The Diversity Collaborative recognizes the value of diverse perspectives and the importance of including members of groups that have previously been underrepresented in international school leadership. The Collaborative will go beyond compliance and tolerance, to championing inclusion, and respecting and celebrating diversity.
Brave Books, Critical Conversations, and Calls to Action
We share with you a padlet of resources inspired by Ibram X. Kendi’s work and gathered by ISS Director of Curriculum & Professional Development Laura Benson: https://padlet.com/lbenson3/antiracist. Explore a collection of Black voices, media, history, and joy; you’ll also find resources for educating yourself and students about antiracism and systemic racism, and steps for change.
The Diversity Collaborative is committed to creating a more diverse, inclusive, equitable and just environment among the leadership of the international school community. This collaborative hopes to utilize the talents of leaders in education to create lasting changes in the way we engage, support and promote educators who encompass a broad range of identities.
Diversity Collaborative Research Study
During the spring of 2019, the Diversity Collaborative, a voluntary group of international educators, initiated a research study by partnering with ISC Research and George Mason University. The goal was to survey the field of accredited international schools to establish a baseline of information in the international school sector about school leadership and diversity. The study was distributed to approximately 2,676 accredited international schools. Download the full report.
Some of the participants in a recent Diversity Collaborative virtual meeting
All are welcome to join The Diversity Collaborative!
Throughout the school year, we meet virtually and in person (in conjunction with international education conferences) to join our voices together, regardless of where we live or work. At each meeting, we identify next projects and priorities and seek volunteers who have the interest and time to work on them through ad hoc committees.
Between meetings, participants also stay in touch through Facebook and Linked-In groups. To participate, contact Anna Santori.
Little data exists on the diversity of international school leaders, but US data from the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) suggests that while women and educators of color are increasingly assuming a variety of leadership roles in schools, still only about a third of US private school heads are female and only seven percent are educators of color. In a presentation on the leadership pipeline, Liz Duffy, ISS President, stressed that, “It’s important that the leadership of international schools reflects the increasing diversity of students and families in those schools, especially since many studies have shown that diverse teams make better decisions and such teams provide effective role models for all students.”
Diversity in leadership is an educational and moral imperative because it improves education through role modeling, inclusive decision making and equitable access and opportunity. Embracing diversity in leadership helps to improve our schools and the world.
With diversity comes:
- More Learning
- More Innovation
- Broader Opportunity
- Broader Access to Talent
- Better Decisions
- Better Performance
Attracting, sustaining and supporting talented leaders in our schools who reflect the diversity of our students, faculty and society benefits us all. Through leadership diversity, inclusion and excellence, international schools thrive and strengthen as learning communities.
We welcome all school community members to join in the effort to ensure we have a broad spectrum of people in leadership positions across our international schools. All who are ready to champion this stance are welcome.
Currently the Diversity Collaborative has assembled and identified five strategic focus areas:
- Pipeline Development
- Conference and Trainings
- Mentoring and Sponsorship
- Data Gathering
- Best practices
Members of the Diversity Collaborative are presenting throughout the 2019/20 conference season.
Women of Influence in Education Conference (HKIS, Hong Kong)
Keynote Presentation: “Reaching in, reaching out. Unlocking the Secrets of Leadership.”
Tri-Association Annual Educators’ Conference (Monterrey, Mexico)
Teach to Lead Summit (Dubai, UAE)
IB Global Conference (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
NESA Fall Leadership Conference (Bangkok, Thailand)
Keynote Presentation: “DIVERSITY as a Systems Driver; Unlocking the potential of individuals and the community by celebrating difference.”
EARCOS Annual Leadership Conference (Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia)
Breakfast for Women in Leadership
Panel: “Fostering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion”
Headmistresses Association of the East Conference (Princeton, NJ)
Presentation: “Women in Leadership”
AISA Leadership Conference (Cape Town, South Africa)
Presentation: “Moral Responsibility: The School Leaders’ Role in Cultivating A Diverse Faculty.”
Practical Strategies for Inclusion: Everyday Equity (LEVEL 5, China)
NAIS People of Color Conference (Seattle, WA, USA)
ELMLE Annual Conference (Budapest, Hungary)
The Leadership Series: Designing Equitable Schools (LEVEL 5, Bahrain)
AAIE International Leadership Conference (New York, NY, USA)
AISH Oasis (New York, NY, USA)
NAIS Annual Conference (Philadelphia, PA, USA)
Annual CEESA Conference (Helsinki, Finland)
21st Century Learning (Hong Kong)
AASSA Annual Educators’ Conference (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
EARCOS Middle School Leadership Conference with Inaugural High School Strand (Hanoi, Vietnam)
ECIS Annual Leadership Conference (Lisbon, Portugal)
NESA Spring Educators’ Conference
The Leadership Series: Designing Equitable Schools (LEVEL 5, China)
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ISS Mary Anne Haas Women’s Symposium (Princeton, NJ, USA)
Multi-day workshop on women and leadership in international schools
From Resistance to Sustainability and Leadership: Cultivating Diverse Leaders in International Schools
By Beverly D. Shaklee and Kimberley Daly, George Mason University; Liz Duffy and Dana Specker Watts, International Schools Services
Sustaining School Leaders: From the Pipeline through the Search Process and into the Profession
Spring 2018 edition of InterEd, Page 15
By Liz Duffy, ISS President, and Beth Pfannl, ISS Vice President Administrative Searches and Governance Services
“Cultivating the Courage to Listen and the Ability to Hear: Systematically exploring diversity at the International School of Kenya through an ad hoc Diversity Working Group.”
Schmid, Alexa P., and Pamela Pappas. TIE Online, 20 June 2019.
“Diversity: Different for Everyone.”
Robinson, Erin, and Elizabeth Bray. UWCSEA Perspectives: Points of View, 7 Jun 2019.
Spotlight: Diversity in School Leadership.
Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)
Leading for Impact: Australian guidelines for school leadership development.
Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)
“Embedding Cultural Competency.”
Robinson, Erin. UWCSEA Perspectives: Points of View, 16 Jun 2017.
“Multiracial students in K-12 schools.”
Sykes, Alain. Encyclopedia of diversity in education, edited by J.A. Banks, New York: Sage Publications, 2012.
“Creating Possibilities in and through National Education: The Case of the Muslim Minority Education Project in Trace, Greece.”
Sykes, Alain Carmen and Margarita Markoviti. Adolescent Psychology in Today’s World: Global Perspectives on Risk, Relationships, and Development, edited by Michael J. Nakkula and Andrew J. Schneider-Munoz, vol. 2, Santa Barbara, California: PRAEGER, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2018, pp. 148-167.
“The Future is Female.”
Presented at EARCOS by Marc T. Frankel & Abigail DeLessio, Triangle Associates. November 2019.
Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School.
Abu El-Haj, Thea et al. Edited by Mica Pollock, The New Press, 2008.
“Proud to Be Me Day: Celebrating Diversity and Identity in the ISK Middle School.”
Schmid, Alexa P. TIE Online, 10 May 2019.
“Who Talks? Who Listens? Taking ‘positionality’ seriously in Philosophy for Children.”
Reed-Sandoval, Amy and Alain Carmen Sykes. The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children, edited by Maughn Rollins Gregory et al., London: Routledge, 2016, pp. 219-226.
A Leader’s Guide to Leveraging Diversity.
Maltbia, Terrence E., and Anne Power. Routledge, 2008.