Course Introduction

Course curriculum

    1. Getting Started

    2. Finding Your Way

    3. What to Expect

    4. Assessing Learning

    5. Extend & Contextualize

    6. Let's Go!

    1. Meet Your Instructor, find out about the course

    2. Course Goals

    3. Guiding Questions

    4. Course Timings: Planning Your Time

    5. Tools: Your Learning Log

    6. Key Research References

    1. Welcome to module 1

    2. Definitions: what is culture?

    3. Activity: what is the culture of your school?

    4. Four different types of cultural paradigm

    5. Interculturalism

    6. Interculturalism II

    7. Which of these cultural paradigms best fits your school?

    8. Reflections on module 1: Assessment

    9. Module 1 conclusion

    1. Chalk Talk Protocol

    1. Welcome to Module 2

    2. International education and intercultural understanding

    3. Question: what are the main activities in your school that develop intercultural understanding?

    4. Preparing your classroom for intercultural understanding

    5. Creating a space where cultural interactions are respectful and enriching

    6. Step one: establishing classroom norms

    7. Survey: how would you create classroom norms with your students?

    8. Step two: curriculum decisions

    9. Course reading: decolonising the curriculum

    10. Reflections on Module 2: Assessment

    11. Module 2 conclusion

    1. Welcome to module 3

    2. Strategy 1: cultural heroes/heroines and icons

    3. Strategy 2: end of unit reflections

    4. Strategy 3: structuring effective student-led discussions

    5. Strategy 4: recognising major cultural celebrations

    6. Reflections on Module 3: Assessment

    7. Module 3 conclusion

  • 53 lessons


Who is this course for?

  • Adults working in international schools

    Regardless of role, all adults should understand the purpose and value of international education, and have the know-how to support the development of internationally-minded global citizens.

  • Teaching Faculty

    Leaders, teachers, teaching assistants, technicians, teacher librarians, etc. who work in international school settings.

  • Support Staff

    Could office workers, cleaners, caretakers, security guards, etc. in your context benefit from taking this course?

Learning Outcomes

What will you be able to do upon course completion?

  • Identify the principles and purpose of intercultural and international education addressing concepts of beliefs, bias and culture.

  • Apply practical approaches and strategies, such as classroom discussion, teacher role modeling, cooperative learning, inquiry-focused learning, concept-focused learning, and transfer, to promote intercultural understanding.

  • Directly impact your professional practice to tackle unconscious bias, challenge student thinking, and broaden perspectives.

Impact on Learning

How will this course have a positive impact?

You will leave this course with a raised awareness of the purpose and principles of international and intercultural education, along with concrete strategies that can support you to develop internationally-minded global citizens in your school. The end goal is to have a positive impact on your practice to improve student outcomes connected to inclusion, social justice, equity, and diversity.

Meet the Course Designer

Dr. Conrad Hughes

Conrad Hughes (PhD, EdD) is Campus and Secondary Principal at the International School of Geneva, La Grande Boissière, where he also teaches philosophy. He holds two doctorates and has led two major projects with UNESCO-IBE on rethinking learning for the 21st century and preventing violent extremism through education. A member of the advisory board for the University of the People, Dr Hughes has published three books on 21st century learning, the most recent – Education and Elitism (2021) – discussing how access to high-quality education can be widened. He contributes regularly to the World Economic Forum’s renowned Agenda blog, as well as acting as a research assistant at the University of Geneva’s Department of Psychology and Education, and speaking at conferences around the world.


What are you still wondering?

  • Is this a certified course?

    Yes. Certification is awarded by MiniPD, from Faria Education Group.

  • What do I need to do to gain my certificate?

    You will need to complete all modules, learning activities in practice, and gain 100% in the checking for understanding assessments.

  • What certificate will I receive?

    You will be awarded the Certificate of Completion in 'Designing Learning for Intercultural Understanding in International Schools'.

  • Can MiniPD courses count towards my continuing education requirements?

    MiniPD is partnering with Kent State University, a R1 university in the United States, to grant graduate credits for completing MiniPD courses. To receive graduate credits, the learner must complete a required number of MiniPD Core or MiniCourses, and submit the completed MiniPD Learning Logs for each course. Details of the credit application process can be found at Please check with your license issuing authorities for details on the number of credits needed for your license renewal.

  • How can I continue learning?

    You will be presented with suggested pathways to support continued learning. These will include carefully designed resources, MiniCourses, and personalized coaching conversations.

  • How can my school leverage the learning and amplify impact?

    We can support you to implement this course in your own school with suggested approaches for interleaved professional development days, professional learning communities, and ongoing job-embedded peer learning structures.

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