The Sea Change Podcast

The Sea Change Podcast

Exploring the social and emotional experience of learning and development for educators and youth development professionals around the world. Join Ellen Mahoney, expert in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and mentoring in international schools, as she interviews school and youth development leaders who share insight into the opportunities of this moment and the meaning they are making along the way.

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Ancestor Research in History Class: Helping youth uncover untold histories 2021/02/18, 20:40
Ancestor Research in History Class: Helping youth uncover untold histories

<p>We are thrilled to have Dana Saxon on the podcast. She is an extraordinary educator with an inspiring story and mission. We have wanted to have Dana on for awhile now and we thought that February would be a perfect time. We celebrate black history month with Dana as we explore what it means for all young people to discover their roots and in particular how powerful it can be for young people who descended from the survivors of slavery.&#160;</p><br><p>Dana Saxon is the Founder &#38; Executive Director of Ancestors unKnown, an education social enterprise with projects in the U.S., U.K., and the Netherlands. Ancestors unKnown provides schools, nonprofit organizations, universities, and corporations with curriculum and workshops related to family history research and other untold histories. After spending nearly 10 years in the education nonprofit sector in the U.S., Dana moved to the Netherlands in 2011 to study the significance of family history research among people in the African diaspora who descend from survivors of slavery. Since then, she’s traveled to multiple cities on multiple continents, introducing new audiences to some of the world’s untold histories and the power of family history research. Dana currently lives in Bristol, U.K., where she's planning to expand the reach and impact of Ancestors unKnown.</p><br><p>Find her work here:</p><br><ul><br> <li>Instagram:&#160;@ancestorsunknown</li><br> <li>Twitter:&#160;@AncestorsUnknwn</li><br> <li>Facebook: <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank"></a></li><br> <li>Website: <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank"></a></li><br></ul><br><p>______</p><br><p>For more information on Circulus' course on resilience for school support teams, visit our website <a rel="nofollow" href="">here.</a>&#160;</p><br><br>--- <br><br>Send in a voice message:

Emotional Intelligence for School Leaders & Teachers 2021/02/11, 20:17
Emotional Intelligence for School Leaders & Teachers

<p><strong>Joshua Freedman</strong> is the CEO if Six Second and is one of the world’s preeminent experts on developing emotional intelligence to improve performance. He leads the world’s largest network of emotional intelligence practitioners, researchers, and experts, creating positive change in over 175 nations. He is one of a handful of experts in the world with over 20 years of full-time experience in this emerging field.</p><br><p>Freedman is author of the best-selling&#160;<em>At the Heart of Leadership</em>, as well as&#160;<em>The Vital Organization</em>, and <em>INSIDE CHANGE: Transforming Your Organization with Emotional Intelligence</em>, <em>Whole-Hearted Parenting</em>, plus dozens of cases and articles including <em>The Business Case for Emotional Intelligence</em>, <em>The Workplace Vitality Report</em>, and <em>The State of the Heart</em>. <a rel="nofollow" href="">Please see the archive of his publications on</a>. He is also coauthor of six validated psychometric assessments including the <em>EQ Leadership Report</em> and <em>the Organizational Vital Signs</em> climate measure, which form the basis of many of the <a rel="nofollow" href="">case studies published here</a>. Learn more about these <a rel="nofollow" href="">powerful tools to measure what matters</a>.</p><br><p>__________________________________</p><br><p>Interested in Sea Change Mentoring's online course on advisory and mentoring? Email Ellen at</p><br><p>Interested in Circulus Institute's course on Resilience for Student and Staff support professionals? Sign up <a rel="nofollow" href="">here.</a>&#160;</p><br><br>--- <br><br>Send in a voice message:

S2.E1 Support for students with special needs in the international school community 2021/02/04, 15:48
S2.E1 Support for students with special needs in the international school community

