2012 Annual Conference Schedule

CSIET Annual Conference

October 25-27th, 2012

The Westin, Alexandria, Virginia

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012

9:00 – 1:00 pm

CSIET Board Meeting

  Whitney Room

 1:00 pm        

 1:00- 5:00 pm

 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Exhibitor Set-Up

Conference Registration and Check-In

Pre-Conference Session

English Proficiency Testing

  • Gwen Vitzthum, CCI
  • Sherry Carpenter, AYUSA
  • Kate Garrett, EF
  • Louise Reaves, YFU
  • Melissa Cortez, Educational Consultant, Ballard and Tighe

Publication of the SLEP test was discontinued in June 2012.  In preparation for this change, CSIET has been researching and discussing suitable options with a committee comprised of CSIET Listed Programs.  Representatives from this committee will present on our progress thus far and discuss next steps for the community.  Please plan to arrive early to the conference, so you can participate in this discussion as this decision will impact the entire community.

Foyer

 Foyer

 Edison Ballroom

  

1:00 – 6:00 pm

Exhibits Open

Foyer

6:00 – 10:00 pm

 Evening Reception

Gather in Lobby at 6:00 pm to ride the Old Town Trolley to the Waterfront and board the Cherry Blossom Cruise for an evening on the Potomac.

Sponsored by: Intellicorp Records, Inc. 

 Hotel Lobby

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012

8:00 – 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast Buffet

Edison Ballroom 

9:00 – 10:30 am

Membership Council Meeting

  • Annual Report from CSIET Chair, David Vodila
  • Committee Reports
  • 2012 Elections
  • Executive Director Report and CSIET Video

Edison Ballroom

10:30 – 10:45 am

Coffee Break

Sponsored by:

Program of Academic Exchange (PAX)

Foyer

 

10:45 – 12:15 pm

Plenary Session

United States Department of State J Visa Session

Moderator: Laura Rose, Center for Cultural Interchange

  • James Alexander, Private Sector Exchange, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State
  • Elizabeth Dickerson, United States Department of State


U.S. State Department “J-Visa” representatives will review oversight and regulatory activities, including high school regulations and the upcoming Federal complianc
e audit.

Edison Ballroom

 

12:15 – 1:45 pm

Lunch and Keynote Address

Moderator: Martin Milne

Student Speaker

Sara Harda (Morocco), YES Student, YFU

Keynote Address

Ms. Robin Lerner

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Private Sector Exchange, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs,United States Department of State

Ms. Lerner  will discuss the future of the youth exchange industry in a more heavily regulated environment, the management audit,  and how the Department of State will work with CSIET Listed Programs going forward

Edison Ballroom

1:45 – 2:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Federal Budget Update and U.S. Department of State Sponsored Programs and Funding Opportunities

  • Michael McCarry, The Alliance
  • Michele Peters, Department of State
  • Amy Ballard, Youth for Understanding USA (YFU
  • Benjamin Gaylord, American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, Inc.
  • Tsveta Semova, Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Michael McCarry will provide an annual review of Federal and state legislation and funding initiatives for international exchange programming, along with a review of the Congressional appropriations process for upcoming funding cycle.

Discover how your organization can expand its exchange portfolio and reach new audiences by working with State Department-sponsored high school exchange programs.  Learn about funding opportunities for non-profit organizations and how you can get involved.  A Youth Program Branch Chief from the Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will moderate this interactive session which will include a panel of current grantees who will share their experiences.  We will address the opportunities and the challenges of partnering with State to further the mission of fostering mutual understanding.

Edison ABC

 

1:45 – 2:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions

SEVP: Current and Future

  • Charlene Mattson, Unit Chief, Information Technology Management Unit
  • Elisabeth Catterton, Management and Program Analyst, Information Technology Management Unit

An overview of current SEVP information and initiatives as well as a brief look at what the future holds for SEVIS and SEVP.

Edison D

2:45 – 3:00 pm

Refreshment Break 

Sponsored by CIEE

Foyer

3:00 – 4:45 pm

Plenary Session

Best Practices Roundtable


Moderator: Christopher Page, CSIET


Chris will conduct this Best Practices session where industry experts such as you can share those practice that are proven to strengthen programming and improve compliance with federal regulations.  The following questions will be entertained.  Please review these topics with your colleagues within your organizations prior to your arrival in Alexandria.  Your preparation in advance will help make this session a productive and dynamic one.

Edison Ballroom

4:45– 5:45 pm

Plenary Session

Intellicorp Session

  • Kelly Ansboury, Intellicorp Records
  • Evelyn Holmes, Intellicorp records

This session is designed to discuss with the CSIET members which products are included in each of the current bundles. As well as, inform members which supplemental searches may be added to ensure a more comprehensive background check of host families.

Edison Ballroom

 

 

6:00 – 6:30 pm

CSIET Board Meeting

Whitney Room

7:30-9:00 pm

Friday Night Reception

Foyer

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER, 27 2012

8:00 – 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast Buffet

Edison Ballroom

 9:00 – 10:30am                

 

 

Concurrent Sessions

Spokesperson Skills for An Effective Media Exchange

  • Chris Lukach, Anne Klein Communications Group, LLC

Whether you are managing a crisis or simply publicizing a program, media relations requires a combination of preparation and skill, and should always support one of your organization's goals.  In this program, Chris Lukach, COO of Anne Klein Communications Group, will review fundamental spokesperson techniques, guidelines for creating and using "key messages," and the do's and don'ts of working with the media. 

Edison ABC

 

9:00 – 10:30 am

CSIET F-1 Audit


Moderator: Christopher Page, Council on Standards for International Educational Travel

  • Martin Milne, ASSIST
  • Ken Tilley, NFHS

CSIET staff and program community representatives will lead a discussion onthe new CSIET F-1 Audit Template and compliance.

Edison D

10:30 – 11:00 am

Refreshment Break

Lobby

11:00 – 12:30 pm

Plenary Session

Student Counselling Session

  • Gwen Vitzthum, CCI
  • Bonnie Gunter, ICES
  • Ellie Bucciarelli, CCI

Join us for a discussion on how to support and guide students and families throughout the program.  This will be a great time to collaborate on how issues are handled in your organization, what partners are looking for from us and what we need from them, expectations to which we should all hold ourselves accountable and the role of a support person in your organization.

Edison Ballroom

12:30 – 2:00 pm

CSIET Networking Luncheon (US Based and International Members)

CSIET Program members, both US based and International, attend a luncheon dedicated to networking.  Programs are encouraged to engage each other to discuss partnership opportunities as well as the state of the international educational exchange community.

Edison Ballroom

2:00

Conference Adjourns