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Facilitators Elsa Donohue and James Dalziel ask such questions as, “Do we truly know our mission?” and “How do we know we are reaching it?”  You will unpack your current mission, tune into everyday examples of how your school’s mission is coming to life, and then prepare a public narrative centered on your school’s story.


Mission-Focused School Leader

The Leadership Skills courses can be accomplished online in one to two hours. You'll gain an understanding of the topic, obtain resources, and acquire insights that can immediately be applied to your practice. You'll also be invited to take a deeper dive and register for an Impact course.

Skills Course Outcomes
  • Gain clarity on what the mission of the school stands for and the indicators of successful fulfillment of the mission.
  • Review examples from international schools that communicate the relevance of actions, events, projects and decisions in the school to the mission.

SCHEDULE: Open Now. Once you register for one Skills course, you will have access to all six of them.There is no time limit and you can learn at your own pace and revisit as many times as you wish.

COST:  Free (AISH Members); $100 (AISH Non-Members) - Fee provides access to all six Skills Courses. You only need to register once.




Mission-Focused School Leader

AISH’s Leadership Impact courses are for four weeks, approximately 3-5 hours per week. Based on the same topic as the Skills course, the framework reflects what we know about great learning. Goals and activities are customized around your interests and needs.  Elsa Donohue will engage you and a cohort group in practical, job-embedded discussions and activities designed for immediate application and impact.  Resources are curated and relevant and you’ll have the opportunity to reflect on your experience in a forum of colleagues.

Impact Course Outcomes 

  • Unpack your school’s mission for clarity about what it stands for.
  • Demonstrate the measurable elements of your school’s mission by tuning into everyday examples of how it comes to life.
  • Communicate the extent to which the school is reaching its mission of student learning and effectively share evidence with constituents.
  • Create a communication plan to support you as you relentlessly articulate your school’s mission, vision and other foundational documents.
  • Reflect upon learnings, utilizing the group’s collective expertise and experience, to promote leadership growth within ourselves and others.
SCHEDULE: Offered November 1-30, 2020  
COST:  $300 (AISH Members); $500 (AISH Non-Members)

Leadership teams may also take the courses together at a discounted group rate.  Please contact for information.

REGISTER NOW for Mission-Focused School Leader

Upon completion of each Impact course, you will receive an electronic badge for display on your resume and for AISH members, on your website Profile.


Upon successful completion of six AISH Impact courses (one in each Standards area) and review of work by AISH panel, you will receive an AISH Leadership Certificate. The first six courses are the first phase of AISH’s online Leadership Series, with additional courses planned.


University Credit will be available (pending) in the form of Continuing Education Units (CEU) and graduate credit.  Information will be forthcoming.



Course Facilitators

ELSA DONOHUE is currently the Head of School at Vientiane International School in Vientiane, Laos. She has been teaching, learning and leading in international schools for almost thirty years and was recognized as one of the 2017 National Distinguished Principals by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the State Department Office of Overseas Schools. Her devotion to teaching and learning has led Elsa to continuously inquire into what constitutes a quality experience for all learners. Elsa’s latest passion focuses on supporting the expansion of leadership capacity throughout the school, with special attention to growing diverse teacher leaders, middle-level leadership and highly effective teams.


JAMES DALZIEL is an experienced international Head of School who has worked across three continents and managed and lead both the Academic and Operational aspects of large, complicated educational organizations. He has taught in traditional and non-traditional educational settings from outdoor education centers to open custody correctional programs, shaping a belief that education is an intricate mix of academic, dispositional, experiential, and social elements. He holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Western Australia and a Masters of Business Administration from the Helsinki School of Economics. His doctoral research, also from UWA, focused on the development of school culture and cultural change.

Have questions?  Check out our FAQ page to learn more specifically how our courses work and what to expect.