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Better Together” Wellbeing as a Community effort in International Schools.
Kevin Lloyd posted an event in Webinar SeriesuntilAs we face the social emotional fallout of Covid-19, looking after oneself AND after each other is important for wellbeing. CreatePositive discusses three aspects of community wellbeing critical for coping in times of uncertainty. Nourishing psychological safety, care and belonging. Navigating difficult emotions Using personal character strength to drive hope and a positive outlook. Elke Paul (PhD) and Tamara Lechner from CreatePositive will share insights to guide International Schools through these challenging times. Please REGISTER HERE Bios: Elke Paul (PhD) Elke Paul is an international wellbeing education expert. She holds a PhD in Comparative Education, a Master in Education & Social Anthropology, a university degree (Diplom) in Social Pedagogy, a Certification in Positive Psychology, she is a Senior Yoga and Meditation instructor and previous studio owner. Dr. Paul specializes in mental health education, offering school consultancy and Professional Development. She has done research on and worked for more that 30 years with schools in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia. She is on the Board of the Spirituality and Meaning Division at IPPA (International Positive Psychology Association). She Is Co-Founder of CreatePositive, an international EdTech Startup to realize her vision of compassionate wellbeing education at scale. Tamara Lechner Tamara Lechner is a Global Positive Education Business Developer with more than 30 years of experience. She has worked for educational wellbeing industry leaders like The Institute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School in Australia, and the Centre of Positive Education in the US. as the Canadian representative or lead sales developer. She has written numerous wellbeing curricular for wellbeing companies, NGO’s and school organisations. She is a mental health education book author, blog writer and a serial entrepreneur for flourishing businesses. Tamara holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with marketing, psychology and global business focus. She is Co-Founder of CreatePositive to scale wellbeing and spread her contagious happiness. Meredith Herold Meredith has extensive experience in both the private and public sector including Hospitals, community and in particular international school setting. She is a registered nurse specialised in paediatrics, midwife and maternal and child health nurse. In addition, she has qualifications in Health and Safety. Meredith has worked in Australia, and across Asia. She has developed process and strategies to support schools in ensuring staff are competent and students are safe. In addition, provided onsite competency reviews, audits, mentoring and training to assist moving schools forward in a competitive international market. School_Collaborative_Mental_Health (1).mp4
Returning to Normal in COVID times – International Student Experiences at International Schools
Kevin Lloyd posted an event in Webinar SeriesuntilThe fourth of our series on Returning to Normal in COVID times at international schools. At international schools opportunities for international trips is a key component of the experience offered. Whether class trips, sporting events or other competitions, the opportunity to travel has been a normal, expected and important offering. COVID-19 has halted this opportunity for students. Going forward, it is expected these opportunities will resume, however with new challenges. Our webinar today will interview Ben Cooper of World Travel Protection who will explore implications and share insights that schools can consider as they endeavour to offer international experiences to their students, whether hosting events on campus or sending students abroad. Please Register Here for This Webinar Ben Cooper - International Travel Risk Management Expert - World Travel Protection EMEA World Travel Protection’s Ben Cooper’s responds when asked what he does for a living is “I work with an amazing company that gets people home when they are ill, injured or unsafe overseas.” Ben was drawn to work in travel risk management by his fascination with geopolitics, which plays an important part in assessing travel risks. The majority of Ben’s career has been spent supporting organisations with projects in remote, high risk or logistically challenging environments, from offshore wind farms and oil rigs to onshore remote research projects and mine sites. As Head of Sales & Commercial across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Ben works closely with clients from the company’s UK base. According to Ben, WTP’s clients come from a diverse range of businesses, including universities, security firms, travel management agencies, business continuity advisors and human resources consultants. Working closely with clients means Ben is always managing unusual and exciting projects, often with complex logistical arrangements. Whether a film crew in a COVID-19 environment or university students travelling to high-risk locations; various layers of support and risk mitigation are involved, for travel and at the locations.
