1st Edition

Becoming an International School Educator Stories, Tips, and Insights from Teachers and Leaders

Edited By Dana Specker Watts, Jayson W. Richardson Copyright 2022
    176 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    176 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    This resource elucidates and helps teachers navigate the international school recruitment world.

    Designed for current or aspiring international school educators, this practical resource explores current issues that are relevant to the unique needs of teachers when they transition to the international school sector. Full of experience-based tips, insights, and stories from principals, curriculum coordinators, directors, school counselors, department heads, support specialists, advisors, and classroom teachers, this book explores the topics of wanderlust, English language teaching, identity and belonging, curricular standards, inclusion, diversity, and equity.

    Whether you are a student or novice teacher plotting career options, a new international school hire, or an experienced educator looking for a rewarding change, this valuable resource will help you prepare as you embark on what is often considered "the best kept secret" in education.


    Meet the Authors

    Section One: The Portable Profession: The What and the Why of Teaching Overseas

    Introduction to Section One

    Chapter 1: When Are You Going to Settle Down
    Kelly Scotti

    Chapter 2: Getting into International Teaching as a Student
    Mick Hill

    Chapter 3: Trailing Spouse
    Sally Edwards

    Chapter 4: Professional Development Edventures
    Jay Brownrigg

    Chapter 5: Principals, Don't Wait for Retirement to Work Overseas
    David Lovelin

    Section Two: A Journey of Connectivism

    Introduction to Section Two

    Chapter 6: My Whirlwind ESL Teaching Experience in China
    Elizabeth Onayemi

    Chapter 7: Building Bridges in a Globally Diverse Setting
    Sandra Chow

    Chapter 8: Community in the International Classroom: The Power of Storytelling
    Jamie Bacigalupo

    Chapter 9: Belonging
    Tsayli Lily Chang

    Chapter 10: The Healing Power of an International Community
    Elizabeth Heejin Cho

    Chapter 11: Doing Change Well
    Brenda Perkins

    Section Three: Challenges and Adversity While Teaching Overseas

    Introduction to Section Three

    Chapter 12: The Many Faces of China
    Ann Marie Luce

    Chapter 13: Cultural Understanding in Bali
    Beccy Fox

    Chapter 14: Culture is Complex
    Nicolas E. Pavlos

    Chapter 15: No - I’m Not a World Language Teacher
    David Han

    Chapter 16: One of a Few
    Alex Munro

    Chapter 17: MacGyver Teaching, Connected Learning: Making Social Studies Learning Relevant, Uplifting and Compelling for International School Students
    Laura Benson

    Section Four: Meeting the Needs of International Students: Same Same But Different

    Introduction to Section Four

    Chapter 18: A Classroom Teacher’s Perspective on Special Education in International Schools
    Philip Allen

    Chapter 19: The Long Road to Inclusion
    Lori Boll

    Chapter 20: Cultivating Community and Continuity Through Learning Support
    Erika Hardy

    Chapter 21: The Importance of Educating the Community about the Role of a School Counselor
    Cheryl-Ann Weekes

    Chapter 22: International Counseling: A Perspective
    Rebecca F. Stallworth

    Chapter 23: International Educators Touch Lives and Shape the World
    Monika Dewan

    Appendix A: Common Vocabulary Used Within International Schools

    Appendix B: International Recruiting Agencies

    Author biographies


    Dana Specker Watts is the Director of Learning, Research and Outreach for International Schools Services.

    Jayson W. Richardson is Professor and Department Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver and Director of the Center for the Advanced Study in Technology Leadership (CASTLE).