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Educators Going Global

Author: Audrey Forgeron and David Carpenter

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Our mission is to inform both veteran and aspiring international educators about working overseas - What it’s like and how it's changing, Where to find more information, Why "going global" is so attractive and How and When to work through the recruiting process. We do this via targeted episodes where we give informational interviews as well as sharing personal vignettes related to all aspects of international education. We work to tell the full story so you are really in the know about international schools. We invite you to travel, teach and connect with us!
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We were so happy to interview fellow podcaster Nick DeForest! One of our wishes has been to have a guest who could explain what co-curricular programming looks like at international schools after school and on weekends. Nick, with his GLOBETROTTIN’ ADs podcast and website, is at the center of a global network of athletic directors and activity coordinators. As such, he can speak to what this programming looks like in international elementary, middle, and high schools. Nick DeForest ...
Wouldn’t it be great if everyone, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, and belief system could have a champion? Well, they do! It’s the Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color, founded by Kevin Simpson. Kevin joined us to speak to his efforts through AIELOC to expand DEIJ learning in international schools. Kevin is a native of Flint, Michigan. He owns and operates KDSL Global, an international education consulting company launched in 2016 in the USA a...
"Mr. Data, make it so" For the non-Trekkies out there, meet Chris Smith, academic data analyst.Chris joined us to speak about the importance of using data to improve multiple aspects of our schools. Through his 25 years in international education, Chris noticed schools and educators collecting data but seeming overwhelmed by it or needing help knowing what to do with it. So, he began coaching, teaching, and consulting with schools and educators to help them discover what...
We all -- students and teachers alike -- long to belong. Douglas Beam from Global Online Academy joined us to share his insights on the importance of working to build a sense of belonging for students in our schools. He also discussed his doctoral work on gender and sexual minorities in international schools. Douglas has been a teacher and leader in schools in Europe, Asia, and North America and currently works at GOA as the Associate Director of Member School Engagement. He has tau...
It is such a treat to reconnect with a former student and to discover where their life has led them. In this episode, we reconnected with Claire Gaul, a student from our Saudi days. Claire and her husband, Jamel, teach at their third international post, a school in China. They shared so many great insights that you might have to listen to the episode twice to take them all in!Claire is originally from California, and Jamel was raised in Alsace in a Tunisian/Algerian family. They enjoy t...
Who is the go-to resource for the lowdown on the current state of international school recruiting? Thanks to an introduction from super-connector Laura Light, we were fortunate enough to connect with one of the best-placed people for answers to our recruiting questions. Pauline O'Brien is the Global Recruitment Business Strategy Development Director at International School Services (ISS). We peppered Pauline with questions to help our listeners deepen their understanding of where things ...
!Hola a todos! You are in for a real treat today. We were fortunate enough to speak with Michael Adams, Executive Director of the TRI Association. This is an association of schools in Mexico, Central America, Colombia, and the Caribbean. Michael embodies the spirit of community, connection, and sharing that supports the TRI mission. He also represents yet another current and ex-HOS that is genuine, dedicated, and wise in their leadership. Starting with his own Going Global Story and then thro...
What happens when you speak with two leaders in the field of educational technology? You learn a lot! We were fortunate to speak with Dan Taylor and John Mikton, who, in their spare time, host the big dog of international education podcasting, The International Schools Podcast.Dan has been involved in the Google for Education community since 2006 and is the founder and director of AppsEvents, a Google-based PD provider. He has trained educators across the globe from El Salvador to Vietnam.&nb...
Sometimes we happen to read articles and blog posts that ring true to us. Occasionally, we may even think, “Hey, this author could be talking about me and my experiences!” Well, guess what? I had this sensation when reading an article in TIEonline entitled “My Identity as an International Educator.” The article really nailed the character strengths, dispositions, and experiences of individuals who “go global” to teach. I shared the article with Audrey and said, “Let’s get the author, San...
Are you looking to move into administration at some point? Do you know what it takes? Fortunately, we have lots of advice for you with our guest Dr. Gregory Moncada. Dr. Moncada is the Head of School for the Harare International School (HIS) in Zimbabwe and was previously the founding director of the Qatar Academy for Science and Technology (QAST), the Qatar Foundations’ new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) school. Prior to his leading role at HIS and QAST, Dr. Mo...
Support dogs positively influence our emotional state. So why not bring trained service dogs into schools?Meet 3 international educators who have begun support dogprograms: Brenda Manfredi (International School of Prague) has worked in New York, Bangkok, Thailand, and Hanoi, Vietnam. She and her family now live in Prague, Czech Republic.Program Description: ISP’s support dog program began after the COVID shutdown. It supports students and teachers and comprises two support dogs, Br...
What character strengths and dispositions help international educators start their going global journey to sustain them through the ups and downs of teaching and living internationally? We learned firsthand from our guest, Jessica Simmons, who shared a multi-part Going Global Story that models these traits. Jessica Simmons is from Melbourne, Australia. She has over 19 years of experience as a qualified educator. Working as a drama and humanities teacher across schools in various states o...
David and Audrey recorded a brief episode to explain that we are pausing for the summer. Additionally, we made a request for suggested topics or guests.Finally, we also reminded our listeners that listening to the podcast on their phones is an option to explore. Here are some instructions on how to do so. Have a relaxing summer, everyone!Remember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions ...
Please note: We had a lot of trouble with the audio quality of this recording, but it gets better after the first three minutes. Please keep listening!Have you ever considered all that goes into the search for a new Head of School? We were excited for this opportunity to learn more about this very important aspect of recruiting for international schools.Dr. Brent Mutsch joined us to outline the Head of School/Director/Superintendent search process led by Search Associates. Dr. Mutsch cur...
Building a community is a massive undertaking — especially when that community spans the globe!Ron Rosenow is the founder and driving force behind the International School Community website. He joins us to share how his “baby” has significantly grown over the past 12 years!Ron’s mission is to create the ultimate online platform for international school educators, where they can connect, collaborate, and share insights with like-minded professionals from around the globe.Ron provided insights ...
You may recognize the name Julia Walker from her TCK/CCK podcast, Across Oceans.Julia is an adult third culture/cross-cultural kid, a child of international educators, and a fellow podcaster. She grew up in Canada, Egypt, and Singapore before returning to Canada for university. Now, she is completing her Master’s degree in Environmental Science in Switzerland. When she is not studying or hiking in the mountains, she hosts her podcast Across Oceans, discussing everything related to TCKs/CCKs w...
Talk about a Cross-Cultural Kid!Harry Qian is an undergraduate at UC Berkeley planning to study Physics. He has Chinese blood flowing in his veins, grew up along the banks of River Tiber in Italy, and received his education at an American International School in Rome. During his downtime at Berkeley, he volunteers in an aid organization, connects with other ethnic-Chinese students in a university-based club, and regularly holds “Harry’s Review Sessions,” helping his friends with their ac...
Did you know that teacher candidates in selected U.S. universities can do their student teaching overseas? What an opportunity, right! We decided to learn more about this option by speaking with Dr. Danielle Carrier who is an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Southern Mississippi. Danielle recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Practice. Before her doctoral study, Danielle was an elementary school teac...
International Schools Services is an organization that provides, well, services for international schools. You may be familiar with their recruiting fairs, but ISS offers so much more than that. These two ladies helped us learn more about ISS. Nadine Richards is ISS’s Director of Leadership Searches. Previously, she served as a Teacher as well as in a variety of leadership roles in the USA and UAE. Nadine co-designed an Aspiring Leaders of Color Mentoring Program. Nadine co-chairs ...
Ghazi Gashut grew up as an international student who attended a large variety of international schools. He truly exemplifies what it is to be a TCK - a third culture kid, or someone who is not “from” the host country, but is not really “from” their country of passport either, hence “third culture”. Another, more recent term for this is “Cross-cultural kid”. Audrey was lucky enough to get to know Ghazi a little bit when he was in high school at the International Community School of Addis ...
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