Returning to Normal in COVID times – Student Mental Wellbeing
Kevin Lloyd posted an event in Webinar SeriesuntilThis is the third of a 4-part series of webinars addressing the need to return schools to normal during COVID times. Moving forward and out of the global pandemic it remains uncertain if or when COVID-19 will cease to be an issue. COVID-19 impacts international schools in a variety of ways and one that should not be overlooked is the impact this continues to take on students. Our panel will address a variety of scenarios along with insights on how to support your students in these difficult times. Panelists: Meredith Herold - Penbrae Consulting Dr. Elke Paul - CreatePositive Dr. Doug Walker - Chief Programs Director of Mercy Family Center Register Here for this Webinar Panelist Bio's Dr. Elke Paul Elke is an international wellbeing education expert. She holds a PhD in Comparative Education, a university degree (Diplom) in Social Pedagogy, a certification in Positive Psychology and she is an experienced Yoga and Mediation instructor. Dr. Paul has lived and worked in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia and has gained deep insight into international wellbeing school transformation. Committed to human skills learning, Dr. Paul is currently launching the startup CreatePositive with an interdisciplinary team, to realize the vision of wellbeing in education at scale. Dr. Doug Walker Doug is a Clinical Psychologist and Chief Programs Director of Mercy Family Center, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA In response to Hurricane Katrina in September of 2005, Dr. Walker created Project Fleur-de-lis, New Orleans’s largest school-based mental health program devoted to students struggling emotionally and academically in the years following the storm and destruction. Since the creation of Project Fleur-de-lis, his experience and expertise in assisting individuals and communities exposed to man-made and natural disasters has grown to include training and consultation in twenty-five countries. He has been particularly active within the international school community having served as technical advisor to the US State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools and Guyana’s Ministry of Health to assist in the dissemination of trauma-focused, evidence-based practices. In 2016, Dr. Walker completed a Fulbright Specialist Scholarship in Fukushima City, Japan where he conducted lectures in disaster mental health, and collaborative research into peer-to-peer support post-2011 Tōhoku earthquake, tsunami, and level 7 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. He functions as an Afflicted Consultant for the Council of International Schools (CIS), is a member of the International Child Protection Task Force, and contributes to the efforts of The Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) as a member of their Rapid Response Team.
Returning to Normal in COVID times – International Student Experiences at International Schools
Kevin Lloyd posted an event in Webinar SeriesuntilThe fourth of our series on Returning to Normal in COVID times at international schools. At international school opportunities for international trips is a key component of the experience offered. Whether class trips, sporting events or other competitions, the opportunity to travel has been a normal, expected and important offering. COVID-19 has halted this opportunity for students. Going forward, it is expected these opportunities will resume, however with new challenges. Our webinar today will interview Ben Cooper of World Travel Protection who will explore implications and share insights that schools can consider as they endeavour to offer international experiences to their students, whether hosting events on campus or sending students abroad. Please Register Here for This Webinar Ben Cooper - International Travel Risk Management Expert - World Travel Protection EMEA World Travel Protection’s Ben Cooper’s responds when asked what he does for a living is “I work with an amazing company that gets people home when they are ill, injured or unsafe overseas.” Ben was drawn to work in travel risk management by his fascination with geopolitics, which plays an important part in assessing travel risks. The majority of Ben’s career has been spent supporting organisations with projects in remote, high risk or logistically challenging environments, from offshore wind farms and oil rigs to onshore remote research projects and mine sites. As Head of Sales & Commercial across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Ben works closely with clients from the company’s UK base. According to Ben, WTP’s clients come from a diverse range of businesses, including universities, security firms, travel management agencies, business continuity advisors and human resources consultants. Working closely with clients means Ben is always managing unusual and exciting projects, often with complex logistical arrangements. Whether a film crew in a COVID-19 environment or university students travelling to high-risk locations; various layers of support and risk mitigation are involved, for travel and at the locations.
Returning to Normal in COVID times – Staff Recruitment, Mobility and Travel Implications at International Schools
Kevin Lloyd posted an event in Webinar SeriesuntilThis is the second of a 4-part series of webinars addressing the need to return schools to normal during COVID times. Moving forward and out of the global pandemic it remains uncertain if or when COVID-19 will cease to be an issue. COVID-19 impacts international schools in a variety of ways and one that should not be overlooked is the impact on staff – recruitment, mobility and travel all have significant implications that are exasperated as a result of COVID-19. Our panel will address a variety of scenarios along with insights on how to manage your staff in these difficult times. Specifically, we will address: • International Recruiting • Mobility • Travel Panelists: The Classroom Partnership Sapna Gore – Associate Director – International Teaching Partnership Alison Colville – Director – Permanent Staffing Solutions – The NQT Partnership Georgie McIntyre – Director of Learning and Development World Travel Protection Sara Shaw - Partnership Director, Australia Rodger Cook – GM, Global Security Services International Schools Partnership Jackie Watson - Group Head of Talent Jo Pertwee - Head of People Operations Please Register Here for this Webinar Bios Rodger Cook – GM, Global Security Services Rodger joined World Travel Protection (WTP) in 2020 as Security