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    As with COVID-19, the invasion of Ukraine by Russia has created a new, unfamiliar and scary situation for students the world over. Feelings that students are experiencing due to this war are significant and need to be addressed. This is a challenge that is not going to end soon and once again for schools, this is uncharted waters that we are in. To provide support for International Schools, The School Collaborative has created a forum on Geopolitical Conflict hosted and moderated by Dr Douglas Walker and Meredith Herold - https://www.theschoolcollaborative.com/forums/forum/99-wellbeing/ International Schools have a unique dynamic that presents opportunities and challenges when addressing geopolitical conflict with students. In support of this, The School Collaborative will be hosting regular sessions where schools can join to discuss, ask questions, share best practice and learn from experts. Please join our first of a bi-weekly series of talks addressing Geopolitical Conflict. Born out of the COVID-19 Pandemic, The School Collaborative is a free, volunteer led resource for International Schools to ask questions, share best practice and learn from experts. Please Register for this event at https://bit.ly/Geopolitical_Conflict In our next session, we will be joined by students from The Heritage International School in Moldova as they deal with the invasion of Ukraine and the potential threat they face in Moldova. Our discussion will be supported by the panel below as they discuss coping strategies that schools can employ to address the concerns and fears that your own students may face. Please see this video on addressing the thoughts of these students at the start of the invasion at the bottom of this post. Our Panel Includes: Dr. Douglas Walker Chief Programs Director at Mercy Family Center in the USA Doug has extensive experience and insights dealing with trauma, crisis and international schools. Doug has provided trauma support to crisis including the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake, Tsunami, and severe nuclear reactor accidents of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant as well as hurricane Katrina. Rob Ford - Director, HERITAGE International School, Chisinau, Moldova Rob has been an educator for nearly 30 years, a history and politics teacher, a school leader in various schools in the UK and was principal of Wyedean School in the UK, before being appointed as Director of Heritage International School Group. Heritage is the first international school in Moldova, an accredited member of COBIS, an ET winning school and recognised by the British Council with their International School Award. Rob is a long serving British Council schools' ambassador, a Varkey/TFF2030/UNICEF global school leader and speaks & advises on global education and school leadership internationally. Meredith Herold - Senior Consultant, Penbrae Consulting Meredith has extensive experience in the private and public sector including Hospitals, community and international schools. She is a registered nurse specialised in paediatrics, midwife and maternal & child health nurse. In addition, she has qualifications in Health and Safety. Meredith has developed process and strategies to support schools in ensuring staff are competent and students are safe. Tatiana Popa - Head of Global Education & Hybrid Learning Coordinator, Heritage International School, Chisinau, Moldova Tatiana has been working with the Heritage International School for the past 5 years and has been actively working with students as they seek ways to cope with and support those affected by this crisis. Born out of the COVID-19 Pandemic, The School Collaborative is a free, volunteer led resource for International Schools to ask questions, share best practice and learn from experts. Please Register for this event at https://bit.ly/Geopolitical_Conflict @Doug Walker @Meredith Herold
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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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