Category Archives: Emily Meadows

Emily Meadows is an alumni of international schools and has worked as a professional educator and counselor across the world, serving children and families in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. She holds master’s degrees in the fields of Counseling and Sexual Health, and is a PhD candidate researching inclusive policy and practice for LGBTQ+ students. Emily is a consultant on gender and sexual diversity and inclusion in international schools: www.emilymeadows.org

Tired: Celebrating Diversity / Wired: Antiracist Education

www.emilymeadows.org @msmeadowstweets Talking about racism can be awfully uncomfortable, particularly for white people since we so rarely have to think about race in our daily lives, and we certainly do not consider ourselves part of the problem. Racist people use … Continue reading

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The Educational Advance of the Decade Will Be Gender & Sexual Diversity Inclusion

If we consider the conservative end of the bracket, and posit that only 5% of people in the world are gender or sexually diverse today, this constitutes about 400 million individuals. If that was the population of a country, it would be the third largest nation on earth. Continue reading

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“That Would Never Work Here”: Overcoming Context Paralysis on Behalf of Gender & Sexual Minorities Worldwide

www.emilymeadows.org @msmeadowstweets The title of this blog is the same as the that of a book chapter I wrote, published last month in the Annual Review of Comparative & International Education 2018. In it, I coin the term context paralysis, … Continue reading

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Your Brain on a New Job

www.emilymeadows.org @msmeadowstweets This post is for those starting a first international school gig, or those in a new position/country who could use a reminder about beginning again. Share this with your colleagues who may fall into those categories. Arrival: Your … Continue reading

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Research Shows an Empty Backpack Is as Good as a Parachute

www.emilymeadows.org @msmeadowstweets A study published in BMJ last year showed that parachutes are no more protective against death and injury than a standard, empty backpack[1]. BJM (previously the British Medical Journal) is a peer-reviewed publication, the study design was a … Continue reading

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What Do I Do When a Student Comes Out to Me?

www.emilymeadows.org @msmeadowstweets This blog is part of a two-part series on coming out. I am pleased to share with you a piece that my friend and colleague, Jeremy Shain (he/him), wrote on the question of what to do when a … Continue reading

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Out Yourself

www.emilymeadows.org @msmeadowstweets This post is the first of a two-part series on coming out. I presented at the International School Counselor Association 2019 Annual Conference in Brussels earlier this month. The enthusiastic encouragement of my research on inclusive schools for … Continue reading

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Language Validates Our Lived Experiences: Recognize Cisnormativity

Follow Me on Twitter @msmeadowstweets International educators may be particularly aware of the importance of language, seeing as so many of us toggle between multiple languages in our everyday lives, and teach children who do the same. We’re privy to the … Continue reading

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Lesbian teens have higher rates of pregnancy than straight teens (and why we need to include everyone in sex education)

Follow Me on Twitter @msmeadowstweets It’s true: lesbian teens have higher rates of pregnancy than those who identify as straight. Also, gay males are more likely to be responsible for a pregnancy during their teen years than straight males. It may … Continue reading

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We Went Viral!: Celebrating Teachers Makes Good TV

  Follow Me on Twitter @msmeadowstweets Choir kids will relate: our beloved music teacher from high school is battling cancer, and we wanted to show our support. She wasn’t up for lots of visits, so we pulled together to create a … Continue reading

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