Reflections on School Crisis I once told my wife that as a head of school, my position should be retitled, “professional problem solver.” The reality is, much of what we do in our role as the head of the school is about solving problems or developing solutions for various challenges. Some of these are fairly … More Reflections on School Crisis
Reflections on Progress Last week I had an opportunity to join our seventh grade class on a Week Without Walls (WWW) experience to Hpa-An, an area several ours drive to the east of Yangon. Before going any further with this blog, I want to comment on the overall experience I had. Our faculty was wonderful! … More Reflections on Progress
Meanderings on Attachment “There are two seasons in Minnesota – winter and road construction.” I reminisce on this old phrase as I sit in traffic on 35 between Minneapolis and our home base in Duluth. This is a segment of highway that should be flying along at 70 mph, with nothing more than a possible … More Meanderings on Attachment
Passing of an Ethical Icon This past summer, we saw the passing of an ethical icon. In July, we learned Elie Wiesel was no longer with us. As I read the obituaries and platitudes written in his honor, I was reminded Wiesel was 16 years old when he emerged from the Holocaust as a survivor. … More Passing of an Ethical Icon
Cultural Paternalism Maybe I was simply naïve and not as aware as I thought I was. For a brief period of time in 1989, the world seemed so hopeful. The memory of it seems so vivid to me now. I was teaching sixth grade in a small suburb of Minneapolis. It was a team teaching … More Cultural Paternalism
Annually, the leadership team at Escuela Campo Alegre (ECA) in Caracas, Venezuela, engages in professional literature studies of approximately six books, plus articles as they come up. The team spends approximately six weeks reading the same book independently, and then comes together for a team discussion of what has been read. Generally, there is a … More Book Review: The culture engine: a framework for driving results, inspiring your employees, and transforming your workplace
The Question of Re-culturing Third Culture Kids My wife and I first went overseas to Romania in 1992. We had been married a year, and were childless. We pictured ourselves as heading off on a grand adventure for a two-year period, after which I would return to the job in Minnesota from which I had … More The question of re-culturing third culture kids
This presentation was given at the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) 2016.
This presentation was given at the 2016 annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE).
Authors: Gregory A. Hedger and Michael Simpson Ensuring high quality instruction is a challenge in any school. In international schools, the challenge is even greater. This is the result of the transient nature of faculty working in overseas schools. In a recent study of headship transitions in international schools and U.S. independent schools, it was … More Collaboration for High Quality Instruction