TIE | Black Lives Matter

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STANDS WITH

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“You have to get over the fear of facing the worst in yourself. You should instead fear unexamined racism. Fear the thought that right now, you could be contributing to the oppression of others and you don’t know it. But do not fear those who bring that oppression to light. Do not fear the opportunity to do better.” 
― Ijeoma Oluo, 
So You Want to Talk About Race

 

 

Now is the time for us to move beyond contrived statements and to assert action to solidify our collective identity. Now is the time for us to seek the opportunity to learn and not be silent. We therefore call on every stakeholder in international education to committing to action and making our community more socially just. What does the international education community need to do now?

 

We commit to:

 

-acknowledge that Black Lives Matter and the racialized experiences, though not a monolith, of people of African descent, regardless of country of origin are shared and felt.

 

-speak up now about racism and all forms of discrimination in international education as well as how these experiences are perpetuated in international spaces.

 

-tackle the eradication of racism at all levels including but not limited to (boards, recruitment, accreditation, graduate programs, schools, parents) become aware of our racial and cultural blind-spots by reading about, listening to, collaborating with and implementing sustainable anti-racist practices by championing the voices and contributions of racially and ethnically diverse educators. Focus on anti-racism work.

 

-have school and organization plans focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion that is co-created with our community.  Commit to partnering with community members that are closest to the problem as they are usually closest to the solution.

 

-challenge Whiteness, and even White Supremacy, in all its subtle and overt forms. For white educators, we acknowledge benefiting from privilege and structures of oppression against people of color, and we stand now to become part of the solution despite and in spite of current racialized incidents. We commit to become a part of the solution even when political and racial unrest are not at the forefront of the news cycle.

 

-actively ally with, amplify, and mentor educators of color who come from all parts of the globe. Aspire to be co-conspirators.

 

-educate our students and parents about the value of racial and ethnic diversity through our conversations, curriculum, and school-community workshops.

 

-support those international education organizations committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

Finally, we ask what do you want to see? What topics do you want to discuss? Who do you want to hear from? What do you want to learn more about? We invite you to participate in our Free Virtual Conference focused on representation, social justice, and equity studies in international education during 14-15 November 2020? To keep the conversation going please add your thoughts, ideas, and questions here: https://padlet.com/kdsl2007/ga6oin5r650qelw2

 Join us at www.aieloc.org and email us at aieloc2019@gmail.com.

Dr. Ashley Hazelwood, AIELOC Fellow

Kevin Simpson, AIELOC Founder

Take the AIELOC Equity Pledge

KDSL Global International Education Recruitment

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KDSL Global is a leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education businesses globally.  We are excited to officially share our KDSL Global International Education Recruitment division, which will focus on partnering with school groups and education organizations around the world to meet their talent needs. Our diverse team have all worked in the international education space for 20+ years and have completed executive searches, teacher recruitment, and filled consultant needs on education projects around the world. This will be led by Ann Little.

 

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With over 25 years’ experience, Ann Little is passionate about making a difference globally within the education and leadership field. She is a versatile professional with an extensive background and expertise in strategic planning, change management, education reform projects, leadership development, training, recruitment, special education, and inclusion.

Ann began her career as a special education inclusion teacher and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary and Special Education from Hiram College, Ohio. In 2009 she wanted to expand her knowledge and interests by studying abroad and in 2010 earned a Master of Arts degree in Education Leadership & Management from the University of Roehampton in London, United Kingdom. She is a licensed teacher in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

After earning her master’s degree Ann went on to work with two international school start-ups in the Middle East and three large scale education reform projects in SE Asia focusing on leadership development, strategic planning, recruitment,   building capacity, improving teaching pedagogy and inclusion practices. Prior to this, she led a large-scale special education literacy project in Hillsborough County, Florida with the 8th largest school district in the United States. Under her leadership, the project grew to provide services to over 5,000 special education students in 100+ schools.

Ann is both a visionary and transformational leader who has proven her ability to succeed in driving change through school transformation projects with diverse populations at an international level. She is committed to improving opportunities for students everywhere to access quality education. She brings her ability to work and relate effectively across international cultures to recruitment, leadership, and special education projects.

 

 

 

Education Entrepreneurs: Virtual Panel and Networking

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Education Entrepreneurs: Virtual Panel and Networking hosted by Vanguard Educators and KDSL Global

Saturday March 28, 2020

1:00-2:00pm CST

Join us for an online panel with Education Entrepreneurs who have worked around the world. 

