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EARCOS Weekend Workshop: Supporting TCKs as a Teacher

Workshop Outline

The TCK experience of a highly mobile world and living between cultures has a huge impact on children, often into adulthood. International teachers are perfectly placed to support their TCK students, though many international schools do not offer targeted teacher professional development to support this unique student population. This workshop was designed to give teachers solid knowledge and understanding of the TCK experience, along with positive practical strategies they could use with their students in the classroom. 

As a result of attending this workshop, participants were able to:

  • Better understand the TCK definition and how this relates to their students.
  • Engage emotional intelligence strategies to support grief and loss.
  • Take away practical resources and activities to use in the classroom.


Day 1:
08:30-10:00 - Session 1: Exploring the TCK definition
10:00-10:20 - Coffee Break
10:20-12:00 - Session 2: Positives and negatives of the TCK experience
12:00-12:45 - Lunch Break
12:45-14:30 - Session 3: Stages and elements of transition
14:30-14:45 - Coffee Break
14:45-16:30 - Session 4: Support grief with emotional intelligence

Day 2:
08:30-10:00 - Session 5: Emotional resilience for TCKs
10:00-10:20 - Coffee Break
10:20-12:00 - Session 6: Home & belonging for TCKs
12:00-12:45 - Lunch Break
12:45-15:00 - Session 7: Planning & creating resources to support TCKs

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About Sarah Whyte

Dr Sarah Whyte  is the leading expert on Third Culture Kids (TCKs) in Asia and one of only a handful of people to hold a doctorate in this field of study worldwide. Her doctoral thesis focused on the application of emotional intelligence to support expatriate children with the challenges of transition. She currently works as a consultant, trainer and ICF Associate Certified Coach, building seamlessly on her background as an international teacher. Her most recent teaching experience was as a class teacher alongside her role as head of the personal, social and health education curriculum at Tanglin Trust Junior School in Singapore.

Sarah is an experienced and accomplished moderator of training courses and workshops for parents, teachers, students and corporate clients. Her goal is always to make learning meaningful and impactful. She’s a passionate advocate of equipping expatriate families with positive and practical strategies to ease the emotional friction of transition. Thanks to her doctorate in education, Sarah constantly draws upon current and relevant research to inform best practice in her training.

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Workshop Details

Trainer: Sarah Whyte

Who should attend: Teachers (primary age 5-12)

When: Saturday, 23 and Sunday, 24 September 2017, 8:30am-4.30pm (until 3pm on Sunday)

Where: UWCSEA Dover Campus, Conference Centre

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