A once-a-year, three-day event where Internationals school administrators (Principals, Assistant Principals, Academy Leaders, and selected leaders) gather to share strong practices, hone their leadership skills, and use leadership protocols to obtain support and guidance around their specific problems of practice. 

This unique gathering leverages the strength of our national network bringing together school leaders from across the country to engage in constructive dialogue with one another about best practices as well as opportunities to discuss challenges and engage in deep conversations around difficult topics. Internationals provides access to strategic planning tools and resources to support schools in action planning around their problems of practice.



Contact: Clarissa Cummings




TWA Hotel at JFK Airport
1 Idlewild Dr, Queens, NY 11430


 Thur. April 11, 2024

Community Building Activity

Problem of Practice Share 

Network Alignment – Exploring Our Strategic Plan

Unconference Time

Banquest Dinner

Fri. April 12, 2024

Community Building Activity

Workshops & Share Time

Success Shares
School/Region Strategic Planning

Sat. April 13, 2024

Workshops & School Strategic Planning

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How many people are coming?

  • We are expecting a full capacity retreat with over 60 Internationals leaders who will be coming from the Bay Area, Buffalo, Washington DC, Virginia,and Pasaic, and more!

What do I need to bring with me?

  • We suggest you bring your laptop. All materials for workshops will be supplied.

 Will I have any free time for myself during the retreat?

  • Though the retreat schedule will keep you well occupied with workshops, activities, and networking, any time outside of the agenda is your free time to explore the hotel ammenities or simply relax.

What is the dress code?

  • Casual attire is recommended. NYC weather in April typically ranges between 64°F / 45° (F).


Check-in time is 3:00p ET

While the hotel cannot guarantee early check in, if you arrive before 3pm and your assigned room is ready, they will absolutely accommodate you. If the room is not ready the hotel will be able to hold your luggage until check-in time.

In 2019 the iconic Trans World Airlines terminal at JFK Terminal 5 was transformed into TWA Hotel, a retro-themed hotel complex celebrating the Jet Age.

The TWA Hotel received Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Award for 2023. Here are some reasons why…

  • Ultra-quiet guestrooms with exhilarating views of JFK’s runways and the iconic TWA Flight Center.
  • A Lockheed Constellation “Connie” L-1649A transformed into a cocktail lounge.
  • Museum exhibits on TWA, the Jet Age and the midcentury modern design movement.
  • A Twister Room, where you can play a wall-to-wall version of the 1960s game and a photo booth to capture your travel memories.
Hotel FAQ

When should I arrive to the hotel?

  • Attendees traveling from outside of New York City can arrive to the hotel on Wednesday, April 10th. 

Can I extend my stay at the hotel?

  • If you would like extend your stay in your hotel room past Saturday let Clarissa know asap and she will try to get an extension at the discounted group rate. You would be responsible for all hotel charges covering the additonal days.

Can I take public transportation to the TWA Hotel

  • For details instructions on taking public transportation to the hotel click here.

      To reach the TWA Hotel from JFK Airport, exit the AirTrain at the Terminal 5 (JetBlue) stop and follow the signs to the elevator on the same level as the train platform. Take the elevator down to Level 1. Walk left off the elevator, go through the doors, turn left and cross the street toward the Yellow Parking Garage. Turn left on the sidewalk and follow the covered walkway to the TWA Hotel front door.

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