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View the full event seminar programme for ICEF Secondary Education 2023, where we welcome guest speakers and panellists discussing and debating the latest issues in international education. The seminars will take place on March 19th between 14:00 and 19:00.

Seminars – Continental 2-3

14:00 – 14:55 | Attending an ICEF event: A guide for agents, educators and service providers

🎤 Speaker

Vanessa Goulding, Business Development Manager, ICEF

📝 Description

This session will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to make the most out of your participation at ICEF events in general and ICEF Secondary Education in particular.

The session will cover the following topics:

- Preparation prior to the event
- How to maximise your time during the event
- Post-event follow-up and agent contracts
- How to maximise the working relationship between agents, service providers and educators

15:00 – 15:55 | Future dynamics of student recruitment for K12

🎤 Speakers

Michael Shaver (moderator), Vice President for Market Growth, The Association of Boarding Schools
Jalaj Desai, Head of School, Saddle River Day School
Qian Eva Zhao, International Cooperation & Outreach Center Director of U.S. Office, GreatChina International Education

📝 Description

The recent lifting of its strict Covid-related travel restrictions has made China once again an attractive and very important source market for K12 student recruitment. In parallel, demand for overseas K12 education is growing in various countries and regions, such as Nigeria, India, Japan and Europe. 

In this session, we will explore and discuss how K-12 education providers are responding to the reopening of China and their expectations in terms of a bounce back of what was traditionally the top student source country for K12. In addition, we’ll look at the rise of emerging sending markets and how they compare to ‘conventional’ source countries. We will also look at the opportunities that exist to enhance diversification in student recruitment in K12, whether for boarding schools, high schools, foundation programmes or other junior education programmes.

16:30 – 17:25 | International K12 as pathway to international Higher Education

🎤 Speakers

Beth Drake, Vice President, Global Marketing, Amerigo Education
Eric Swanson-Dexel, Director of Boarding, Monte Vista Christian School
Russell Ash, Canadian Executive Director, Red Leaf Canada
Brittany Goodman (moderator), Director, USA, ICEF

📝 Description

The journey to international higher education can take many routes. In the past ten years, an increasing number of students planning their undergraduate studies have chosen to do so through international K12 education.
The benefits for students are manifold, they study in respected institutions, improve their language skills, whilst working towards a structured path that is recognised by most higher education institutions.
For universities, this generates a high number of undergraduate applications. Tapping into a large pool of qualified students, that are prepared for an academic life.

In this session, we aim to explore the roadmaps that lead the student journey from K12 to higher education and the ways K12 institutions support and endorse this journey.

17:30 – 18:25 | Student wellbeing – a multilevel effort

🎤 Speakers

Jacqui Yamada (moderator), Consultant, International Advisory, Independent School Management
Gay Bennett, Assistant Principal / International Program Director, Linfield Christian School
Jeff Ogden, Director of Enrollment, Admiral Farragut Academy
Irina Kharlakina, Head of Admissions, EF International

📝 Description

International student well-being is key in ensuring academic success and the best results are achieved with a multi-level approach. Agents can be a communication bridge between parents, students and institutions and coordinate with host parents ensuring cultural sensitivity.

In this panel discussion we will explore the best practices and tools institutions and educators are using to tackle student well-being. Specifically, the ways beyond traditional curricula, including summer schools and courses, and how digital tools can be used to support traditional learning.

18:30 – 18:55 | Student Accommodation: A study journey itself

🎤 Speakers

Adam Lee, CEO / Co-Founder, Student Room Stay
Krista Hestehauge, Partnership Manager, Student Room Stay

📝 Description

International students from all over the world dream of studying abroad in the United States. Homestay makes that dream possible. However, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies when two cultures abruptly coexist under the same roof.

In this presentation, StudentRoomStay’s Adam Lee and Krista Hestehauge will be taking the stage to unpack the real, raw challenges that students, host families and providers face during the unique cultural exchange we call homestay.

Seminars – Continental 1

14:00 – 16:00 | ICEF Coach (Pre-registration required)

🎤 Speakers

Birgit Hartel, ICEF Coach

📝 Description

ICEF Coach helps those newer to the international education industry make their networking meetings with agents at an ICEF event as effective and productive as possible. There are 3 phases to the Coach Programme: before, during and after the ICEF event.

Before the event, each participant has a one-on-one consultation and interactive training session with the coach.

The mentoring continues at the event, with a meeting and seminar as well as ongoing support throughout the event, so all ICEF Coach participants maximise their meetings with agents.

After the event, each Coach Programme participant receives a post-event consultation with the coach as a follow-up. This provides the opportunity to de-brief, give feedback on their overall experience at the event and importantly, move forward as effectively as possible to establish productive agent relationships.