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About Us

Supporting schools in becoming increasingly inclusive at a systems level.

Next Frontier Inclusion is a non-profit, mission-driven association founded in 2009.

Our mission is to support the systems development of inclusive school cultures by building a network of interdependent international schools advocating for learning diversity.

Meet the Team

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Ochan Kusuma-Powell

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Kristen Pelletier

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Kristel Solomon

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Simon Gillespie

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Our Beliefs

High quality education is a basic human right of all children.

We need to redefine international education to be inclusive of students who learn differently or at different rates.

Parents who travel overseas should not have to leave some of their children behind or divide their families between schools.

We are committed to a planned and carefully managed approach to including students who have special needs or may be exceptionally capable.

The inclusion of children requiring learning support enhances the education of all children.

The thoughtful inclusion of diverse learners raises the school’s organizational intelligence.

Our Background

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.

And so the Next Frontier Inclusion project was born.

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.