Engaging Leadership: Developing an Intercultural Mindset

Speaker: Dr. Beverly D. Shaklee
Institution: George Mason University, United States

Developing the dispositions or intercultural mindset for educational leaders, including teacher leaders, is not a workshop or a presentation; it is a way of thinking about the world that encompasses creating a framework to assess the development of intercultural skills, knowledge and dispositions across the entire school while engaging successfully with the community. The process of engaging educational leaders in the development of a school wide framework, beginning with their own attributes of IC, will be based in part on the work of Deardorff (2009), Pearce (2013) and others. Pusch (2009) notes that while many may reach leadership positions in their home cultures; leaders with the ability to deal constructively inter-culturally are made. She further asserts that the skill set includes the ability to manage stress; communicate effectively; take multiple perspectives; and the ability to manage change in a borderless environment. Participants are encouraged to bring their own school-wide and/or departmental plans for developing IC attributes for educators. Sharing 'what works' as well as problem-solving 'what is next' during this interactive sessions will be part of our joint inquiry. A goal of this presentation is for participants to leave with an action-plan for IC development for adults along with the appropriate resources to implement the plan.


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