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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:  Registration is open now. There is no time limit and you can learn at your own pace and revisit as many times as you wish.

  FREE (AISH Members); $50 (Non-Members).


Stress Reduction through 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: Was scheduled July 6 - August 6, 2022. New date TBD. 

COST:  $375 (AISH Members)
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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.

Course Facilitators

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.


Director of Student Wellbeing

Fiona Reynolds joined Avenues, NYC, in 2021 as the Director of Student Wellbeing, leading the Upper Division team of deans, psychologists, learning specialists and others to ensure that students thrive emotionally and academically while at Avenues. Fiona is an experienced and innovative school leader, having worked in and led international schools for more than 20 years in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. Before joining Avenues, she was the Deputy Head of School at the American School in Bombay, where she also served as the Director of teaching and learning, high school principal, and middle school principal. A sought-out educational expert, Fiona has presented at a variety of conferences on nurturing schools, organizing schools for change, creating developmentally appropriate middle schools, setting a vision for young adolescent education and a variety of approaches to teaching and learning.

Fiona earned her B.A. in political science, her M.A. in curriculum and instruction and her EBD in organizational leadership, policy and development—all from the University of Minnesota. She has also served on a variety of academic boards and advisory and steering committees in the education space.


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