Nordic Network Leadership Conference

Stef Fleet, Primary School Principal

 

ISH is a member of the Nordic Network of International Schools. This week, several members of our staff with leadership roles are attending a virtual leadership conference organized by the network.

We asked Stef Fleet, our Primary School Principal and a member of the Board of Trustees at the Nordic Network of International Schools, to tell us a bit more about the Nordic Network and the conference this week. 

What is the Nordic Network of International Schools?

The Nordic Network is a collaborative network that serves international schools in the Nordic and Baltic regions. The network aims to foster collaboration between its members to improve student learning through best practices in international education.

How was the Nordic Network formed?

It was founded in 1997 after schools identified a need for an organisation to bring together the English speaking international schools (initially located in the Nordic Region), to network and share ideas and visions. The network started with 6 founding schools and now consists of 24 schools, with new schools joining each year.

What are the benefits of being a member school?  

Member schools have a range of benefits. The main benefits are having a reduced rate to attend the annual conference, and leaders may attend the annual leadership conference free of charge. Schools can also use the Nordic Network logo once accepted as members to evidence collaboration and partnerships with other schools. Over time, membership in the network provides stronger relationships across schools and the collaboration can deepen and provide further support and benefits to each other. 

What is your role as a member of the Board of Trustees?

As per other board members, I am responsible for ensuring that the Nordic Network delivers its mission and vision. We work together and utilise our combined knowledge, skills and experience as school leaders, to strategically plan the Nordic Network's direction and future. Recently we have established the Network as an independent organisation, securing its future and ensuring its operations are conducted according to best practice as a non-profit organisation. A lot of time is spent planning and organising the conferences, which is a key vehicle in promoting collaboration and best practice. Our current DP Coordinator, Mr Evis Qeska, is also a Board member.

Why did you apply as a member of the Board of Trustees?

I first attended a Nordic Network conference and board meeting in Nedzat (Asanovski)'s absence when he couldn't attend. I was amazed by the quality of workshop leaders, and the wealth of support and expertise available from the other representatives of the member schools. I felt I had a lot to offer in terms of planning, organising and communicating professional learning and networking, within the field of education, and seized the opportunity to serve as a board member when the opportunity arose.

Can you tell us a little bit about the virtual leadership conference this week?

This is the first time we have organised a virtual leadership conference. We had to revise the format yet still provide high-quality professional learning and networking through an online format. The sign-up has been positive and we hope the members will benefit from the virtual format as much as possible. Based on this experience we will consider and plan other conferences, whether virtual, blended, or in-person.

 

Thanks, Stef, for these insights!

You can find more information about the Nordic Network of International Schools on their website, https://www.nordicnetworkonline.net/, and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NordicNetworkofInternationalSchools