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Nov. 15 - 19, 2023
Annual Teachers & Administrators Conference

Opening Doors To Learning


Something unforgettable is happening in Tunis...


On behalf of MAIS and our conference host school, The American Cooperative School of Tunis (ACST), we warmly welcome you to the MAIS Annual Teachers and Administrators Conference, Nov. 15-19, 2023, in the beautiful city of Tunis.

The conference theme, Opening Doors to Learning, has been chosen to resonate ACST’s mission, Opening Doors, Hearts, and Minds. MAIS members make tremendous contributions in teaching and practice; effective educators are the decisive element that positively impacts student learning, well-being, motivation and resilience. It is critical that we recognize and support the outstanding work our school communities accomplish and continue building positive school cultures.

We have an exciting program with Interactive sessions that explore critical, timely topics, deep-dive breakouts, and ready-to-apply strategies; to allow participants to jointly experience and reflect upon current and future teaching and learning practices. The program will include keynote and concurrent sessions by expert speakers, and experiences to connect and collaborate.

Some of the key themes are:

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) 

  • EAL, Learners with Exceptionalities, and Learning Support

  • Effective School Leadership

  • Global Citizenship & Service Learning

  • Positive Discipline for Educators

  • Professional Growth Plans That Maximize Teacher Growth for Student Growth

  • Student Agency


At this conference let us open our hearts and our minds to learning; connect to share our thoughts and exchange ideas on how to design even more efficient and effective learning experiences for our students; and celebrate what we, as educators, can achieve.

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You can't miss out on our

Keynote Speakers

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Ted Dintersmith

Founder What School Could Be, Author, Education Change Agent

Opening Doors To What School Could Be

I have an unusual vantage point on the future of our children and our nation.  I spent my career in the world of innovation, and my track record there suggests I might know a bit about it.  And over the past decade,  I’ve immersed myself in the world of education.  I don’t claim to have the expertise our classroom teachers have, and I respect their insights — celebrate them, actually.  But I have insights into the world our children will live in as adults, and the ways this future ought to affect the way we educate children.  I fight every day to do what I can to help give children a creative, uplifting education that prepares them to lead lives of purpose.  Make no mistake, the challenges are serious.  But so are the opportunities.

Ted Dintersmith is one of America's leaders in innovation, entrepreneurship, and education.


Ted's professional experience includes two decades in venture capital, including being ranked by Business 2.0 as the top-performing U.S. venture capitalist for 1995-1999. He served on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association, chairing its Public Policy Committee. From 1981 to 1987, he ran a business at Analog Devices that helped enable the digital revolution. In the public sector, he was a staff analyst in 1976-78 for the U.S. House of Representatives, and was appointed in 2012 by President Obama to represent the U.S. at the United Nations General Assembly. Ted earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford University and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary, with High Honors in Physics and English.

Ted has become one of America's leading advocates for education policies that foster creativity, innovation, motivation, and purpose. He knows what skills are valuable in a world of innovation, and how we can transform our schools to prepare kids for their futures. His contributions span film, books, philanthropy, and the hard work of going all across America. He's funded and executive produced acclaimed education documentaries, including Most Likely To Succeed, (Sundance, AFI, and Tribeca). With co-author Tony Wagner, he wrote Most Likely To Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era. During the 2015/16 school year, he went to all fifty U.S. states, meeting with governors, legislators, educators, parents, and students, and encouraging communities to work collectively to re-imagine school and its purpose. Learn more about his work from his website or by following him on Twitter @dintersmith.

Ted speaks frequently at major events and conferences, delivering a vision of what our schools could - and need to - be. Drawing on inspiring examples garnered during his fifty-state tour, he can articulate the conditions required to let our students, teachers, and schools race forward. Recent keynotes include state superintendent meetings in Virginia and North Dakota, the annual meeting of the Coalition for Access (several hundred top college admissions officers), the annual Jobs for America's Graduates conference, and a plenary session of the Finnish parliament. In addition to his keynotes, Ted is often asked to also screen his film and lead a post-film discussion.

