The Portal Project empowers communities to listen, dialogue, reflect, and act as we embrace learning and growth in the journey through the Global Pandemic. The Project is inspired by two pieces of writing. The first is Arundhati Roy's article and quote regarding the pandemic: “Historically, Pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next…we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”

The second comes from the Big Questions Institute's free e-book, "9 Big Questions Schools Must Answer to Avoid Going 'Back to Normal,'" by Will Richardson and Homa Tavangar. We as a school have chosen five of these nine questions to explore this year, through these conversations.

AISC's Portal Project is committed to leading the conversations for and with local and global thought-partners and community members to facilitate imagining and acting into new ways of being.

Global Dialogue Themes


Feb 3, 2022

Who Is Unheard: Disrupting Heteronormativity

What is heteronormativity and how does it show up in our learning spaces? What does it mean to truly disrupt heteronormative stances? Certain routines help cultivate an identity-affirming stance for all community members. This session will provide space to look critically at messages we've received as individuals, messages can amplify as learning leaders and routines we can call upon for the greater good.

Events Schedule

Who Is Unheard: Disrupting Heteronormativity

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Asking the Right Questions: Exploring Global and Cultural Literacies

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Kinds of Thinking that Serves Learning Well - Now and Long into the Future

Nurturing Adult Learning - a Sacred Piece of Schooling

Join the Portal Project Virtual Book Club!

Four sessions starting in October

Continuing the Portal Project's work with the theme, "What is Learning," we will be delving into Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchhard, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison. This book club will support teachers in developing classroom cultures and routines to support the dispositions we want our students to have. These book clubs will develop both the dispositions of teachers and the students they teach.

  • Session #1: Tuesday, October 26, 5:00–6:00 p.m. IST
  • Session #2: Tuesday, November 9, 5:00–6:00 p.m. IST
  • Session #3: Tuesday, November 23, 5:00–6:00 p.m. IST
  • Session #4: Tuesday, December 7, 5:00–6:00 p.m. IST

Click on the button to join now. The first ten registrants from India will receive a free copy of the book! The last day to signup is Friday, October 8.

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