 

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Kevin Simpson owns and operates KDSL Global. This education consulting company launched in 2016 in the USA and in the United Arab Emirates. He and his team has served thousands of schools, educators, and leaders worldwide in over 20 countries. The majority of this work in education has centered on American curriculum schools. Since 2008, he has been focused on education in the MENA region, assisted numerous schools with accreditation, training, development, school improvement, and school start-up projects.  Simpson is co-founder of the UAE Learning Network and leads the GCC ASCD Connected Community. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University (USA). Currently, he is studying in the Association for the Advancement of International Education’s Institute for International School Leadership and founder of the Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color.

 

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Dee Azlan, also known as the Business Artist, is a successful graphic artist and entrepreneur educator who specializes in the advocacy of women in the field of business. In addition to being a sought-after, elite, international makeup artist and talented photographer, she is also the founder of THEORY Beauty Cosmetics.After successfully launching her beauty brand internationally, she now travels to inspire budding entrepreneurs to discover their gifts, passion, and purpose to build a brand that is authentic to their identity using her signature entrepreneur program, DNA Method.

Her expertise as a visionary problem solver enables her to identify obstacles that stunt business growth. Moreover, Dee’s creative and critical thinking abilities bring clarity and purpose to the process of building an effective and decisive business development strategy.

 

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Jason Hayes is the founder of Vanguard Education and the author of The Art of Teaching: The 5 Elements to Inspire.  As a researcher, inspirational speaker, and author, Jason aims to inspire businesses, organizations, and schools to be comfortable with change and the unknown in order to achieve personal and organizational goals.  Jason has the magnetic gift of connecting to, energizing, and inspiring various audiences. Mr. Hayes’ 3Rs “Rewind, Review, and Renew” method is a paradigm for organizational and personal change through recognizing and understanding history.

 

To attend this free event please email kdslglobalinfo@gmail.com to register.

KDSL Global Math Consultant Dr. Cory Bennett provides the keynote at the Middle East Maths Teacher Conference

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The fourth Middle East Maths Teachers Conference was held on February 22, 2020, at Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre and brought together, School Leaders, Maths Advisors, Education Consultants and Mathematics Educators, from all over the Middle East and beyond, for a jam-packed day of learning and networking, with the main aim of advancing the teaching and learning of Mathematics in classrooms. The first Middle East Maths Teachers Conference was held on March 11, 2017, under the theme Active Maths…Engaged Learning. Since then, the Middle East Maths Teachers Conference has become the must-attend event for teachers of Mathematics from the Middle East and even further afield.

KDSL Global Math Consultant Dr. Cory Bennett served as the keynote speaker. He is a passionate educator who strives for equity in learning for all students. As a global consultant and an Associate Professor of Education specializing in curriculum and instruction, he has worked with educators throughout the United States and across the Middle East, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

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KDSL Global Founder on Ed-Talk Live

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Ed-Talk Live is an International Educational Talk show hosted by ELASCD and Pakistan ASCD. The mission is to connect educators globally and spread wise words for better education. On a recent show, KDSL Global Founder Kevin Simpson was a guest discussing education entrepreneurship and supporting international education leaders of color.
To access the discussion visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxGa0UjSbl0

2019 KDSL Global Fellow Octevia Torian reflects on her experience

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We had a chance to connect with 2019 KDSL Global Fellow Octevia Torian and find out about her year as a fellow. She is from Virginia and has 15 years of experience in the education field. In the past she has served as an instructional coach, advisor and advanced academics resource teacher. Currently, Octevia is in her third year of working in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates with a focus on the Next Generation Science Standards, Project-Based Learning, STEM, drones and more.

Share your experience as a KDSL Global Fellow.

My experience as a KDSL Global Fellow was a great opportunity.  I knew I wanted to disrupt education in a creative way.  Kevin listened to “big goals” and he did not discourage me in working towards my goal. We worked on a plan to achieve the plan.  I shortly realized I needed to change my plan a little, and Kevin went with the flow.  He continued to encourage me and provide resources to help me move forward.  He supported me on social media and throughout my work in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  He connected me to people in the UAE, and I was able to learn and grow from their advice.  Within a year, I accomplished so much as a KDSL Global Fellow.  The Teacher Table launched in 2019.  The Teacher Table is talk show on education.  The show discusses “Everything Education.” I am grateful for the opportunity to grow under the leadership of Kevin and as a KDSL Global Fellow. The Teacher Table is just getting started.  However, I am excited to meet other people within the education field and throughout the global community to discuss “Everything Education.”

 

 

Advice you would give to an educator looking for opportunities outside of the classroom.

