30th Annual Conference Agenda

CSIET Growing Global: 30 Years of Evolution in International Student Exchange

30th Annual CSIET Conference
October 15-18, 2014
The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


9:00 AM – 3:00 PM: CSIET Board Meeting

1:00 PM: Exhibitor Set-Up

2:00 – 6:00 PM: Conference Registration and Check-In

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Pre-Conference Session

    • Introduction to ELTiS (English Language Testing for International Students)
      • Melissa Cortez, Ballard & Tighe, PublishersDescription: This session will serve as an introduction to the ELTiS (English Language Testing for International Students). ELTiS is endorsed by CSIET and replaces the discontinued SLEP test.

1:00 – 6:00 PM: Exhibits Open


8:45 AM – 9:00 AM: Welcome Remarks

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Concurrent Sessions

  • SEVP 101
    • Keri Summers, SEVP, School Certification Unit
    • Katie Westerlund, SEVP, Chief of Policy, Chief of School Certification (Virtual Presenter)
    • Ann Balough, LeadSEVP. Program Development and Management Section (Virtual Presenter)
    • Barry Kobe, SEVP Analysis and Operations Center (Virtual Presenter)Description: Representatives of the Student Visitor and Exchange Program (SEVP) within the Department of Homeland Security will provide a general overview of their program, policy updates, SEVIS updates, and the reasons for the increase in F-1 high school certifications.
  • Managing Host Family Expectations
    • Carol Downes, STS USADescription: Every day it is the host family that directly connects with our students to create the atmosphere for our students to thrive. Preparing them to understand and accept the cultural differences and have realistic expectations is a recipe for success. This session will explore how to be pro-active and manage those concepts to support the host family and build a solid foundation for every student program.

10:15 – 10:30 AM: Coffee Break

  • Sponsored by Gphomestay

10:30 – 11:45 AM: Concurrent Sessions

    • International Student Expectations and the College Admissions Process
      • Tina Quick, International Family TransitionsDescription: Cultural norms and educational practices abroad help to shape the expectations of international secondary school students striving to gain admittance into an American college or university. This session will consider student and parent expectations versus the realities of U.S. college admittance practices and how schools can foster greater understanding to better prepare their exchange students. We will also look at why students from around the world wish to study in the U.S. educational system and how schools can help them differentiate themselves amongst a whole community of extraordinary international students. Lastly we will look at what schools can do to help these students transition well and succeed.
    • Host Family Payments and the IRS
      • Bill Fritts, CPA, Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLCDescription: A representative from Smith, Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC (CPA) will discuss the tax ramifications of payments to host families, both from an organizational and taxpayer perspective.  Discussion will center on SEK?s March 3, 2014 determination letter to CSIET on this subject.  Participants will learn about IRS Code and associated reporting requirements.

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch

  • Sponsored by ClearStar, Inc. (Criminal Background Checks)

1:00 – 2:15 PM: Concurrent Sessions

    • Introduction  to CSIET Membership and Guide to the Listing Process
      • Christopher Page, Executive Director, CSIETDescription: CSIET?s Executive Director will discuss the differences between CSIET Membership and CSIET Listing.  He will also provide an overview of CSIET?s audit based listing process.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about CSIET?s step-ladder approach to evaluation of programs.  CSIET materials and processes to be covered: Membership Application, Listing Application,  F-1 Audit Template, F-1 Audit Grid with Likely Sources, CSIET Staff Review, Accreditation Committee and Due Process .
    • Telling Our Story: Anticipating Increased F-1 Visa Students in Public High Schools
      • John House-Myers, Principal, Bow High School, New Hampshire
      • Philip Bradley, CEO, serveschools.org, New Zealand
      • Description: This session will present two stories; that of Bow High School, NH and its anticipatory journey towards a program for fee-paying F-1 students, and that of international student programs successfully operating for two decades at three public high schools in Auckland, New Zealand. A background to the proposed legislation and its potential impact on both public and private high schools will be included.

2:15 – 3:30 PM: Concurrent Sessions

    • Host Family and Volunteer Screening: Beyond Criminal Background Checks
      • Lisa Robinson, International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES)
      • Ross Jennings, Vice President, International Programs and Extended Learning, Green River Community College (Virtual Presenter)
    • East and West: Communicating with Chinese Students and Parents
      • David Joiner, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of International Studies
      • Tim Hathaway, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, China Initiatives
      • Chris Boehner, VericantDescription: A strategic and forward-looking approach to the success of Chinese students arriving to study at US middle and high schools requires an basic understanding of the needs of these students. This session will offer insights into different social contexts of these students and their families with a focus on factors driving expectations and goals of those navigating the adjustment process.

3:30 – 3:45 PM: Refreshment Break

3:45 – 5:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions

    • Dormitories and Host Families: What are the Issues?
      • Clark Hults, Superintendent of Schools, Newcomb Central School District
      • Ross Jennings, Vice President, International Programs and Extended Learning, Green River Community College (Virtual Presenter)
      • Jacob Mobley, GphomestayDescription: As the number of international students attending U.S. high schools on F-1 visas reaches unprecedented levels, it is extremely important that American schools support students outside of the classroom.  To provide international students a basic holistic American experience, schools/programs must address a number of difficult questions: Is it more effective to provide a homestay or to offer on-campus housing? Are schools liable for students who live in homestay situations? Should schools provide residential offerings themselves or partner with a third party? Panelists will discuss these and a number of other important issues as they pertain to housing arrangements and oversight of international students.  Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences during the Q&A portion of the presentation.
    • Evolving State and Local Athletics Eligibility Requirements
      • Moderator: Christopher Page, Executive Director, CSIET
      • Julian Tackett, Kentucky High School Athletic Association
      • Tom Welter,  Oregon School Activities Association
      • Robert Zayas, New York State Public High School Athletic AssociationDescription: A panel of association leaders will discuss recent developments at the state level with regard to the athletic eligibility of international students.  Representatives from CSIET, Kentucky, New York and Washington State will address the following topics: Determining Athletic Eligibility, Applying the Transfer Rule, Understanding the term “Direct Placement? in an F-1 context.

