AISH's Standards of Excellence for
International School Head


MISSION FOR LEARNING
The Head of an International School embraces a mission and vision that focuses on the desired results for student learning.

GOVERNANCE
The Head of an International School, in partnership with the governing body, develops a culture of responsibility and accountability for the
accomplishment of the mission for learning.

HUMAN AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Head of an International School enacts legal and ethic al practices to safeguard students’ well being and inspires high levels of performance in staff so that each student c an attain success.

OPERATIONS AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
The Head d of an International School ensures a safe, secure and supportive environment that is strategic ally resourced to achieve the mission and vision.

SCHOOL-HOME-COMM UNITY PARTNERSHIPS
The Head of an International School cultivates positive relationships with families and the community to achieve partnerships that will benefit
student outcomes.

PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY
The Head of an International School models behavior consistent with the school’s values and is continuously improving to meet the challenges and opportunities of leading a high performing school.

MISSION FOR LEARNING
The Head of an International School embraces a mission and vision that focuses on the desired results for student learning.

  • Energizes the school community with a clear, contemporary and contextual mission to build understanding and commitment for high expectations.
  • Uses a definition of learning, developed from the school’s shared culture and context, to guide curriculum planning, instruction and assessment so that classroom practices align with research.
  • Ensures a coherent curriculum rooted in best practice and derived backwards from agreed upon student outcomes to ensure that all students progress to the highest possible standard.
  • Builds organizational structures and fosters practices for collaboration that increase teacher effectiveness and have the optimal impact on learning.
  • Develops, implements and monitors data based actions to ensure systematic student progress and program improvements.
  • Advances the development of intercultural competencies in the school for students and staff to gain insights about themselves and others, build connections and demonstrate respect and empathy.
  • Communicates regularly the achievement of the school’s mission and vision to provide evidence of measurable gain, celebrate student progress and to use the information for further improvements.

GOVERNANCE
The Head of an International School, in partnership with the governing body, develops a culture of responsibility and accountability for the
accomplishment of the mission for learning.

  • Supports the governing body in their development and revision of policies that work in tandem with operational procedures for student well-being and responsible management of the school.
  • Ensures that the Board is well informed about measures of student performance and strategic issues so that they can best establish priorities and direction.
  • Forms a united team with the governing body, each respectful of the roles and responsibilities, to work and learn at a higher level for the benefit of students and to uphold the mission.
  • Promotes the professional growth of the governing body so that the school can benefit from their strategic and generative leadership.
  • Works in tandem with the Board to hold one another accountable to the mission and vision, fully aw are that together they are ultimately responsible for the performance and sustainability of the school.


HUMAN AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Head of an International School enacts legal and ethical practices to safeguard students’ well being and inspires high levels of performance in staff so that each student can attain academic success.

  • Ensures that recruitment and retention practices are in alignment with the school’s mission, vision and values and reflect the school’s unwavering commitment to child protection.
  • Provides, participates and personally leads, professional development guided by principles of learning so that staff continues to develop their knowledge and skill, working together to improve learning.
  • Utilizes performance standards for staff with ongoing coaching, mentoring and feedback to evaluate impact on learning and to build a school of empowered leaders.
  • Creates a climate that supports collaboration focused on improving learning.
  • Energizes staff to examine practice and innovate to maximize the effect of their teaching on all students.


OPERATIONS AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
The Head of an International School ensures a safe, secure and supportive environment that is strategically resourced to achieve the mission and vision.

  • Strategically aligns fiscal resources to support the mission and vision.
  • Seeks avenues for raising additional resources to support the mission and create opportunities for students and staff.
  • Manages and monitors facilities, grounds and equipment to provide for an optimal learning environment.
  • Oversees the ad mission of students to the school, guided by integrity regarding the programs and fees to ensure alignment with the family and the school’s mission.
  • Enforces legal requirements and regulations of the host country for the sustainable development of the school.
  • Establishes effective procedures for student behavior and school safety that ensure an environment where learning is paramount.
  • Supports operational functions with data and communication systems that allow for efficiency and goal attainment.


SCHOOL-HOME-COMM UNITY PARTNERSHIPS
The Head of an International School cultivates positive relationships with families and the community to achieve partnerships that will benefit student outcomes.

  • Builds connections between the home and school, to extend support for students to achieve learning goals.
  • Empowers parents to make meaningful and valued contributions in the school, knowing that parental involvement is key to student success.
  • Communicates effectively with the community, utilizing formal processes and informal exchanges, to build positive partnerships that benefit students.
  • Utilizes the external environment as a resource for learning, engaging individuals and organizations in promoting high standards that advance the mission. 


PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY
The Head of an International School models behavior consistent with the school’s values and is continuously improving to meet the challenges and opportunities of leading a high performing school.

  • Handles conflict directly and respectfully, honors commitments and is honest about expectations, creating a climate of trust and informed evidence based professionalism.
  • Demonstrates organizational and self-management skills to focus on the priorities of the school.
  • Seeks and uses critic al reflection as part of continual improvement and sustainability of own and school’s performance.
  • Uses data to support changes and effectively leads innovations that result in improved learning.
  • Builds external relationships and networks outside of the school for support and improvement as well as to contribute to the future of learning and leading.
  • Demonstrates a passion and energy for improving learning that can be seen in actions, decisions and student learning gains.