When schools shut down campuses in response to the Coronavirus, how can administrators, teachers, and counselors adapt to meet the community's needs? Each week, join Ellen Mahoney, expert in SEL and mentoring in international schools, as she interviews guests who share insight into navigating this new normal.
In this episode, we interview Iain Sachdev, the head of school at the International School of Monza in Milan, Italy. We talk about prioritizing wellbeing in order for learning to flourish, the power of relationships and connectedness in school communities, and the evolving role that parents play in education during COVID-19 and, perhaps, in the future of education.
You can read more about the International School of Monza and Iain Sachdev in these recent articles in Quartz Magazine and the Express and Star.
Express and Star:
Iain mentions Sea Change Mentoring's "Ten Strategies for Educator Wellbeing: A Handbook for Schools During the COVID-19 Outbreak". You can access it for free here.
For resources and support, please visit our website at www.seachangementoring.com/covid19
We speak with Kirsten Durward, the founder of the 125,000 member Global Educator Collective group on Facebook (formerly known as the Educator Temporary School Closure for Online Learning). Kirsten talks about how to build a positive online community, what collaboration looks like across countries and schools systems, and the lessons and inspirations that have come out of this growing community.
Kirsten participated in the ISS Educator to Educator Assessment Webinar on Wednesday 15th April - to view the recording check the ISS site. She is hosting a webinar on addressing Primary Transdisciplinary units through the lens of Current Affairs on Saturday 25 April at 3 pm GMT via Toddle Talks, with a recording available on Toddle Learning Library. She is working with the team at Toddleapp.org to create The Inquiry Educator Summit (virtual) in May. To be added to a mailing list for this free event or future webinars and events via the Global Educator Collective please fill in the short form
Kirsten Durward's Bio
Kirsten is the busy admin of the Global Educator Collective, a group set up to support the transition to online learning, which has become the place to be for international collaboration on learning strategies. The group has now been offered a strategic partnership by Facebook as a constructive sustainable community and was recommended by International Education in a special report to UNESCO as a core resource in supporting the transition to emergency remote learning. Kirsten considers herself a global citizen, having lived in 17 countries from her childhood in Kenya, the Middle East and Europe through her extensive career as an international educator and volunteer, she has been privileged to learn from many cultures, situations and perspectives. Mostly her learning has encouraged her to be compassionate, grateful and open minded to ideas! Currently the PYP Coordinator at KIS International School in Bangkok, Kirsten is in the process of forming a Learning Focused Education Consultancy and a Global Educator Development platform in partnership with many leading international educators. With leadership experience in 5 schools, her focus is working with educators to improve learning. An IB workshop leader, Concept based Curriculum Trainer and Cognitive Coach she offers years of expertise in Positive Pedagogy, Constructive Inquiry, Assessment Driven Learning, Transdisciplinary Learning and Curriculum Design. You can find her through her Facebook group, on Linked In or via Twitter @learnerfocused
Join us as we speak with Katie Rigg, the Head of Safeguarding & Student Well-being at the Council of International Schools. We discuss the difference between wellbeing and mental health, the state of mental health in schools before COVID-19 and what has changed now that we are living and working during this pandemic.
To learn more about the Council of International Schools and to explore the support that the Council of International Schools is providing schools and universities at this time, visit their website.
To find more support for schools and educators, visit www.seachangementoring.com/covid19
If you are feeling hopeless, this is an indicator that you need to seek professional help and you need to talk with your loved ones about your feelings. Here are some trusted professionals and organizations that you can turn to. Please don’t try to get through this alone.
International Therapists Directory (therapists familiar with the issues of expatriates and third culture kids and families)T
The Truman Group (therapists offering remote psychotherapy, specializing in the international community)
United Kingdom – Shout
Text HELLO or START to 85258
Australia – Lifeline (available 6:00pm–Midnight (AEST), 7 days a week
Text 0477 13 11 14
Canada – Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 686868
United States – CrisisTextLine
Text HOME to 741741
Katie Rigg's bio
Katie’s primary responsibility is to help CIS and school and university members to keep children and young people safe and to support and strengthen their mental health and well-being. In this capacity Katie carries out and supports research into new areas, develops resources, provides guidance and oversees professional development.
Prior to joining CIS Katie worked as a safeguarding and employment lawyer in London, where she helped her law firm to establish its Safeguarding Unit in May 2015. In that role Katie helped schools, universities and other organisations to prevent and respond effectively to harm and abuse. Katie has also worked in the areas of human rights and public interest law in Argentina and Hungary.
Katie is currently undertaking a professional doctorate at the International Centre for Research into Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking, focusing on how schools can build effective responses to abuse and harm between students. After graduating with a first class degree in history and political science from Trinity College, Dublin, Katie studied international public law at the University of Cordoba, Argentina and subsequently completed a law degree in England. Katie speaks fluent French and Spanish.
You can check out the resources that we discussed in this episode at:
Join us as we speak with Michael Nachbar, expert in online learning.
Michael is the Executive Director of Global Online Academy, a pioneering network of schools and educators reimagining learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society.
Michael is a frequent speaker and workshop facilitator at national and international conferences, and presents on such topics as educational trends impacting schools, modern teaching and learning, and global education.
Michael is an active board member for several education organizations, including the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Independent School Association Network (ISAnet), and Jump! Foundation. He has served as a founding board member of the Mastery Transcript Consortium, as well as for Summer Search.
You can follow Michael on Twitter at @michaelnachbar.
Join us as we speak with Dr. Suzanne Anderson, psychotherapist and expert in crisis response for schools. Dr. Anderson has been working with schools and the international community for the last 20 years and is currently supporting international schools facing the Coronavirus pandemic.
She is the author of several articles circulating the international school world, including:
The Danger and Opportunity of Covid-19 for International School Educators
Understanding the Mental Health & Social Impact of the Coronavirus: Finding the Middle Path
Alongside the National Organization for Victim's Assistance, she recently co-hosted the webinar, "Covid-19: The Mental Health Impact & Resilience for International Educators", which reached educators in over 17 countries.
You can find her work at https://www.restorativecommunityconcepts.com
We. mentioned this Facebook group in the episode and this book, SuperSurvivors
You can learn more about Sea Change Mentoring's work and find additional resources related to COVID-19 at https://www.seachangementoring.com
Suzanne M. Anderson, DPST, MSS, RSW – 0145, CCR
Dr. Anderson is a psychotherapist in private practice with Restorative Community Counselling (a service
of Restorative Community Concepts) in Singapore where she has lived and worked since 1999. Suzanne
is a certified NOVA crisis responder and trainer. Over more than 20 years, Suzanne has trained crisis
responders and responded to crises in the United States, Canada, Yugoslavia, Singapore, India, Thailand,
Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Myanmar. Incidents to which Suzanne has responded include natural
disasters, industrial accidents and intentional-harm incidents (i.e. industrial plant explosion, hurricane,
tornado, plane crash, earthquake, cyclone, tidal surge, tsunami, terrorist attacks, drowning,
school-based crises, suicides as well as working with war refugees). Suzanne has provided crisis
responder training and supervision for local, national businesses and primary, secondary and tertiary
educational institutions. Suzanne’s doctoral research focused on investigating the impact of trauma on
women trafficked and sexually exploited in the Mekong countries and applying the research results to
the development of training for aftercare workers.