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Safe Passage: How mobility affects people & what international schools should do about it

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Moving is one of life's greatest challenges. The largest study in educational research history demonstrates that moving harms learning. But moving not only challenges students. The experience of lost identity extends across the lifespan, also affecting parents and school staff. Firmly grounded in psychological theory and cutting-edge neuroscience, Safe Passage maps the ...more
Paperback, 362 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Summertime
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Lauren Owen
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I first received Doug Ota’s book Safe Passage, I was admittedly intimidated by it. Such a well-researched and carefully structure book surely represented a challenging read. I have never been more pleasantly surprised about the content of a book than I was when I finally opened the front cover of Safe Passage.

Doug Ota’s book Safe Passage: How mobility affects people and what international schools should do about it not only presents well-researched information on how mobility impacts a
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Jennifer Glaese
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Safe Passage” by Doug W. Ota is a book for anyone- individuals, couples, families, old or young- who are moving from one place to another, not just for the ones who are moving but also, and equally important, for the ones being left behind. It is also a guide for international schools, organizations and anyone who works with transient populations. It speaks to all who want to implement and put into place thoughtful programs and support structures for a population that moves in and out of ...more
Ana McGinley
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing


Doug Ota's new book “Safe Passage – How Mobility Affects People and What International Schools Should Do About it” begins by considering the psychological stress children face when parents are relocated to a new country. He explains that many students in international schools are suffering, psychologically and academically, due to an absence of available support during the transitional phases of joining and leaving the school environment. These children are grieving the loss of the safe lives
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Claire Helfrich
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating and captivating, ‘Safe Passage’ is unequivocally the best book to address the subject of mobility since Pollock & Van Reken’s ‘Third Culture Kids.’

As a TCK who has attended international schools all over the world, it was wonderful to have my mobility struggles and experiences validated in these pages. I must admit, however, I was at first skeptical that any one program could be so all encompassing as to address all the major challenges associated with moving, but I was very
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Mdmaurer
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you are working or about to work in a school that educates TCKs, then you need to read this book. If you are a parent raising children overseas, you need to read this book. Why? This book is based on an actual well-functioning program to help students, staff, and parents in the transitions of those known as global nomads. It is a hands-on resource for any international school looking to implement ways to make the transitions in and out of schools smoother - and makes takes note that those ...more
Jo Parfitt
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: living-abroad
Ota has so much authority to write on this important topic. He lives abroad, has three TCKs of his own and has run the Transitions Team at an international school. Further, he speaks and trains other schools to do the same and works as a psychotherapist,specialising on helping young people. As an academic, he has read every book, paper and study on this subject and added what he has learned to his own experience and insight. This book not only tells you why you need to help your children with ...more
Trixi Kuballa
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I believe that every international educator should read this book. It explains the transition process and covers all stake holders. It made me realize how important it is to be aware of what phase one is in related to the transition process to be able to help the students in class.
Dawn
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good book with lots of great ideas! Yes, International schools could do more with parent community/administration support.
Beatrice Caston
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Safe Passage is one of these rare seminal books which compels us to become more human as we recognize ourselves and others with new understanding. Clarity and rigor of analysis, evocative metaphors, strong supporting authors and recent research all complement Ota’s elegant language, succeeding in profoundly touching the reader. Rooted in solid professional experience, practice, and reflection, Ota’s call for understanding offers a plan of action one step at a time, structured and addressed to ...more
Chica Strauszer
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Only when you have experienced a great Transitions Program do you realize the importance it can make in a person’s life. A good Transitions Program can make the difference between a great experience abroad and a rough one. Ota’s book makes it possible for one person to start the wheels turning anywhere in the world. Working on Ota’s team in the Netherlands allowed me the opportunity to learn a tremendous amount, and I was able to bring his ideas to Santiago, Chile. We invited Ota to come and ...more
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