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International Schools Storytelling Project

By David J. Condon
International Schools Storytelling Project

The field of international education is changing fast. Historically, international education and international schools were nearly synonymous terms, but today, with the unprecedented growth of national schools embracing international aims, the emergence of new and different kinds of international schools, and increasing global mobility and communication, researchers have expressed strong interest in better understanding this global cultural phenomenon.
To help achieve such understanding and promote critical intercultural awareness, here at Canadian Academy we have initiated an International School Storytelling Project. At this point, the project focuses on a website intended to collect and disseminate stories from international school community members around the world, which you can visit at
We are just getting started but have already posted videos of leadership stories told by four international school heads at last fall's EARCOS Leadership Conference.
Stories may be submitted in a variety of formats—in writing, or as audio, video, and graphic files—and may express a wide variety of themes, such as:
• Lessons for Leadership
• Authentic Cross-cultural Encounters
• "Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore!" (Epiphanies)
• Humorous tales
• Thrills and Adventures
• Identity and Belonging
• Engaging in Service
The list goes on. Essentially, stories on virtually any topic related to the international school experience and in any format are welcome.
Submissions may be emailed to: [email protected]
New stories will be published approximately once or twice a month, depending on the volume of submissions. All rights remain with the author; no fees or payment of any kind are involved. Further details regarding themes and submissions can be found on the website.
David J. Condon is Headmaster at the Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan.

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