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.
Inclusion via diversity, equity & anti-racism (I-DEA)
We are all accountable across our international education community for purposefully and intentionally creating learning environments that ensure students have an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and anti-racist experience in our care.
Starting with strong foundational concepts that are grounded in being self-reflective, deliberate, and evaluative, we can help you make progress in your school in these important areas.
Taking time to develop and strengthen our foundations—individually and institutionally—is essential, no matter how progressive or rudimentary we are in our thinking and actions.
We must then go beyond the foundational work and put our thinking into practice, accelerating the ethical renewal of international school communities to nurture and sustain inclusion via diversity, equity, and anti-racism (I-DEA), anchored in human and children’s rights.*
Intercultural competence and the ability to understand, interact with, and navigate diversity in all its forms is essential to creating equity in schools and universities.
*Reference: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; Adopted in 1989
We can help you do the groundwork.
Our workshops, webinars, research, briefing, and other resources are designed for CIS member schools on their I-DEA journey via the CIS Community portal > Services > I-DEA.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
Biases can emerge over time, and regular reflection is essential for us to nurture a healthy and inclusive environment for our school communities. This is especially important as you consider your human resources and recruitment practices. Orpheus Crutchfield and Mary Rose Fernandez describe the key challenges facing schools and applicants.
The Frankfurt International School community is learning to be comfortable with discomfort, adding drops of colour, how to make progress with transparency, research, global awareness, and social responsibility. Hear their story from Loretta Fernando-Smith and Christopher Wilcox.
Environmental sustainability is a complex topic and an element of our Global Citizenship Model that emerged from CIS research in 2022. We turned to our member schools and universities to learn from their innovative sustainability practices; where to start, how to overcome challenges, and expand our learning.