Second letter (speakers, programme, hotel)

October 15, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to bring you new and exciting information about next year’s conference. The breaking news is that we now have two of our keynote speakers confirmed – Claire Harvey MBE and Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh. Claire is a British paralympian athlete and CEO of Diversity Role Models, a UK based organisation dedicated to preventing homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in UK schools. In her previous job with KPMG she took the company from 156th to 10th place in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index. Her vast experience and expertise in the field of diversity and inclusion will be invaluable for our schools as an increasing number of countries in the region embrace inclusive educational policies and practices.

Christian is a professor of coaching and positive psychology at the University of East London. He is a thought leader in the areas of coaching in educational settings, interculturally-sensitive coaching and the integration of coaching and positive psychology in professional contexts. He is the Editor in Chief of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice and, again, I am sure that his vast experience will be of great interest, both to schools that have already incorporated coaching into their professional development frameworks and to those that have not yet gone down that road.

Our conference title is Shaping minds, transforming lives, and our aim is to focus on the transformational power and potential of education through the strands of School Leadership, Teaching and Learning, Social Responsibility and Action, and Staff Development. The provisional format can be found on the website in the Programme section. The pre-conference day will include sessions for Heads focused on getting the most out of LAHC and parallel sessions for additional delegates and students from local schools focusing on Social Action and Sustainable Development. More information will be coming soon about this day. We will also be involving local students on the Saturday through a debate on the transformational power of education and a presentation by them to the conference at the closing forum.
LAHC schools in Mexico will be happy to receive visitors on Monday and Tuesday, so make the most of the long trip and come for the whole week. In particular, if you want to visit Victoria School in the beautiful Pueblo Mágico of Tequisquiapan, why not spend the weekend visiting the famous local vineyards and cheese producers before spending Monday in the school and returning to Mexico City. Of course, Mexico City also has a wealth of treasures to enjoy over the weekend if Tequis is not on your itinerary.

The conference hotel is the Crowne Plaza Hotel de Mexico in the Colonia Napoles. We have secured a rate of 2,975 Mexican pesos (US$ 157 at today’s exchange rate) per night, including breakfast, taxes, wifi and desktop computer in your room. More details and booking instructions can be found on the website under General Information. Should you wish to look for an alternative, there are plenty of hotels nearby, and in particular the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Mexico City at WTC is literally next door to the Crowne Plaza (the lobbies interconnect).

A selection of flight options from the cities where we have most schools will be available on the website under General Information. Please note that the final session on Saturday finishes at 17:00, so you should not book a return flight earlier than 21:00 on that day. But why not relax, enjoy a Saturday evening in the company of friends and colleagues and take a flight back the following morning?

Registration details will be with you very soon and the registration section of the website will be activated this week. Please register yourselves and your additional delegates as soon as possible so that we can plan effectively.

Best wishes and looking forward to welcoming you to Mexico,