Author Archives: Emily Meadows

Transgender School Policy: What’s Yours?

Follow Me on Twitter @msmeadowstweets Unless you are a novice educator, you have taught transgender students. You may not have realized it at the time, but I assure you that you have. Increasingly, educators are becoming aware that they have transgender … Continue reading

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5 Concrete Ways to Address #metoo and #timesup in International Schools

Follow Me on Twitter @msmeadowstweets Everybody’s talking about it. #metoo and #timesup are trending hashtags and campaigns that represent an age-old issue: sexual harassment. This is a global phenomenon, and certainly – unfortunately– present in international schools. Whether you’re inspired by … Continue reading

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Science as a Political Statement

Follow Me on Twitter @msmeadowstweets I had the honour of meeting with a group of scientists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this summer, and I can tell you that it’s no secret within the organization that … Continue reading

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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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