Have you got some insights into education to share with peers in Asia-Pacific region? The Asia-Pacific International Schools Conference (AISC) is a yearly gathering of principals and teachers to meet and discuss topical issues relevant to the international school communities.

AISC will bring some of the education world’s great speakers to Hong Kong to educate and inspire education professionals as they look to educate and inspire the next generation of world leaders.

This year Dr. David Gleason has confirmed his participation as a keynote speaker at AISC, which will be held this December 14-15 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.


Dr. David Gleason has just published At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools. The book is about professional development, characterized by slow, gradual, on-site adaptive change for educators and parents associated with “fiercely competitive schools.”

At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools

Anxiety, disillusionment and depression emerge, sometimes with devastating outcomes, as conflicts between ever-increasing school expectations and students’ developmental capacities persist. Tellingly, many high-achieving schools have been termed “epicenters of overachievement” where students “hear the overriding message that only the best will do in grades, test scores, sports, art, college…in everything.” Consequently, too many students in these schools feel stressed and pressured, conditions that lead not only to anxiety and depression, but also, to a host of dangerous manifestations of those conditions: substance abuse, eating disorders, sleep deprivation, cutting and other forms of self-injury, and too often, suicide.

Why is this happening? With the help of a structured but open-ended interview, I have investigated these issues in many schools in the United States and in hundreds of international schools throughout Europe and Asia. With this extensive research, I have found almost complete unanimity in how educators and parents associated with all these schools have responded to my inquiries. To an alarming degree, that unanimity is this: these caring and dedicated adults admit – albeit unintentionally – to overscheduling, overworking and, at times, overwhelming their students and teenage children.

Over the past decade, unprecedented insights from human brain research have revealed that environment not only affects adolescent identity, but it shapes the brain itself. In light of the intensifying pressures on adolescents that we admit to impose on them, what must we do now? For all our students, finding the right balance between an appropriate level of academic rigor and educating them in healthy, safe and balanced ways has crucial lifelong implications.

Click here to read more about Dr. David Gleason

Register now to reserve your seat in advance!