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What if all international schools and leaders…
* consistently celebrated diversity, fostered equity, and supported inclusion?
* removed historical legacies and systemic barriers that have been created? in the international education space?
* consistently committed to listening to and learning from diverse
voices, experiences, and perspectives?
* created and participated in courageous conversations and spaces that encouraged dialogue and the exchange of ideas?
* spoke up now about racism and all forms of discrimination in international education and around the world?
* became aware of racial and cultural blindspots by reading about, listening to, and collaborating with racially and ethnically diverse educators?
* focused on anti-racism work?
* challenged whiteness and white supremacy?
* were co-conspirators?
* actively amplified and mentored educators of all colors who come from all parts of the globe?
* said and believed #BlackLivesMatter?
-- Association of International Educators and Leaders Of Color (AIELOC)

TOP STORIES
By Dr Karen L. Taylor
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By Priyanka Jethani
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By Kim Cofino
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By Will Richardson & Homa Tavangar
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DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
By Joel Jr. Llaban
Courageous conversations centered on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice may initially ignite denial about the different forms of oppression that are perpetuated in the international school sector, writes Joel Jr. Llaban. But what we need is to sustain that courage over time. ..more
By Ruth Poulsen
"These are international school teachers! They’ve lived all over the world—they're my people; they’re not supposed to be racist..." Ruth Poulsen considers the line between culture shock and racism, suggesting we ask four reflective questions and take up an additive lens. ..more
By Danau Tanu
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By Nayoung Weaver
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INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL NEWS
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Listening to nature can bring us to the present moment in times of turmoil. Wyatt Franz would know. He has been teaching through the pandemic and now a coup in Myanmar. ..more
By David Willows
Has Covid-19 already started to mold and influence the ways in which today’s generation of students will choose the right school for their children? David Willows decided to test this idea on the school-aged people in his own family. ..more
COVID19
By Lawrence Shepherd
All Grade 11 students were given the opportunity to organize a senior school Creativity Activity and Service (CAS) project. When no one else stepped forward, Lawrence Shepherd raised his hand. The experience was challenging but a huge lesson in the potential of student agency. ..more
By Rachel Ball
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David L. Di Maria Associate Vice Provost for International Education, University of Maryland
Associate Vice Provost for International Education at the University of Maryland feels that President Biden’s rollbacks on former President Trump’s travel restrictions signal new opportunities for international students. ..more
THE PRINCIPALS' TRAINING CENTER
By Kristen MacConnell
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By Bambi Betts & Kristen MacConnell
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By Bambi Betts, Director, Principals’ Training Center
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GLOBAL ONLINE ACADEMY
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THE MARSHALL MEMO
By Kim Marshall
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By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
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By Kim Marshall
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GORDON ELDRIDGE: LESSONS IN LEARNING
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
When it comes to structuring curriculum for global citizenship, designing instruction and experiences around justice-oriented citizenship is what we should be striving for. So what might the elements of such a curriculum be? ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
In his continuing exploration of the thinking and practice behind global citizenship initiatives, Gordon Eldridge considers a study that examined the impact on students of a particular global citizenship curriculum in a private girls’ school in the United States. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
As we make decisions about the kind of global citizens we hope our schools will produce, it is important to examine some of the beliefs and assumptions which underpin differing conceptions of what it means to be a global citizen. ..more
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