Educators Going Global

Audrey Forgeron and David Carpenter

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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53. Mr. Data (But With a Human Touch!) - Meet Chris Smith and Learn to Embrace Educational Data
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53. Mr. Data (But With a Human Touch!) - Meet Chris Smith and Learn to Embrace Educational Data
"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 data they needed and how they could turn it into information that led to useful insights and informed decision-making. Chris has engaged with school districts in the United States and international schools worldwide through this work. Chris is passionate about helping educators and school leaders save time and make sense of their data.Here are a few of the topics covered in this episode: Defining the term “data” in educationInstead of data-driven decision-making using the term data informed decision-makingThe big areas and some lesser-known ones that data can be drawn from in our schoolsGathering data in the classroom to inform instruction and further assessmentsData VisualizationDrawing data from qualitative and experiential learning experiences, including concept-based learning experiencesWhere international schools stand now regarding their use of technology and information processing in teaching and learning including roles and job titles in this fieldDigital citizenship and digital wellnessGenAI in schoolsRecruiting and important skill sets regarding technology, information use and data gathering and interpretation – which connects to data literacy for educatorsOur Guiding Question was, “Why is data gathering and analysis so important in our schools? Second, how are technology and information processing integral to teaching and learning in our schools?” The show was recorded on March 27, 2024. Chris’ Contact Information: LinkedInCategories: School Life | Data | InstructionResources Mentioned in the Episode:ISTE StandardsInformation and Communication Literacies (ICL)Smith VisualizationsRemember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.
52. Longing for Belonging? Let Douglas Beam Help Point the Way!
May 10 2024
52. Longing for Belonging? Let Douglas Beam Help Point the Way!
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 taught or coordinated programs in elementary, middle, and high school and at the graduate level. As a school leader, he has had several roles, including head of the department, grade level coordinator, IB Middle Years Programme coordinator, and GOA site director. His leadership has focused on collaborative program building, curriculum development, school policy, and pastoral care. Douglas is passionate about making schools where all students feel a sense of belonging. He earned a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from the University of New England, where his dissertation focused on a sense of belonging in international schools for gender and sexual minority students. Douglas lives in Ohio with his husband and their twin boys.Our Guiding Question was, “What does it mean to experience a sense of belonging in an international school environment, and how can we, as teachers, best support our students in developing theirs?” Here are some of the topics covered: A definition of belongingFactors that nurture belongingWays students in elementary, middle, and high school would describe their sense of belonging.How an identity as an international student differs from an identity as a student in a person’s home country.The positive and negative “forces” affecting international students as they develop their identities. School leaders and teachers can implement programs and strategies to improve the environments inside as well as outside the classroom to support student well-being in terms of feeling supported and connected to others. And we heard a few highlights from Douglas’ dissertation on gender and sexual minorities in our schools. The show was recorded on February 16, 2024. Douglas’ Contact Information: LinkedIn Douglas BeamCategories: School Life | TransitionsResources Mentioned in the Episode:Douglas’ Doctoral Thesis on Belonging in International Schools The Global Online Academy (GOA) Remember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.
51. When Kids are Part of the Equation: Recruiting as a Family, With Claire and Jamel
Apr 26 2024
51. When Kids are Part of the Equation: Recruiting as a Family, With Claire and Jamel
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 traveling, grilling, and being outdoors. They have 9-year-old twins (Luke and Leia) who are in 4th grade. Luke loves animals, electronics, mixed tapes, and researching how to be prepared for worst-case scenarios. Leia loves reading, cats, macaroons, and drawing comics.The guiding question for this episode was, “What are some common experiences for international teaching families?” Jamel and Claire covered many topics, including: Teachers should be ready for their preconceptions and generalizations regarding host countries to be mistaken. Consider healthcare and how well the school can support your children, especially if there are special needs. Infrastructure, including transportation, government services, and ease of travel should also be considered. Benefits for kids include smaller classes, the potential for more individualized support, co-curricular programming, diversity of friends, exposure to new languages, and growing social and geopolitical awareness. Benefits for parents include working with teachers from other cultures and connecting with other expats, who may also be parents. Struggles can come from language barriers, differences in cultural understanding, feelings of loss with respect to the previous location. Part of what makes the new school and community work comes from parental modeling of positive attitudes and commitment to personal growth. Claire and Jamel offered recruiting strategies for couples with children. One recommendation is to balance career opportunities with schools that meet your children’s needs while keeping your options wide open. Also, be prepared for some schools on your wish list not to be the best fit for your family.This episode was recorded on December 9, 2023.Contact Information: Claire on LinkedIn and Jamel on LinkedInResources Mentioned in the Episode: IB Diploma Programme Design Technology Teachers Facebook GroupCategories: School Life | Recruiting | Transitions | Finances | Travel | Family Remember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.
