Effective child protection practices and a shared commitment to minimize risk to students, families and staff, is a unifying factor which binds quality International school communities together worldwide, regardless of location, curriculum or school size. As educators, school and organizational leaders, we appreciate that collaborative initiatives produce the best results.
Over 100 volunteers from the international education community, including school leaders, recruiting agencies, accreditation/inspection agencies and governmental law enforcement and child protection agencies have come together to apply our collective resources, expertise, and partnerships to help international school communities address child protection challenges. During this session, you’ll learn about our findings and recommendations thus far. Time will be allocated for participants to share their own challenges and ask questions.
Jane Larsson is the Executive Director of the Council of International Schools (CIS), a membership community of over 650 schools and 500 universities and colleges working collaboratively for the continuous improvement of international education.
Jane has served the international education community for 20 years, with a focus on educational recruitment and selection, and the development of collaborative partnerships to enable and support educational exchange and the development of international and intercultural perspective. At CIS, Jane has led a restructuring of the organization to consolidate leadership and appoint key personnel to evaluate and develop services aligned with membership needs.
Prior to her appointment at CIS, Jane was Director of International Partnerships with the Visiting International Faculty Program (VIF) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she led outreach to promote international educational exchange, establishing relationships with minis¬tries of education, universities, internation¬al schools and educational associations. She began her career in international education as the Director of Educational Staffing and Publications for International Schools Services (ISS) providing recruitment services and resources to international schools.
Jane has been an active member and contributor to global and regional international associations, including service to the IB North America as a Professional Development partner for teacher training at both VIF and ISS. She has presented at meetings of educational associations of teachers, counselors, and leaders in the USA on topics re¬lated to effective international recruitment and selection. A native of the USA, she is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in French Ed¬ucation. Her love for language and culture first crystalized during a year-long stay with a family in Tours, France as part of her university studies. Jane lives in Leiden, The Netherlands, has one adult daughter, and considers herself fortunate to have close friends around the world, many of whom she’s met during her work in international education.