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Culture eats strategy for breakfast

Simon O’Connor Director, Deira International School With the benefit of hindsight, moving to lead a new school in the middle of a pandemic may not have been best timing. However, when I did, I was very conscious of the fact that many successful school leaders fail in their second position as a result of repeating […]

Self-Organised PD, Anywhere, Anytime: Uplift!

Jennifer Carlson & Paul Magnuson   Introduction   We are two educators at two different institutions on two continents with the same interest: Uplift. To learn how other educators define, think about, experience, and practice Uplift, we invited other educators, and created a platform to share our perceptions, perspectives, and experiences. We had no specific […]

Insightful Stories: Call and Chaos

Jill Canillas Daley PYP LIbrarian, American International School of Lusaka   PART 1: CALL AND CHAOS It’s the noise that makes your blood feel like an ice-laden river. It’s waking up out of a deep sleep at 1 in the morning to turn your buzzing phone over and see you have missed 23 calls and […]

Rethinking Recess: 7 Steps to Foster Engagement and Inclusion

Jody Matey Teacher | Leader | Innovator Recess is an area which can unintentionally be neglected by schools as teachers and administrators understandably prioritize setting up their indoor environments at the start of the year. While both research and feedback from educators tell us that it is an incredibly valuable learning space for children, recess […]

LIMIT – A Model for Understanding Healthy Teacher-Student Relationships

Dallin Bywater School Counselor   Academic research underlines the importance of positive teacher-student relationships for creating an effective education environment (Hamre & Pianta, 2001; Baker, 2006).  While this truth is well known, the intricacies of how to develop and maintain a safe and positive relationship with students is less understood.  In fact, teacher behaviors that […]

The future of education is student-centered and personalised

Graham Glass, CEO CYPHER LEARNING Education has undergone many changes in the past few years. The most significant is the shift from a teacher-oriented approach where educators are the main providers of learning materials to an environment where students take full ownership of their learning.   The role of technology will become increasingly important in […]

Culture eats strategy for breakfast

Simon O’Connor, Director, Deira International School   With the benefit of hindsight, moving to lead a new school in the middle of a pandemic may not have been best timing. However, when I did, I was very conscious of the fact that many successful school leaders fail in their second position as a result of […]

Creating a STEAM programme in your international school

Amanda Rose Serrano Lincoln Community School How can we as elementary teachers and generalists meet the challenges in our 21st century to help provide students with the skills they need in an ever-changing world? This is the central question that I have explored for the last few years at Lincoln Community School (LCS) in Ghana […]

Making Math Real in the IB

Hannah Starbuck In 2019, the International Baccalaureate rewrote their math curriculum, transitioning from three different levels of classes to two. The “newest” class of the two is called Applications and Interpretations, where students consistently look at how math is applied in a real world setting. They are frequently asked to interpret the significance of the […]