Behind the Scenes at ISS: An Interview with Dana Specker Watts and Nadine Richards (Ep #19)

International Schools Services is an organization that provides, well, services for international schools. You may be familiar with their recruiting fairs, but ISS offers so much more than that. These two ladies helped us learn more about ISS. 

Nadine Richards is ISS’s Director of Leadership Searches. Previously, she has served as a Teacher, Legal Advocate, Dean of Students, Associate Principal, Assistant Head of School for Institutional Strategy, and Head of School in the USA and UAE. Nadine has also co-designed an Aspiring Leaders of Color Mentoring Program to increase diversity in the leadership pipeline, nurture growth, and cultivate lasting relationships.

Nadine co-chairs the Diversity Collaborative’s Advocacy Committee. She has served as a member of the Excelle Executive, an empowering group of women executives in school leadership, and holds several degrees, advanced certifications, and licensures.

Dr. Dana Specker Watts is the Learning, Research, and Outreach Director for International Schools Services. She joined ISS from Hong Kong International School (HKIS), where she was the Schoolwide Curriculum Leader. In addition to working in Hong Kong, India (American Embassy School), and Thailand (International School of Bangkok), she also served as the founding Executive Director of WLead and as the Director of Innovation at 21st Century Learning International (21CL).

Dana is a strong research professional with a Doctor of Philosophy focused on educational leadership and administration. Dana’s current research focuses on empowering women and increasing diversity in leadership through professional learning.

The guiding question for the episode was, “what is happening in the world of school services and recruitment?”

Dana and Nadine discussed a few of the ISS programs, including 

  • Building Partnerships

  • Equity and Diversity Support and Outreach

  • Finances and School Management

  • Guiding Schools in Leadership Searches

  • Decisional, Human, and Social Capital

  • Leadership Growth

  • Professional Development

  • Recruiting and Coaching of Teacher and Administrative Candidates

  • Starting Schools

  • Wellness Program Development

This episode was recorded on December 13, 2022.  

Dana’s Contact Information: 

Nadine’s Contact Information:

Resources Mentioned in the Episode: 

Association of International Educators - Leaders of Color (AIELOC) BIPOC Mentoring Program 

Dana’s Dissertation

ISS EDUlearn Courses and Passport 

ISS Youtube Video

NEMNET - Minority Database for Recruitment

SISU Schools


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