Language in international schools: Moving away from the monolingual monolith

Eowyn Crisfield, an expert on bilingualism in international schools, will lead a workshop at the upcoming CIS Symposia on Intercultural Learning in Amsterdam (9 & 10 March 2017) and Singapore (23 & 24 March 2017). International school leaders and teachers interested in learning the latest research and gaining practical advice on effective language development in international schools are encouraged to attend. More information here.

A role of many international schools is to provide an English-language education for international students from a variety of backgrounds. Underpinning this belief is the implicit assumption that the school is responsible for teaching non-English speaking children to speak English, and to succeed in …

Posted by CIS on Wednesday January 11 at 10:57
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The Importance to School Communities of Accreditation Award Ceremonies

by Graham Ranger, Director of School Support & Evaluation, CIS

We often say, in accreditation circles, that the process is as important, if not more so, than the accreditation award. Of course, there are many reasons why a school chooses CIS International Accreditation but the most important drivers are those which help the school provide a better international education for its students. We achieve this by asking the school to engage with its community in consultation, through the CIS Community Survey, as part of the Self-Study process through which all constituents are represented and all groups (students; faculty; support staff; Board members; leadership; parents; and sometimes alumni) are involved. It is a community endeavour. …

Posted by CIS on Thursday December 22, 2016
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Myth-busting and fact-finding

  A conversation with Tim Gerrish OBE

In mid-November, educators from 56 schools in 24 countries gathered in Dubai for the CIS Child Protection Workshop, second in a series of four workshops around the world. Local educational officials from KHDA, the Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority, also attended to provide local perspective and advice, as agencies around the world work collaboratively to strengthen school standard for child protection. Among the outstanding strand leaders, Tim Gerrish OBE worked with attendees in the School Policies and Practices strand, covering how safeguarding should be strengthened in the leadership dimension. With more than 30 years working in law enforcement, including many years of …

Posted by CIS on Sunday December 18, 2016
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Governmental Leadership: What does it take?

By Jane Larsson, Executive Director, Council of International Schools

Three years ago, I squeezed myself into a primary school chair at one of our schools, and looked across the low table into the eyes of four nine-year olds, each from a different country. “So,” I asked, “how are you doing? Are you developing into global citizens?” The little boy sitting across from me retorted, “We’re NOWHERE NEAR being ready as global citizens!” I asked him, “Why not?”

“Well”, he said, “You don’t always know how to ...act around people from other places. When someone new comes to our school…you have to be careful…” “If you talk to someone who is …

Posted by CIS on Monday November 14, 2016
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Learning what you don't know about Child Protection

 By Hannah Sapunor-Davis, Communications Coordinator, Council of International Schools

“My job is to tell you what you don’t know and, what you don’t know that you don’t know.” This is how Dr Joe Sullivan, a leading forensics expert, explains his role at the CIS Child Protection Workshops. It can be disconcerting when school leaders realize that they are missing vital information. And when that lack of knowledge means they are missing signs of children being abused, this discomfort creates an urgent need for expertise and resources. For this reason, we’ve created a series of Child Protection workshops throughout the world led by CIS Affiliated Consultants to support and empower …

Posted by CIS on Friday November 4, 2016
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