In Conversation: Tools for Transition in a Pandemic, with Ellen Mahoney

My colleague and friend, Ellen Mahoney and I were recently asked by Families in Global Transition (FIGT) to make a short video discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the international school community. As always, it was a pleasure chatting with Ellen as we shared our insights and ideas. The video remains open to the public … Continue reading In Conversation: Tools for Transition in a Pandemic, with Ellen Mahoney

COVID-19: A Moment in Time

The unusual invitation arrived just as I was again laying out the day’s lunch offerings for our family. Entitled “A Moment in Time,” it was sent by my Aunt-in-law who lives thousands of kilometres away. An amateur artist, she had begun a painting in response to COVID-19 as a way to keep busy, stay relaxed … Continue reading COVID-19: A Moment in Time

COVID-19: A Teachable Moment for Intercultural Empathy

  In response to requests by a number of educators from across the globe, who are increasingly concerned about the cultural barriers their school communities are experiencing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Youth Intercultural Transition Specialist, Jane Barron, shares some of her wisdom and resources for facilitating intercultural empathy learning.  For generations we’ve been told that “the playground can be … Continue reading COVID-19: A Teachable Moment for Intercultural Empathy

Surveying the Landscape: Common practices, challenges, and opportunities in International School transitions support

I am excited to finally share one of the big projects I've been working on in 2018. _____ Announcing the launch of Sea Change Mentoring and Globally Grounded’s  independent research project into transitions support at international schools International schools are the most popular educational platform for families in global transition. While recent years have brought … Continue reading Surveying the Landscape: Common practices, challenges, and opportunities in International School transitions support

Announcing: Transitions 101 Webinar Series

Calling all International School Educators, Counsellors and Leadership Does your school resemble a revolving door – students, families and staff constantly leaving and arriving? Do you have: students from culturally diverse backgrounds struggling to integrate into your school community or engage effectively in learning? teachers searching for strategies to equip and support their Cross Cultural … Continue reading Announcing: Transitions 101 Webinar Series

Top 10 Questions Asked By Students Starting at a New School

This week I am honoured to be writing over at I Am A Triangle's  (IAAT) brand new website. What began almost four years ago as a Facebook group of 30 'Triangles' has now grown into a community of over 15,000 people who have lived in various cultures and countries, whether as children, teens or adults. Launched … Continue reading Top 10 Questions Asked By Students Starting at a New School

Quotable Quotes for a Fulfilled Global Life

How do you feel about words? Do you prefer the written word or the spoken word? Or both? Do you gravitate towards words of one language or multiple languages? I find words to be very powerful. They can build up or they can tear down. My brain prefers the written word, in English, yet I … Continue reading Quotable Quotes for a Fulfilled Global Life

What Rodin Revealed about Reflection and Revelation: #FIGT17NL Ruminations

Have you ever dreamed of visiting a distant land after seeing it captured in a documentary, cheering on your favourite sporting team in real life or seeing a certain acclaimed artwork or salient sculpture in person? Recently I fulfilled one of those long-held dreams. Viewing Auguste Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ (Le Penseur) sculpture in Paris has … Continue reading What Rodin Revealed about Reflection and Revelation: #FIGT17NL Ruminations

Ethiopia to The Netherlands: A Ripple Effect

Today, it is a privilege to introduce my special guest, Hannele Secchia, to you. Born in Ethiopia to German and Finnish parents, she lived there for most of her developmental years. Hannele repatriated twice to England at ages six and eleven and spent her high school years at boarding school in Kenya. At eighteen, she … Continue reading Ethiopia to The Netherlands: A Ripple Effect