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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.

 

 

 

 
 
Clearing the Path to University With the IBCP at JIS

Clearing the Path to University With the IBCP at JIS

JIS is widely known for offering academically rigorous university pathway programs, including the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and Advanced Placement courses. But did you know that JIS High School students will soon have more options to fully prepare themselves for life after graduation? Listen along as JIS Podcast hosts Morgan Banino (Middle School Vocal Teacher) and Mindy Slaughter (PIE Digital Literacy Coach) learn all about an exciting new university pathway to start at JIS in the 2023/24 academic year: the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP). They are joined by JIS IB Coordinator Darren Seath and Ivana Modena, the Founder and President of the Sustainable Management School (SUMAS). What is the IBCP? Who is it designed for? How will SUMAS be part of the IBCP at JIS? Find out in this can’t-miss episode of the JIS Podcast!

Belonging and Cultural Identity With JIS Alum Jyoti Rajan Gopal

Belonging and Cultural Identity With JIS Alum Jyoti Rajan Gopal

In this episode of the JIS Podcast, hosts Morgan Banino (Middle School Vocal Teacher) and Mindy Slaughter (PIE Digital Literacy Coach) are joined by JIS Alumna Jyoti Rajan Gopal (Class of 1985) as they delve into an absorbing conversation about identity, multiculturalism, and what it means to be a third-culture kid. Ms. Gopal is a kindergarten teacher and the author of American Desi and My Paati’s Saris, “poetic and expressive” children’s books about South Asian children exploring their rich heritage.

Speaking to them all the way from New York, she gives us a glimpse into her own experience growing up and learning in different countries around the world, her time at JIS, and how her teachers helped her explore new interests. Listen along as she looks back at how her third-culture background helped her carve out a career in education, her unexpected yet “serendipitous” journey into writing, and how her daughter inspired her to write her first book.

Reflections of a Dragon With JIS Alumna Derice Sumantri

Reflections of a Dragon With JIS Alumna Derice Sumantri

Welcome back to the JIS Podcast, with our hosts Middle School Vocal Music Teacher Morgan Banino and PIE Digital Literacy Coach Mindy Slaughter! In this episode, the first of what will be a series of conversations with JIS Alumni, Morgan and Mindy welcome JIS Class of 1997 graduate Derice Sumantri. She is currently the President Director of Progress Healthcare, a JIS Board of Trustees (BOT) member, and a frequent service-learning volunteer in the High School. Listen along as she reflects on how JIS’s values, her frequent involvement in varsity sports, and the school’s multicultural environment left a lasting impression on how she approached university life and then her career. Today, as both a parent and a business owner, she tells us why she is drawn back to Indonesia, especially its healthcare industry, and our Dragon community.

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.