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Welcome to Academic Leaders International

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What is Academic Leaders International?

Academic Leaders International (ALI) is founded with one purpose - to build an encompassing experience for internationally-focused students to grow, learn and create (socially and emotionally) within the English language and culture to compliment the great Chinese culture and language. 

Through our language arts programs and our partner schools' language arts and other related programs, we help students improve their English language ability to be able to develop academically and personally to the highest level. 

Discover the programs and community Academic Leaders International provides to each and every student.

ACADEMIC LEADERS INTERNATIONAL offers English language arts + foreign study program opportunities


In the ALI PEL Book Club, 100 + students from China and Singapore meet in small online groups online to discuss a book that they all are reading together. Through sharing their thinking, they build a richer understanding than any one student could gain from independent English reading alone.  Each week there is a thoughtful assignment to enhance each student's understanding of the material. 

Learning can be supplemented by optional work online using IXL Learning.  IXL allows students to learn at their own pace, whether that's reinforcing skills or exploring new skills. And as students learn on IXL, ALI educators and parents can get valuable insights to monitor progress.



Elliott Cady, M.S. Ed., is the lead teacher for ALI's English language courses and PEL Book Club.  Mr. Cady is a long-time teacher and coordinator of academic enrichment programs.  For ALI, he heads the PEL Book Club and coordinates operations with two (2) other experienced U.S. teachers.


Mr. Cady's current position is Manager of Admissions and Pathways Advising at the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University.  Prior to his current role, he was the Coordinator for CTD's Spectrum Summer Program, which serves academically gifted and talented students in grades 6 – 8 from around the world.  He holds a double bachelor’s degree from Northwestern in Economics and Spanish, as well as an M.S. Ed., also from Northwestern.  He earned further endorsements in Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language. Prior to working at Center for Talent Development Mr. Cady taught for 19 years.  He began his unexpected career in education as a bilingual kindergarten teacher in Chicago, Illinois.  He has taught all grades from kindergarten through eighth and has tutored privately with subjects ranging from high school biology and precalculus to elementary Spanish and ACT/SAT test preparation.  After working for Chicago Public Schools for four years, he moved to Saigon, Vietnam to help open Saigon South International School. After three years he moved to Bangkok where he worked with English language learners from all over Asia at the New International School of Thailand. For five years, in addition to teaching in the Clark County School District, he developed and oversaw the implementation of a K – 8, ELA and mathematics afterschool tutoring curriculum used primarily with English as a second language learners. His curriculum was utilized in more than sixty schools in the Las Vegas area.


SUMMER 2024:

The Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA) is dedicated to helping gifted and talented students, age 4 through grade 12, reach full potential. CTD provides research-based assessment, advanced academic programs, and resources to enhance gifted education and guide students in developing their talents.

Center for Talent Development is proud of its history of serving the gifted community with both passion and excellence. Since 1982, CTD has evolved from a single focus on talent identification to a multi-faceted operation with four central goals: talent identification, talent development, research, and advocacy.


Northwestern CTD - Live on Campus 2024

Many, many foreign students from all over the world come to Evanston, IL USA for residential-based programs providing challenging enrichment courses taught in a highly supportive environment. From early childhood through elementary, middle and high school, Center for Talent Development (CTD) gifted summer programs encourage gifted kids to explore academic areas of interest and connect with a community of peers.


The North Shore consists of many suburbs north of Chicago bordering the shore of Lake Michigan.  The North Shore towns of Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Lake Forest, and Lake Bluff have the best schools, great food, wonderful cultural events and sandy beaches!  There is also easily accessible public train transportation into the Chicago city center.


Chinese Partner Institutions

Shanghai Foreign Service Company, International Training Center (Shanghai, China)

Shanghai Foreign Service (Group) Co. Ltd. provides human resource services. The Shanghai headquarters offers an International Training Center for foreign education opportunities for all ages.

The Shanghai office and the 20 other offices in China offer other departments for business agencies, human resource management consulting, employee leasing, recruitment, staffing, payroll management, benefit administration, and other related services.


NOVA (Shenzhen, China)

NOVA is a successful English language and foreign study institution based in Shenzhen, China.  Nova has two (2) large schools (grades 1-9), 10 kindergartens, four (4) nursery schools, and two (2) training centers. Partnerships with schools in cities of Guangzhou, Zhanjiang, Shanghai, Suzhou, Ningbo and Wenzhou. 


Contact Us

Academic Leaders International always has its doors open. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions regarding our academics, events, students, staff, partnerships or anything else.

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