Session Topics

Get ready for great...


  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)

  • EAL

  • Learners with Exceptionalities

  • Learning Support - MTSS

  • Child Protection

  • Global Citizenship & Service Learning 

  • Positive Discipline 

  • Student Agency

  • Inquiry-Based approaches
    C3 & NGSS

  • Instructional Technology
  • Effective School Leadership

  • Next Generation Assessments:

  • Professional Growth Plans That Maximize Teacher Growth for Student Growth

Get a sneak peek!

Schedule Overview

Wednesday, November 15

  • 9:00 - 16:00 Day 1 of two-day Pre-Conferences

Thursday, Nov. 16

  • 9:00 - 16:00 Single-day Pre-Conferences

  • 9:00 - 16:00 Day 2 of two-day Pre-Conferences

  • Beginning at 11:00 - Exhibitor table set-up

  • 19:00 Welcome Reception in the Exhibitor area

Friday, Nov. 17

  • 9:00 - 11:00 Keynote

  • 11:00 - 17:00 Main Sessions

  • 9:00-17:00 - Exhibits open 

  • 17:15 Cultural Experience

Saturday, Nov.18

  • 9:00 - 10:00 Keynote

  • 10:30 - 17:30 Main Sessions

  • 9:00-17:30 - Exhibits open 

  • 19:30 Gala Dinner 

Sunday, Nov. 19

  • 9:00 - 16:00 Post-conference 


When in Tunis...

Conference Venue

The Residence Tunis *****

Book by September 1, 2023

Group Code: mais23

Single room: $149/night

Double room: $177/night

To book the hotel in Tunis, please use this link, select your dates,

in the Special Codes or Rates, enter the code mais23 and click apply.

Rates include breakfast and access to a luxurious thalassotherapy center, spa and  gym. 

This 5-star hotel in Gammarth overlooks the Gulf of Tunis. In addition, it has 2 swimming pools and a golf course. The hotel hosts a total of 6 restaurants, which are available depending on the season, including 1 on the hotel's private beach.

The spacious rooms at the Résidence Tunis include a seating area with an LCD TV, a DVD player, air conditioning and a private bathroom with a bathtub. The individual balconies offer views of the sea or a lush garden.
This hotel is 15 km from Tunis-Carthage International Airport and 5 km from Carthage and Sidi Bou Said.

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All fees are per person

Full Conference Attendance



Exhibitors and Sponsors

  • MAIS Member Exhibitor $325

  • Non-Member Exhibitor $495

  • Table Fee for Exhibitors/Sponsors: $275/table

Additional Conference Attendance

Pre-Conference Only Attendance | Nov. 15/16

  • MAIS Member School Participant: $100

  • A/OS Member School Participant: $70

  • Non-Members: $150 *includes coffee break & lunch (does not include the welcome reception)

One-Day Main Conference Attendance | Nov. 17/18

  •  $175 *includes coffee break & lunch (does not include excursion or gala dinner)

Tech Meetings (MAIS Members Only)

  • IT Directors Meeting - $0

  • Robotics Coaches Meeting - $0


  • Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner: $130

  • Gala Dinner Only: $110

Cultural Excursion/Guided Tour 

  • $20 

Full Conference Registration includes:

  • Pre/Post Conferences, coffee breaks, two lunches, welcome reception, and gala dinner

  • Graduate Credit (1 or 2 credits) will be available.

  • Certificate of participation with PD hours for the conference

  • Access to the Whova conference app community to network with other participants for 6 months.

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We are grateful for the support of past

Conference Sponsors

United States Department of State Office of Overseas Schools
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We are committed to bringing you the best experience possible!

Conference App


Our conference app, Whova, will enable you to connect via computer or mobile phone with fellow participants, speakers, and exhibitors. You will also be able to plan your session schedule and build connections that last beyond the event itself.

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