Director in the Brisbane-based Command Centre. He works closely with clients that come from a diverse range of businesses, including universities, security firms, travel management agencies, business continuity advisors and human resources consultants, to identify potential travel risks and provide expert security advice and support. “No two days are the same. One minute I can be discussing the needs of a global resources company, and the next I can be talking to a high school about their upcoming excursion to Paris,” says Rodger. “Working in travel risk management is about being pragmatic. You need to understand that, for the vast majority of travellers, their trip will go as planned; what you need to be prepared for when things don’t go to plan. That is, when things start to slip away, you need to have an assistance company or some structure to help you stay safe and recover.” Rodger has valuable experience gained in some of the worlds hot spots including places like Rwanda, East Timor and Iraq. He has held senior roles for mining, oil and gas companies, living and working in Indonesia, Madagascar, Zambia and Papua New Guinea.” That depth of experience, and having worked client-side before joining the travel assistance world, means Rodger understands what clients are looking for when it comes to developing a robust travel risk management program. Sara Shaw - Partnership Director, Australia Alison Colville, Director – Permanent Staffing Solutions Alison has been in the Recruitment Industry for over 30 years recruiting across all sectors of Commercial, Industrial, Healthcare and Education for large Corporates such as Adecco, Manpower and Blue Arrow and niche brands including her current role with The international Education Partnership part of The Classroom Partnership. Sapna Gore – Associate Director – International Teaching Partnership Sapna brings over 8 years experience in Education Recruitment where she has worked in staffing and recruiting. Sapna brings to this role a broad base of experience including Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Sales Management, Consultative Selling, and Customer Service. Sapna has worked both across the UK and internationally in staffing and recruitment. Georgie McIntyre – Director of Learning and Development – The Classroom Partnership Georgie as Director of Learning and Development is developing The Classroom Partnership’s learning and development strategy and product portfolio for both the UK and International school community. With a foundation of teaching, Georgie has worked in the International School Community for over seven years. Her previous roles and experience highlights include Chief Learning Officer for the ECIS and the Head of Training for Cambridge Assessment International Education. Jackie Watson - Group Head of Talent - International Schools Partnership Jackie has recently joined International Schools Partnership bringing a wealth of experience as a board level HR Director with global experience of working in blue chip organisations. An HR generalist with specialist knowledge of mergers and acquisitions, leadership, OD, culture change, attraction, retention and succession strategies. Extensive experience of Board level facilitation, team building and coaching. Experience includes non-executive Directorships. Jo Pertwee - Head of People Operations - International Schools Partnership Jo joined the International School Partnership (ISP) as Head of HR UK in May 2019 before moving into her current role at the beginning of 2021. She has over 20 years’ HR experience in generalist, recruitment and consultancy roles and it was her passion for learning and education that led her to join ISP. Originally from North Norfolk, but now based in east London with her family, she is also Chair of Trustees for a local charity.
Introduction COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future and its impact on international schools will continue. The virus itself is evolving, the science related to the virus, to vaccines, and to testing is also evolving. Although the pandemic is global, mitigation of the impact of the virus needs to be managed at a school and local level. A current understanding of the situation with the virus will enable schools to implement up to date mitigation strategies. These strategies should incorporate vaccinations, screening, process and procedures as well as communications. Our Panel on April 15th included: Dr David Teo – Regional Medical Director, Asia for International SOS Colin Brown – Founder Nex.D, COO Skoolbo, Edtech investor Andrew Duffield, Group Health and Safety Director, International Schools Partnership (ISP) Our expert panel shared insights to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 at International Schools as a framework. Key points include: Need to be aware of the status of the pandemic in the local community Use of screening tools and procedures will remain an important component A policy on vaccinations will be important, including requirements and verification. Schools need to have a plan to shield their vulnerable / non-vaccinated population Integrated communication strategy is vital to ensure clarity and secure trust at your school You will find further details below on the Mitigation Framework. Background Virus – it continues to evolve New waves can be expected into 2022 Children are increasingly infected and symptomatic 11.2% of cases in USA in 2021 5 Times more likely to be admitted to hospital in India in 2021 50% of children in India in one study had antibodies Mutations Reason for new flu vaccines annually is due to mutations Every 50K cases, going to get a mutation Impact of a mutation can be that the virus: becomes more infectious weakens and coexists with humans like the flu virus kills the virus The mutations of concern those that become more infectious those less susceptible to anti-bodies, making current vaccines less effective Vaccines Vaccine development was very fast and now new candidates are coming very quickly Likely situation is that for the forceable future, boosters are likely necessary None of the vaccines have 100% efficacy You can still catch the virus when vaccinated, however it makes the symptoms less severe Some protection is better than no protection The best vaccine is the vaccine that you can get You will always have a Non-vaccinated population Currently for people 16 and above - By September / October possible down to 11 years of age Testing RT-PCR and RT-LAMP These tests have been around a long time with a demonstrated history PCR tests are relatively slow and do not scale Technology