To the educators looking for opportunities outside the classroom I would say start your business in education or in area you desire.  Write down your plan and take those initial steps. Check off each step as you go and then celebrate. When times get hard, go harder and push through.  It’s your breakthrough to the next level.  If you want to start your business or whatever it is outside the classroom, GO FOR IT!   Network and build relationships with people in education and find opportunities to network with people not in education.  Share your story. Share your passion.  Complete a vision board. Use a planner.  Do whatever it takes to make it happen.   But the main thing that worked for me was finding my squad who supported me and all that I am doing! Then ROCK IT!  Don’t worry about the onlookers. That’s their job!  Wave and keep striving for greatness.  You will win!!

 

What will you work on next?

That’s a good question. I know I want to continue to make videos for The Teacher Table on a regular based.  Now I am a certified Educational Success Coach and collaborate with educators on how they can reach their goals with fun and creative action plans.   This year and beyond I want to continue to present on STEM and build my teacher platform on education.  The next project is writing and publishing my first children’s picture book (with an interesting twist).  I am excited to see how and when this will happen.

 

 

To learn more about KDSL Global Fellow Alumni Octevia Torian check her out on social media.

Blog- inspired2coachblog.wordpress.com

Instagram- theteachertable

LinkedIn- Octevia Torian

Twitter- OcteviaT

Right, Just, and True: Why I Did Not Attend or Speak at #AAIE2020

Right, Just, and True:
Why I Did Not Attend or Speak at #AAIE2020

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The shorter story:

I’ll answer the above question in a short, simple manner: I don’t see investment in diversity by those proclaiming to lead diversity and inclusion in education. All I see, after numerous attempts to engage, is silence.

 

July 2019:

Sent a letter to leadership and board at AAIE as well as the CEO of PLS 3rd Learning requesting a dialogue about how diversity, inclusion, and equity are being explicitly built into the curriculum and content and concerns that the new faculty were lacking in the diversity department.

The mission of AAIE is a global community that connects diverse people, ideas and resources, AAIE helps international educators lead with vision, wisdom, courage and integrity.

 

July 2019 – November 2019:

Follow up emails sent and no response.

Received a response indicating interest from PLS 3rd Learning, stating their interest in engaging in a conversation and asking for a point person to coordinate with.

After receiving this email we followed up several times, but the silence continued.

 

January 2020

I decided not to attend AAIE’s 2020 Conference and withdrew from a panel entitled Leading by Example: Cultivating Equitable, Inclusive and Just Communities.

We requested AIELOC members not to financially support organizations who are silent on issues important to us.

 

 

The longer story:

“A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.”
– The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior

 

Almost one year ago on 6 March 2019 I would write a blog post entitled #AAIEGlobalsowhite. In this post it stated that:

“Last year after attending #AAIE2018 there was a shock after noticing how much the international education leadership community lacked in the diversity department. There was talk at a session about critical issues (diversity being one of the topics). A hard decision was made not to attend #AAIE19 being that I was a member and studying in the AAIE Institute for International School Leadership.”

I questioned if the strategic plan would ever shift at AAIE as well as at ALL international schools around diversity, equity, and inclusion in international leadership.

I ended this blog by highlighting that the next generation of international leaders are diverse, disruptive, and want their voice included. We are ready to collaborate and add to the CONVERSATION. Is AAIE ready to listen?

In the last year the Diversity Collaborative increased in activity, membership, and a first report was produced by this committee, ISC Research, and George Mason University called From Resistance to Sustainability and Leadership Cultivating Diverse Leaders in International Schools. However, there are too many areas left unwritten such as race in international school leadership. This is one area the Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color (AIELOC) is focused on as we amplify and advocate for those who are treated as invisible or ignored at times. The Diversity Collaborative focuses on creating a more diverse, inclusive, equitable and just environment among the leadership of the international school community. While this group acknowledges work needs to be done, I notice very few willing to be publicly vocal about organizations and systems which they benefit from. I want to give a shout out to those international educators and leaders who consistently use their voice, listen, connect, and take action. Thank you to Luke Roberts, Brian Bedrick, Liam Hammer, Hope Teague-Bowling, and Adrienne Michetti.

I ponder many questions, such as diversity for who? Who is to benefit and at whose expense? Why so many remain silent and comfortable? Who is included and excluded in conversations?

 

The message below was sent to the leadership and board at AAIE as well as the CEO of PLS 3rd Learning in July 2019.

Dear AAIE,

On the about me section on your website it states that you “exchange international ideas, resources and research that help develop and improve international education, to diversify and expand school leadership capacity.” We are hoping to have a conversation after reviewing the AAIE Institute for School Leadership team of instructors found here https://www.aaieinstitute.org/about/institute-team/

We currently list the institute as a suggested international school leadership program for our AIELOC members. Our founder is enrolled in the program and is elated to see additional instructors beyond having one who taught all courses in the past. After reviewing the seven faculty members it was noted that there was a lack of racial diversity present.  We would like to know the process for serving as an instructor.  As future opportunities arise to serve on this team, please let us know so that we can share this with our membership. In addition, we are curious to know how topics of diversity, inclusion, and equity are being explicitly built into the curriculum and content of the seven courses.

