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Celebrating Diversity: MiniPD Coaches in Conversation
This is a conversational session that will last between 45 - 60 mins to support educators in international school contexts. Spotlighted MiniPD Coaches will share concrete strategies around our theme ‘Celebrating Diversity'. Topics can include: Global Citizenship; Intercultural Learning; International Mindedness; Allyship; Equity; Diversity; Social Justice; Bias; Prejudice.

MiniPD Coaches are experienced international school IB and Non-IB Consultants, Leaders and Teachers.

Come ready to share your voice.
Unlearn. Relearn. Learn. Together


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Marcelle Valladares
Marcelle Valladares (she/her) was born and raised in Oregon on the West Coast of the United States. She is a mother of two young kids and has worked in education for the past 14 years as a science educator and elementary school teacher. Active in her school and the greater Portland community, Marcelle advocates for changing systems of oppression of marginalized identities. Growing up Brown in rural Oregon was challenging at times and she deeply understands the impacts implicit bias and overt racism have on Black, Brown, Indiginous and Asian (BBIA) individuals, especially within the education system. Nurturing identity development with young students is one way she approaches creating intercultural understanding, along with a multitude of culturally responsive teaching strategies. Finding connections between subjects and people, along with thinking critically and challenging the status quo, guide her approach to teaching.
Estelle Baroung Hughes
Estelle Baroung Hughes (she, her) is the incoming Head of Secondary for the International School of Dakar. She is also the president of the NGO Africa Learning International (www.africalearninginternational.org), an organisation focused on SDG 4 (Quality Education for All). Estelle has a passion for writing and music that she explores through her literary blog (www.tracesmetisses.org), her work with the literary prize 'Les afriques' and the writing of school-based intercultural musicals. As a Cameroonian citizen, Estelle was inspired by the cultural wealth of her 250 languages country and her experience in international education to co-create the course titled TWICE (Teaching With Inclusion of Culture Embedded www.tissiconsulting.com/twice). Estelle draws energy and creativity from her ambition to change education, one child, one teacher, and one school at a time.
Esha Patnaik
Esha Patnaik (she/her) has been associated with the field of education in India for over 15 years, teaching Psychology as part of the International Baccalaureate curriculum and college level courses in Industrial-Organisational Psychology, Business Communications, Counselling Skills and Introductory Psychology. As a psychotherapist she works with adults and adolescents in the areas of life skills development, clinical diagnoses, identity and professional growth. Esha’s work and research interests have been in the areas of professional growth, independent learning, academic integrity and designing of learning environments and mental healthcare systems. Her work on equity and cultural responsiveness explores inclusive teaching-learning practices that enable educators to incorporate the lived experiences of their learners into the academic process.