Created by Sidecar Counsel's Chief Navigation Officer, Bridget McNamer, the Sidecar Summit is an in-real-life summer gathering for adventurous women leaders where we support one anothers' individual leadership aspirations and brainstorm ways we can, individually and collectively, ‘womanize’ the school leadership landscape. Two summits will be held in the summer of 2022: in the U.S. and in Europe.
The purpose of the RHU (Raise Her Up) Scholarship is to fund the registration fee for the 2022 Sidecar Summit for two women (one in Europe and one in the US) who are doing important work in education leadership and who will both contribute to and benefit from the Sidecar Community, but for whom attendance would be a challenge due to financial constraints.
Scholarships are awarded to participants who have demonstrated a commitment to raising other women up through their words and actions.
Mary Noble is the incoming MS Principal at the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon. Mary’s interest in education began as a Peace Corps Volunteer working with women’s groups in Mali, West Africa. She has been in education for 27 years and has served a wide variety of educational communities including inner city Detroit, Alaska, Thailand, Egypt, Dubai, and Oregon. Mary studied Educational Administration and Policy at the University of Michigan. Mary is passionate about education as a way to raise others up and is grateful for this opportunity.
Inspired by DEIJ work, Mary participated in a year long study group with other international teachers and leaders and served on the district's equity committee. She values experiential learning and a connection to service and sustainability.
Mary has led Eco-Schools, Global Issues Network, and supported CACMUN. She is a professional yoga instructor and has launched yoga programs for students and staff in several schools. Her personal attributes include a love of discussing big ideas, developing trusting relationships, creating community and connections, and a curiosity for new ways of approaching challenges. She is deeply committed to excellence in education for all students.
Mary is married with one daughter, Asha, who is 20.
How has Mary Raised (Them) Up?
"After lockdown, I was craving connections and community with other women. I was looking everywhere to join a Women's Circle....a regular place to meet and deeply listen. I couldn't find a good fit, so I created my own in the summer of 2020. Since then, we have been meeting every other week. About 6-8 women coming together to discuss topics like life transitions, relationships, habits and routines, addressing fear and anxiety, etc. It has been an incredible group. I facilitate the topics, journal prompts, and deep listening."
Shauna Hobbs-Beckley is currently the Director of Analytics, Innovation, and Research at Graded, The American School of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Brazil. Prior to 2018, she was Director of Teaching and Learning at Graded. Shauna has been working as an international contractor for NWEA since 2018, conducting workshops in Latin America. She has been a school administrator across the US and internationally for the past 23 years.
Her experience includes leading professional development, principal coaching, curriculum design, materials adoption, student supports and grant-funded initiatives. In addition to the Director of Teaching and Learning, she has served as Executive Director of Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction of Seattle Public Schools from 2013-2016. Previously, she led preschool and elementary principals and staff in their professional work as PK-5 Instructional Services Director for City Schools of Decatur, Georgia, from 2007 to 2010. Shauna also has served as a principal in Washington, Georgia and Tennessee.
Her training includes Stanford University, LGBTQ Executive Leadership, National School Reform Critical Friends, Carnegie Institute, Continuous Improvement, Solution Tree, Professional Learning Communities, Georgia Institute for School Improvement, Principal Coaching, Cognitive Coaching. She has an Ed.S. from Walden University and an M.I.T. and B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In her spare time Shauna can be found running, fishing or spending time with her family, wife Shannon and son, Jackson.
How has Shauna Raised (Them) Up?
"I started a local women's leadership group in 2018. This was a difficult challenge because we were not "affiliated" with the school, but all of the participants worked at the school. I started this work after experiencing the lack of female leadership at the school and seeing the desire of the women in the school to grow professionally. As the group formed it was clear that the participants were divided into two groups, those that wanted to develop who they were as leaders, and those that wanting to address the issues of being marginalized. This work was a step for the school toward diversity, equity, and inclusion. Although I wasn't able to continue in the leadership, I feel I gave a voice to some of the women in our school who felt marginalized before the group started."
Identity-Centered Learning (ICL) is a pedagogical and institutional framework that reflects the reality of schooling-- that a child’s educational experience has a powerful and indelible impact on their identity-- and seeks to center educators and schools on actively and effectively supporting student identity development. Through resources and workshops, ICL provides perspectives, strategies, guidance, and models for empowering students and growing an identity-affirming classroom and school environment.
For consultation, please contact Daniel Wickner through e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), Twitter (@danielwickner), or on LinkedIn.
Sidecar Counsel aims to bring more women into leadership roles in international schools, enhance their leadership capacities once there, and cultivate an environment where women in these schools - and thereby all members of the school community - can thrive. Sidecar Counsel offers leadership job search coaching, on-the-job coaching, group coaching, school consultations, and purposeful gatherings.
Over the course of her 30-year career, Bridget McNamer I has counseled leaders in the education, corporate and social sectors who are seeking to shake up the status quo in pursuit of a more equitable, prosperous and sustainable world.
Prior to creating Sidecar Counsel, she served as a senior associate with Search Associates, where she evaluated and coached leader and educator candidates looking for opportunities in international schools, performed searches for senior leaders for these schools, and cultivated a growing interest in getting more women into leadership positions – hence, Sidecar Counsel.
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Ann Marie's experience is unique and her story, relatable. Her international experience and wisdom led to her research on Cultural Intelligence (CQ). Ann Marie has developed a practical approach to understanding and applying CQ in leadership.
The International Collaborative for Coaching Professionals in Education (ICCPE) is a collaborative that brings together professional coaches from around the world with extensive experience in international k-12 education and school leadership.
The ICCPE supports the needs of professional coaches serving the international education community by providing ways to connect with other coaches and with school leaders, opportunities to learn from one another, and avenues for supporting school communities.
Our Purple Couch: The Learning Hub for Language, Gender, and Sexuality is a community of educators who believe it is time to start educating our future generations with appropriate language through the understanding of gender and sexuality. This group began in 2019 among several international educators and has grown as a collaborative platform between schools around the world.
With almost 800 on the facebook group, Our Purple Couch supports open dialogue, learning and allyship for LGBTQ+ international educators.