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International Influence with Sarah Donaldson

#InspirationInfluenceImpact #AuthenticityInEDU #TLAPdownunder Karen Caswell

My guest this episode, Sarah Donaldson, shares her passion for empowering people to be their authentic selves and for all people to feel seen, heard and valued, which is complemented and supported by her belief that education can and should be an act of social justice and an opportunity to nurture global citizens that embrace diversity and bring people in from the margins. She talks about her vision for deconstructing the status quo and recreating a more equitable society, as belonging and equity benefits us all, and the influence working in international schools had had on her beliefs and practice. Sarah's inspirational, influential and impactful recommendations:

  • People - Kathleen Naglee, Alysa Perraras, Emily Meadows, Bettina Love, Lee Ann Jung

  • Book - 'Caste: The Origins of our Discontent' by Isabel Wilkerson

  • Podcast - Unhinged Collaboration

  • Cause - Nyaka Aids Orphanage - education and empowerment for children and educators in Uganda.

  • Dream Travel Destination - The Amazon Rainforest

Connect with Sarah:

  • Twitter - @wondrwomyn

  • LinkedIn - Sarah Donaldson

Sarah Donaldson is currently the elementary associate principal at the International School of Curitiba, and has been in education for 20 years as an elementary classroom teacher, an EAL teacher, and a literacy coach. Sarah stands up firmly on the side of human rights, equity, diversity, social justice, and belonging. She believes that education can and should be an act of social justice, an opportunity to nurture global citizens that embrace diversity and bring people in from the margins in order to collaborate in solving the world's problems. In fact, Sarah’s Master’s thesis led her and a group of 17 inspiring 3rd graders to research and write a 300 page book on the topic.

If you missed one of our previous episodes, you can hear the inspiring, influential and impactful guests below (they are worth the listen!)

#0 - An Introduction

#1 - Dave Burgess: Discover Wide

#2 - Trevor MacKenzie: Inspiring Inquiry

#3 - Tamara Letter: Inspired by Kindness

#4 - Fi Morrison: STEM-spirational

#5 - Craig Ladek: The Impact of Service

#6 - Dr, Stephanie Smith: Empowering Young People

#7 - Barbara Gruener: Connecting By Heart

#8 - Dan Jackson: Effective Impact

#9 - Jessica Vance: Curious Questioning

#10 - Lisa Currie: Kindness Ripples

#11 - Tara Martin: Life Is Inspiration

#12 - Beck Keough: Making Learning Stick

#13 - Tonya Gilchrist: Professional Learning Equity

#14 - Kath Murdoch: 'Wonder'-ful Impact

#15 - Rachael McPhail: The Impact of One

#16 - Roman Nowak: A Journey of Hope

#17 - Ryan Persaud: Embracing Diversity

#18 - Laurie McIntosh: A Journey of Affirmation

#19 - Paul Taylor: Transforming Teaching and Learning

#20 - Monique Maguire: The Impact of Martial Arts

#21 - Catherine Williams: The Impact of Connection

#22 - Sarah Johnson: A Full Life Focus

#23 - Alice Vigors: The Thinking Classroom

#24 - Tammy Baart: The Impact of Identity

#25 - Tammy Robinson: Inspiring A Community

#26 - Rachael Lehr: The Influence of Ideas

#27 - Allyson Apsey: The Impact of Serendipity

#28 - Brett Salakas: Inspiring Connections

#29 - Amy Green: Elevating Wellness

#30 - Lisa Baylis: Inspiring Self Compassion

I’d be honoured if you shared the podcast with friends and colleagues, and would greatly appreciate it if you could show your support by subscribing to Inspiration, Influence and Impact: The Podcast and leaving a review and rating for the podcast. Please connect with me on social media at @kcasw1 on Twitter, and @authenticity_in_edu on Instagram. I hope you join me next episode.

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