CIS SYMPOSIUM ON INTERCULTURAL LEARNING | AMSTERDAM

Dates: 9 & 10 March 2017
Location: The International School of Amsterdam, Amstelveen, The Netherlands

Programme

STRAND A | DEVELOPING CULTURALLY COMPETENT LEADERS & TEACHERS: WHY & HOW

Ann Straub | Strand Leader

Ann Straub is an International Advisor and a Qualified Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Administrator for the Council of International Schools (CIS). In this role, she supports a variety of projects including CIS professional development projects and International Certification: Educating for Global Citizenship (IC).  Most recently Ann has conducted a workshop, Intercultural Competence and Leading Intercultural School, for the Association of International School Heads Summer Seminar in Bavaria, and published articles on Educating for Global Citizenship in the ACER Teacher Magazine as well as the InterED International Educator Publication. She provides professional development to schools world-wide who strive to develop interculturally competent global citizens.

Ann now lives Middlebury, Vermont, United States after spending the majority of her educational career as an international educator.

Educators as Intercultural Connectors in the Context of International School Communities

Presenter: Martha Ross & Mike Izzard
School: Vienna International School & Tokyo International School

This research project begins with the belief that teachers and leaders in international schools are proficient intercultural communicators. They have experienced intercultural contexts and created cultural connections, according to personal motivation, in their pedagogical practice. To date intercultural skills have gone unrecognized in recruitment, retention and teacher training systems.

The focus of this work is primarily on the skills that international educators use to educate students with diverse cultural backgrounds and support students in their culturally pluralistic lives. Using an existing model in literature, the Cultural Intelligence Scale, (CQS), an intercultural competency scale is developed to measure the extent to which educators recognized their levels of intercultural competence.

This work critiques other models of intercultural competence, such as the Intercultural Development Inventory, (IDI), Hammer, (2012), due to the fixed definition it creates, based on a lack of intercultural skills. This research methodology locates intercultural competence and pedagogy on a developmental scale of four competencies; awareness, understanding, sensitivity and pedagogy.  Relevant research in the field informs this work, primarily the work of Pearce, (2013), and Walker (2016), in the areas of cultural connection and cultural differentiation. Teacher student connection is a focus for the study, and educators are seen as role models of acceptance, connection, respect and value for all cultures.

This presentation focuses on the skills used to promote Intercultural learning and the effects that these can have on each student’s learning and school experience. For Intercultural Learning to happen in school settings, the pedagogies of the teachers have to be considered. Questions need to be raised about up-skilling international school educators to understand the correlations of achievement with self-esteem, valuing personal and cultural identity and diverse educational expectations created by cultural pluralism and diverse cultural experiences.

Delegates can expect discussion opportunities related to the identification of intercultural skills and ideas on how these can impact recruitment, retention and career progression within our school organizations. A focus for these discussions will be the effects that cultural awareness and appreciation can have on students and their visibility when they are learning in our schools.

Effective Leadership Development for an Interconnected World

Presenter: Gavin Hornbuckle
School: American School of Brasilia

International school leaders must take intercultural competence into account if they are to improve the instructional program of their institutions.  Heads of school, administrators and board members are not the only school personnel who can be considered leaders, however. Leadership may be conceived as being distributed throughout the organization. Research indicates that collective leadership, or the extent of influence that organizational members (including teachers) and stakeholders exert on decisions in their schools, has a stronger influence on student outcomes than individual leadership. Therefore, teachers as leaders have an influence on student outcomes, including the development of intercultural competence. Shared leadership between principals and teachers is related to stronger working relationships among teachers, which results in higher student achievement. Strong professional community among teachers is a predictor of instructional practices that have positive associations with student learning.  This workshop will discuss research related to the development of interculturally competent leaders and teachers, highlighting universal and culturally specific elements of leadership.  Participants will be asked to consider ways in which professional development programs might be created in their schools to improve the intercultural skill sets of teachers, administrators and board members.

Intercultural Competency: What Does It Look Like in Schools and How Is It Developed?

Presenter: Ann Straub
Organisation: Council of International Schools

The session will be based on the following focus questions:

  • What is intercultural competence?
  • How does intercultural competence fit within the development of global citizenship?
  • What does intercultural competence look like in a school?
  • How does intercultural competence develop in school leaders, teachers, and students?

Achieving Intercultural Competency among school leaders, teachers and students is a lofty long-term goal which may feel like a daunting task for schools. Beginning with addressing intercultural competency as defined by the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) ® , we will explore its place within an intercultural/transcultural school, intercultural learning, and global citizenship. We will see examples of the CIS International Certification global citizenship framework incorporating intercultural competency.  As well, the characteristics of interculturally competent schools will be identified.  There will be an opportunity to reflect on your own intercultural competence as leaders and teachers, and to assess where your schools are in the development of global citizens.

International Mindedness – a Closer Look through a Stereotypes Wheel

Presenter: Angeline Aow
School: Berlin International School

What does it mean to be an interculturally competent leader?  How do our opinions of others, based on our cultural beliefs, effect our decision making?  Want to learn more about a Knowledge Wheel about stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination and rationalisation? This session is based on the work of Jean-Paul Restoule, University of Toronto, using a retelling of the Sioux Lookout Anti-Racism Committee’s description of how stereotyping leads to discrimination.  Come and learn about how a Knowledge Wheel can be used to raise awareness of stereotyping, how power + prejudice = discrimination, and share ideas of how to ensure that stereotypes do not become self-fulling prophecies.  Walk away with an effective CPD strategy for promoting intercultural growth in your school.  An easy to grasp concept you can replicate that will resonate by shifting beliefs of your community towards better intercultural understanding.
KEYNOTE & PLENARY SESSIONS
Languages and Hyperspheres in our Brains: Towards a New Paradigm for Intercultural Learning?
Speaker: Bruno della Chiesa
Institution: Visiting Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  

Educating for 2030
Speaker: Michael Stevenson
Institution: Senior Advisor, Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD)

  

Educational Universality Through a Humane Lens: We ≠ You + Me
Speaker:
 Haifa Hajjar Najjar
Institution: Senator in the Upper House of the Jordanian Parliament (Jordanian Senate), Superintendent of Ahliyyah School for Girls and Bishop's School for Boys Amman


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