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Wednesday, 23 September 2020

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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 Josefino Rivera, Jr.
In literature, we find comfort in narratives that follow what Joseph Campbell called the “hero’s journey,” the trajectory of a character who crosses into an unknown world only to return from the experience completely changed. But what about those that don’t return? ..more
By Lorelei Loveridge
Five days after Saudi Arabia’s King Salman declared a 21-day curfew that effectively turned into a compound lockdown, Lorelei Loveridge received the call every expat dreads. He was gone. She couldn't get home to be with family. And still the show had to go on. ..more
By George Pickford
The successful project for student-athletes at International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools, supporting their dual career aspirations, has been approved to now applies to both IB Diploma Programme (DP) and IB Career-related Programme (CP) students. ..more
By Richard Bampfylde
The explosion in early August that rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut left over 200 residents dead, 6,000 injured, and 350,000 homeless. This tragedy compounded existing social, political, economic, and health crises. Brummana High School Students stepped up. ..more
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
By Danau Tanu
In the course of pursuing her graduate studies, Danau Tanu went back to high school for a year. What came out of that intense period of observation was the first book on how structural racism operates in international schools. This article is the first in a series devoted to this topic. ..more
By Xoài David and Anna Clara Fontoura Fernandes Reynolds
The Organisation to Decolonise International Schools (ODIS) was launched in the summer of 2020 to address the ways in which global education systems were founded on colonial values, Western dominance and, inevitably, White Supremacy and racism—specifically anti-Blackness. ..more
By Daniel Wickner
Like other BIPOC individuals, Daniel Wickner feels as though he has earned a Ph.D. in Race and Culture, decades in the making. He uses that extensive knowledge and experience to support his students as they explore and construct their complex racial and cultural identities. ..more
By Jen Hardie
Reinforcement of the gender binary is present across the spectrum of school life, often hiding both in plain sight and in places we don’t always think to look. As educators, it is important that we learn to see how this binary can affect our students. ..more
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL NEWS
By Kimberly Kingry
The start of this new academic year meant opening our doors exclusively to faculty and staff. There is obvious disappointment in the lack of face-to-face engagement with our community. Still, we're determined to make this our Year of Recovery. ..more
By Anne Keeling, ISC Research
A new report published by ISC Research and Next Frontier Inclusion describes inclusion practices and trends within the world’s international schools market. A total of 207 international schools from 69 countries were surveyed; students with learning needs are present in most. ..more
By Robbie Jefferiss
Here in Singapore, we do an exercise with our Grade 11 students, asking them to visualize their future lives at age 30. COVID-19 rendered the exercise more fraught than usual. Flexibility of thinking may be one of the greatest strengths we can impart to our students at this time. ..more
COVID19
By Sena Chang
The abrupt change in pedagogy at The American School in Japan (ASIJ) brought on by the pandemic has sparked many conversations about the effectiveness and value of digital learning. Three middle schoolers shared their views with ASIJ student Sena Chang. ..more
By Lauren Mehrbach, Chris Beingessner and Chris Raymaakers
Reimagining school during the pandemic is a global re-creation. Students disembarked the buses at Singapore American School, excited for their first full day of in-person school since March. In many ways it resembled the start of the 2019-20 school year. But it wasn't. ..more
By Nafisa Mustafa, Age 10
"Throughout this learning experience, I have missed many things, but the biggest one is socializing. Being there in the physical classroom with the teacher was better and easier, for some inexplicable reason." ..more
THE PRINCIPALS' TRAINING CENTER
By Bambi Betts & Kristen MacConnell
Your team needs your leadership more than ever. Here are the top three things you can be doing as you lead your team remotely. In our independent, international schools, teacher leaders are best positioned to have meaningful and lasting impact. ..more
By Bambi Betts, Director, Principals’ Training Center
After weeks of deliberation, we at the Principals' Training Center made the decision. We will not take our 28 international school professional learning “experiences” that were due to take place over a five-week period in Miami and Rome online. Impact? ..more
By Kristen MacConnell, Director of the Teacher Training Center Programs with the PTC
Due to the quickly spreading coronavirus, many schools in Asia and a growing number of schools in Europe have had to shift to short-term online learning to keep students, faculty, and families safe. Thousands of teachers are teaching online for the first time. ..more
GLOBAL ONLINE ACADEMY
Learn practical strategies for supporting online learning in the middle grades. ..more
Creating a sense of belonging in school is a core element of student success and an essential component of diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Lear ..more
COVID-19 has changed the college admissions landscape. Learn three ways counselors can use online spaces to support students in their search. ..more
GOA surveyed 800 students about what they expect from online classes. Their answers offer helpful guidance for educators. ..more
We asked GOA students about the transferable competencies that matter to their learning experience. Here's what they told us. ..more
THE MARSHALL MEMO
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
“Shifting to online teaching can feel overwhelming,” says Pennsylvania teacher/ learning design coach Adam Lavallee in this Global Online Academy article. He suggests six ways of changing teaching to make the best use of the remote environment. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this Edutopia article, California teacher Madeleine Rogin says she really misses watching her kindergarten students play. How can young children’s play be incorporated in remote learning? Rogin has some concrete suggestions. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
Racism: “a system of advantage based on race that is created and maintained by an interplay between psychological factors and sociopolitical factors… so deeply embedded within U.S minds and U.S. society that it is virtually impossible to escape.” ..more
GORDON ELDRIDGE: LESSONS IN LEARNING
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
We all recognize the most common pattern of student talk: “listening to speak," or mentally preparing what they want to say rather than truly listening to understand. This kind of talk does not build shared understanding. So how can we get students to move beyond this? ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Heidi Andrade’s research review of 76 recent empirical studies summarizes what we currently know and what we still need to learn about student self-assessment. Which activities are most beneficial to learning? And how can we maximize their benefits? ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Human beings have a natural tendency to overlook evidence that conflicts with their current understanding--this is often referred to as “my side bias.” Could varying the instructional framing of an activity encourage students to actively consider information that conflicts with their own positions? ..more
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL APPOINTMENTS