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Board News: Annual Board Retreat

Greetings from the ISD Board of Trustees, who spent last weekend together at our Annual Retreat.  

The Annual Retreat is an opportunity for board members to:

  • Receive governance training so that we have the right skills to undertake our work

  • Discuss in-depth some of the important issues for the school

  • Develop our board goals

  • Assign the director’s goals for the year ahead

  • Form committees to work towards achieving those goals

Deborah Welch joined us this year to facilitate our three-day program. Deb is the Executive Director of the Association of International School Heads and has extensive experience working with international school boards and facilitating board retreats.

During the course of the retreat, she has led us to review ISD’s Governance Agreements and to exchange on best practices in board governance through case studies and group generative conversations.

We also discussed the evaluation tool for our current Strategic Plan and explored elements of effective strategic planning for the next 5-year plan.

Finally, we have determined Board and Director goals for 2019-2020, elected Board officers and formed committees, where the bulk of the Board’s work will take place.  

The 2019-2020 committee chairs are:

Finance: Molly Glenn, Treasurer

Buildings & Grounds: Aylin Karahan, Trustee

Inclusion & Diversity: Thiaba Camara Sy, Chair

Policy/ Governance and Development: Maureen Cunningham, Trustee

Strategic Plan: Stephane Rosenberg, Trustee

If you are interested in learning more about the committees and their work, please contact the Committee Chairs via our email address:  

Our next Board meeting will be held in the ISD Admin Conference Room on Thursday, September 19th, 2019 at 6.00 pm (refreshments served at 5.30 pm).  As always, parents and guardians of current ISD students, and faculty are welcome to attend as observers.  

Questions and comments can be sent to the ISD Board email address:, which is checked regularly by our Secretary, Sadia Asim.

We hope that you have had a great start to the school year and we look forward to serving you in the months ahead.

Kind regards,


Chair, ISD Board of Trustees  

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