May 2-4, 2019 • Buffalo, NY

This page will give you all details regarding the retreat schedule, travel and accommodations.
If you have a question that is not covered here, don’t hesitate
to contact Clarissa at

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at the retreat!



Hotel Arrival (Check-In time: 4 PM)

  • Hotel Henry‘s Hotel Registration & Front Desk are located on the 2nd floor.
    Take elevators from the Lower Level or take the Glass Entry Vestibule stairs to 100 Acres, then follow the Grand Staircase to Hotel Registration.
  • Hotel Henry’s main entrance is at the corner of Rockwell Rd. & Cleveland Cir. (not Forest Avenue). Google Maps here.
  • Attendees get their own room.
  • Free wi-fi in rooms
  • Free parking


  • Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) is the major airport hub for the city. The Hotel Henry is a 20-25 minute drive away.
  • There is no airport shuttle provided by the hotel. Attendees are responsible for getting to the hotel from the airport or train station.
  • Go here for parking and directions information.


  • The entire retreat is casual dress, except for the Friday evening activity (comfy, active wear)


THURSDAY, MAY 2: Pack an umbrella!

  • Buffalo weather forecasts a chance of showers. The Community Walk experience is rain or shine.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 1: Mix + Mingle @6:30PM

  • Come join us for a casual Mix + Mingle at the Hotel Henry 2nd floor Lounge @ 6:30pm.


FRIDAY, MAY 3: Rope Course Challenge + Roller Derby

  • Always a retreat highlight, the Friday Night Activity will not disappoint this year!  We’ll be going to RiverWorks, Buffalo’s remarkable example of adaptive reuse, constructed in the footprint and ruins of the former GLF grain silos, a reminder of Buffalo’s strong industrial heritage.  Our group will have our own rope course challenge, with a dedicated instructor. Please wear comfortable clothing and athletic footwear.  If you’re still looking for more excitement after you conquer the ropes, head downstairs to watch the Queen City Rollergirls  in the roller derby playoffs!


Thursday, May 2

8:00 AM –

9 AM – 4:30 PM
School Visit + Community Walk

6:30 – 8:00 PM
Welcome Dinner

Friday, May 3

7:30 AM

8:30 – 9:30 AM
Opening Session

9:30 AM –11:30 PM
Morning Workshop Session

11:30 AM –12:00 PM
Success Share


1:00 –3:00 PM
Afternoon Workshop Session

3:00 –3:30 PM
Success Share

5:15 PM – 8:00 PM
Dinner + Activity
(Meet at front entrance)

Saturday, May 4

7:15 – 8:30 AM

8:30 AM
Morning Workshop Session

10:45 – 12:00 PM
Strategic Planning Session + Closing

12 PM – 1PM
Lunch + End

Workshop Schedule & Descriptions

Friday, May 3 – Morning Workshop Session

HELLO: Welcoming New Staff to the
Internationals Approach

Come learn and share best practices to help you onboard
new teachers and staff.


Billy Shulman, Instructional Coach, Langley Park and Largo
Maggie Ward, Internationals Network

The Power of Home Languages in the Multilingual Internationals’ Classroom

In this session, we will discuss research on the benefits of translanguaging and explore the unique opportunities and puzzles inherent in heterogeneous, multilingual classrooms and communities.


Dolan Morgan, Internationals Network

Using Data Intentionally to Support Students:
Three Case studies

With so much data available and such a stringent focus on accountability, how can we be intentional about using it? What are meaningful ways to use data to support students? How can we use data as a lever to foster equity at the school, team, and classroom level? Leaders from three Internationals Network schools present case studies of how they have used data at three different entry points:

  • To inform classroom interventions at the team level
  • To drive programming and supports for individual students
  • To address equity across the school

Each leader will present the process, types of data, and samples of structures and protocols that have guided this work at their school.


Tim Brannon, Coordinator, Francis C. Hammond International Academy
Mary Pollack, Assistant Principal, Pan American International High School – Monroe
Guido Gonzalez, Assistant Principal, Pan American International High School – Elmhurst
Marguerite Lukes, Director of Research + Innovation, Internationals Network


Friday, May 3 – Afternoon Workshop Session

Facilitating Effective Communication
(or “Communication is King”)

How do our communication norms and structures influence
the effectiveness of our change initiatives?
This workshop is designed to help us think through ways that we communicate, how we build structures to support those communication pathways, and how the very manner in which we
communicate can act as either a barrier or a highway to successful and sustained change. We will investigate what the research says about communication and change, explore the role data plays in driving change, and share practices so that every participant walks away with concrete actions they can take and implement at their schools.


Ben Hammond, Coordinator for Program Evaluation &
Data Analysis, International Academy
TC Williams High School


Supporting Teachers in Adopting New
Technology Initiatives That Compliment the
Internationals Approach

In this session, discover the high leverage apps and programs Manhattan International uses to compliment the Internationals core principles and learn about this school’s journey to support teachers in acclimating to this technology and implementing a 1 to 1 iPad initiative.


Moses Ahn, Assistant Principal, Manhattan International High School
Brian Wasserman, Admin Intern, Manhattan International High School
Genna Robbins, Manager of Professional Development Services, Internationals Network

Teacher Portfolio, Teacher Growth

Exploring critical attributes of an effective teacher portfolio system, participants will discover key elements to adapt in support of teacher growth within their own school cultures.


Joelle Vescey, Assistant Principal, International High School at LaGuardia Community College


Saturday, May 4 – Morning Workshop Session

 Identifying Disproportionality

How do implicit biases and process-gaps in systems and practices lead to unnoticed inequities within our schools?
How can leaders use data as an entry point for discussions on disproportionality and equity? What data can be used, what structures/questions help us understand that data,
and what are steps that we can take once we make sense
of that data? In this workshop, you will have an
opportunity to examine your school’s values and beliefs and
to what extent they are represented in your systems,
structures and outcomes. You will experience the process of identifying disproportionality, its root causes and
brainstorm next steps for your school.

Rosmery Milczewski, Assistant Principal, Flushing International High School
Lara Evangelista, Principal, Flushing International High School

Moving Beyond a Surface-level Understanding of “Culture” to Support Student Engagement
and Success

In this session, we will unpack definitions of culture and look at examples from Oakland International to identify ways to support teachers and students in these divisive times.

Sailaja Suresh, Director, Oakland International High School Learning Lab