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Hack your space with an un-office? Strategically abandon email? Create periods of “sustained focus” in your daily calendar? Paul Richards offers options that are going to make the biggest difference for you to be able to focus on the priorities of the school.

Creating Space for Mindful Leadership

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

  • Unpack various aspects of mindfulness through a leadership lens, including ideas for being deliberate in how a leader spends her or his time, and with whom and in doing what.
  • Employ strategies for managing email, reducing office time and sustaining focus that help moderate stress and enable a leader to stay true to one’s values.

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 Space for Mindful Leadership

AISH’s Leadership Impact courses are for four weeks, 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.  Paul Richards 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


Identify practices to start doing, stop doing and continue doing for greater leadership effectiveness.


Reflect upon your learning, utilizing the collective expertise and experience of the group, to promote leadership growth within ourselves and with others.

1) Create space for mindful leadership by determining one of three pathways to enhance effectiveness:

  • Managing Email via Strategic Abandonments. Explore and utilize tools and reflection logs to implement near-total strategic abandonment of email to improve the Return on Investment of your leadership tasks.
  • Self-Care: Healthy Mind, Body & Spirit. Develop strategies to provide for care and compassion inwardly through the specific lens of mindfulness-based stress reduction.
  • Designing a Daily Schedule. Produce a daily calendar centered on your purpose and priorities that creates a sufficient tie for “sustained focus,” classroom visits, meeting with producers of good work, and completing tasks produced at meetings. 

SCHEDULE:  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

PAUL RICHARDS is the superintendent of the American School of Dubai. Prior to moving to Dubai in 2017, he served as superintendent and principal at a number of private and public schools in Saudi Arabia, Europe, and the U.S. He writes and speaks frequently about leadership, global learning, equity and inclusion, and mindfulness.

Click here to learn more about Paul.

Fiona Reynolds_headshotFIONA REYNOLDS is the Deputy Head of School at the American School of Bombay. She has been a leader in international schools for over 20 years in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Her current areas of interest are developing intercultural competence in stakeholders in international schools, developing partnerships between international and local schools, social and emotional learning, and embedding all of this in strategic planning. She is and will always be passionate about building teacher efficacy to impact student learning.

She has presented at a variety of conferences on nurturing schools and teachers, organizing schools for change, using space to transform learning, and using data to enhance conversations about learning. She is also an Adaptive Schools agency trainer. Fiona is honored to be on the academic boards of 321 Education Foundation and Apni Shala. 


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