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Inspiring Student Projects in the CIS School Community

by Christy Clabots, Project Assistant & Higher Education Services Coordinator

Our International Student award recognizes students at member schools who take on projects to improve their community. It’s inspiring to learn about the positive impact these students have their own community, improving the quality of life for others through their own initiatives and interest in being an active global citizen. The projects we learn about are from students of all ages, from elementary through high school, taking on projects big and small.

For the last few years I have had the opportunity to read every nomination for the International Student award and I am excited to share some of the stories that have embodied the work being done at …

Posted by CIS on Thursday September 20
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Asking the right questions: Gender gap revealed in pay for international school leaders

 by Jane Larsson, CIS Executive Director

“Guess what I found?” Alejandra asked, as she stepped into my office.

Alejandra is our data analyst, and she had just taken ownership of our annual compensation surveys, which explore salaries and benefits for international school leaders and staff. As part of our R&D team, her job is to ask the right questions and to evaluate trends. We’ve been administering this survey and sharing the results annually for a number of years, but Alejandra has begun probing the potential impacts of the data we were collecting, asking new questions to guide decision-making in schools.

Given the significance of the gap, we agreed to dig deeper, looking at the gap across years of …

Posted by CIS on Thursday September 13
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How well do you really know your students?

 by Dave Stanfield, Head of Research & Development at CIS & Peter Welch, Independent Consultant

As an international educator, you have likely experienced firsthand the profound impact that students’ cultural identity has on learning. Various cultural theories exist that attempt to explain differences between cultures. Hofstede’s cultural dimensions theory is one of the most established and commonly cited in literature. The theory consists of five cultural dimensions—power distance, individualism, masculinity, uncertainty avoidance index, and long-term orientation—which are useful concepts to understand cultural differences. There is even a handy website called Hofstede Insights that …

Posted by CIS on Wednesday September 5
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What kinds of support do international school leaders need?

 by Jane Larsson, CIS Executive Director

At CIS, we’ve devoted time to assess the skills that elevate effectiveness in leading a diverse international community. We’re applying what we’ve learned and changing the way we do things to provide targeted learning experiences for school leaders.This October in Bangkok, we’ll launch a “first of its kind” event focused on the career development and recruitment of school leaders…all in one go!

What will be different? Whether you are a school leader looking to hire new leaders or seeking a new leadership position yourself, you will engage together as peers as you learn from experts and discuss critical aspects of international school leadership. …

Posted by CIS on Wednesday August 22
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CIS Summer Counsellor Tours: Expanding Horizons While Building Community

by Michelle Duschang, Director of International University Counseling at Hisar School in Istanbul, Turkey

Even after 28 years either on the university or school side of the admissions counseling desk, participating in the CIS Summer Counselor Tour last month I was astounded, yet again, by the supportive, collaborative and genuinely enthusiastic community of people I work with every day. At times our community that spans the globe seems so small. However, this experience reminded me how diverse and vast our network really reaches and how much we learn from one another.

Planning a robust, interesting and balanced CIS tour of universities is no easy feat. Serving as one of five volunteers on the CIS Guidance Committee, a sub-committee of …

Posted by CIS on Tuesday August 14
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The Power of Regional Learning

by Katryna Snow, Assistant Director of CIS Higher Education Services

School guidance counsellors and university admissions officers share a common goal of working with and advising students through the university application and enrollment process. With thousands of university options worldwide and a rapidly changing landscape in international higher education, it is important that those working with students are up-to-date on the latest trends, challenges, and developments. There are numerous resources and professional development events available that focus on admission and guidance on a global level (including the CIS Global Forum), but there is also great value in a more focused approach to information sharing and networking. 

Posted by CIS on Friday May 18
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Presenting at the CIS Global Forum: An opportunity for life-long learning

  by David Hawkins, Independent Counsellor at Syzygy Global Education

Taking place this year in Vienna between 8-9 November, the CIS Global Forum on International Admission and Guidance is a leading annual conference bringing together more than 800 university admission officers and school career/guidance professionals. We are currently accepting session proposals for our peer-led professional development sessions. Anyone from a CIS member school or university may submit a proposal by May 11 2018. Read about David’s experience and consider submitting a proposal of your own.

I have been fortunate enough to attend a number of CIS Global Forums, and to present as well. Most recently I was asked to join a session on …

Posted by CIS on Tuesday May 1
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Presenting at the CIS Global Forum: A Story of Personal Development and Growth

 by Bryn Will, High School Counselor, Anglo-American School of Moscow, Russia

Taking place this year in Vienna between 8-9 November, the CIS Global Forum on International Admission and Guidance is a leading annual conference bringing together more than 800 university admission officers and school career/guidance professionals. We are currently accepting session proposals for our peer-led professional development sessions. Anyone from a CIS member school or university may submit a proposal by 11 May 2018. Read about Bryn’s experience and consider submitting a proposal of your own.

I did not even have to open the e-mail to see the first line. “Dear Bryn, Congratulations! I am writing to inform you…”

Posted by CIS on Tuesday April 17 at 11:53
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A Chinese voice on Child Protection - Many traditional ideas sometimes do not meet modern students

 by Jane Larsson, CIS Executive Director

hosted by the Western Academy of Beijing

I’m just back to Leiden after leading child protection workshops with our team of experts in three cities with vastly different cultures. Our journey last month began in Nairobi, went on to Dubai and finished in Beijing. The presentations and conversations were riveting, as usual, but moving from one distinct culture to another in close succession was jarring.

So many memories are swirling in my mind. Overall, I came home feeling encouraged and impressed because I discovered a common willingness to engage on this challenging topic - across cultures, particularly those that have been traditionally closed to the subject of …

Posted by kczenszak on Thursday April 12
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OPEN MIND, OPEN HEART: PREREQUISITES FOR SELF-LEARNING

by Alexandra Marcoci

During my internship with the Career & Recruitment Department of CIS I came across many educators who intend to relocate and start pursuing a career in international education. Because of my psychology background, I found it compelling to understand who is suitable for this environment, who will prosper and who will not resist the demands of the international stage, where individuals of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities co-exist, communicate and share experiences.

Which qualities should an educator have to be a good fit for an international school? And in which way is such an environment challenging anyway? To find an answer to these questions, I delved into research and interviewed CIS-Approved …

Posted by CIS on Thursday April 5
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