<p>April Remfrey is an <a rel="nofollow" href=""><u>educational consultant</u></a> that focuses her time working with globally mobile families that have children with special needs when they are searching for a new school. April has also created an <a rel="nofollow" href=""><u>ILP/RTI goal documentation cloud-based program</u></a> for international schools and serves on the board of directors for <a rel="nofollow" href=""><u>SENIA.</u></a></p><br><p>She has a BA in special education and elementary education at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, USA and received a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA in Exceptional Education. She has been a teacher for 20 years in three different countries and has experience in the public, private, and international school environments.</p><br><p>Since 2013, April, her husband, and daughter have lived in the Zurich, Switzerland area. Never one to sit still, April likes to hike in the stunning Swiss Alps, cook gourmet food, and play clarinet in the local concert band</p><br><p><strong>Resources mentioned in this podcast:</strong></p><br><p><a rel="nofollow" href=""><u>SENIA (Special Education Network &#38; Inclusion Association)</u></a></p><br><p><a rel="nofollow" href=""><u>Spokle Speech Therapy</u></a></p><br><p><a rel="nofollow" href=""><u>Adult SEL resources and professional development&#160;</u></a></p><br><p><a rel="nofollow" href=""><u>Families in Global Transition</u></a></p><br><p><a rel="nofollow" href=""><u>Dr. Carmit-Noa Shpigelman’s research on e-mentoring for youth with disabilities</u></a></p><br><br>--- <br><br>Send in a voice message:

E12: Educator Resilience - Managing stress, minimizing burnout, & planning for a better tomorrow 2020/09/22, 22:57
E12: Educator Resilience - Managing stress, minimizing burnout, & planning for a better tomorrow

<p>How did teachers, school leaders, and counselors mentally prepare for another unpredictable school year? We discuss our course Reclaiming Your Resilience, &#160;teacher burnout, stress management, and why this work is so critical today,. We share what the research tells us and what we learned from our amazing participants around the world. Plus, we will tell you about our founding story which began when I was only 13!</p><br><p><a rel="nofollow" href=""></a></p><br><p><strong>Bios</strong></p><br><p><strong>Kristin Daniel </strong>comes to Circulus with over eighteen years of experience in education and professional development. She began her teaching career in special education in the Washington, D.C. area working with students needing learning and emotional support. She earned her doctorate at George Washington University with a focus on preparing teachers to succeed in high-need schools. During this work, she was drawn to research around teacher resilience and self-efficacy*. Her work at GW inspired her to focus on student-led, student supported instruction through teacher growth and well-being.</p><br><p>She led an instructional coaching program through a grant with the University of Kansas, in which she coached teachers in rural schools across the country. And she directed the learning support program at The Overlake School building teacher understanding of diverse learning. As the Associate Director of Professional Development at Global Online Academy, she helped launch GOA’s professional development program to design meaningful in-person and online learning experiences.</p><br><p>Kristin’s background allows her to bring a unique perspective to relationship-based and connected adult learning. She creates adult learning experiences that are personal and reflective, and that value critical learning and long-term growth. Kristin lives in Seattle, Washington, USA with her husband and their four-year-old son.</p><br><p><br></p><br><p><strong>Ellen Mahoney </strong>is an alumna of international schools and has worked in education and youth development as a teacher, counselor, and director since 1997. Her primary expertise is in youth mentoring and third culture kid development. She works through a transitions-informed lens and is an active advocate for comprehensive child-safeguarding. In 2018, she was selected to be a<br><br>Council of International Schools (CIS) Affiliated Consultant.</p><br><p>Ellen was awarded a New York City Council Citation for her work during her time as the Director of Program Quality at iMentor where she<br><br>Increased the quality and quantity of support provided to 4800 participants and 16 school administrations by building and administering assessments, developing evidence-based strategies and creating internal efficiencies.<br><br>She is certified in mentoring program supervision by Fordham University’s School of Social Work and Big Brothers Big Sisters and has been repeatedly invited to the Summer Institute of Youth Mentoring at Portland State University, a highly selective program that unites the world’s best youth mentoring researchers with practitioners. She is a David Pollock Scholar and an Echoing Green Semifinalist.</p><br><p>She has served on the board of Families in Global Transitions (FIGT) and was a co-founding board member of Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN), which facilitates the establishment of programs that address the challenges of mobility across networks of schools. Ellen’s work has been featured in publications like The Chronicle for Evidence-Based Mentoring; ECIS’s Global Insights, Ruth Van Reken and David Pollock’s<br><br>Third Culture Kids, Growing up Among Worlds, 3rd Edition<br><br>; and Jo Parfitt and Terry Anne Wilson’s<br><br>Monday Morning Emails.</p><br><br>--- <br><br>Send in a voice message:

