Although many international school teams are introducing the principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) into their school practices, most are yet to make any authentic, sustainable change based on deep understanding. In this episode, Nalini Cook, Head of Global Research at ISC Research, leads an important discussion on centring staff recruitment and training around DEIJ. How can DEIJ in tandem with personal development strategies support the development of all international school staff? This episode offers some solutions for how schools can implement lifelong changes around DEIJ.
Thank you to our panelists:
- Joel Jr Llaban, Director of DEIJ at International Schools Services. Joel is a member of AIELOC, The Association of International Educators and Leaders of Colour. Throughout the episode, Joel makes references to Kevin Simpson, the founder of AIELOC .
- Estelle Hughes, NGO President at Africa Learning International and Secondary Principal at International School of Dakar
- Angeline Aow, Curriculum Coordinator at Berlin International School, and International Advisor for the Council of International Schools
Our panelists shared an extensive list of thought-provoking books and podcast recommendations, alongside inspiring thought leaders to follow on social media who are sharing good advice and practice about DEIJ change in the international school sector.
Here are some of the book recommendations made by our panellists:
- The Wake Up, Michelle Mijong Kim
- Becoming a Totally Inclusive School: A Guide for Teachers and School Leaders, Angeline Aow, our own panellist, releasing in November 2022
- Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson
- We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom, Bettina Love
- All About Love, Bell Hooks
- Ratchetdemic: Reimagining academic success, Christopher Emdin
- Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption, Rafia Zakaria
- Growing Up in Transit: The Politics of Belonging at an International School, Danau Tanu
- My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialised Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, Resmaa Menakem
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