ISS EDUlearn: Ask Me Anything

ISS EDUlearn: Ask Me Anything

Welcome to the ISS EDUlearnTM: Ask Me Anything (AMA) Podcast, brought to you by the nonprofit organization International Schools Services (ISS). Our podcast is designed to provide professional development for the global education community, covering topics from curriculum and diversity, equity, and inclusion, to marketing and human resources. If you have questions, we have answers! Join us live and continue the conversation. To stay informed about newly-announced PD, visit and sign up for communications. For more information, email


June 7, 2023 31 mins

Creating learning spaces that are engaging and budget-friendly is a critical task in any educational institution.

John Burns joins us on the show as we explore creating innovative learning spaces that best support students & educators without breaking the bank. John is an educational architecture & design expert with years of experience creating & engaging & practical learning spaces.

In this episode, we delve into...

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Determining grades in Grades 6 to 12 is a complex & multi-faceted process that requires careful consideration of learning goals, performance standards & student behavior. How can teachers provide unbiased feedback to promote student success?

Ken O’Connor joins us on the show to share deep insights on how to report behaviors & determine grades accurately. Ken is a renowned Author & Expert in the field assessment of e...

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There are no bad children. They are children who make bad choices. How do we help that child not to make bad choices?

In this episode, Laura Benson, ISS curriculum and professional development director, joins us on the show as we discuss conferring as an essential skill for educators.

In this episode, we discuss the importance of listening & affirming kids' feelings, why punishment is not the best way to get feedback, as we...

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In this episode, Adrienne Waller, the founder of Worldwide Educator and Assistant Principal at Cayman International School, joins us on the show as we expound on empowering educators worldwide.

In the session, we discuss Adrienne's journey to becoming an assistant principal, a unique interview process for the position, the importance of mentorship, the representation of women in leadership roles, as well as the joy of teaching ...

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April 5, 2023 42 mins

Race, Nationality, Sexual Orientation, or Gender should not hinder your path to becoming a leader or international educator. Welcome to this episode as we expound on Diversity Collective in international schools with our guests Alan Phan & Aparna Sundaram.

Alan is the Founder of Diversity Collective and General Principal - at North London Collegiate School HCMC while Aparna is the COO of Recruitment & Consulting at Diversit...

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As the world is adjusting to this new post-pandemic world, students’ trauma predispositions have aggravated and surfaced in the forefront.

Dr. Orletta Nguyen, director of special education and an educational psychologist, joins us on the show to discuss some of the best practices in helping our students deal with trauma.

In the session, Orletta expounds on the definition of trauma, different levels of trauma, and how to recognize i...

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March 20, 2023 23 mins

In today’s world, face-to-face communication is more important than ever, but for kids, it’s scary. How can teachers help kids get better at face-to-face interactions?

In this episode, Liza Garonzik joins us on the show as we discuss the importance of REAL discussions. Lisa is the founder and CEO of R.E.A.L Discussions, which focuses on helping teachers teach today’s kids how to communicate in person. Liza shares what inspired foun...

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Susie March joins us in this episode as we dive deep into comprehensive sex education within international schools.

Susie provides Child Protection through Education specialist services based on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and Personal, Social, Health & Economics (PSHE) concepts and programs, working exclusively in international schools, colleges, and universities.

In the session, Susie expounds more on the differen...

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On today’s episode, Patricia Foster & Keith Cincotta join us on the show as we explore the business side of International Schools.

Patricia Foster is the Director of Finance and Operations (CFO) at The American School of Doha, while Keith is the Director of School Services/Senior Leadership Executive serving in purchasing, consolidation and shipping needs of over 100 international schools.

In the session, our guests share their...

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February 16, 2023 28 mins

Ellen Mahoney joins us on the show as we discuss Social & Emotional Learning in International Schools.

Ellen is an SEL Consultant and the CEO of Sea Change Mentoring, an organization that helps International Schools build Social-Emotional Learning programs. She’s also an alumnus of the Singapore American school and understands what it feels like to be a TCK.

In the session, Ellen shares her upcoming event on Adult SEL with ISS,...

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On today’s episode, Robert Stearns (Bob) & Glenn Odland join us on the show as we expound on quality leadership skills in International Schools.

Bob & Glenn are retired heads of international schools currently serving as Senior Leadership Executives with ISS.

In the session, we delve into Bob’s career path from a frustrated Biochemistry researcher, finding there was nothing much beyond the lab bench to become an educator an...

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January 25, 2023 26 mins

Today, Francesca Mullazi joins us on the show as we expound on Mindful Leadership.

Francesca is a Mindful school leader & head of Upper School at Saint George's School with over 24 years as an educator.

In the session, we delve into Francesca's struggle with mindfulness & reactivity, her ten years' journey to mindfulness & navigating challenges in her first school leadership role. Ultimately, she expounds on self-compas...

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Today, Kailyn Fullerton joins us on the show as we delve into bringing mindfulness into classrooms.

Kailyn is a mindfulness enthusiast, a doctoral student at @AntiochU, & founder of Upstream Collaborative, which focuses on helping children, schools, and communities develop mindfulness and social-emotional learning competencies through hands-on training and reflection.

In this episode, Kailyn expounds on her passion for building...

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Today, Ken O’Connor joins us on the show as we expound on standards-based grading & reporting.

Ken is an independent consultant specializing in issues related to grading & reporting. He helps individuals, schools, and districts improve communication about student achievement.

In the session, Ken talks about his passion for standards-based grading for about 27 years, improvements over the years, and why high schools have a l...

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Damian Cooper joins us on the show to discuss rebooting classroom assessments.

Damian is a former high school English, drama & Special Education teacher, and an independent education consultant. He specializes in helping schools and school districts across Canada, the United States, and internationally to improve their instructional and assessment skills.

In the session, Damian expounds on his career journey dating back to the ...

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December 28, 2022 17 mins

Today, Zachary Hartzman joins us on the show to expound more on our previous Game-based learning workshop.

Zack is a high school teacher at ELLIS Preparatory Academy and the founder of Hey Listening Games. He talks about his perspective on using Video games in his lessons.

In the session, Zack shares his perspective on using game-based learning in his lessons and measuring its results by observing student engagement during the acti...

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Today, Alon Abraham joins us on the show as we discuss how to increase your school’s visibility & enrollment.

Alon is the Co-Founder and Head of Growth & Product at TAG Direct, a digital agency specializing in customer acquisition and conversion. He focuses on helping clients in the education space get online & get results.

In the session, Alon delves deep into the best school media account scheduling tools such as SKED...

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December 16, 2022 25 mins

Today, Sherri Spelic joins us on the show as we discuss handling imposter syndrome. What defines imposter syndrome? What are the best strategies to go through it?

Sherri is an educator with over 26 years of experience and an elementary physical education specialist at the American International School of Vienna.

In the session, she expounds on Imposter Syndrome as not showing up, feeling you don’t belong, or not entirely qualified ...

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Today, John Burns joins us on the show for part two of our previous workshop on how to make mobile applications without knowing how to code.

John is the Chief Innovation officer for international school services and founder of the L5 space for students, educators, and the wider community to explore design thinking and innovation in education. He focuses on sparkling creativity and innovation across the ISS learning community.

In th...

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People will forget what you said, what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel. What’s the power of consent and respecting boundaries? How do you navigate without being offensive when your boundaries are pushed aside culturally?

Today, Cheryl-Ann, a mental health expert, global school counsellor, workshop facilitator, and founder of Weekes Enterprise LLC, joins us in the show!

In the session, Cheryl-Ann shares he...

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