Welcome to the Colegio Bolivar Forum on Teaching and Learning!
With the support of the Tri-Association (the association of American schools in Central America, Colombia-Caribbean, and Mexico), on March 15 and 16 (Friday all day and Saturday in the morning), we will host the CB Forum for all educators. Starting in 1998 (this is our 13th edition), we have had great success over the years thanks to our invited professionals from schools across Colombia, and in the past two times from countries in the region, who take part through their attendance and through their workshops.
Dr. Linda Henke, executive director of the Santa Fe Center for Transformational School Leadership, will be the keynoter. We are looking forward to our guest presenter, who has extensive training and international experience as a consultant, as well as the great workshops offered by our invited guests who 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 Forum on Teaching and Learning on March 15 and 16.
The registration fee for each staff member attending the CB Forum on Teaching and Learning is COP $150,000 (US $ 50) which should be paid before February 15, 2019. Teachers who present won’t have to pay the registration fee (maximum two presenters per session).
In order to generate the invoice and send the instructions to make your payment, you should send an email to Nhora Arteaga, our Assistant Accountant, at
In the email, please include the name of the person/school that will make the payment, with the corresponding ID/RUT numbers, address, and phone number, so Nhora can contact you.
Dr. Linda Henke is the director of the Santa Fe Center for Transformational School Leadership, an organization dedicated to supporting school leaders in reinventing schooling to celebrate the best of what makes us human: our creativity, longing for connectedness, and passionate curiosity. In her work with the Center, Linda has travelled nationally (within the US) and internationally coaching and consulting with school principals, superintendents and their boards.
Linda retired as an award-winning superintendent of Maplewood Richmond Heights, a St. Louis inner-ring suburban district that for years had been plagued with the same problems found in many urban environments. In the twelve years Linda led the district, it moved from being labeled one of the worst in Missouri, and on the watch list for state take-over, to one of the most dynamic and innovative districts, recently named as number thirteen of over 500 in the state.
Linda’s academic preparation includes a master’s degree in public relations from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Iowa. She studied Peter Senge’s work with systems thinking and learning organizations for over twenty years. She is a certified coach through the Center for Cognitive Coaching and a trained practitioner of transformational coaching.
During her career, she was a secondary English teacher, desegregation director, curriculum coordinator, principal, director of curriculum, assistant superintendent, college professor, and superintendent. Linda is the author of numerous articles and book chapters about topics ranging from school change, literacy education, parent involvement, and school culture. She has been a frequent presenter at state and national conferences and is a sought-after mentor for new superintendents and principals.
In recent years she served on over ten executive and advisory boards including eMINTS technology National Advisory Board, Webster University’s and Maryville University’s Department of Education Advisory Boards, and the Executive Board of the Kaufman Foundation’s Superintendents’ Forum. She chaired the committee to redesign the University of Missouri at St. Louis’ Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership and served on the Executive Board of HomeWorks, a not-for-profit promoting home visits by teachers and leaders.
A visit to Guatemala several years ago resulted in a real passion for the country and its people. Linda developed a literacy program for children in grades one and two, and each year trains teachers to implement the program. The program’s teachers currently reach nearly 1000 students a year, and the funders cannot keep up with the demand to expand. Her work in Guatemala has recently expanded as she and a group of friends are supporting a small women’s sewing collaborative in a slum outside of Guatemala.
In her spare time, Linda loves learning about and collecting folk art, travelling, and engaging in exciting conversations about school change.
Colegio Bolivar has chosen the NH Hotel as the hotel for the Forum. 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, traffic, and other variables when choosing a hotel different from the NH.
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Our Sense of Community and 2022 Vision
With world–class standards, Colegio Bolivar is at the forefront of bilingual education, technology, and resources. Colegio Bolivar is a private, non–denominational, international school located in Colombia’s third largest city (population about 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 college preparatory, with almost 99% of our graduates continuing onto higher education in Colombia and abroad.
Located on a thirty-five acres campus, Colegio Bolivar consists of ten classroom blocks, a science building, a library/media center, an auditorium, two gymnasiums, two swimming pools, 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 a very beautiful one.
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 90-minute 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 can not 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, and university professors.
How many presenters can there be for each presentation?
There is a limit of two presenters per session.
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?
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
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 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.
What Audiovisual Equipment can I use?
All rooms are equipped with Video Projectors, Whiteboards, markers, and several rooms also have interactive whiteboards. You may request a flipchart. Two auditoriums are available for presentations that require a stage, or expect a large audience. They are equipped with microphones, video projectors, multimedia setup, surround sound, etc. 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 and there are several laptop carts available. For questions relating to your personal set-up needs about software installation, multimedia access, computer hard disk space availability, and configuration, please contact Dr. David Fayad, Director of Learning
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 two weeks before the Forum.
You haven’t answered my specific question. Who do I contact?
Send a message to Dr. David Fayad, Director of Learning,
We are here to help you make your presentation a success.
- Be sure the summary you submit for the program accurately reflects what you will be doing during the session so that attendees can make legitimate choices.
- Plan solid activities that will fill the entire time allocated.
- 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.
- 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 specific 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.
|Friday, March 15|
|7:30 to 9:30||Keynote (Swall Auditorium)|
|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 16|
|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|