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When faced with falling income, how does your school maintain a balanced budget while reducing expenses? How do you prioritize the allocation of resources that support your mission?  What principles & values guide your decision-making?  What decisions (non-negotiables) will you not make when reducing costs?  You’ll consider these and other guiding questions as you develop a framework to financially respond to the COVID-19 fallout and draft a leadership action plan to build support for your framework.

Joe Stucker
will facilitate comparing your school’s practice with each principle so that you can set action steps for strategically aligning fiscal resources to achieve the mission and vision.



Aligning Mission and Finances

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

  • Reflect upon the importance of strategically aligning resources to support the mission and vision and ensure the school’s long-term sustainability.
  • Select resources to serve as “primer documents” for developing a school budget including:a financial checklist, sample budget presentations for faculty, budget development calendar, comparison of types of school budgets, and a glossary of budget terms.
  • Rethink the importance of communication and transparency around issues of finance.

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). The fee provides access to all six Skills courses. You only need to register once.



Aligning Mission and Finances

In the face of a falling budget, how does a school maintain a balanced budget while reducing expenses?

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.  Joe Stucker 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

  • Utilize fiscal resource allocation principles and determine how effectively your school’s fiscal resources deliver on the mission.
  • Draft an action plan with related steps for strategically aligning fiscal resources, including communication and collaboration components.
  • Begin several steps of your plan to accomplish your objectives.
  • Reflect upon the learning, utilizing the collective expertise and experience of the group, to promote leadership growth within ourselves and others.

SCHEDULE:  Offered September 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.

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 Facilitator

JOE STUCKER has 34 years of overseas school administrative experience, 12 as a high school principal, 19 as a Head of five schools including American International School of Guangzhou (China), Vientiane International School (Laos), and Academia Cotopaxi (Ecuador) and two years working in Southeast Asia as a consultant for a US-based accrediting agency.


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