What is a Summit?

  • Regional, conference style event
  • Educators collaborate around curriculum, instructional strategies, and leadership in education
  • Teachers and leaders present  
  • Participants choose the sessions that best meet their needs
  • Schools share best practices and learn from one another

Why Present at a Summit?

  • Share ideas and context with educators from around your region
  • Gain experience presenting outside your school
  • Network and stay connected with like-minded individuals

Present in 2019

Curriculum Summit in Asia

Curriculum Summit in Pennsylvania

Check back for event dates: Curriculum Summits in South America, Turkey, Europe, and Australia

Questions about presenting?  Connect with us at pd@rubicon.com or 1 503 223 7600.

Session Information

  • Sessions are either 1 or 2 hours in length:
    • 1-hour sessions are ideal for introducing information with quick takeaways
    • 2-hour sessions are ideal for small-group discussions, or interactive, hands-on activities
  • Participation ranges from 10-30 participants
  • WiFi, projectors, and screens provided

Presenter Suggestions

  • Get published: Write a blog highlighting the content of your session
  • Make the most of your experience: Stay for the entirety of the event and connect with summit attendees
  • Support your session attendees: Provide all materials/handouts for your session two weeks prior to the event

Presenter FAQs

Q. Is my registration complimentary as a presenter?

A. We will provide one complimentary registration for each accepted proposal (for groups of 2 or more, one person’s registration will be covered).

Q. Are travel costs covered?

A. Presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. A light breakfast and lunch are included for each day of the event.

Q. Will you assist with my visa?

A. We will provide an official invitation letter for your visa requirements, but cannot guarantee a presenter will receive a visa. Presenters and attendees are responsible for researching the visa requirements for the location country.

Q. Will I receive PD or Continuing Education hours?

A. We will provide a certificate of presentation and attendance that confirms the number of hours you were at the event.

What Our Presenters Have to Say

Kim Rayl
Director of Teaching and Learning
American International School Lagos

What I love most about attending an Curriculum Summit is the opportunity to be both an attendee and a presenter; it’s the best of both worlds! When presenting, I am challenged to develop a meaningful workshop experience that is equal parts sharing of insight and lessons learned with practical tools and strategies that can be adapted and used by anyone. Presenting “our” work and receiving positive feedback from educators I’ve only just met, helps me to rest assured that AISL’s purpose-driven ‘true north’ resonates beyond our school walls. This is the conference I most look forward to each year!

Kim Rayl is the Curriculum Director at the American International School of Lagos, Nigeria. She has lived and worked in schools around the world including Southern Oregon, Egypt, Bolivia, Indonesian and most recently, Nigeria. Kim is passionate about collaboratively designing and supporting teaching, learning and feedback systems that engage and inspire students through authentic problem-based learning and technology integration.

From the Blog

The Road from Compliance to Ownership: Leveraging Atlas to Drive School Improvement

Jen Kang
Curriculum Coordinator
Rabat American School

I struggled with an idea last year that arose from either insight or naïveté; I wasn’t sure which. When the call for presenters came from Atlas, I steeled my nerves. The best way to join the conversation is to lead a thread, right? Indeed, my experience preparing, presenting, discussing, receiving and listening at the Atlas conference gave me the support and perspective I needed. Community is a great remedy!

As Curriculum Coordinator at Rabat American School, Jen is leading teachers through the process of articulating learning outcomes, targeting assessment practices and products, and developing learning experiences from the ground up. Jen comes to curriculum work from teaching middle school mathematics and helping to implement standards-based education in international schools in Beirut and Myanmar. She brings knowledge and curiosity from a broad perspective, having come to education after working in journalism, government, non-profits and small business.

Elijah Bonde
Nativity Preparatory Academy

I have had the opportunity to present at the Western Catholic Curriculum Summit for the past two years. I have enjoyed the chance to share with other Catholic school educators the hard work we are undertaking at our school. I have seen participants in my sessions have aha moments and their questions and feedback have greatly helped me and my school as well. I don’t feel like I need to be an expert in my presentation topic, but rather someone that is willing to create a space for professional discussions about best practices in our schools.

Elijah Bonde is currently the principal at Nativity Prep Academy (NPA) in San Diego. He has been the instructional leader of the school for the past three years and a teacher at the school for the nine years prior. He earned his MA in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego (USD) in 2015, his single subject teaching credential in English and Science from USD in 2007, and his BA in Philosophy in 2005.

Elijah’s work at NPA has focused on transitioning the school toward 21st century learning with an emphasis on student-centered lessons, incorporating technology, and increasing rigor. He has also focused on developing a professional learning community that is rooted in collaboration and addressing the individual needs of each teacher.

From the Blog

Individualizing Teacher PD Using Atlas and Action Research

Marybeth D. Irvin, Ph. D.
Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education\
Mt. Lebanon School District

Presenting at the Curriculum Summit was a great experience. I enjoyed meeting and talking with the attendees who shared similar interests in improving curriculum programs for students.

A former elementary teacher, principal, Federal Programs coordinator, and curriculum director in Mifflin County and State College Area School Districts, Marybeth has served the Mt. Lebanon School District for 6 years. She began as the principal of the Blue Ribbon Award winning Lincoln Elementary, and she now leads the district’s elementary program. Marybeth also spent 10 years serving on the executive board of Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, PAMLE.

From the Blog

Moving to Standards-Based Grading, a 3-Step Guide

Curriculum Spark

Sarah Plews
PK – 12 Senior Deputy
CLIP – The International School of Oporto, Portugal

Alive with passionate and committed educators, experienced and new, Curriculum Summits are an immensely rewarding platform in which to present. They enable us to contribute to a stimulating and collaborative professional learning forum, in which we can build and share our knowledge and skills. New perspectives, fresh ideas, and challenges to our current thinking around international education are the impactful outcomes of both presenting and participating.

Sarah currently heads up the PK-12 Professional Development for Learning at CLIP – Oporto International School. She has over two decades of experience working in intercultural and international environments, largely in Japan, UK, and Portugal. Trained in International Educational Senior Leadership and Management, and as a CIS International Accreditation Evaluator, Sarah continues her passionate lead learner journey to create conditions for effective professional learning to impact student learning. She regularly shares at international conferences, focusing on curriculum development, impactful leadership and effective professional learning approaches for improving student learning. Originally from England, Sarah lives with her family in Portugal.

Curriculum Spark

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