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Sunday, 9 May 2021


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)

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By Kim Cofino
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By James Toney
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By Zenaida Cubbinz
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By Kelly Owens
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By Lily Chang
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By Rama Ndiaye
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By Shwetangna Chakrabarty
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By Richard Bampfylde
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Pedagogy & Learning
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By Dr Karen L. Taylor
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By Dr. Rachel Ball
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By Bambi Betts
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By Bambi Betts
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By Bambi Betts
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By Kim Marshall
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By Kim Marshall
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By Kim Marshall
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By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
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By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
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By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
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