Comment Topic Highlight

How much are international schools actually improving themselves?

May 1, 2020


Sometimes it feels like your international school is stuck in a rut. As hard as it tries and how well intentioned the teachers and administration are at attempting to make the needed changes, the school ends up just staying in the same lane doing the same things it has been doing for years/decades.

But many international schools do indeed figure out how to make the needed changes to help their school improve and move forward to be more current and progressive. It takes a lot of hard work and effort to get these changes to come to pass, sometimes it takes many months and more often years.

Maybe it has to do with international schools going through an accreditation process. They do need to go through a self-assessment phase to figure out what they are doing well and not so well. And then, finally after the accreditation is all over, they get an action plan with specific tasks to complete in the next few years. These tasks typically are required to complete with the aim at helping the school move forward and improve themselves.

Maybe the school gets a change of administration. New administrators in a school typically have a number of new goals that they’d like their new school to achieve and they inspire the staff there to join them. However, it is not always easy to get the staff to ‘get on board’ with the new changes.

More likely, it just comes down to the grassroots efforts of inspired teachers and administrators that are not only just doing their job very well, but often they will be doing things a bit outside their task portfolio. These inspired staff will find others to join them in the quest for change and improvement. And with a lot of hard work and figuring things out about how these changes could work, they get small and larger changes to happen. Getting change to occur is always a challenging task. But with an inspired effort and structured plan with clear expectations and purpose, these teachers and administrators get the job done!

Who doesn’t want to work for an international schools that is living their dream and their best self? When your international school is leading the way, it is the best feeling to be a part of that. The students will also want to be at that school as well!

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Luckily, International School Community has a comment topic on our school profile pages related to this topic of the improvements international schools are making. Our members can share what their experience has been working at various international schools around the world. There are a total of 242 comments (April 2020) that have been submitted by our veteran international school teachers in one of the 66 comment topics called – “How have certain things improved since you started working there?”

Here are a few of those submitted comments:

“I’ve been in IAA for a few years now. In that time it has gone through some major and positive changes. Most of it has been extremely overwhelming to most of the staff as they were used to a different way of doing things. In my opinion though, it’s been for the best. Now, we are more organized and structured than before. There’s been tons of professional development and new / higher expectations as well…” – InterAmerican Academy Guayaquil (Guayaquil, Ecuador) – 62 Total Comments

“We’ve added a small coaching team, we’ve begun in-house PD, and we’ve hired more teachers with longer international experience…” – Shanghai American School (Pudong) (Shanghai, China) – 88 Comments

“They have been working on having policies in writing and following those policies with more diligence. Before, things were a bit ad hoc but they’re trying to be more systematic…” – International School of Nanshan Shenzhen (Shenzhen, China) – 61 Total Comments

“I would say one of the biggest changes (at least in my division) has been morale. With a totally new administration team in the lower primary, people are quite happy and there is a nice sense of community. We have had very few vacancies the past couple years…” – Hong Kong International School(Hong Kong, China) – 145 Comments

“There has been an adjustment in salaries which is good for local staff as hyperinflation is a big issue. Recently, local staff have started getting subsidized lunches which helps a great deal. Secondary now has a TA which was very necessary as several students have special needs. This allows teachers to focus on other students and keep the lesson going…” – British School Caracas (Caracas, Venezuela) – 35 Comments

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Great Resource

International Educational Group: Specialists in International Teacher Recruitment, Consultancy and Training

February 20, 2012


Looking for another way to find a job teaching at international schools? Check out the Intentionality Education Group website for the latest job vacancy postings.

“Specialists in International Teacher Recruitment, Consultancy and Training…the company was a response to the massive growth in the number of international schools on a global scale and the subsequent need for excellent teachers and administrators to teach in and run these schools.

At the International Education Group we offer a personalized and professional service to all our clients whether teachers, managers, schools, multinationals or parents, ensuring their satisfaction and confidence in the very best international education has to offer.

More importantly, however, the success of children is at the center of our vision.  Children are our future and we strive to work with all of those involved in the education of our young people to ensure they have access to the best international education available and have every opportunity to fulfill their individual potential.

Every child, in every school, in every city, in every country has a right to the best teachers and the best education.  Join IEG today and become a part of the most powerful force we have with which to change the world: international education. Read More.”

Parts of their overall mission include:

  • To supply excellent teachers and managers to international schools on a global scale.
  • To ensure teachers and managers sign with excellent schools offering appropriate pay and conditions.

There are many ways that you can find a job now with regards to working at international schools (TIE online, Search Associates, ISS, CIS, and various new job vacancy websites that have just started in the year or more.  Now you can add International Educational Group to that list.  The annual membership is available at £45 for teachers who register with International Education Group for their following services.

International Teacher Recruitment Fairs

Here are the following dates for their international teacher recruitment fairs in 2011/2012 for the following locations:

UK 2012

January 19-30 –  UK

April 20-29 – UK

Middle East 2012

February 23-30 – Middle East

Canada 2012

January 23-30 – Canada

Far East 2012

January 8-15 – Far East

March 16-18 – Far East

USA 2012

February 2-19 – USA

South Africa 2011

December 4-11 – South Africa

Australia 2012

January 3-10 – Australia

Once you figure out which international schools are in your top 3 or top 5 that have vacancies that you qualify for, head over to intenrnationalschoolcommunity.com to gather information and comments about those schools.  We currently have over 3050 comments and information that have been submitted and our current members have worked at over 100 international schools.

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