The JIS Podcast

Join Jakarta Intercultural School for discussions about education, developing the whole child, learning in Indonesia, and more on the official JIS Podcast.



Strings in Action: The Power of Music

“Music is a universal language; it brings people together.” Ella Fitzgerald may have said this many years ago, but we only have to look at JIS Strings in Action (SiA), its talented members, and their many endeavors to find that her words ring truer than ever. Join our hosts, Middle School Vocal Music Teacher Morgan Banino and PIE Digital Literacy Coach Mindy Slaughter, as they take a closer look at a beloved service club that has flourished into a full-fledged foundation working to change the lives of underprivileged children through music. Joining them are the passion and drive behind Strings in Action: JIS Strings Teacher Simo Gonzalo and JIS Grade 11 student Alex, one of the original members of the club and now SiA President. Find out what inspired Simo to establish SiA at JIS in 2015 and how, in only a few short years, the club grew from having just three student members to leading orchestras, employing two local music teachers, and working with schools and organizations across Jakarta. You don’t want to miss this inspiring episode of the JIS Podcast!

Passion-Based Learning at JIS Elementary

At JIS, students are encouraged to explore their personal interests, discover their passions, and then pursue them through hands-on learning experiences. But how does that look like with younger students at JIS Elementary School? This episode of the JIS Podcast is all about the passion for learning, with our hosts, Middle School Vocal Music Teacher Morgan Banino and PIE Digital Literacy Coach Mindy Slaughter. Their guests this week are Pattimura Elementary (PEL) Digital Literacy Coach Jay Graham and Pondok Indah Elementary (PIE) Early Years Teacher Neal Murphy, who talk about the interactive ways students are engaged in activities that are meaningful to them, as well as driven by their own interests and curiosity. What are Passion Projects? What do children do during iTime? How do they benefit from the “joy of struggle”? Find out and listen to the JIS Podcast!

The JIS Learning Center

What does it mean to be an inclusive school? At JIS, inclusion is inseparable from the values of diversity and equity, and together, they represent our commitment to providing an enriching educational experience to a variety of learners. This includes children with neuro-diversities or cognitive disabilities who require specialized support in both academics and life skills. Join our JIS Podcast hosts, Middle School Vocal Music Teacher Morgan Banino and PIE Digital Literacy Coach Mindy Slaughter, as they explore what learning inclusion currently looks like at JIS and our plans for the future. They are joined by Interim Head of School Maya Nelson and Education Specialist Donise Lyons, who go into detail about JIS’s student support services and an exciting new program called the JIS Learning Center. Don’t miss out on this very inspiring episode of the JIS Podcast!

About the Host



Morgan Banino

Morgan is currently a music teacher in the JIS middle school. Previously she was a music teacher for middle school and high school students in New York and Shanghai. Morgan holds degrees in Economics from Wellesley College and Music Education from New York University. She is passionate about ensemble music-making, learning how to live sustainably, and amplifying the stories of diverse voices. Morgan lives in Jakarta with her husband Michael and her son Finch.


Mindy Slaughter

Mindy is the digital literacy coach at JIS’ Pondok Indah Elementary School. She was previously a classroom teacher and EAL teacher in Oregon, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Mindy holds degrees in Elementary Education, Curriculum & Instruction, and English as an Additional Language from Portland State University and Northwest Nazarene University, where she attended college on a soccer scholarship. She is passionate about creativity, design thinking, and personalized learning, and has led workshops on those topics for the International Baccalaureate (IB), East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS), and Learning2. Mindy is in Jakarta with her husband Dan, and her two children, Aubrey and Ian.