E11 - Suicide prevention starts in kindergarten - A conversation with Dr. Steven Karaiskos 2020/09/11, 03:46
E11 - Suicide prevention starts in kindergarten - A conversation with Dr. Steven Karaiskos

<p>To recognize Suicide Awareness Month, we are running a series of conversations about suicide prevention, postvention. and survival. For this episode ,Dr. Steven Karaiskos of Hawken School shares how developing Social and Emotional competencies in young people is an effective approach to preventing suicide, what the research tells us about the importance of belonging when it comes to suicide prevention and what educators can do in the aftermath of a suicide to support the young people around them.&#160;</p><br><p>If you or a loved ones needs help please check out these resources</p><br><ul><br> <li><a rel="nofollow" href=""><u><strong></strong></u></a></li><br> <li><strong>If in the US, call: 1-800-273-8255</strong></li><br> <li><a rel="nofollow" href=""><u><strong></strong></u></a></li><br> <li><u><strong>For a complete list of resources, please visit: </strong></u><strong>&#160;</strong><a rel="nofollow" href=""></a></li><br></ul><br><p><br></p><br><p>Dr. Karaiskos shared the following resources with us:</p><br><ul><br> <li>Coping After Suicide - the organization I am doing some consulting work with): <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank"></a></li><br> <li>Camp Kita - where I volunteer&#160;in the summer supporting kids who have had a loss to suicide.: <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank"></a></li><br></ul><br><p><br></p><br><p><strong>Steven Karaiskos </strong>is a veteran educator and emotion scientist with experience in both independent and public schools supporting and working with learners of all ages. With 20 years of experience in education, Steven’s breadth and depth of knowledge was built through active roles in district leadership, school administration, teaching Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten and teaching adult learners. He has trained and mentored educators in reading, behavior management, classroom management and the support of students with learning differences.</p><br><p>Before becoming an educator, Steven was in leadership at Starbucks Corporate. Steven has a B.A. in English, B.S. in Education, a Masters in Psychology and a PhD in Psychology with a research focus on positive psychological approaches in response to suicidal ideation. Steven has led professional development opportunities nationwide to provide learning and support for parents, educators, and students on topics such as stress &#38; anxiety, social &#38; emotional development, academic growth, learning differences, positive psychological approaches, gender diversity, and LGBTQ+ topics.&#160; He is a passionate activist in suicide intervention and prevention&#160;providing suicide awareness workshops for students, schools, and organizations across the country.&#160;Steven also has a personal and professional passion for suicide postvention grief and loss support through the development and implementation of coping and resiliency programming with organizations such as Camp Kita and Coping after Suicide.</p><br><p>Steven is currently the SEL Coordinator with the Learning Enhancement Team at a Hawken School supporting the wellness of faculty, parents, and students. He is also a professor at Cleveland State University teaching undergraduate courses in research design and personality psychology.&#160; Steven is trained in research-based programs for schools such as Responsive Classroom and RULER from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A writer and a flaneur, Steven lives in in Cleveland, Ohio.</p><br><p><br></p><br><p><br></p><br><p><br></p><br><p><br></p><br><br>--- <br><br>Send in a voice message:

E10 - David Shapiro on youth mentoring: The power of being along for the journey 2020/08/31, 03:43
E10 - David Shapiro on youth mentoring: The power of being along for the journey

