Educators Worldwide Attend AAIE Institute for International School Leadership

First-of-its-Kind Initiative Developed By AAIE and Performance Learning Systems Prepares Aspiring Leaders for Positions in International Schools

BUFFALO (Sept. 19, 2012) – Education leaders from more than 15 countries are enrolled this fall to attend the AAIE Institute for International School Leadership, an online educational initiative co-developed by the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) and Performance Learning Systems (PLS).

The AAIE Institute for International School Leadership delivers eight, seven-week online courses featuring the fundamental components that are unique to international school guidance. The courses cover a variety of topics, including governance in international schools, management and leadership skills, building and sustaining a healthy school culture, and diplomacy in school communities. An assigned mentor supervises the eighth course, which focuses on continuous professional growth for educators and completes the two-year sequence.

“I’m looking forward to learning with colleagues from around the world, expanding my online learning capabilities and delving deeper into international school administration,” said Patricia Puia, secondary principal at Pechersk School International in Kyiv, Ukraine. “Since educators at international schools are often very isolated, I’m taking this opportunity to build a stronger global network.”

The initiative supports participants in obtaining real-world knowledge with research-based frameworks for leadership within international schools. Participants will receive a certificate of completion upon successfully concluding all eight components. Educators may also engage in individual courses based on their needs. Graduate credit for this program is available through Wilkes University, a partner of PLS for nearly 30 years.

“We want to maximize professional development opportunities for current and aspiring international school educators, wherever they may be,” said Elsa Lamb, Executive Director of AAIE. “Partnering with PLS on this initiative enables our association to provide participants with the instruction, course material and tools required to become effective leaders in schools around the world.”

The AAIE Institute for International School Leadership courses are delivered through The Quad®, a custom-designed professional learning community developed by 3rd Learning, a wholly owned subsidiary of PLS. The Quad integrates social media functionality into the course platform, which enables enrolled students to communicate with cohorts and mentors as well as fulfill assignments from any location. “We’re excited to debut The Quad, which was specifically developed to support this groundbreaking initiative,” said Donald Jacobs, Ph.D., CEO of 3rd Learning. “Our online learning environment, in collaboration with coursework from PLS and the vision of AAIE, produce a dynamic, global community to support leaders in international education.”

For more information about the AAIE Institute, visit www.aaieinstitute.com.

About AAIE
Founded in the U.S. in 1966, the purpose of the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) is to create a dynamic, global community that provides forums for the exchange of ideas and research in the field of international education and international school leadership, and to advance international education through partnerships with educational institutions and associations worldwide. AAIE’s global family is made up of over 400 members from 111 countries. This membership includes international schools, universities, organizations, and individuals who support communication and collaboration among globally minded educators. For 46 years, AAIE has been connecting people, ideas and resources worldwide through the many opportunities it offers for professional development, personal growth, and networking, all with an emphasis on international school leadership. For more information, visit www.aaie.org.

About Performance Learning Systems
For over 45 years, Performance Learning Systems, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, 3rd Learning, have been committed to providing educators with the highest standard of online and on-site graduate education courses, professional development and technological resources. The PLS team of experts has helped more than one million teachers obtain the skills and strategies necessary to meet the needs of today's students and beyond. With over 45 courses and more than 13 published resources available in all 50 states and over 30 countries internationally, PLS and 3rd Learning are market leaders in education services. For more information, visit www.plsweb.com.

About 3rd Learning
Headquartered in Buffalo, NY, 3rd Learning is an award-winning educational company that provides standards-based software solutions for educators throughout the world. Founded in 2007, 3rd Learning develops state and country education portals, curriculum tools and resources, and teacher/leader professional development resources, as well as new school start-up and turnaround school strategies, products, and services. For more information, visit www.3rdLearning.com.

Media Contacts
• Charlie Riley, 3rd Learning, 716-855-2250 x115, criley@3rdL.com
• Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x19, emily@cblohm.com

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