Changing Education from the Inside Out – A Documentary Film & Discussion by Tim Stuart

This Workshop will be a screening of the documentary film of the change process at Singapore American School.

SAS has undergone a comprehensive and challenging process to dramatically improve an already successful school. This documentary captures the authentic SAS story, including personal reflections and "in the moment" struggles of faculty and leadership over the past four years. The film provides a picture of how this prominent school is taking on transforming an existing successful school to better serve students well into the future.

After the viewing of the documentary, Dr. Stuart will engage in a discussion and interactive Q&A. The film and discussion will highlight the SAS R&D process developed to fundamentally shift the direction of Singapore American School. The process was designed to challenge deeply held assumptions, engage faculty, shape culture, and included visitations to over 100 schools worldwide. Over 100 college admissions officers were interviewed, internationally known educational leaders were consulted, and a strategic plan is now in place reflecting what has been learned. This session will provide reflections on lessons learned and an authentic look at the impacts of change.

Timothy Stuart

Dr. Tim Stuart is the Head of School at the International Community School of Addis Ababa.

Previously, Tim served as the Executive Director of Strategic Programs at Singapore American School. In this role, Tim was the chief architect for research and development and strategic school reform. He is the former High School Principal of Singapore American School where he led his division through multiple successful change initiatives, culminating in its recognition as a PLC exemplar school. Tim also served as the High School Principal of Jakarta International School. He has been an international and cross-cultural educator for 25 years serving schools in Ethiopia, Turkey, Switzerland, Indonesia, Singapore, and on the Navajo reservation in the United States.

Dr. Stuart is the co-author of Making Personalized Learning Possible, Solution Tree 2018. He is the editor and contributing author to the anthology Global Perspectives: Professional Learning Communities at Work in International Schools, published by Solution Tree in 2016. He is a contributing author to It’s About Time, Planning Interventions and Extensions in Secondary Schools, published by Solution Tree in 2015. He is the co-author of the books Children At Promise and Raising Children At Promise, published by Jossey-Bass in 2003 and 2005. Dr. Stuart’s research and writing reflects his passion for creating optimal school environments so that all kids can learn at high levels.

Tim holds an Ed.D. from Seattle Pacific University, an M.Ed from The College of New Jersey, and a B.A. from Wheaton College. Tim grew up and attended national and international schools in France, and Germany.


Additional Info

  • Timetable: Friday, Session 2, 12:30-14:00 Helena III