<p>We spoke today with David Shapiro, the CEO of Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership. Our conversation touched on the lessons that both COVID and Black Lives Matter has imparted on the youth mentoring field, the need for a collectivist approach in addressing inequity, and David's personal experience with youth mentoring.&#160;</p><br><p><br></p><br><p><strong>David Shapiro's bio:</strong></p><br><p><em>Chief Executive Officer</em></p><br><p>David Shapiro is CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the national organization unifying and elevating the youth mentoring field through expertise, advocacy, and recruitment. For more than&#160;13 years, he has dedicated his career to driving&#160;equity&#160;through the power of relationships and is a servant leader for the mentoring movement.</p><br><p>Under Shapiro’s leadership, MENTOR has partnered with leading global brands including the NBA family, Nike, Starbucks, LinkedIn and others to expand the mentoring movement through recruitment; grew its&#160;national footprint to include 24&#160;local Affiliates in communities nationwide; and has worked extensively with the Obama Foundation to center mentoring through My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. Additionally, the U.S Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention selected MENTOR to establish and lead the <a rel="nofollow" href=";d=DwMFAg&#38;c=YYrawzBzzQ5Dj1FwyrpTdA&#38;r=d1vvzu8nVHhRXpIxj1A7NA&#38;m=Z_wcgIC5pY7o0W11erwe0RPlugj2YwyZXvfgaIZ6JpU&#38;s=TCPwZdr0B8YNZOimkQ-WD6qW16R_UcTOR4df1c9uGaM&#38;e="><em>National Mentoring Resource Center</em></a>.</p><br><p>He is a husband, father, and mentor.</p><br><br>--- <br><br>Send in a voice message:

E9 - International School Alumni Fight to Decolonize International Schools 2020/08/29, 05:16
E9 - International School Alumni Fight to Decolonize International Schools

<p>Clara Reynolds and Xoài David, international school alumni, are asking international schools to face their colonial roots and current practices in the spirit of anti-racism and decolonization. Listen to their stories of how their perspectives changed about the IB and International schools once they left school and moved on to university.&#160;</p><br><p><a rel="nofollow" href="">Organisation to Decolonise International Schools</a></p><br><p>Twitter, Instagram: @decolonise_intl</p><br><p><strong>Clara Reynolds</strong> is co-founder of ODIS, she is currently studying for a BSc in Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield. She graduated with an IB diploma from Tashkent International School in 2017. Clara is of Portuguese and British parents, and so far has lived in four countries: the UK, Germany, Uzbekistan, and the Netherlands.<br><br></p><br><p><strong>Xoài David</strong> is co-founder of ODIS, a Paris-based book design student, writer and budding vlogger. Born of Vietnamese and French parents, Xoài has grown up in eight countries including Uzbekistan, Ghana, and Indonesia, and graduated with an IB diploma from Shanghai United International School in 2017.</p><br><p><br><br></p><br><br>--- <br><br>Send in a voice message:

E8 - The Asian experience of racist & cultural hierarchies in international schools 2020/07/24, 01:25
E8 - The Asian experience of racist & cultural hierarchies in international schools

<p>Danau Tanu, author of <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank"><em>Growing Up in Transit: The Politics of Belonging at an International School</em></a>, discusses the Asian experience of racism and cultural hierarchies in international schools and what teachers, school leaders, students, and alumni can do about it. Danau is an anthropologist who spent one year embedded in an international high school in Indonesia where she researched these themes and the nuanced experience of the Asian third culture kid. .</p><br><p><strong>Danau Tanu, PhD</strong>, is an anthropologist and the author of <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank"><em>Growing Up in Transit: The Politics of Belonging at an International School</em></a>, the first book on systemic racism in international schools. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia and was recently awarded a Japan Foundation Fellowship for postdoctoral research at Waseda University for 2021. Danau is Co-Chair of the <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">FIGT Research Network</a> and co-founder of <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">TCKs of Asia</a>.</p><br><p>You can purchase her book and redeem 25% off by going to her website here: <a rel="nofollow" href=""></a></p><br><br>--- <br><br>Send in a voice message:

E7 - Is racism & white supremacy different in the expat, third culture, globally mobile world? 2020/07/17, 01:03
E7 - Is racism & white supremacy different in the expat, third culture, globally mobile world?

