First published 14/06/21 on the International Schools Network (ISN) We need great leaders, full stop. This matters. This matters because every person working in our schools matters. And it is our leaders in our communities that act as the cohesion, the cohesive unifying force that supports us all on our paths, empowering our community. Leaders… Continue reading Being Braver: How Can You Make Steps Into Leadership?
Yesterday, we saw the graduation of our 2020-2021 Grade 12 students. We are all so proud of their achievements, resilience and grit in the face of a global pandemic and also the young adults they have become. They are a product of an ISR education, a truly international education, and we stand with them on… Continue reading To the ISR class of 2020-2021
In 2006 I made my first foray into international education, as I headed to the States. Optimistic, but slightly terrified, I boldly strode into the unknown. Maybe shuffled is a better description, as I was slightly weighed down by books. Books. I love books; heavy, weighty, weathered or worn. I love them all, and I keep… Continue reading New Year’s Resolution; Less Books?
Liz Free (@LizAmfree) with Dan Worth (@DanWorth), Senior Editor, TES - released 24th November 2020 In the latest edition of the Tes International podcast we chat with Liz Free, the director and CEO of International School Rheintal in Switzerland. She discusses the challenge that international schools have faced this year, given that their usual routes to connecting with… Continue reading TES Podcast: Why maintaining international networks matters
For school leaders looking for new staff, is there a particular persona suited to teaching abroad? International educator Liz Free gives her opinion (first published in the Times Education Supplement 11th September 2020) How often do we hear about the perks that come with working internationally? Beautiful locations, amazing packages, tax-free allowances, annual flights, and… Continue reading What to look for when recruiting international teachers
These have been unusual times; a year unprecedented in so many ways. This period of stillness and reflection as we move through the summer offers an opportunity to take stock, reflect and plan for the future. I prepared this session in June for #UKEdChat, with filming and presentation support from my daughter, as we were… Continue reading Becoming an International School Teacher #GlobalProfession
A version of this was originally published in the 'Tes Magazine' on 27 March 2020 and the ILA 'Rethinking Education' blog on 23 April 2020 I originally wrote this piece in January 2020. Little did I know then about how the world would change so fast and the significance and volume of decision making that our school… Continue reading Decisions, Decisions… How can school leaders become better decision-makers?
This article first appeared in International School Magazine January 2020 Issue and was subsequently published on the 'Rethinking Education' International Leadership Academy Blog My eight-year-old daughter has discovered the potential of Alexa in all her glory! It appears that ‘True Colours’ (the Joshua Radin version, interestingly) and ‘Where have all the flowers Gone?’ are the hits… Continue reading Where Have all the Teachers Gone?
Article written by Claudia Civinini, TES, 09 December 2019 - Interview with Liz free A quarter of teachers in the UK, Ireland, US and Australia would have to move abroad to teach in international schools each year up to 2029 to meet the sector’s growing demand, an expert has warned. Liz Free, founding director of the… Continue reading One in four teachers “needed overseas by 2029” International schools’ growth plans face setbacks unless a million English-speaking teachers can be found, expert warns
https://issuu.com/ecischools/docs/global_insights_november2019 It is THE question that cuts to the core of what we believe as teachers and school leaders. Just as Hamlet faced core moments of ethical quandary, so do we as educationalists. And it is in these moments of adversity, of challenging financial times, that the decisions we make about appropriate funding (in all… Continue reading To PD or not to PD? That’s the Question…