‘Every generation's experience of youth is different. And ours is framed by social media.’ The quote is from a speech by a 14-year-old keynote speaker at a Childnet Safer Internet Day event in 2023. It makes it clear that young people have a unique experience to share. It's vital that we promote student agency and include their voices in our work to ensure they have the skills to navigate the online world safely, especially in the context of a rapidly changing tech world.
What we're hearing from our school and university community about adapting to sustainable practices, redefining success metrics, engaging parents, and supporting diverse student pathways beyond secondary school.
When students know you care about the issues affecting them online and can guide them with up-to-date and engaging online safety education, the space for discussion and support begins to take shape. Here are resources to help.
Emerging findings from pedagogy research with participating school leaders, teachers, administrators, parents, and students. Our overall goal is to provide resources through an open source toolkit to support schools as they lead pedagogical change in their communities.
As international schools continue to expand their horizons with off-site educational trips, the importance of student safety during these excursions has never been more important. Leila Holmyard outlines ten practical steps all schools can follow to ensure off-site adventures are not only educational and enriching but also safe and secure.
As we reflect on the past year, it's with a sense of pride that we share the milestones and innovations that have marked our journey.
Gaps persist related to gender, ethnicity, and contract type. Learn what the 2023 data shows about the salaries and benefits of 373 heads of school in 106 different countries and what you can do about it.
'The latest iteration of the CIS Vision calls for our organization to support the development of socially responsible leadership through international education. When asked how I would describe my role here, the term critical friend comes to mind. I'm here to support the internal transformation.' Hear more from Dr Nneka Johnson
Congratulations to this year's recipients! Guidance counsellors and admissions professionals at our member schools and universities make up an impressive community supporting student transition to higher education worldwide. It’s our great pleasure to recognise and celebrate their work each year through the CIS Higher Education Awards.
'I had a hard conversation yesterday. One of the hardest I have ever had. It punched me, right in the gut.' Loretta Fernando-Smith shares a personal story and advice for fellow teachers.
In schools worldwide, educators and staff members play a critical role in promoting the well-being of students. One pressing concern that schools must address is self-harm among students. Self-harm is a complex issue that demands a sensitive and informed approach that takes account of your school’s culture and context.
Neither admissions nor counselling exists on culturally neutral terrains. That is, everything that we do in the realm of admissions and counselling is culturally influenced. Darnell Fine asks: what is the dominant culture holding influence over these processes?
‘I came out the second the plane touched the runway’ ... Dane Rowley shares guidance for schools and universities on how to know and do better to support LGBTQ+ international students moving to study in new countries.
Our hearts are heavy as we learn how conflict around the world is impacting colleagues, students and their families in schools and universities. Here’s some guidance as we try to make sense of and navigate these distressing times.
'I’ve learned there’s an art to asking a good question that elicits authentic responses in the spirit of openness and collaboration.' Scott Huyler reflects on visiting a school as part of his school support and evaluation work.
'I’ve just started a year-long internal Fellowship at CIS, the organization’s first role of this kind ...' Hear more from Dr Nneka Johnson.
'We are preparing for an overnight camp with students, and one of the children in my grade level is transgender. This is a first for us. …’ Read how Dr Emily Meadows guided a recent teacher inquiry.
When Sudan’s civil war swept into the capital, Khartoum, in May 2023, two CIS school leaders faced unprecedented challenges and difficult decisions. In this first of a three-part series, we're highlighting challenges facing CIS member schools worldwide as they mitigate risk and navigate crises.
We're hearing that schools are increasingly concerned about suicidal ideation and the risk of suicide in their communities, especially since the pandemic. Leila Holmyard outlines some resources and guidance around prevention, response and policies.
Student agency in promoting anti-discriminatory practices is key in shaping student experiences both at school and in life beyond school. During student interviews with a group of primary school students at a recent preparatory evaluation visit to Braeburn Dar Es Salaam, I asked what anti-discrimination meant to them.