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Annual Teachers and Administrators Conference

October 30 - November 3, 2019 - ROME

MAIS and the host schools, Ambrit International School Rome-Bernard Mullane, Director, The American Overseas School of Rome-Michael Callan, Director and Marymount International School-Sarah Gallagher, Headmistress welcome you to an inspiring professional learning experience in Rome!

The conference location is at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Rome - St. Peter's.

Group booking code: MAI

Book before Oct. 15, 2019

The hotel is sold out for the night of Oct. 31- see other options below

Church Palace hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Crowne Plaza.  

Occidental Aurelia is located directly in front of the Crowne Plaza.


Ecohotel Roma is a 7-minute walk from the Crowne Plaza.


I came, I saw, I learned

Registration Fees
Conference Details

Conference Venue: Crown Plaza Hotel Rome - St. Peters

Via Aurelia Antica, 415, 00165 Rome, Italy

Conference Registration Rates

  • Members: $335 // 300€ pp.

  • Member Group 10+pax: $300 // 270€ pp.

  • Non-Members: $500 // 450€ pp.

  • Exhibitor Table fee: $250 // 225€ per table

  • Co-Delegate*: $223 // 200€ pp.
    (*spouse/partner attending social events)

Registration fees include coffee breaks, lunches, welcome reception, cultural excursion, and the gala dinner.

Registration Deadline: October 20, 2019

Conference Hotel and Venue


The conference location is at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Rome - St. Peter's.

Group booking code: MAI

Book before Oct. 15, 2019


  • Single Room 140€ 

  • Double room 150€

    • Rates:

      • include breakfast and 10% tax.

      • do not include City tax: € 6 per person per night.
        Children under the age of 10 years and Rome residents are exempt from payment.



Hotel Accommodations
The 2019 MAIS conference program is designed to address the needs of busy teachers and administrators with most current research, trends, practices, and their application in the classroom and in the school.
Join us for a powerful professional learning experience and exchange among colleagues. The program features top professional consultants in various specialized areas of education to empower teachers and staff and to stimulate deeper exploration and growth. Sessions include pre-conferences, keynotes, many extended session, and full-day workshops, and a post-conference.
Graduate Credit (1,2 or 3 credits) from SUNY Buffalo State will be available.



Developing the Skills for Meaningful Change, Meaningful Lives

Homa Sabet Tavangar, Global Education & Inclusion Adviser/Author 

Every educator hopes their efforts leave a lasting mark on their students; but the reality of limited time in a day, the pressure of standardized tests and college entrance expectations leave little room for deeper learning and impact-making. In this personal and thought-provoking keynote, Homa Tavangar will explore key factors that can help foster authentic global citizenship to learn, thrive, and create leadership impact in the classroom and beyond, to a life of meaning.


Homa Sabet Tavangar

For three decades, Homa Sabet Tavangar’s work has bridged topics from global competitiveness to global citizenship; economic development to story-telling; fostering empathy, collaboration, inclusion, leadership and creative problem-solving. She connects timely topics of the moment with the timeless desire to work with purpose and make a difference – whatever one’s circumstances. Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World (Random House); Global Education Toolkit; Take-Action Guide to World Class Learners (with Yong Zhao); Series Consultant, Nina's World, NBC/Sprout TV (Common Sense Media review here) & Disney Channel and on Facebook and Twitter

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The Do's and Don'ts of Grading Reform.

Thomas R. Guskey. Senior Research Scholar, University of Louisville and Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky

Leaders trying to reform grading policies and practices in international schools often meet unanticipated resistance and frequently fail in their efforts. This presentation describes why these leaders failed and what can be done to guarantee a greater likelihood of success. Procedures for implementing new reporting structures, including standards-based grading, will be highlighted, together with policies and practices that should be avoided due to their negative consequences for students, teachers, and schools.

Thomas R. Guskey, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scholar in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville and Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. 

Dr. Guskey is the author/editor of 25 award-winning books and more than 250 book chapters, articles, and professional papers on educational measurement, evaluation, assessment, grading, and professional learning. He served on the Policy Research Team of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future, and on the task force to develop the National Standards for Professional Development.

In recognition of his contributions, Dr. Guskey was named a Fellow in the American Educational Research Association, the Association’s highest honor, and also received the Association’s prestigious Relating Research to Practice Award. He was awarded the Distinguished Contributions to the Field Award by Learning Forward, The Millman Award by the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness, the Distinguished Achievement Award by the Association of Educational Publishers, and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. His work is dedicated to helping teachers and school leaders use quality educational research to help all of their students learn well and gain the many valuable benefits of that success.

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