6:00 – 9:00 PM: Dinner

  • Sponsored by IntelliCorp (Criminal Background Checks)


8:00 – 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast Buffet

9:00 – 10:30 AM: Membership Council Meeting

  • Annual Report from CSIET Chair, Julian Tackett
  • Committee Reports·
  • 2014 Elections
  • Executive Director Report

10:30 – 10:45 AM: Coffee Break

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Plenary Session

    • J Visa Compliance: U.S. Department of State
      • Moderator: Laura Rose, CCI Greenheart
      • James Alexander, Private Sector Exchange, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State
      • Lale Kuyumcu, Private Sector Exchange, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of StateDescription: U.S. State Department “J-Visa? representatives will provide updates on the Secondary School Student Program and answer questions.

12:15 – 1:45 PM: Lunch and Keynote Address

  • Introduction to Keynote Address: Nayera Samera, YES Student, CCI Greenheart
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Edwin H. Gragert, Director of Global Campaign for Education: United States Chapter

1:45 – 2:45 PM: Plenary Session

    • Evolving Language Testing: ELTiS
      • Melissa Cortez, Ballard & Tighe, Publishers
      • Sari Luoma, Ballard & Tighe, PublishersDescription: This presentation provides a summary of the ELTiS system and an update on current status. We summarize and discuss score interpretation and score use, the rationale supporting ELTiS use, the steps in transitioning into ELTiS, and the latest on online resources and customer service.

2:45 – 3:00 PM: Refreshment Break

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Plenary Session

    • Exchange Student Panel
      • Moderator: Erin Kelly, CCI Greenheart
      • Linh My Nguyen, F-1International Student, CCI Greenheart
      • Niracha Trachoowanit, J-1 Student, CCI Greenheart
      • Chi Ying Hsueh, J-1 Student, CCI Greenheart
      • Nayera Samera, YES Student, CCI GreenheartDescription: Young leaders share their recent study abroad experiences and their path toward leadership roles.

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions

    • Strengthening Long Term Exchange Through Short-term Programming
      • Louise Reaves, Youth for Understanding (YFU)Description: In recent years, interest in shorter term programs, inbound to and outbound from the US seems to be increasing. Can short term programs generate interest in exchanges of longer duration? Do themed, summer exchange experiences offer cultural experiences with enduring inspirational effects? Does short-term hosting help expand the network of US families dedicated to exchange and global education – – the session offers a discussion opportunity to explore these and more ideas about short-term international exchange.
    • Train the Trainer: Strategies for Cross-cultural Communication
      • Anne Copeland, Director, The Interchange InstituteDescription: This session will provide insight on identifying and working with cultural differences that affect the exchange experience as well as the student transition cycle, from pre-departure to re-entry. Participants will learn several practical training techniques they can use to help others successfully navigate the challenges of intercultural interaction in a session focused exclusively on the in-bound international high school exchange community.

6:00 – 7:00 PM: CSIET Reception

  • Co-Sponsored by IntelliCorp (Criminal Background Checks)


8:00 – 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast Buffet

9:00 – 10:15 AM: Concurrent Sessions

    • Cultivating the Partnership between U.S. Schools and International Student Programs
      • Kim Kile, Greenfield Central High School, Indiana
      • Stephanie Nosek, CCI GreenheartDescription: CSIET?s Education Outreach Committee recently surveyed U.S. schools on how international student programs can best support them as they introduce and integrate international students into their community. In this session, a school representative will share insights into schools? answers to survey questions while a program representative will comment on how programs can turn these suggestions into actions that strengthen the program-school partnership.
    • Advocacy and Federal Budget Update
      • Mark Overmann, The AllianceDescription: An annual review of Federal legislation and funding initiatives for international exchange programming, along with a review of the Congressional appropriations process for the upcoming funding cycle.

10:15 – 10:30 AM: Refreshment Break

10:30 – 11:45 AM: Concurrent Sessions

    • Long-term Effects of Youth Exchange
      • Dr. Dennis White, Ph. D.Description: This presentation documents the long term positive effects of youth exchange, through stories from former students, but also with research to back up these positive claims. Research consistently shows that participating in youth exchange programs producing positive lasting effects in career and academic choices, language and language appreciation, intercultural sensitivity and personal growth and development.
    • Untangling the Social Web… 2.0
      • Christopher Lukach, APR, Anne Klein Communications Group, LLCDescription: In recent years, social media has grown to become both our greatest communications asset and one of our biggest vulnerabilities. Those organizations that best weather social-media storms are those with a responsive social media team and a clearly-defined process for addressing issues. In this session, attendees will review real-world scenarios to explore best practices for improving both effectiveness in and preparedness against the social web.

12:00 PM: Conference Adjourns

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch Provided

*This agenda is subject to change.