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For Heads of International Schools

Good governance is like culture--the example is set at the top, and it is felt throughout the school. Facilitator Chip Barder 
provides principles for establishing clarity of roles and responsibilities as you gain strategies for building a positive culture of governance.


Creating a Positive Culture of Governance

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 an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of head and the governing body to attain a clarity of purpose and action that leads to overall governance effectiveness
  • Gain clarity and insights about best practice in board governance through review of thought leaders in the field.

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.





Creating a Positive Culture of Governance

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.  Chip Barder 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

  • Create a positive culture of governance by determining one of two pathways to enhance effectiveness.
    • Relationships. Develop and begin implementation of a plan to enhance positive relationships with the governing body through personal meetings, surveys, working agreements and other strategies that promote candor and transparency.
    • Roles and Responsibilities. Utilize interviews, surveys and reflection tools to gain an understanding of the current perception of roles and responsibilities that exists and strategize for next steps for moving forward.
  • Reflect upon learning, utilizing the collective expertise and experience of the group, to promote leadership growth withinourselves 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 Positive Culture of Governance

Course Facilitator


Charles Barder

Chip Barder has been an international school educator for 45 years in 7 different countries including 22 years as a head.  His passion for best practice in governance began in 1984 when he was asked to facilitate a board retreat at ISKL. Since that time he has worked with numerous boards and facilitated workshops on board governance. Most recently in cooperation with the boards of UNIS Hanoi and AIS Johannesburg, he has launched Governance as Leadership Training Institutes (GALTI) which are now annual events at those schools attracting well over 500 board members from Africa, Asia and the Middle East in the last 6 years.  

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.


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