The World is Becoming More Globalized and so are the Students we TeachWe are a social enterprise that aspires to spread best practices for BMLs to teachers in English-speaking schools around the world
The days of having an “ESL teacher” to meet the needs of a small number of BMLs in a school are long-gone. With growing numbers of BMLs in so many classrooms today, the fact that every teacher needs greater access to quality training can’t be ignored. That’s why we’ve created this Institute-to spread best practices around the world, making it easy for almost any school to empower their teachers with the knowledge they need to help BMLs succeed.
13 years ago, our paths crossed when we were both international teachers and colleagues living and working in Abu Dhabi, UAE. We later moved to Dubai and fell in love with the citys “anything is possible,” larger-than-life vision. We decided to take the plunge on our own and 4 years later, we left our teaching jobs to open our own company, IngeniousEd. This was our start down an entrepreneurial path that hasn’t slowed down since!
One of the projects we ran in Dubai was an after-school intervention programme for children who struggled with literacy. Many of these children were diagnosed with dyslexia and other learning disabilities but we soon realized that so many had likely been misdiagnosed. Most of them were bilingual and multilingual but this hadn’t been picked up by psychologists or teachers. They lacked vocabulary and reading comprehension skills and their gaps had simply became wider and wider as they got older. When they came to us, we watched them improve quickly with focused teaching. We knew things could have been different for so many of these children if there had been better training and support for their teachers. This led us to write our book, Bilingual and Multilingual Learners from the Inside-Out: Elevating Expertise in Classrooms and Beyond, and we trialled our teacher-training courses with educators locally and around the world. We launched our courses at the 2016 IB Conference of the Americas in Toronto and our Institute was born shortly afterwards. Since then, we’ve transformed our business into a “social enterprise.” A social enterprise designs their business to specifically create social impact. They are much more sustainable than a charity and are not only concerned with their “bottom line.” In fact, many social enterprises work with a “triple-bottom line” where they strategically focus on the 3Ps: people, planet and profit. When a social enterprise succeeds, it means that society is also benefiting!
As we look forward to the future of our Institute, we see exciting partnerships and collaborations with people, organizations and associations which can help us further our social goals. Most importantly, we know that our organization’s success means that more teachers are being empowered and more BMLs are thriving in their schools and communities.
Feel free to reach out if you’d like to collaborate or partner with us. We look forward to hearing from you!
Take a look at our sketchnote below to learn more about our social enterprise:
Teachers in US with no BML- related training
Average number of nationalities within an international school
BMLs in some Toronto schools