The Hidden Curriculum of International Schools (Staff)

Understanding the student experience and impact on staff relations

This is the handout for the webinar presentation for the Business Staff Session at KIS. It includes a list of resources mentioned in the presentation, the slide deck and additional resources.

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Core topics

  • Cultural gaps
    What are some of the cultural gaps that exist at KIS?
  • Hidden curriculum
    What is the hidden curriculum? How does it show up in international schools?
  • Internalized racism
    What is internalized racism? In what way does it affect the way you see yourself? The way you see others?

Slide deck

The slide deck from the workshop will be available here after the workshop in PDF format.


Danau Tanu, Ph.D., anthropologist & author of Growing Up in Transit: The Politics of Belonging at an International School

Isabelle Min, coach & facilitator, CEO of Transition Catalyst Korea (TCK) Institute

Main text

Growing Up in Transit: The Politics of Belonging at an International SchoolDanau Tanu, 2018. 

The Strength of Weak Ties

How can you use ‘the strength of weak ties’ to improve well-being?: Investing a little time to develop weak ties with students may help them feel more ‘seen’ and help the campus feel more inclusive.

Self-reflection: Being ‘seen’

Q. Describe a time when you felt seen. How did it make you feel?


Work in pairs. 10 minutes total.

  • Step 1: Speaker shares story (4 min)
  • Step 2: The Listener retell the Speaker’s story using ‘Active Listening’ skills (1 min)
  • Step 3: Swap roles. Repeat steps 1 & 2

Active Listening

Be neutral. Do not judge.
Be attentive (nod, etc), patient and don’t fill the silences.

Reflect back to the speaker what they said. Use their words as much as possible. Do not interpret. Do not add your opinion.