Expert Panels are an effective
way to consolidate knowledge and lead a conversation across sectors and areas
of experience/expertise. Plenary room.
FIGT: Reframing Traditional Approaches to Identity and Belonging
Ruth Van Reken and Daniela Tomer
From a kitchen table to helping expose a new subculture of people influenced by global mobility, FIGT has been a leader by reframing traditional approaches to identity and belonging. While formerly identity was primarily related to shared geography, ethnicity or nationality, this has changed. The FIGT community has served as a prototype for finding identity in the shared experience of living cross-culturally, no matter the reason. Without doubt, the relevance of what we have learned is more important than ever in our fast changing and more connected world. What will the future look like and how can the work each member of the FIGT community is doing become more relevant and better communicated? In this session, we hope to inspire you to use your gifts and expertise to raise awareness of this updated relevant alternative identity to all who live it and the professionals who work with them.
Samakee, All Together
Denise Granai, Randy Wallis and Justin West
Being a new student at an international school presents unique challenges, especially for a teenager looking for their place. This presentation will discuss ways we support students in transition at NIST International School at the secondary level. Attendees will have a chance to hear students’ perspective on their experience of transition and how they assist new students coming into our community. Additionally, participants will hear about the history of the program and what informs its development from the counsellors guiding the program.