<p>When Doni Aldine interviewed Robin DiAngelo, the author of <em>White Fragility</em>, for her Magazine, <em>Culturs</em>, Robin posed a question to Doni. "Does the problem of white fragility and supremacy apply to the globally mobile, international community?" At first, Doni answered, "It's different."" There was a long pause and then Robin responded, "I think it's the same." That moment led Doni on a nine month journey of introspection, research and critical analysis of the the expat, third culture, globally mobile world. In this podcast, we discuss some of the ideas she has been exploring and the stories featured in Culturs Magazine's lates issue, "It's Time to Change."</p><br><p><strong>We use the following terms in this podcast:</strong></p><br><ul><br> <li>Third Culture Kid (TCK): a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture(s).</li><br> <li>Cross Cultural Kid (CCK): a person who grew up among many cultural environments for any reason.</li><br> <li>We refer to book, <a rel="nofollow" href="">White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo</a></li><br></ul><br><p><strong>Doni (Dah-knee) Aldine's Bio: </strong>A globally mobile Afro-Latina and first-generation North American who, by age 19, lived in &#38; identified with seven cultures on five continents. Aldine is passionate about creating community for cross-cultural populations. She has presented around the globe as a Keynote, at conferences, universities &#38; in media as a lifestyle expert focused on entrepreneurship, marketing &#38; cross-cultural identity. With this background, she developed university curricula for global culture identity.</p><br><p>Aldine uses her global, multi-cultural background, academic training, and career experience in media, management and business to position CULTURS as the first-ever digital-first print publication &#38; product marketplace of its kind - one that addresses global and mobile cultural identities, with emphasis on hidden diversity.</p><br><p><strong>About Culturs:</strong> Culturs celebrates cross-cultural and intersectional identity: Because everyone should feel like they matter.</p><br><p>Our content focus is 21st Century Diversity (a culturally fluid outlook that embodies a vision of the world that fast is becoming our future). We reach 1.26 million people through a print magazine distributed in Barnes and Noble, Whole Foods, Books-a-Million, Sprouts, and independent bookstores; a digital magazine, an online magazine, mobile publication, email list of 500,000, and the soon-to-launch CultursTV with more than 220 videos on Youtube.</p><br><p>The missing "e" in Cultur[e]s represents the often-hidden diversities of Culturs’ audience. Our content sits at the intersection of social justice, geographic mobility, and people of color and the publication was founded to give voice to immigrants, refugees, intersectional identities (multiethnic, multiracial, multicultural), and other culturally-fluid underserved populations.</p><br><p>We do this by producing lifestyle content that celebrates the very fluidity that most people ignore -- the cultural fluidity that represents the voice of the future -- and brings that into the mainstream.</p><br><p><strong>Subscribe or purchase: </strong></p><br><p><strong>DIGITAL EDITIONS:</strong></p><br><p><strong>FREE ARTICLES ONLINE/FREE RESOURCE SIGNUP:</strong></p><br><p><br></p><br><p><br></p><br><br>--- <br><br>Send in a voice message:

E6 - The Black TCK experience and racism in International Schools 2020/07/11, 21:38
E6 - The Black TCK experience and racism in International Schools

<p>Today we interview Amanda Bates, the founder and creative director of The Black Expat. We have a candid conversation about how international schools can improve the way they serve students of color, the untold stories of black TCKs, and Amanda's own experience growing up as a black TCK in both black majority and black minority countries.&#160;</p><br><p><strong>We use the following terms in this podcast:</strong></p><br><ul><br> <li>Third Culture Kid (TCK): a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture(s).<br><br></li><br> <li>Cross Cultural Kid (CCK): a person who grew up among many cultural environments for any reason.</li><br></ul><br><p><strong>Amanda Bates' bio:</strong> Raised bi-culturally in the United States and Cameroon, Amanda started navigating multicultural environments at a young age. As a counselor, she helps young people and the young at heart figure out the right professional choices for them. &#160;Amanda is also the founder and creative director of <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">The Black Expat</a>, a digital platform focused on black identity + international living.</p><br><br>--- <br><br>Send in a voice message: