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iSPeaks II - On Leadership, With ISP Alumna Carole Reniero

iSPeaksApr 07, 2020

iSPeaks I: On Strategic Planning, Towards 2027!

iSPeaks I: On Strategic Planning, Towards 2027!

In this episode you’ll hear from Tess, an ISP student, and Deb, the consultant guiding ISP in its Towards 2027 strategic planning process. Tess and Deb are both members of the Towards 2027 strategic planning steering committee along with the head of school, the president of the board of trustees, the high school principal, two members of our teaching staff, two parents and myself (your host, Steph), representing the ISP admin and business staff. Our main responsibility as a committee is planning an inclusive workshop on October 8th and 9th, during which a cross section of the ISP community will co-create strategic statements. These statements will ultimately shape the school’s actions and priority setting during the next five years.

At the top of the podcast you'll hear a few excerpts from our conversations, which I think give you a good idea of why being involved in strategic planning is so important to both Tess and Deb. Listen as they explain the importance of strategic planning, how it can give voice to many members of the community and how it can help us confront, and maybe even solve together, some of the challenges facing schools in today’s increasingly complex world.

Get involved! If you have questions about the Towards 2027 strategic planning process or if you want to contribute your questions or stories to the process, please email

If you want to send an article, video, book title, podcast, photo, etc. to the Towards 2027 steering committee for inclusion in the curated playlist of media the community will reflect on both before and during the strategic planning event on October 8th and 9th, please email

And if you want to express your interest in participating on October 8th and 9th, click here: 

Music Credit: Shell Voices by Martijn de Boer (NiGid)(c)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Sep 04, 202135:55
OnJustice - Representation of Black Culture in Media - Episode 6
May 11, 202125:41
OnJustice - Moxie! - Episode 5

OnJustice - Moxie! - Episode 5

We watched a movie and thought we'd tell you about it - Moxie!
(Moxie. Directed by Amy Poehler, Netflix, 2021.)

We loved this movie, but it sparked a lot of discussion and one big question - how do we make our voices heard in a positive and impactful manner? Listen to get our answers, then get out there and take action!

Spoiler alert - listen to our podcast after the movie if you don't want the spoilers!

Attention - this podcast, and the film, contain discussions of rape and sexual harassment. If you, or someone you know, is a victim of rape, incest or sexual harassment speak to a person you trust - an adult or a friend. Here are some resources on the subject, most in French as the podcast is recorded and produced in France.

Music credit:
District Four Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License 

Apr 06, 202125:37
OnJustice - The Oppressors Cannot Be Oppressed (Sexism!) - Episode 4

OnJustice - The Oppressors Cannot Be Oppressed (Sexism!) - Episode 4

The OnJustice group is helping to organise phase 2 of the Wells International Foundation COVID-19 Pages virtual art expo. The virtual expo features professional (phase 1) and amateur (phase 2) female artists, whose works of art feature women who are making a difference during the pandemic. 

Some have wondered - is it sexist to exclude men from participating in the expo?

So OnJustice debates in this episode whether or not men can be victims of sexism...Can the oppressors be oppressed? Are women's brains really different than men's? Which member of the OnJustice group is most fit to take care of children? And what does RBG have to do with all of this?


Manne, Kate. Down Girl. Oxford University Press, 2017. (For a philosophical understanding of sexism and misogyny.)

Music Credit:
District Four Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Mar 30, 202115:60
OnJustice - Thoughts on Racism, Polarisation and Unity - Episode 3
Mar 12, 202114:57
OnJustice - Black History Month and Other Topics - Episode 2

OnJustice - Black History Month and Other Topics - Episode 2

Mar 03, 202116:28
OnJustice - Voter Suppression - Episode 1

OnJustice - Voter Suppression - Episode 1

This is our first real episode and we’re tackling a big issue - voter suppression, or disenfranchisement.

Most of us have never voted, due to our age, or won’t be able to vote in the country where we’re living due to our immigration status. This doesn’t make us less aware of the fact that the right to vote is one of the foundations of democracy. Worldwide, laws and actions that aim to suppress voting rights are contributing to the weakening of democratic processes.

Our conversation takes an inevitable turn towards the United States and the 2020 presidential election. Our aim, however, was to make sure to give an overview of different types of voter suppression around the world as well as some suggestions for ending disenfranchisement.

Anecdote: a French citizen listening to a rough cut of this episode couldn’t understand the expression “voter suppression”. After quite a few additional explanations and examples, his response was “Oh, so it just means anti-democratic”. Food for thought!

To learn more, here are some of the resources we consulted when researching this episode:

Go to our Instagram @ispeaksonjustice for more resources.

Music credit:

"District Four" Kevin MacLeod (

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

Jan 06, 202117:30
OnJustice - Intros and Such...

OnJustice - Intros and Such...

Social Justice is a term we hear a lot nowadays. It’s used as an umbrella term for all of those topics that we can’t believe we’re still fighting for in 2020. From LGBTQ+ rights, to Black Lives Matter, gender equality to those disproportionately affected by COVID-19, we hear about social justice all the time. 

But what is it really? 

It’s such a broad topic, that many people don’t know where to start. But like most things, social justice starts with a discussion. And that’s where we come in. We would like to introduce the iSpeaks OnJustice Podcast. We created the podcast in response to the issues that have arisen over this storm of a year. We realized that so many people want to fight for social justice, but they just don’t know how, and don’t know where to start, so we decided that we wanted to start the dialogue at ISP. Five individuals, dedicated to social justice, and further understanding it. 

Through lively conversations, and the sharing of resources, we believe that we can include the ISP community in the fight for social justice. Through discussing what it means to be an ally, and how we describe ourselves, we learn the language necessary to be able to talk about social justice. And like you, we don’t know everything, but we are ready and eager to learn. 

This podcast will be organized in short 15 minute segments, each tackling a new social justice issue. We will cover voting, ally ship, racism, sexism, homophobia, identity, classism and so much more, featuring guest speakers to teach us and you about these ongoing battles. Social justice is not something that is relevant one day and forgotten the next. It is something that impacts us all, no matter who we are. 

So let’s talk about it!

Music: District Four Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Nov 16, 202008:13
iSPeaks X - !!! BONUS !!! On the Renaissance, with Alexandra, Ananya, Camila, Saraiah, Vera and Villiam
Jun 29, 202029:57
iSPeaks IX - On Alannah, Featuring Vivi and Gigi

iSPeaks IX - On Alannah, Featuring Vivi and Gigi

This is the season finale of iSPeaks, but it may not be what you're expecting from a finale.

It's more of a beginning actually. It's the first virtual celebration of Alannah's life and story; she passed away in 2015 following a battle with leukaemia. Her parents, David McMillan and Eileen McAteer, have consented to sharing her story digitally, both via this podcast episode and a Facebook page created in her honour. 

The sound editing isn't clean, and not all the names and dates are accurate; however, it's a perfect representation of a community's myriad of memories and responses to tragedy. 

To visit the Facebook page and to donate to child cancer research, click here: 

Thank you, from the bottom of hearts, for listening. 

Jun 25, 202038:18
iSPeaks VIII – On Productivity. With Thomas, Grade 11.
Jun 04, 202025:36
iSPeaks VII - On Inquiry. With Sean Walker

iSPeaks VII - On Inquiry. With Sean Walker

Inquiry-based pedagogy is the foundation for learning at the International School of Paris. Encouraging inquiry during distance learning thus became a major preoccupation for educators. 

In this episode Sean Walker, primary school teacher and assistant curriculum coordinator, defines inquiry and gives strategies and tools for using inquiry-based pedagogy at a distance. 

His advice is straightforward to implement, and his commitment to creating authentic learning experiences for his students is inspiring. Enjoy your time listening to Sean, a true teacher of teachers! 

May 29, 202041:60
iSPeaks VI - On Service, Passion and Collaboration. With Cathryn Berger Kaye.

iSPeaks VI - On Service, Passion and Collaboration. With Cathryn Berger Kaye.

This is Part II of our conversation with Cathryn Berger Kaye, service learning expert and source of inspiration for International School of Paris teachers. 

The conversation meanders, from an overview of service learning to a discussion of passion versus emotion, and finishes with a reflection on collaboration. 

You'll leave this episode with major enthusiasm for investigation, and a desire to launch and share your own project. 

May 24, 202029:45
iSPeaks V - On Research. With Cathryn Berger Kaye.
May 06, 202033:45
iSPeaks IV - On Leaving School....Suddenly. With Mila.

iSPeaks IV - On Leaving School....Suddenly. With Mila.

For high school seniors across the globe the year ended suddenly, and without the pomp and circumstance that usually marks this important time of transition. 

This week iSPeaks features an interview with Mila, a Grade 12 student at the International School of Paris (ISP). She explains how she's handling the unexpected end to the school year, her plans for the future and why she loves her generation. 

We hope you enjoy getting to know Mila...we sure did and we will miss her next year!

Apr 22, 202018:17
iSPeaks III - On Leadership, Continued. With Saachi, Grade 9.

iSPeaks III - On Leadership, Continued. With Saachi, Grade 9.

Listening to the student voice is essential in building a strong school community. Absent classroom interactions, it's important to find ways to keep hearing from our students. 

That's why this edition of iSPeaks is all about student voice! Meet Saachi, a grade 9 student, who is taking advantage of all the leadership opportunities offered to her. She explains what it's like to be a virtual buddy to a new student, speaks about her experience learning at home and gives her definition of leadership. 

Sit back, relax and enjoy learning about Saachi!

Apr 15, 202016:57
iSPeaks II - On Leadership, With ISP Alumna Carole Reniero

iSPeaks II - On Leadership, With ISP Alumna Carole Reniero

In this episode of iSPeaks, meet ISP alumna Carole Reniero. Since leaving ISP she's become a leader of leaders. Now she wants to give back to a community that "gave her so much" and so she's working with ISP students to help them develop their leadership skills. 

Hear about her workshop with ISP students, and her advice for keeping your leadership skills sharp during social distancing. She also shares her viewpoint on what makes a great leader. 

Apr 07, 202018:56
iSPeaks I - Re-registration

iSPeaks I - Re-registration

Direct from the International School of Paris, our first podcast! Welcome to iSPeaks, a podcast that will keep you connected to the voices of the International School of Paris!

This is the first episode in our first podcast, so be gentle! We're using this episode to get our feet wet and to give you all the information you need about re-registration for the 2020-21 school year. You probably won't laugh, or cry or jump for joy while listening, but we do hope you'll feel intrigued and want to come back for more. 

Join us in the upcoming weeks for episodes with our teachers, our recent graduates and our alumni. 

#ISPfamily #ISPcreativity

Mar 30, 202008:25