50. Embodying Your Values: Meet Kam Chohan, Executive Director of ECIS
Apr 12 2024
50. Embodying Your Values: Meet Kam Chohan, Executive Director of ECIS
Can you feel the energy in the air? This was a zinger of an episode!Kam Chohan, the Executive Director of the Educational Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS), joined us for this episode. With a background in education and leadership, Kam Chohan is a learning leader who brings insight, wisdom, and compassion to the role. She demonstrates the ability to build meaningful, lasting relationships that contribute to personal and organizational development and improvement.Kam is a passionate educator and has enjoyed lecturing in mathematics and business in previous roles. As an example of her commitment to student learning, Kam worked with the UK Government’s Behaviour Insights Team to apply the Nudge Theory to improve student outcomes on a national level. This highlights her innovative approach to education and her commitment to making a positive impact.Kam received the 1885 NEASC Award for Exemplary Service to Education in December 2022. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of education, further confirming Kam’s dedication and excellence in her work.Kam is committed to social justice and equity through diversity, inclusion, and intercultural understanding in international education.Our Guiding Question was, “What does the ECIS organization do, and how can educators access its services?”Kam covered many topics, including: ECIS started off by supporting schools in Europe but has now expanded to schools around the worldECIS’s professional learning opportunities and outreach have grown tenfold in the past four yearsInclusion is at the core of Kam’s work, working with “thought partners” to support learningSpecial interest groups (e.g., PE, math, library) connect to share best practicesThe mission is to make the world a better place while preparing tomorrow’s leaders to do the sameChild Protection and DEIJ are key PD programs ECIS has Middle Leader training offeringsECIS aims to approach recruiting with new eyes, questioning previous practices by bringing in more diversity of hires, including local educatorsECIS seeks to bring in student voicesSome trends Kam sees include: helping school communities with well-being and balance; the growth of AI and how to bring in ethics in approaching it; ongoing work with curriculum.  The show was recorded on January 9, 2024. Kam’s Contact Information: LinkedInCategories: School Life | Recruiting | Professional Learning | DEIJ | Child ProtectionRemember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.
49. Starting With the Man in the Mirror: Examining Our Practice With an Eye to Improving DEIJ - A Rich Conversation with Ken Shelton
Mar 29 2024
49. Starting With the Man in the Mirror: Examining Our Practice With an Eye to Improving DEIJ - A Rich Conversation with Ken Shelton
Warning: Show contains critical amounts of meaty information! Ken Shelton joined us to discuss how schools can effectively design and implement new programs. He used DEIJ as a case study for managing the change process. Ken Shelton is an award-winning educator and international keynote speaker addressing critical issues from multimedia literacy to cultural intelligences to Artificial Intelligence. Ken has over two decades of experience and an MEd specializing in Ed Tech and New Media Design and Production. An Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and Microsoft Innovative Educator, Ken has also served on California's Education Technology Task Force. His accolades, including the Digital Equity Professional Learning Network Excellence Award, Computer Using Educators Platinum Disc Award,  ISTE's Making IT Happen Award, and EdTech Magazine's top influencer, underscore his commitment to enhancing digital learning while addressing the challenges of digital equity. Our Guiding Question was, “What tools do school leaders need in their change management toolkits as they work to design and implement policies and programs to grow awareness and understanding of the principles of DEIJ within their communities?” Here are some topics Ken unpacked: The value of using Habits of Mind, understanding of cognitive biases, and cultural norms to assist schools in program development.Formative and summative measurements aimed at accountability are important to ensure goals are met and programs are sustainable. We looked at various avenues for professional learning.Ken provided a snapshot of DEIJ learning services for individuals, groups, or whole staff. We talked about how Generative AI fits into looking at DEIJ. Ken shared some high points and struggles working with international schools to grow their DEIJ awareness.The show was recorded on March 1, 2024. Ken’s WebsiteResources Mentioned:CASELClear Thinking by Shane ParrishHabits of MindRemember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.
