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Distributed Leadership and Partnerships

Liz Duffy, ISS President

When we adopted a new strategic plan 18 months ago, one of the pillars of the plan was “collaborative leadership.” By that, not only did we mean greater coordination across ISS services and more distributed leadership through all levels of the organization, but we also aimed to develop strategic partnerships with other organizations in the field to better meet the needs of the international school community.

The desire to collaborate is in many ways in ISS’s DNA. Indeed, since our inception in 1955, we have worked with partners of all types – educators, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government entities – to strengthen international education. Our founder, Arthur Sweetser, championed global collaboration and peace by supporting the formation of both the League of Nations and the United Nations, and in addition to ISS, he also helped to establish The International School of Geneva, the United Nations International School (UNIS), and the International Baccalaureate (IB). More recently, we have been involved with the development of AISH, the World Languages Initiative, the Child Protection Task Force, and ISS-ULink.

Read Liz's Article


Major Expansion Planned for ISS School in Cayman Islands

Cayman International School (CIS) will embark on a significant expansion that will nearly double its current size and student capacity. The US$60 million expansion is being completed by Dart, in partnership with International Schools Services (ISS), and seeks to serve more children from Pre-K to grade 12. Included in the plan is a new pre-K campus and an 87,000 square-foot high school facility. The pre-K campus is targeted to open in August 2019; and the new, purpose-built high school facilities are scheduled to open in August 2020.

According to Liz Duffy, ISS President, “The new learning spaces will ensure CIS students have access to a world-class education that prepares them for the global, interconnected world.”

Cayman International School (CIS) began in 1994 as Faulkner Academy, a small religious proprietary school. ISS purchased the school in 2002 and has grown it into a well respected international school. Its current enrollment of 630 students participate in an American/International Curriculum, IB Diploma Program that is student-centered and inquiry-based.

“We are very excited about the expansion at CIS and encourage people to view a schematic rendering and read more about the planned facilities in the April 2008 Camana Times article,” says Duffy.

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Announcing the launch of ISS-Schrole Advantage for the 2018-2019 recruitment season!

This collaboration with Schrole Group Ltd. is expected to significantly enhance the international education recruitment experience for both candidates and schools by combining powerful technology and personal service, and creating the largest ecosystem of international schools and educators worldwide.

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Updates to the ICMEC Education Portal

As ISS continues to support the work being done by the International Task Force on Child Protection (TFCP), we want to share that TFCP has partnered with the world-renowned International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) to provide resources on how to prevent and respond to child abuse, neglect and sexual exploitation wherever you are in the world. The ICMEC Education Portal resource provides open source tools for educators worldwide.

View the latest updates to the Education Portal

Video Highlight

Riffa Views International School Tour

ISS Communities

We love our ISS online community! Thanks for opening up your world to us through social media. Here are some highlights from this month. Jump in on twitter at #ISSedu to share with our community. And in case you didn't know, we're also on instagram!

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Upcoming Events

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