The Next Frontier initiative came out of a casual conversation between what was to become the NFI Design Team in the Spring of 2010. Each of the four of us has spent virtually our entire careers in international education and wholeheartedly embrace the idea that dynamic schools have a great diversity of student ethnicities, nationalities, language groups and religions. We were, however, concerned that not all international schools also embrace learning diversity.
There have been many individuals and organizations that have contributed to it. It has been generously supported by a grant from the European Council of International Schools and the Office of Overseas Schools, US Department of State. Specifically, we would like to thank Jean Vahey, the Executive Secretary of The European Council of International Schools and Robert Gross, Connie Buford and Keith Miller from the Office of Overseas Schools, US Department of State. Their moral and financial support have been much appreciated.
We would also to thank the many special educators and regular classroom teachers who have contributed their thoughts, comments and enthusiasm to this project. Our greatest debt of gratitude goes to the International School of Brussels, which has served over the past twenty years as a lab school for inclusion – showing time and time again what is possible.
Bill Powell, Ochan Kusuma-Powell, Kevin Bartlett and Kristen Pelletier