On March 10 and 11 (half day), we will hold the CB Forum on Teaching and Learning for all educators. Starting in 1998, this is our 12th Forum on Teaching and Learning, and we have had great success over the years thanks to our invited professionals and all the schools across Colombia that take part through their attendance and through their workshops.

Concurrently, with the support of ACCAS, on March 9 and 10, Colegio Bolivar will host an institute for the Curriculum Coordinators/Directors of Learning from member schools only. Joining us as guest consultant for the institute is Ms. Bambi Betts, Director of the Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership. With extensive training and international experience, Ms. Betts will also deliver the keynote for the Forum on Teaching and Learning.

In addition, we are happy to welcome Patricia Reeder from NWEA who will offer three workshops during the forum.

We are looking forward to our guests presenters as well as the myriad of workshops offered by our invited guests, the schools throughout Colombia that will bring their own expertise and experience to the Forum.

All attendees from other schools must register as a group using the form below.

This form should be filled out by ONE administrator in each school participating in the Curriculum Coordinators - Directors of Learning Institute on March 9 and 10 or the Spring Forum on Teaching and Learning on March 10 and 11. It is not for individual participants.

The fee for each staff member attending the CB Forum on Teaching and Learning is $120,000 and for the Curriculum Coordinators - Directors of Learning Institute $160,000. Fees should be paid before March 3.

If you are sending staff members to both the Institute and the Forum, please fill out two forms.

School Information

Contact Person

School Director

Attendees (who are not presenting)

Please list each name separately


If you need an invoice to make your payment, you should send an email to Nhora Arteaga, our Assistant Accountant, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In the email, please include your name, email and phone number so Nhora can contact you for accounting purposes.

When you make your deposit, you should use the deposit slip link below, which has already been filled out for you with Colegio Bolivar's information. The only thing you need to fill out is the Payee's name (the school's/participant's name), the NIT of the school/participant, your phone, and then indicate if the deposit was made in check or cash.

Instructions for making the deposit and the deposit slip

Formato Captura Recaudo en Línea
Este formato es para que sea usado por los colegios que están en Colombia para consignar en el Banco de Occidente, si es que desean hacer la consignación de manera presencial.

Los Colegios deben diligenciar el formato en los espacios en blanco:

  • Fecha
  • Nombre del pagador: Digitar Nombre del Colegio
  • Referencia 1: Digitar el Nit del Colegio
  • Referencia 2: Corresponde a nuestro centro de costos y no debe ser borrado ni modificado
  • Teléfono: Colegio Pagador
  • Por último diligenciar los espacios de acuerdo con la forma de pago, bien sea en cheque o en efectivo

En esta cuenta del Banco de Occidente también pueden hacer la transferencia electrónica, usando la información que está en el formato de Captura Recaudo en Línea y el número de referencia 2 debe especificarse en el espacio de referencia que el banco del depositante tenga para informar al beneficiario del pago.

Si usan esta opción, deben enviar copia de la transferencia a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. para poder continuar con el proceso contable: recibo de caja y registro en la contabilidad del colegio participante.

Formato de depósito
Descargar formato de depósito

If you have any questions, please email Dr. David Fayad, Director of Learning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Proposal Form

If you experience any problems with this form, just email us your information in a regular email to Dr. David Fayad, Director of Learning This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Details of Presenter(s)

Type in the names of the presenters. Presenters (maximum two) do not pay the registration fee.

Details of workshop

(Check all that apply)

AV Equipment

(Check all that apply)

Summary for the program

(about 100 words) Your summary must accurately reflect the content of your workshop as this is how attendees will decide which sessions to attend.

Biographical Statement

Please write a short biographical statement briefly describing your academic background and professional experience (25-30 words)

Bambi Betts

Bambi Betts

Bambi Betts is the Director of the Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership and has been actively involved with the PTC since its inception as a course developer, trainer, and co-trainer for the PTC's Essential Skills courses. Bambi is also the CEO of the Academy for International School Heads (AISH).

She has held positions as Director of Escuela Campo Alegre, Deputy Superintendent and middle school Principal in Caracas, and also a senior school head in Portugal.

Bambi is a leading consultant on a wide range of topics in international schools and conducts on-site training modules related to the effective international school. She has written many articles on practical ways to improve international schools and authors a regular column on the PTC pages of The International Educator (TIE).

Archived Articles written by Bambi Betts


Colegio Bolivar has chosen the NH Hotel as the lodging option for Forum and Institute attendees. The hotel has offered a special rate if, when making your reservation, you mention the event. In addition, Colegio Bolivar will provide transportation to and from the hotel during the event. If you want to consider other possibilities, there are several in the south of Cali. Do, however, consider transportation and other variables when choosing a hotel different from the NH.

Reservations: +1-398-4661
Telephone: 2-330-7777
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Address: Carrera 100b, No. 11a - 99, Cali - Colombia

With world–class standards, Colegio Bolivar is at the forefront of bilingual education, technology, and resources. Colegio Bolivar is a private, non–denominational, American school located in Colombia’s third largest city (population more than 3 million).

Founded in 1947 to serve the dependents of expatriate personnel assigned to Cali, the school’s population has shifted over the years from a majority of expatriate students to a majority of Colombian nationals, made up for the most part of dependents from multinational businesses, and Cali's successful professional community.

