, and more generally, how to utilize social media and electronic messaging for the purpose of international student recruitment. The session will be focused mainly for brand new beginners to intermediate users of WeChat. Come eager to learn both practical technical skills and fascinating cultural communication insights.

Available Online

The following pre-conference session is available to view online with every ISPC registration

12 Essentials of an Excellent International Program

By Brenda Vishanoff, Director of International Students
Wheaton Academy, West Chicago, IL

Join Brenda Vishanoff for an extended afternoon seminar to learn and discuss 12 critical aspects to developing and running an excellent international student program. This seminar is applicable for schools with programs at all phases of development.  Strategic planning and development will be discussed throughout this seminar and recommendations will be made for participants who want to learn more about specific topics throughout the symposium.