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    International schools who operate a school transportation service have a wide range of considerations when it comes to ensuring the safe and efficient operations of a transportation service. A well run, safe and trusted transportation service can lead to a more positive overall image of your school, increased enrolment and a positive ROI. School leadership is often challenged by their transportation service as they often lack experience or insights to managing a transportation service which can lead to oversights that leave students and staff in difficult or even unsafe situations. Many schools today are faced with lower transportation usage due to safety concerns stemming from COVID-19. Our panel of experts will share insights and solutions schools can consider to provide a more safe and efficient transportation service that parents trust, including: importance of the status of all buses and students at all times the ability to effectively communicate to staff, students and parents ensuring that drivers, monitors and other staff are appropriately vetted and trained considerations for transport operators related to operational safety and efficiency. Operating a safe and secure school transportation service at international schools is often a vital means of getting students to and from your school. Join our panel of experts to gain insights on how to improve the safety, efficiency and trust in your service. REGISTER HERE Our panel: Matt Harris, Ed.D.’s experience and expertise lie at the nexus of technology, schools, and the global education landscape. Currently, Dr. Harris is the Co-Founder and CEO of ChildSafeguarding.com, an e-learning company that offers child abuse prevention education to support staff and parent volunteers in all schools around the world. The course meets the needs of all learners regardless of literacy level, geography, or language. Previously, Dr. Harris worked as an educational leader and teacher in schools and universities in North America and Asia. He served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Dr. Harris is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Microsoft Innovative Education Expert, Google Certified Innovator, and Common Sense Education Ambassador. Kevin Lloyd has been working with leading technology companies Nokia, Ericsson, Sony Ericsson and Siemens in mobile enterprise communications for 25 years prior to focusing on support for international schools 6 years ago. Kevin is the Co-Founder and CCO of Together School. A solution that improves safety, efficiency and engagement at international schools by putting the right information into the relevant person's hand at the right time. Together School's solution does for schools, what an airline app does for airlines. Linda Howard is the Managing Director of School Transport Management International who provide consultancy to schools and consortiums. Areas of expertise include safety and process auditing, implementing new services, network review, structure, and compliance reviews. Linda is passionate about improving safety and quality services for the transportation of students. Linda has worked 20 years in school transport, specializing in best practice and policy implementation, strategic planning, network reviews and safety audits. Linda has worked for international and independent schools across South East Asia, the MENA region and Europe.
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    COVID-19 has strained resources at schools due to changing regulations, schedules impacting routes and requirements for the health and safety of staff and students. Technology has been the enabler for schools to deliver a quality transportation service despite these disruptors. Join our discussion with Carlos Guerrero, International School Transportation and Operational Risk expert in program development, policy writing, and crisis response planning related to student travel, campus safety, child protection, and medical response. He will share insights on how technology can help to: improve safety through documenting and sharing create efficiency through cost saving tools including route planning support engagement by communicating relevant information such as schedule and procedural changes. This Round Table session will be limited to a maximum of 4 schools. Please register below if you intend to join. This event is free of charge.
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    The 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.
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    This 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.
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    The 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.
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    This 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.
  7. 2020-2021 in education has been like no other. Education has seen a huge step change forced upon it over the past year through COVID-19. The education world, by nature, is dynamic however it has been required to flex, adapt, and refine delivery and activities. Here in the UK, alongside our international colleagues, we approach the anniversary of COVID-19 restrictions. Resilience and determination are phrases persistent throughout our daily interactions and the most robust individuals are having to find the positivity to persevere with conviction. Talking to our schools’ community here are some of the emerging trends for 2021: Flexibility in school models and online delivery The education system has seen a significant shift over the past year with glimpses of permanent advancement within our educational community practice. Although there are challenges, digital learning in education has leapt forward at least a decade and it looks as if “learning anytime, anywhere” has staying power. Terms such as blended learning and flipped classroom have been shared across the education community for some time, with varying successful attempts to formally embed them within the school working day. In reality, we witnessed transformational change of our schools to a flexible virtual model overnight requiring investment in both human resource alongside hardware and software. Given the significant time and investment spent, it is difficult to imagine the modules, systems and success stories that have worked well are not here to stay. We have seen a massive shift in teaching delivery models requiring flexibility in the structure of daily school activities. Despite a focus on schools shifting to a virtual environment and the challenges recognised, we are now identifying a large proportion of students who have thrived in these virtual environments. Microlearning There has been frequent debate regarding the need to prepare our learners for future roles that may not exist yet. A growing trend may be the answer to prepare our work force of the future - microlearning. A recent article published by Pearson shared evidence of a decline in our attention spans and reduced ability to process large amounts of information. Microlearning is a series of engaging lessons of a few minutes, with follow up activities to embed the “nugget”. Providing our learners with short bursts of learning has proven to increase retention of information. According