Our community, including just over 1,300 students, is divided into four school sections: Preprimary, Primary, Middle, and High. Each is led by its own principal and has its own faculty and facilities. The school, whose primary language of instruction is English, is a college preparatory institution, with almost 99% of our graduates continuing onto higher education in Colombia and abroad.

Located on a thirty-five acre campus at the foothills of the Andes, Colegio Bolivar consists of ten classroom blocks, a science building, a library/media center, an auditorium, a gymnasium, a swimming pool, a cafeteria, an administration area, several athletic fields, and a great deal of open space. Cali’s ideal weather allows for the unusual feature of truly “open” classrooms: the rooms themselves have only three walls, with the fourth open to the outdoors! The campus, with its lush landscape, flower gardens, and mountain views, is one of the most beautiful in Latin America.

More information about Colegio Bolivar

What do I do if I want to present?

Fill in the online Proposal Form. Make sure you write a good abstract that clearly states what your workshop is about and what attendees will get out of it. This abstract is what will appear on the program. Try to stay within 100 words. Choose a title that reflects the content of the workshop so there is no question as to what attendees will hear about.

*** Your presentation cannot promote a product, service, or organization in which you have a financial interest.

Who can present?

The general purpose of the CB Forum on Teaching and Learning is for professional teachers to share their experiences with each other. Others who have presented in the past are administrators, and professionals in other areas that have knowledge to share that will benefit teachers - scientists, counselors, parent association representatives, and university professors.

How many presenters can there be for each presentation?

Two maximum.

How long should my session last?

All presentations are scheduled as 90-minute workshops.

Do you have any tips that will help me make my presentation better?

See Tips for Presenters.

I sent in my proposal. Now what happens?

You will get confirmation of receipt of your proposal within 5 days. If you do not hear from us, please email or call Dr. David Fayad, Director of Learning, to make certain that we got your proposal:
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Tel: 57-2-485-5050, Ext. 221

How many people will attend my session?

Plan for about 20. You may have fewer, or you may have more. We do not use a sign-up system so there is no way to tell how many people will be interested in your topic. Up to now, we have preferred to allow people to go to their first choice rather than limit attendance to each session in order to evenly distribute attendees.

Do I have to pay for my own handouts?

Yes. Sorry, our budget does not allow for us to pay for everyone’s handouts. We are encouraging the use of electronic handouts; however, if you must have paper handouts, please bring your own copies.
We will also make our website available for electronic copies you may wish to make available.

What Audiovisual Equipment can I use?

  • All rooms are equipped with video projectors, whiteboards, and markers. Several rooms also have interactive whiteboards.
  • You may request a flipchart.
  • Two auditoriums, with multimedia equipment, are available for presentations that require a stage, or expect a large audience.
  • Computers and Computer labs with internet access are available (see below for more info).
  • Document cameras are also available upon request.

What computer facilities are available for my presentation?

Colegio Bolivar has school wide Internet access and 3 computer labs (one with 24 computers, one with 22, and one with 12). All classrooms are equipped with one or more computers. Laptop carts are also available. For questions relating to your personal set-up needs in reference to software installation service, multimedia access, computer hard disk space availability, and configuration, please contact:
Tom Rompf: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

May I make changes in my presentation, such as adding or subtracting a co-presenter or changing my abstract?

Yes, you can, if you do so at least one week before the Forum.

You haven’t answered my specific question. Who do I contact?

Send a message to Dr. David Fayad, Director of Learning: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are here to help you make your presentation a success.


  • Within the body of the description, brief examples of content, activities and materials should be presented.
  • "Cute" titles are great, but they shouldn't be so cute that they obscure the purpose of the session.
  • Be sure the summary you submit for the program accurately reflects what you will actually be doing during the session so that attendees can make legitimate choices.
  • Plan solid activities that will fill the entire time allocated.
  • Make a serious effort to engage participants in meaningful activities.
  • Have a good balance of the presentation of knowledge through visuals, lecture, handouts and the discovery of knowledge through activities.
  • Refrain from "selling" your approach. Your workshop should have the tone of explaining and teaching an approach or technique, not trying to convince participants that it is the best teaching opportunity since Socrates.
  • Leave plenty of time for questions, but do not simply say "Any questions?". Plan a brief activity that will allow the group to come up with thoughtful questions.
  • Be sure you address difficulties and problems you encountered in using a particular approach. Your credibility will be increased by a frank explanation of problems and frustrations.
  • RELAX!. A great sense of humor and some humorous materials will allow the participants to identify with you.
  • Get a feel for your audience before you get started and try to make it as relevant to the different participants as possible.
  • Enjoy !


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Curriculum Institute

Thursday, March 9
7:30 to 9:30 Session One
9:30 to 10:00 Break
10:00 to 12:00 Session Two
12:00 to 1:00 Lunch
1:00 to 2:30 Keynote Speaker
Friday, March 10
7:30 to 9:30 Keynote Speaker
9:30 to 10:00 Break
10:00 to 12:00 Session Three
12:00 to 1:00 Lunch
1:00 to 3:00 Session Four

CB Forum

Friday, March 10
7:30 to 9:30 Keynote Speaker
9:30 to 10:00 Break
10:00 to 11:30 Concurrent Sessions
11:30 to 1:00 Concurrent Sessions
1:00 to 2:00 Lunch
2:00 to 3:30 Concurrent Sessions
Saturday, March 11
8:00 to 9:30 Concurrent Sessions
9:30 to 10:00 Break
10:00 to 11:30 Concurrent Sessions
11:30 to 12:00 Closing Ceremony

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