 

We followed up numerous times with hopes to engage. However, there has been silence except the one time the CEO of PLS 3rd Learning sent this message:

 

Dear friends at AIELOC,

We would be very happy to engage in a conversation about our coursework and instructor cadre.  Of course, we would also love to add new instructors and have greater diversity on our team.  It would help if you would identify a contact person in your organization that we can engage with.  Thank you.  Sincerely, Don Jacobs

 

After receiving this email, we followed up several times, but the silence continued.

After reflecting on this lack of response I declined to attend the recent AAIE 2020 Conference in New York and serve on a panel, which I supported in organizing, entitled Leading by Example: Cultivating Equitable, Inclusive and Just Communities.  In addition, we have recently shared with the AIELOC members to not financially support any international education organizations who are silent on issues that are important to us. I am grateful to Liz Duffy and Dana Watts at International School Services for including me in the planning process and for their leadership.

The Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color (AIELOC) is devoted to amplifying the work of international educators and leaders of color with a focus on advocacy, learning, and research.

  • We continue to challenge and call in organizations whose values and actions are not aligned.
  • We continue to ensure all of our members are supported in order to develop and reach their full potential.
  • We continue to share the importance of diversity, inclusion, and equity as highly valuable and a necessity in all international education organizations.
  • We continue to invite allies in who want to change the narrative
  • We continue to engage in conversations that lead to action

 

A man lives when he stands up for that which is right. A man lives when he stands up for justice. A man lives when he takes a stand for that which is true.

KDSL Global interviews Travis Bouldin of We Are All Incorporated

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Our KDSL Global Intern recently had the opportunity to interview Travis Bouldin, Founder and President of We Are All Incorporated.  With a focus on discovering, learning, and changing, Boulden provides global experiences to youth.

 

Tell us about We Are All Incorporated

We Are All Incorporated has a simple mission of providing new or nontraditional experiences to teens from communities with limited resources. We Are All Incorporated does not prohibit access based on lines of differences, especially race and socioeconomic status. As such, activities can range from a local fishing and hiking expedition to a day trip for skiing and snowboarding. Other times include catching a flight abroad for cultural immersion and enrichment. Young community members develop new understandings of themselves, the world around them, and ideas for enhancing diverse relationships through respect, appreciation, and mutual concern. Teens carry these understandings with them into adulthood as they enter higher education institutions or start new careers as participants in our national and global community.

 

 What inspired you to found We Are All Incorporated?

I didn’t have the opportunity to engage in international travel during my childhood. I didn’t leave the country for the first time until I was 26. Over the last decade, I’ve visited 32 countries. I find value in every part of the experience, including the skills needed to navigate basic directions when in a new country, touring historical sites, immersing in new cultures, and finding ways to share stories about cultural commonalities, common interests, and common concerns.

I grew up with a river and wooded area just beyond my backyard. I spent most of my days fishing, boating, exploring, and biking, which started a love for outdoors activities. As an adult, I include these activities regularly in my life. I find value in them and I wish to share that with others who rarely have an opportunity to get out of the city.

I originally partnered with other organizations that specialized in global travel for low-income and/or teens that had limited opportunities based on where they lived. However, I found that while these organizations had an honorable mission, the opportunities were not equally accessed by everyone. So, I started We Are All Inc. to reach the people that needed more motivation than a flyer or announcement.

 

 What upcoming expeditions and experiences do you offer?

I attempt to include teens in selecting and planning the activities that we choose. We will meet in August to calendar monthly trips and our international experience for the 2019-2020 calendar year. Activities will begin in September 2019!

 

For more information please visit https://freshglobes.weebly.com

 

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Travis Bouldin is the founder and president of We Are All Incorporated. For 15 years, Travis has worked in education as a teacher, teacher leader, instructional coach, principal, and district leader. Travis values education as a “great equalizer” and believes that every child has the right to excellent teachers and great learning spaces. He has a fundamental belief that every child can be successful if provided with the right opportunities from the right people.

Having small-town roots, Travis enjoys fishing, boating, hiking, biking, and anything that allows him to be in nature, which he has passed on to his son. His love of travel and different cultures has taken him to 32 countries. Travis is a fan of American Realism and self-publishes short stories inspired by the genre. He is currently working on a plan to open a small farm to share a love of animals and agriculture with people in urban communities.

Travis holds a certificate in Global Education, M.A.T. in Teaching Secondary Social Studies, M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership, and is currently a candidate for an M.A. in American History.