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Leading schools interculturally - A course for school leaders

How do leaders model their values and engender trust across a school community? How do they translate their values into authentic conversations across diverse communities? How do they develop intercultural understanding and ultimately, a shared purpose across cultures if their purpose is to educate for global citizenship? The growth of such an environment needs to be led.

We have developed an online course to help you explore and strengthen how your leadership skills support a meaningful international education in your school – Leading Schools Interculturally. Three modules have been designed to support how school leaders view intercultural relationships, connections and processes in their schools.

After completing the course, you will be able to:​​​​​​​

  • Identify successful leadership of intercultural learning
  • Identify intercultural leadership capabilities in yourself and others
  • Integrate intercultural leadership into a distributed leadership approach
  • Create a strategic action plan to identify successful characteristics of global citizenship and what it looks like in practice
  • Connect intercultural leadership to CIS International Accreditation standards

CIS Cultural & Learning Survey

This tool will help your school community understand how cultural diversity can influence teaching and learning. The survey gathers data to help you understand students' preferences relating to individuality, collaboration, communication, cross-cultural understanding, relationship to authority, and more. Results can be used to inform decision-making at a variety of levels, from working with students individually to the whole-school analysis on a strategic level. With dashboards built for easy monitoring and analysis, you’ll be able to measure progress of students taking the survey, as well as filter results by grade, gender, parent nationality, and number of years in school to draw big-picture conclusions about cultural dynamics in your school.

This survey is an initiative between the CIS Research & Development team and the International School of Helsinki, and has been validated by experts in research and analytics at Boston College in the USA. Nearly 20 diverse schools participated to pilot this survey with over 4,000 students responses.