to the Journal of Applied Psychology, microlearning makes the transfer of learning 17% more efficient. There is a growing investment in this approach to modern learning and this trend has filtered through to the education environment. Wellbeing of staff and students The pressures of remote teaching, grappling with arrangements to keep learners safe whilst looking after our community’s wellbeing has never been more of a priority. With growing reports of screen fatigue, schools are adapting to give their schools, teachers and pupils a break, flexing their daily school structures and recognising the importance of screen away time. Schools have shared strategies they have implemented to support their community. These include: · Pairing up, buddying and virtual coffee catch ups are encouraged, mutual support networks both with learners and teachers can influence positivity, · Ensuring that dedicated time for educators’ professional development and mental wellness awareness are prioritised. These restorative practices can contribute to wellbeing and resilience, · One school in Hertfordshire, The Knights Templar School recognises the concern for teacher and learner “burnout” and have intentionally built in “a press pause” weekly within their timetabling, one afternoon a week, encouraging parents, learners and teachers to step away from the screen and do something different. Reports of significant learner trauma are on the rise due to being separated from school friends. The repercussions of the pandemic, such as job losses, illnesses and even deaths, will require additional support within the school ecosystems. The importance of wellbeing within the education community with continue to remain a priority for the long term. Bridging the Gap How far our learners have been impacted by the continued COVID-19 academically continues to be assessed. The disruption and support requirement of essential skills recovery for “lost learning” of our children provides a huge challenge. Here in the UK, catch up funding has been identified to support bridging the gap of our disadvantaged learners. Tuition Partners have been allocated funding to provide a robust online individualised home tuition programme alongside state school education. Funded through the UK Governments National Tutoring Programme, it will enable individuals and small group catch up tuition support. It is targeted for pupils who are disadvantaged or struggling through personal circumstances, or lack of academic input during lockdown. You can find out more about one of the Tuition Partners’ support here. Evidence indicates personalised learning support alongside and in collaboration with the traditional school teaching is providing impact to improve student outcomes, indications are bolt on targeted tuition support is here to stay. Twilight Insets Professional Development Flexibility around offering virtual development has filtered into professional development for teachers and leaders. Many traditional whole day staff training on inset days have been disaggregated and replaced by short 90-minute training sessions and are available online and recorded for on demand access. Staff are given flexibility to choose which sessions they need and attend with a commitment to participate in at least four sessions a term. Some schools have also kept the traditional inset days timetabled, building on the “Press Pause” concept to encourage further time to step away from the screen. Engaging staff with an impactful session, with more variety, which can also be implemented in the following weeks, is proving to be a popular solution, and also allows for opportunities for small teams to collaborate. As schools start to emerge from the pandemic and consider what trends are here to stay, we are witnessing an educational ecosystem evolution. Have schools, inadvertently, taken a step away from the structures of yesterday and made a giant leap forward for our future education? As schools embed these trends within their historical structures and systems, has the pandemic given them the capacity to make an impact to future proof their students? Has this been the International Education Communities “Press Pause” to improve student outcomes and school operations for the long term?
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    COVID-19 has strained resources at schools due to changing regulations, schedules impacting routes and requirements for the health and safety of staff and students. Technology has been the enabler for schools to deliver a quality transportation service despite these disruptors. A command-and-control centre providing an overview of the bus operations combined with an app has allowed schools to respond effectively. Join our discussion with Carlos Guerrero, International School Transportation and Operational Risk expert in program development, policy writing, and crisis response planning related to student travel, campus safety, child protection, and medical response. He will share insights on how technology can help to: • improve safety through documenting and sharing • create efficiency through cost saving tools including route planning • support engagement by communicating relevant information such as schedule and procedural changes. As this is a Round Table session we will limit attendance to a maximum of 6 schools. Please RSVP if you intend to join.
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    COVID-19 has strained resources at schools due to changing regulations, schedules impacting routes and requirements for the health and safety of staff and students. Technology has been the enabler for schools to deliver a quality transportation service despite these disruptors. A command-and-control centre providing an overview of the bus operations combined with an app has allowed schools to respond effectively. Join our discussion with Carlos Guerrero, International School Transportation and Operational Risk expert in program development, policy writing, and crisis response planning related to student travel, campus safety, child protection, and medical response. He will share insights on how technology can help to: • improve safety through documenting and sharing • create efficiency through cost saving tools including route planning • support engagement by communicating relevant information such as schedule and procedural changes. As this is a Round Table session we will limit attendance to a maximum of 6 schools. Please RSVP if you intend to join.
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    The Pandemic caught everyone unprepared and has highlighted the importance to have an emergency plan. As we return students to classrooms around the world let us be prepared for any kind of emergency or crisis that schools may face. In order to be properly prepared, a school should follow the 7 steps in Emergency Planning Management. Prepare Alert Communicate Respond Recover Assess Mitigate Join our discussion with the former federal law enforcement agent and CEO of Clearpath EPM Mike Johnson. He will guide all participants through these steps to be prepared for the future and help schools avoid possible disruption. As this is a Round Table session we will limit attendance to a maximum of 8 schools. Please RSVP if you intend to join.
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