For the Love of Learning Episode #111
Third Culture Kids – Managing Mobility
Monday July 31, 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm EDT
Monday July 31, 2017, 11:30pm-1:30am BST
Jane Barron (BA Dip Ed, MEd) is a Youth Intercultural Transition Specialist and Culturally Responsive Educator driven to improve emotional, social and educational outcomes for cross-cultural students and their families. Her experience as an educator of 24 years in both international and local schools, a parent of two cross-cultural children, a child of a domestically mobile family and now, a repatriate to Australia, inform her work. She has seen and understands the impact of moving across cultures upon individuals.
Founder of Globally Grounded, Jane is dedicated to supporting students crossing cultures, their families and those who educate them as they navigate through the triumphs and challenges associated with cross-cultural domestic and/or international transitions. This may be from one country to another, one state to another, one city to another or from one subculture to another such as indigenous to non-indigenous, rural to urban, family home to boarding school and vice versa. Jane consults to international and local schools, families and students crossing cultures – developing their understanding of the impact of cross-cultural mobility, designing programs and implementing support mechanisms to enhance learning and life.
Jane is a Steering Committee Member of the Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN) organisation, a Member of Families in Global Transition and is currently undertaking a scholarship with the Parfitt Pascoe Writing Residency. Her writing has been published in International Teacher Magazine, International School Magazine and The International Educator and she blogs at Globally Grounded.
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Twitter – @GloballygroundD
Facebook – Globally Grounded
Linked In – Jane Barron
Jen spent her early years in middle-class Indiana, high-school in the ghetto, college years in the Ivy League, and young adult years in the high-rolling worlds of Northern California tech start-ups and real estate investing. Jen is also an internationally shown conceptual artist and has written multiple books and a sci-fi screenplay. Such varied experiences, coupled with frequent work travel, a European backpacking adventure, and a fierce independent streak pretty much guaranteed that education would be based on compassion, creativity, interest, entrepreneurism, and global community-building.
Jen and her family became unintentional worldschoolers in 2005 when they moved to Tahoe for a winter. When they returned they started a consulting company with the eventual goal of becoming international nomads. In 2007 they left their home in Nor-Cal and spent several years living in multiple US cities for 6-18 months each. Just as they had planned to begin worldschooling internationally, two family members were diagnosed with complex health issues. Rather than give up traveling, the family sold 99% of their stuff, moved into a vintage RV and began exploring the US and Canada.
In 2016, as everyone’s health improved the family flew abroad and lived briefly in Italy, Greece, Turkey, England, Wales and Ireland and Canada. Jen also became an admin for the Worldschoolers facebook group. In 2017 they will split their time between the RV and international trips, including Central & South America, Asia, and Montreal.
SilverLiningLife.com – travel blog
ThisIsArt.com – conceptual art
Ava Senaratne is a Freelance Art Director with a unique skill set that includes strategic planning and project management. She has worked in Melbourne, Tokyo and Dubai with brands including Apple, FC Barcelona, Libra, Netball Australia, Parks Victoria and Bank Australia.
Ava is passionate about the positive power of cultural diversity and founded TCK TOWN last year as a result. TCK TOWN is a digital journal about cross-culturalism which Ava runs as the Editor-in-Chief.
Ava leads a core team of 8 who work remotely from Australia, Pakistan, Japan and the Philippines to produce articles each week on www.tcktown.com and create content across Facebook, Instagram and a weekly newsletter. TCK TOWN’s articles are honest, insightful and embrace vulnerability in a refreshing and exciting way.
This episode is produced by Nina Downer
Hosted by Lainie Liberti
As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teen son at: ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.
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