Expanding Inclusion Action Lab: Changemaking Using AISA’s DEIJ Handbook

The aim of this hands-on workshop is to empower school leaders, teachers, and counselors, to design a tangible plan to expand inclusion and equity in your school’s unique context using the AISA DEIJ Handbook as a key resource.
  • Virtual Workshops
  • All School Leaders, Educators and Co-Professionals
  • Virtual
  • Free
  • 12:00 pm (GMT +0:00) - 1:30 pm (GMT +0:00)
  • 8 November 2023


This is a hands-on workshop in which participants will explore AISA’s new DEIJ Handbook as a critical resource for building inclusive communities. We will begin by developing our understanding of the handbook as a tool for change and will then use its resources to begin mapping change in our communities.

Participants will identify 1 – 2 barriers to inclusion relevant to their school’s cultural and legal context. We will then collaborate with peers in order to design a strategy to address these challenges and expand the depth and reach of inclusion within our communities. The session is designed to be contextualized and to recognize each school’s unique setting and needs.

Note: Participants should come to the session with electronic access OR printed copies of any relevant statements or policies, e.g. mission/vision, core values, codes of conduct, anti-discrimination, inclusion, DEIJ, child protection, and safeguarding. These will not be shared without consent.

By the end of this workshop, participants will have:

  • Developed a common understanding of how to use AISA’s DEIJ handbook to deepen your knowledge and build belonging
  • Identified 1-2 specific barriers to inclusion to overcome in the cultural and legal landscape of your school’s context
  • Planned a series of “big and small” actions your school may take in order to expand inclusion more deeply, to more members of your school’s community
  • Collaborated to identify limitations, uncertainties, and lingering questions to inform the next steps


  • Mary Powell
    Council of International Schools
    School Support & Evaluation Officer

    Starting her career as an educator in the US, Mary has been based in Rwanda for nearly 15 years. She has broad experience in school leadership and instruction, from early childhood to higher education in international schools as well as education programs for sustainable development. Her roles have included director, secondary principal, program director, mentor, school partnership liaison, but she is a history teacher at heart. Mary’s work has focused on developing learner agency, global citizenship competencies, and inclusive school cultures. She believes that international schools have a unique opportunity and responsibility to model and drive global standards for innovation in learning, equity, and ethical leadership.

    Mary serves as a School Support and Evaluation Officer for the Council of International Schools and is the internal lead on a CIS research project on pedagogy in international schools in partnership with the Jacobs Foundation and the Klingenstein Center of Columbia University Teachers College. Mary holds a Masters in education policy and leadership from the University of Illinois, a certificate of international school leadership from the Principals’ Training Center, and a BA in History from Grinnell College.

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