48. Shedding "Light" on What Keeps Heads Up at Night - A Second Conversation With Laura Light
Mar 15 2024
48. Shedding "Light" on What Keeps Heads Up at Night - A Second Conversation With Laura Light
What keeps international school heads awake at night? What all-important areas of decision-making currently occupy their thoughts? What trends in international education are they focused on? To find out, we again reached out to the very well-connected Laura Light, Executive Director of the Association for the Advancement of International Education. Laura joined AAIE in 2021, bringing in years of experience working alongside school heads and senior leadership, supporting the critical task of recruiting teachers and administrative talent.  Before joining AAIE, Laura served as the Director of Global Recruitment at International Schools Services (ISS). Before joining ISS in 2007, Laura was an international educator for many years, working in Kuwait, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Singapore, and London, as well as the United States. Her knowledge of international schools is deeply rooted in her upbringing as she is also a Third Culture Kid.Laura has served on the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children Educational Board and is a member of the Diversity Collaborative. She understands the challenges faced and is a natural community builder and an assertive advocate for quality leadership in our international schools worldwide.  Laura greatly enjoys her work supporting international school leaders and values the interactions and experiences she encounters while traveling, which is her biggest joy. When not on the road, she resides in New Jersey with her partner.The guiding question for the episode was, “What are international school leaders and directors of regional organizations currently talking about?”We covered several topics, including: Wellness around collective care and actionAdaptive changeGenerative AIProfessional LearningRegional OrganizationsDEIJLocal and global concerns of school leadersSchools helping other schools during crisis situationsThis episode was recorded on September 25, 2023. Laura’s Contact Information: LinkedInResources Mentioned in the Episode:AAIE and Podcast and the New School ProjectGlobal Online AcademyAvenues Online School Several regional organizations were mentioned, so go to our Resource Library for their links. Categories: Recruiting | School Life | Leadership | Wellness | PDRemember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.
47. Consulting the Consultant: Updates from Jacqueline Mallais of JPMint Consulting
Feb 29 2024
47. Consulting the Consultant: Updates from Jacqueline Mallais of JPMint Consulting
International teacher consultant Jacqueline Mallais joined us once again from Guadalajara, Mexico, for this episode. Jacqueline is a former international teacher and school leader with over 20 years of experience in six countries on four continents. Since heading overseas in 1996, she has helped numerous teachers secure amazing opportunities abroad. Originally from Ottawa, Canada, and now living in beautiful Guadalajara, Mexico, Jacqueline offers her consulting services to teachers looking for personal help and guidance on their job search journey. Our Guiding Question was, “What lessons were learned last year in your role as an international teacher consultant? What is recruiting looking like now?” This was Jacqueline’s fourth interview with us; as always, we had many helpful takeaways. Our main interests were in finding out how things were going with her consulting business and the state of recruiting for the coming year. Jacqueline didn’t disappoint, providing detailed information that anyone in the recruiting arena would do well to take on board. Lessons learned in her business: namely, that she loves her job, which is really more of a “calling” for her, and that she gets a lot of referrals through the International Teacher Podcast Takeaways from the past year:  such as the fact that recruiting is now a full-year proposition and also that she feels that her consulting provides “good value for her clients’ money”.Trends she sees this year: there are many job postings out there, and at the same time, schools are now doing a lot of early hiring to “lock in” solid candidates.Words of wisdom she shared, such as: Teachers might be tempted to write resumes and cover letters using AI – it might help with the process but it can’t replace the human touch, as well as “apply for everything” and “recruiting can be a big expense and a stressful time, but it’s worth it in the end if you find a school that is your perfect match” – and at the same time, resist the temptation to grab that first contract just to be done with the process.The show was recorded on November 21, 2023. Jacqueline’s Contact Information: Her website is JPMint ConsultingShe also can be followed on: FB: jpmintconsultingIG: jpmintconsultingLinkedIn: Jacqueline MallaisTwitter: jpmintconsultYouTube: jpmintconsultingCategories: Recruiting | Transitions | Finance Remember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.
