International Schools and Systems Certificate

  • April 29, 2019 - June 10, 2019
    12:00 am

This program is designed for teachers and administrators who are preparing to move from a national to an international school. Many Ontario school leaders have completed this program and successfully secured roles in international schools located around the world.

The Council of International Schools guided the development of the program to ensure three key themes radiate throughout the program: internationalism, global citizenship and intercultural competencies.

It is a five-week online course, 3-4 hours per week, 15-20 hours in total.

Unit 1: The Evolving Nature of International Schools

Unit 2: International School Systems

Unit 3: Governance Structures

Unit 4: Curricular Programs for International Schools

Unit 5: Third Culture Schools

Unit 6: Third Culture Kids (TCK)

Unit 7: Third Culture Teachers and Administrators

Unit 8: Defining International School Effectiveness: Part 1: Intercultural Competency for All

Unit 9: Defining International School Effectiveness: Part 2: Frameworks and

Unit 10: Specific Challenges

Testimonials of Quality

Rated at 4.7 out of 5 for quality

“I really enjoyed the facilitator real life examples in the international setting. The small p politics in the workplace always play a role and it seems much more of role working for an international school.”

“I thought the use of an experienced and connected facilitator was key.  Sergio always had practical examples to further illustrate the point we were discussing.  I think that is key.  It brings the topics to life.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the learning. Continue to offer the course, as it is great learning about different perspectives and models of education around the world.”

“This was an awesome course with an outstanding instructor.”


Our Instructor – Dr. Sergio Pawel

Dr. Sergio Pawel

Universal knowledge would cultivate a love of wisdom that could overcome national and religious hatred and ultimately lead to peace”

Proclaimed back in 1650 by J. A. Comenius, these goals remain poignantly contemporary and the basis of a moral compass that govern Dr Sergio Pawel’s commitment to international education.

With a vast experience in international education spanning three decades across four continents, Sergio has led international schools in the United Kingdom and the Middle East where he had a chance to put to the test the notions of international mindedness, intercultural understanding and distributed leadership.

In the capacity of a leadership consultant, Sergio has developed more than 20 schools and curriculum models for schools and group of schools in China, Middle East and Europe as well as acted as adviser to government officials, corporate investors and charitable organizations on matters of school set up, curriculum development and school improvement.

With a solid and extensive academic background, which includes a MSc in Nuclear Physics, MPhil in Philosophy of Science and PhD in Education, he has contributed to the development of the English national Curriculum, the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) and the IB Diploma Science Programmes (DP), the early stages of the development of the international Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) and many other smaller projects. Sergio’s pioneering work on integration of the mother tongue into the mainstream curriculum two decades ahead of time is now widely acknowledged as a point of reference in international education.

Sergio is a regular contributor to the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) as a consultant, examiner curriculum designer and programme authorization visits, to the Council of International Schools (CIS) as a team leader in accreditation and authorization visits, to the Alliance of International Education (AIE) and ECIS as a conference presenter. He is also an associated inspector for Dubai’s KHDA.

His research interests ranges from authentic laboratory based learning practices to the study of cultural diversity as learning resource and he is a member of the review board for the Science Education Review journal. Sergio has been a regular presenter at national and international conferences, symposiums on workshops on themes that range from academic leadership, Mother Tongue, post-constructivism, science education, international education, international mindedness, cultural identity, interdisciplinary learning, strategic planning. More recently, Sergio has been researching Mezirow’s transformative learning theory with a view to create framework for global mobile learners.



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