As host of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools AERO training institute this past summer, Madeira was invited to attend the annual leadership conference of the Near East South Asia (NESA) association in Istanbul, Turkey the week of October 20. Assistant Head of School Andre Withers attended the conference on behalf of Madeira, and was honored to be in attendance while alumna Sarah Daignault ’66 received a special award in recognition of her work with international schools. Sarah was the recipient of NESA’s most prestigious honor, the Finis Engleman Award, named after the founding executive director of NESA and recognizes exemplary service to the organization and its schools. The tribute to Sarah was glowing, humorous, and well deserved as her professional and personal impact was on full display.
“It was great that Madeira could be there for the award presentation,” said Mr. Withers. “And it’s a great testament to Sarah's work, as well as the international reach of Madeira alumnae.”
Withers explained that through affiliations with NESA, and other associations like it around the globe, provides Madeira opportunities for exciting opportunities for teacher development and collaboration. The NESA conference was made up of 600 independent and international school leaders including, heads of school, trustees, principals, and directors who were offered learning opportunities from thought leaders and exemplars from a host of nations.
Madeira will again host the annual AERO conference on its campus In June. AERO is supported by the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) and the Overseas Schools Advisory Council to assist schools in developing and implementing standards-based curricula. According to the AERO website, the project provides a framework for curriculum consistency across grades K-12 and for stability of curriculum in overseas schools, which typically have a high rate of teacher turnover. AERO’s resources, workshops, and professional consultation services help overseas schools implement and sustain standards-based curricula.Academics Alumnae Leadership