Becoming an International School Educator
Stories, Tips, and Insights from Teachers and Leaders
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.
Table of Contents
Section One: The Portable Profession: The What and the Why of Teaching Overseas 1. When Are You Going to Settle Down 2. Getting into International Teaching as a Student 3. Trailing Spouse 4. Professional Development Edventures 5. Principals, Don't Wait for Retirement to Work Overseas Section Two: A Journey of Connectivism 6. My Whirlwind ESL Teaching Experience in China 7. Building Bridges in a Globally Diverse Setting 8. Community in the International Classroom: The Power of Storytelling 9. Belonging 10. The Healing Power of an International Community 11. Doing Change Well Section Three: Challenges and Adversity While Teaching Overseas 12. The Many Faces of China 13. Cultural Understanding in Bali 14. Culture is Complex 15. No - I’m Not a World Language Teacher 16. One of a Few 17. MacGyver Teaching, Connected Learning: Making Social Studies Learning Relevant, Uplifting and Compelling for International School Students Section Four: Meeting the Needs of International Students: Same Same But Different 18. A Classroom Teacher’s Perspective on Special Education in International Schools 19. The Long Road to Inclusion 20. Cultivating Community and Continuity Through Learning Support 21. The Importance of Educating the Community about the Role of a School Counselor 22. International Counseling: A Perspective 23. International Educators Touch Lives and Shape the World
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).