is coming now to automate and bring PCR testing closer to the consumer. LAMP tests are faster and better suited for “point of care” Countries are more likely to rely upon proven tests Rapid tests (Lateral flow tests) All new and have only be tested against COVID-19 Reliability is still now well known Easier to scale Before using these, it is important to understand the viral load within the community. Antibody testing is still evolving, may not effectively address new mutations and as such may not be beneficial nor recognised in your country. Follow local guidance. The evolution of testing is going to help countries to better understand the situation with the virus which may impact how schools address this. Vaccination passports / status certification Standardisation efforts are underway. Many variations of a passport or COVID status certification exist What is official should be based on local regulations Digital is optimal as then this information can be easily verified by the school when needed – trips, use of facilities, bus access, etc. Vaccine Considerations for International Schools A vaccination strategy should be part of your schools Business Continuity Plan. Those eligible for the vaccine should get the vaccine – consider vaccinating or requiring vaccinations for people who will visit your campus, but also consider the laws of your country as preventing access due to not being vaccinated could be considered discrimination – staff, contractors, parents and students that are eligible. Verification of vaccinations may present a challenge due to the International the make-up of the school community – people are coming from various countries with different laws, different vaccines, different tools for verification. Local laws should form the basis and as above consideration needs to be given to local law so that you do not discriminate. Remember to shield those who cannot be vaccinated – health issues, age, etc. Mitigation framework for International Schools Understanding the status Be aware of the country’s situation in terms of the virus. Case levels will impact the benefit of testing and should influence your strategy. Keep informed as to the progress of the pandemic - vaccines, testing, laws and other mitigation tools - these are changing and evolving quickly. Understand and follow local laws and regulations Be aware of and leverage local resources – can increase the tools available to mitigate and lower your costs. Consider use of testing and vaccination centres if they are near by Check what funding might be available to the school from local governments Access local information sources and consider how to share this information with your community (language and comprehension can be a concern). Local resources and authorities - utilise where possible for testing, vaccinations, etc. Recognise your school community is not likely well informed of the local situation and local laws. Although a simple concept, this is very important! Your parents and staff may get their guidance from their home country, their personal network and then share within your community. Understand your countries laws around discrimination (what is permitted in respect of vaccinations etc.) Screening Contact-tracing - utilise tools such as an App or portal to capture information. Who has been on campus, on the school bus, etc., You may need to review this after several days and as such a digital resource is optimal. Self-reporting - your school should require some level of self-reporting. The situation with the virus in the country will help dictate to what level. ie, where high numbers of infections are present, a daily report may be necessary. Where it is low, reporting on travel, etc., may be the priority, Again consider the use of a digital tool such as an App or portal. Testing - follow your local country's guidance on testing as a starting point. A variety of models for testing exist depending on requirements for your school. For reliability, consider PCR or LAMP tests. Pooling of tests is possible. Testing is evolving so remain aware of the progress with testing technology. Temperature screening - Schools have indicated that this has not been overly effective however it is visible and establishes trust. Vaccinations Have a policy on vaccinations and communicate the policy clearly. Consider A vaccination requirement – must meet your local legal requirements and limitations Verification - this will be complex as certification varies from country to country. Local law should be the basis for what you can accept. Shielding Consider who your shielding - your school will always have a vulnerable population (non-vaccinated due to health, age or other limitations) Ongoing barriers should continue to be part of your shielding efforts such as social distancing, masks and hygiene tools Disinfection gates are getting increased attention now and something that the school can consider Integrated Communications An Integrated communications strategy needs to be part of your mitigation strategy - it is the tool you have to create confidence and to ensure clear understanding. Communicate early, often and consistently Should support buy-in and understanding Be positive, encouraging and supportive. Utilise your communications channels appropriately - website, email and a mobile app should all be part of your strategy Website – regulations, process and procedures Email – updates where documentation delivery and archiving are necessary The mobile App should be a key component and be integrated to your varied school tools. We would recommend the use of a School Compact Must be signed by all members of the school community Outlines school policies and regulations including explanations. Be clear about what information is required, what information you will share and where you may be restricted (Privacy). This will instil confidence and support. It will also simplify enforcement For those who participated in the live webinar, due to a technical problem our Chat function was disabled preventing questions from being asked. Please post any questions you may have had on this site and we will respond. Should you wish to get directly in contact with any of our expert resources, contact details are below: International SOS – firstname.lastname@example.org International Schools Partnership – email@example.com Nex.D Partners – firstname.lastname@example.org Together School – email@example.com The actual recording can be found here - Meeting Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/GCIHRZuZ77xWP9B8yB2TS4gec5me2qX8Tb_EkslDpOHYz_q9tdq82JCFptotGGRL.apglMQTYyQG0UTiY