Author Archives: Emily Meadows

The Invisible Knapsack of Privilege Part II: Heterosexual & Cisgender Privilege

  Follow Me on Twitter @msmeadowstweets Almost three decades ago, Peggy McIntosh published her now-legendary piece on White Privilege[1]. McIntosh likened white privilege to an invisible knapsack of advantages that white people carry with them, listing a selection from the abundance … Continue reading

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The Invisible Knapsack of Privilege Part I: Ethnic Privilege

Follow Me on Twitter @msmeadowstweets Almost three decades ago, Peggy McIntosh published her now-legendary piece on White Privilege[1]. McIntosh likened white privilege to an invisible knapsack of advantages that white people carry with them, revealing a selection of everyday rights withheld … Continue reading

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We Are All Diplomats: The Politics of Being an Expat

Follow Me on Twitter @msmeadowstweets Growing up American in the Soviet Union, I was highly aware of my nationality. When we moved to Moscow, I was only six years old, and not quite sure what being American meant – but I … Continue reading

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Alternative Facts: Is Your Practice Really Data-Based?

Follow Me on Twitter @msmeadowstweets So, I’ll start this piece with ‘so’, in a light-hearted tribute to Daniel Kerr’s signature blog-commencing line, and in honour of his 200th post for The International Educator.  Student Preparedness It is expected that educators train … Continue reading

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Intersex Students

Follow Me on Twitter @msmeadowstweets “Alright, boys and girls!” It’s a common enough call by international educators to their charges. But it makes me cringe. This cry crystalizes a gender binary, implying that there are two categories that all children must … Continue reading

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Transgender Children Deserve a Warm Welcome Back: Here’s How (and why this benefits all students)

Follow Me on Twitter @msmeadowstweets The roster says they’re a she, but… they look like a he. What do I call them? I’ve met numerous educators who express annoyance at not getting a heads-up from administrators that they have a transgender … Continue reading

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You’re So Lucky to Have Summers Off

Follow Me on Twitter @msmeadowstweets No educator I know actually takes a full summer off. Many, justifiably, use part of the break to recover from a demanding school year, but most of us continue to hone our craft from June to … Continue reading

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You Don’t Have to Kiss Auntie Katie: Teaching Consent in International Families

Follow Me on Twitter @msmeadowstweets My son will undoubtedly be thrilled to see my sister this month. Whenever he hears the FaceTime ring, he shrieks her name in anticipation of their chat. However, if it takes him a while to warm … Continue reading

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You Can’t Call Your Child That: International Naming Laws

Follow Me on Twitter @msmeadowstweets I am beginning preparations for our multi-legged journey of summer. Traveling with a toddler is certainly different than traveling as a couple. Forget about watching full-length films, and my liquids and gels zip-lock baggie is crammed … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding at School

Follow Me on Twitter @msmeadowstweets Shortly after I told my principal that I was pregnant, she let me know that she supports breastfeeding parents, and would make accommodations if I decided to go that route[1]. This was meaningful in two ways: … Continue reading

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