46. Meet a Recruiting Phenom: Pauline O'Brien from International Schools Services
Feb 16 2024
46. Meet a Recruiting Phenom: Pauline O'Brien from International Schools Services
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 stand concerning recruiting and other trends in international education. Pauline has 20+ years of experience in professional recruiting, client service, and school board relations in international education. She has designed multi-faceted learning opportunities for international schools, which include competency-based recruiting strategies, skills-based interviewing methods, and STAR application profiles. Pauline has served on the International Task Force for Child Protection and has been a board member of Women’s Business Initiative International and ACCESS in the Netherlands. Originally from Ireland, Pauline resides with her family in the Netherlands, where she studied international business in Dutch.The guiding question was, "What are recent changes and trends in international school recruiting?"Here are some of the many topics that Pauline spoke to: Pauline's background in the corporate world brings new perspectives to how international schools approach their work. Child safeguarding continues to be a key trend. Recruiting should be about evaluating candidates' skills and aptitudes.Pauline mentioned some of the services that ISS offers,  including learning materials to help with recruiting. Listen to the interview with Nadine Richards and Dana Specker Watts for more on this.We compared virtual fairs during the COVID lockdown with in-person recruitment fairs. The recruiting "season" is now year-round. ISS is working with schools to diversify their recruiting outreach. ISS offers orientation activities for first-time applicants at its fairs . Be ready with targeted, relevant questions during interviews. Our profiling tool can help with this.Veterans: avoid being overconfident - so much in recruiting has changed recently. Many international educators left China during the COVID lockdown; some are now returning.  We discussed the nature of so-called “hardship posts”. A few related trends concern health insurance, well-being, support for staff, PD, and crisis management.Remember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.
45. Want a Better CV? Better See V! A Conversation With Job Search Coach Valeria Laitinen
Feb 2 2024
45. Want a Better CV? Better See V! A Conversation With Job Search Coach Valeria Laitinen
Are you going recruiting? Is your résumé up to date? Are you prepared for your interviews? If not, maybe you’d better see V! Yes; that’s the tagline for Valeria Laitinen, an international school principal who moonlights as a consultant helping educators prepare for the international recruiting process. She can help with all aspects of the job-seeking endeavor, from A to Z. We covered several topics in this episode, including: Valeria’s experiences as part of a diplomatic family (we are linking below, an interview she did for another podcast that goes more deeply into this topic). The process of becoming a recruiting coachLots of advice for first-timers and for veterans preparing to recruit The research process to learn about schoolsRecruiting fairs and making direct contact with schoolsTransitionsPreparing for and moving into leadership rolesValeria’s services offered through her consultancy effortsValeria Laitinen is an international educator and administrator who has taught, worked, and lived in nine countries. In addition to working in schools, Valeria recently established a CV, cover letter, and job search consulting business called Better See V and has been supporting teachers, administrators, and job seekers outside of education to polish their application materials and find their next job. Valeria is married to a US diplomat, and they have two children in college in the US. Valeria is a third culture kid herself, as she was born in Italy to an Italian mother and American father and attended an international school in Milan through middle school before moving to the US for high school.Our guiding question was, “How can international educators make the most of the recruiting process?”. This episode was recorded on October 11, 2023.Contact Information: Valeria’s Better See V website; LinkedInResources Mentioned in the Episode: George Mason University Teaching the International Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate Tales from a Small Planet City Reports and School ReportsTEACH-NOW Teacher Preparation Certificate ProgramUS State Department Office of Overseas Schools Fact SheetsValeria being Interviewed about life as a faRemember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.
43. Warm Vibes From Latin America: A Heartfelt Chat with Dr. Michael Adams of the TRI Association
Jan 5 2024
43. Warm Vibes From Latin America: A Heartfelt Chat with Dr. Michael Adams of the TRI Association
!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 throughout the interview, Michael demonstrated warmth and humanity that clearly reflected the vibe of the part of the world that is his chosen home.A few of the topics covered in the interview: The role and mission of TRITRI initiatives and activitiesWhen recruiting to the region, what can one expect regarding school cultures, practices, positives, and challenges. Topics and trends for the region going forwardDr. Adams is a long-time LATAM leader, educator, administrator, colleague, and friend!! More importantly, he is a very proud husband (going on 36 years with Clara Rico), father of three adult boys (David, Nicolas, and Tomas), and grandfather of two amazing little boys (Eduardo and Lucas)! After growing up as a TCK in Tokyo, Japan, attending ASIJ, and then going for his undergrad degree and graduate school in Texas, Michael has spent the past 33 years in Colombia and Mexico, an experience that has made him the person he is today: a true global citizen! Our two different guiding questions were, “What does the TRI Association do, and how can educators access its services?” This episode was recorded on November 6, 2023.Contact Information: TRI Association Contact Page Resources Mentioned in the Episode: TRI AssociationErma Anderson: Math in International SchoolsCategories: School Life | Recruiting Remember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.
42. The "OG" International Education Podcasters: Meet Dan Taylor and John Mikton of the ISP
Dec 22 2023
42. The "OG" International Education Podcasters: Meet Dan Taylor and John Mikton of the ISP
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. John currently serves as the Primary Technology for Learning Coordinator at the International School of Geneva – La Châtaigneraie. John’s journey as an educator has spanned Africa, Asia, and Europe. Of those years, 18 have been in school leadership roles, particularly in educational technology leadership. In addition to his coordinator role, John works as a trainer and course designer at the Principal Training Center / Teacher Training Center and as a coach for the Faria Education Group. We asked the guiding question “What does technology use in teaching and learning look like post-pandemic and what it might look like going forward?” John and Dan responded with so many helpful insights! Here are a few: The pandemic was an example of the power of disruption to bring about change and innovationA focus on well-being has emergedWe have the technology for the next possible need to go virtual, so going forward, the focus is on the plans, structures, connections, and policies to support the students, teachers, and parents. There has been an expansion in online schools, and also in hybrid and blended learning. It is still early to say where we stand with Generative AI. The driving question should be, what is the “value add” of schools when we have GenAI? Personalizing professional and personal learning are still critical goals for schools.Lessons learned from hosting the International Schools Podcast: Look to start your own podcast; it’s a great way to share your ideas, and it’s not that hard! And as a host, you learn so much!There are concerns about social media and how they lead to divisive behaviors. However, on a positive note, social media can help grow one’s professional brand. There are also concerns about the ongoing teacher shortage.Dan and John then reversed the course of the interview to ask us questions about the Educators Going Global podcast. We had fun comparing notes! This episode was recorded on November 12, 2023.John’s Contact Information: LinkedIn | Beyond DigitalDan’s Contact Information: LRemember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.
41. Keeping Your Head While Becoming a Head: Greg Moncada's Story
Dec 8 2023
41. Keeping Your Head While Becoming a Head: Greg Moncada's Story
Imagine being a candidate to become a new Head of School! What would that be like? If you are a veteran international educator, you have most likely either participated in or witnessed your school finding a new Head of School. If you are going global for the first time, you might wonder how international schools are structured administratively  — and if you make it through the first rounds of interviews, you will likely meet with the Head of School, sometimes called the Director or the Superintendent. And if you listened to our interview with Dr. Brent Mutsch, you learned how schools search for a new superintendent.  After talking with Brent, we were curious about the Head of School recruiting process from a candidate’s perspective. Fortunately, we knew of an old friend from our Saudi days who had gone through the process a few times and had just completed it again to accept a new position as a Head of School in Harare, Zimbabwe. Our friend, Dr. Gregory Moncada, joined us in this episode to trace his recruiting game plan from start to finish. We caught up with Greg as he finalized his packing in the week before getting on the plane to head to Zimbabwe.Dr. Moncada is the Head of School for the Harare International School (HIS) in Zimbabwe. He was previously the founding director of the Qatar Academy for Science and Technology (QAST), the Qatar Foundation's new STEM school. Prior to HIS and QAST, Dr. Moncada started new schools and programs throughout his career, including a progressive middle school based on the 'This We Believe’ model and district-wide STEM programs at all grade levels.  He specializes in developing student-centered learning models, progressive learning models, and multiverse organizational structures between schools and organizations. With more than 30 years of experience, Greg has held teaching and leadership positions in International schools in Spain, Austria, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and the United States. Greg holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Minnesota.Our guiding question was, “What is it like to be a candidate going through a Head of School search?”Greg shared his strategies: deep research, lots of self-reflection, working with a recruiting agency, and engaging with the leader of the  Search Committee to learn about the school and community. He also told us what happens when a candidate is a finalist and what a school visit is like.Don’t forget to listen to our other interview with Greg, in which he offers sage advice and describes his experiences in becoming an administrator. This Remember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.
40. Happy EGG-i-versary to Us! & a Walkthrough of our Website
Nov 26 2023
40. Happy EGG-i-versary to Us! & a Walkthrough of our Website
Over a year and a half ago, Audrey envisioned a website and podcast to help educators “go global”. She asked David to join her, and the work began – to provide written and audio content for our followers. Our first podcast episode went live in December of 2022, which makes this our first anniversary. Let’s celebrate our podcast guests and the growth of our information hub!Have you visited the Educators Going Global Information Hub website? It is a big part of our outreach connecting to our mission to spread the word about international education and to support those new to – and veterans of – international education. In this episode, we walk through the sections of the info hub while highlighting the search feature. We also spend time reflecting on our “lessons learned” from conversations with our guests. And have you ever wondered what it is like being a podcaster? We provide some behind-the-scenes information to partially answer this question. :)What will the second year for the information hub and podcast look like? Take a listen to learn what some of our plans are!This episode was recorded on November 15, 2023.Categories: TrendsRemember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.
39. What Does it Mean to Be an International Educator? We asked Sandy Sheppard to Share Her Wisdom on This Topic.
Nov 24 2023
39. What Does it Mean to Be an International Educator? We asked Sandy Sheppard to Share Her Wisdom on This Topic.
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, Sandy Sheppard, on the podcast” to help our listeners further build their understanding of what it means to be an international educator. Fortunately, Sandy said yes to our request for an interview.There were many takeaways from our interview with Sandy. One that may not become apparent to many of us until we have been “away from home” for a while is the extent to which international educators are “different.” We discussed these differences and how they impacted Sandy when she repatriated to New Zealand and attempted to resume her teaching career “back home.” If you have tried something similar, you may be able to connect with how she felt about what ensued.Sandy is an international educator who was born and raised in New Zealand. Sandy embarked on her international career three decades ago in Jakarta, Indonesia. Presently, she serves as an Elementary Principal in the vibrant city of Yangon, Myanmar. Sandy has raised two children internationally and advocates for the profound impact of high-quality international education in shaping future global citizens poised to enact positive change in the world. Our guiding question was, “What does it mean to be an international educator?”.Sandy touched on many themes that we know our veteran international educator listeners will be able to connect with!This episode was recorded on October 3, 2023.Contact Information: LinkedIn | Instagram: Sandy Lee SheppardResources Mentioned in the Episode: My Identity as an International Educator article in TIEonline. Categories: School Life | TransitionsRemember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.
38. What's Next in Education? -- And What's Europe Like? Two Vastly Different Questions, Addressed by Dr. Alan Knobloch
Nov 10 2023
38. What's Next in Education? -- And What's Europe Like? Two Vastly Different Questions, Addressed by Dr. Alan Knobloch
You might have noticed that we like to ask big, juicy questions that our guests can sink their teeth into. We intend to provide you with as much information and rich detail as possible, which guides us in designing our questions. In this interview with Dr. Alan Knobloch, we went super big! We asked Alan for his insights on the future of education. Alan was ready for this question because he participated with other school leaders through the Academy for International School Heads (AISH) to compile a list of articles about the future of education. You can find a link to those resources in our Resource Library; the link is also listed in our show notes. Alan not only worked to answer our guiding question about the future of education but also expanded it to include what he sees as the purpose of education going forward. Talk about a big thinker! Alan spoke to many plans and initiatives that are a part of schools preparing for the future. Here are a few: Look to learn, unlearn, and relearnContinue to find ways to engage in deeper learningContinue efforts to grow student skills around critical thinking and problem-solvingGrow student grit and resilience connecting to the big picture focus on self-care and wellnessWork to think differently about schedules and how time is usedFind ways to bring in more outdoor education and internship opportunitiesDesign and develop academies of learning within schoolsLook at staffing, curriculum, and facilities to support doing school differently Provide outreach to parents for input on and understanding of new programsYou might think your head will explode after listening to the first part of this episode with so much cutting-edge thinking. But we were not done with Alan! We asked him a second guiding question since he is the head of a school in Europe. So buckle up for the second half of the interview in which we ask, “What is it like teaching and living in Europe?”Dr. Alan Knobloch is in his second year as the Head of School at the International School of Hamburg after serving eight years as Director of the International School of Dakar in Senegal. With over 30 years of international experience, he has been a teacher and an administrator in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the United States.Our two very different guiding questions were, “Based on your research, what does the future of education look like?” and “What is it like teaching and living in Europe?” This episode was recorded on October 9, 2023.Contact Information: LinkedIn Resources Mentioned in the Episode: AISH - Remember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.
37. Inside Scoop: The Nature of Schools in Africa, With Dr. Tim Stuart
Oct 27 2023
37. Inside Scoop: The Nature of Schools in Africa, With Dr. Tim Stuart
What is it like “going global” in an Africa-based international school and community? Educators are often intentional in choosing to live and work there. Could you be a good fit for an international school in Africa? Thankfully, we have a veteran international educator who led a school in Africa and now consults with schools across the continent to answer these questions and more! We sat down with Dr. Tim Stuart to draw on his experiences. Tim  is a Regional Education Officer with the US Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools. He has been an international and cross-cultural educator and leader for 30 years, serving schools in Ethiopia, Turkey, Switzerland, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Navajo Nation in the United States.Dr. Stuart’s research and writing reflect his passion for creating optimal school environments so all kids can learn and engage at the highest levels. He co-authored and edited six books, including: Personalized Learning in a PLC at Work: Student Agency through the Four Critical Questions, Global Perspectives: Professional Learning Communities at Work in International Schools,  Children At Promise and Raising Children At Promise.A TCK himself, Tim was raised and educated in France and Germany. He holds an Ed.D. from Seattle Pacific University.The guiding question was, “what are some of your experiences as an international educator working and living in an African nation?” A few of the topics covered were:The strong pull of community and being purposeful in moving to Africa. Educators in Africa tend to be on their game!New leaders need to adopt the mantra  "I know nothing"!  Recruiting for schools like these often involves designing and championing a vision of who you are as a school and community.This episode was recorded on August 29, 2023. Tim’s Contact Information: | drtimstuart@gmail.com | LinkedInResources Mentioned in the Episode:Tim’s books -- see biography. Remember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.
36. From Boarding School Teacher to Admissions Director to Transitions Coach: The Many Hats of Mona Stuart.
Oct 13 2023
36. From Boarding School Teacher to Admissions Director to Transitions Coach: The Many Hats of Mona Stuart.
We continue to share with you what it means to be an international educator. We speak to the dispositions and character strengths many engage to be outstanding educators and remarkable human beings. Our guest for this episode exemplifies such character while demonstrating how flexibility and a growth mindset led her to various leadership roles in schools and communities. Our guest is Mona Stuart, who speaks to the many roles she has filled over her career -- and beyond!    Mona has gladly focused her life on learning and schools, with over 20 years of her educational career in international boarding and day schools. She served as an English teacher, dorm head, communications director, admissions director, current educational consultant, transition coach, and board member/advisor. As a seasoned educator who has lived on four continents, she understands the story of schools, transition, and change from personal as well as from institutional perspectives. One of her greatest joys is valuing, hearing, and helping parents, teachers, and colleagues make sense of complex educational opportunities and learning approaches in connected ways. She has three grown TCK children and has recently moved from Ethiopia back to North America with her husband, Tim, who now works for the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools. We had four guiding questions for this episode! Mona covered the topics of boarding schools, transitions, admissions, and pivoting from a career as an international educator. Mona spoke to …The immersive nature of teaching at a boarding school. The role of the educator as a mentor and de-facto parent. Some of the many reasons why students and parents choose boarding schools. The work of Doug Ota and Safe Passages Across Networks (SPAN).The process of transitioning between schools. The effects of transitions on students. Change can be quick; transitions can be long. Attachment and Identity in the transition process. What the admissions process can look like. When making big pivots, it is helpful to give oneself time to process the transition. This episode was recorded on August 29, 2023. Mona’s Contact Information: | Instagram: mmstuart | LinkedInResources Mentioned in the Episode:Doug Ota’s book, Safe Passage, and SPANRemember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.
35. Meet an Uber-Well-Connected International Educator: Laura Light, Head of the Association for the Advancement of International Education
Sep 29 2023
35. Meet an Uber-Well-Connected International Educator: Laura Light, Head of the Association for the Advancement of International Education
Growing one’s network is a common theme in many of our interviews. We probably will not find a more connected person in the international schooling community than Laura Light!Laura is the current Executive Director of The Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE), which she joined in September 2021. She brings to AAIE many years of experience working alongside school heads and senior leadership, supporting the most critical task of recruiting teachers and administrative talent.  Before joining AAIE, Laura was known in the international school world for her leadership and dedication as the Director of Global Recruitment at International Schools Services (ISS). Before joining ISS in 2007, Laura was an international educator for many years, teaching in Kuwait, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Singapore, and London, as well as in Oregon, California, and New York. Her knowledge of international schools is deeply rooted in her upbringing as she is also a Third Culture Kid. Laura has served on the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) Educational Board and is a member of the Diversity Collaborative. She understands the challenges faced, has an enviable network of longstanding relationships, and, already knowing so many in the international community, is a natural community builder and an assertive advocate for quality leadership in our international schools worldwide.  Laura greatly enjoys her work supporting international school leaders and values the interactions and experiences she encounters while traveling. When not on the road she resides in New Jersey with her partner, where they enjoy being in the outdoors or just spending time together.The guiding question for the episode was, “What is the AAIE, and what are some Current Trends in International Education?”We covered several topics and trends in this interview, including: Recruiting, especially around how educators and schools connect and the timeline for those connections. Strategies for recruitingVetting schools What international schools can look likeCurriculumSchool Leadership and ManagementGrowing one’s networkLeveraging regional associations of schools This episode was recorded on September 18, 2023. Laura’s Contact Information: LinkedInResources Mentioned in the Episode:AAIE and PodcastGlobal Online AcademyISC ResearchISSFor other regionalRemember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.
34. Pivoting Out of International Education
Sep 22 2023
34. Pivoting Out of International Education
An integral aspect of international education involves transitions. We not only move between schools and countries, but we also find ourselves making moves within our schools with our jobs and roles while also going through the normal life transitions of experiencing the stages of life, possibly raising children, taking care of aging parents, and so on but doing so while living overseas. Transitions are so important that we made it one of the five categories in organizing information on our Educators Going Global website!In this episode, we drill down on what it can look like to shift from being an international educator to taking on a new identity that doesn’t involve teaching. Our guiding question was, “how can we thoughtfully make the move from international education to the next phase of our life?” This episode was recorded on June 8, 2023.Contact Information: educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com | “educatorsgoingglobal” on Instagram, Linked In, and Facebook. Categories: TransitionsResources Mentioned in the Episode: PERMAH Pivot Plan Blog PostDoug Ota’s book Safe PassageRemember to access our Educators Going Global website for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter!Email us with comments or suggestions at educatorsgoingglobal@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.Listen on your favorite podcast app: connect from our share page.Music: YouTube. (2022). Acoustic Guitar | Folk | No copyright | 2022❤️. YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOEmg_6i7jA.