Strengthening relationships and Social Emotional Learning in schools around the world.

SEL – Mentoring – Advisory – Teacher Wellbeing – Transitions

Relationship-based learning and wellbeing is at the core of what Sea Change does. We offer our clients a suite of services designed to meet the needs of international schools and organizations who serve international and multicultural students. Whether our clients are working on mentoring and advisory programs, transitions support, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), or school climate, this suite of services provides them with the opportunity to evaluate their practice and strengthen their work.


Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Relationship skills and social awareness are core SEL competencies

Advisory Programs

Developmental relationships are at the heart of all successful advisory programs.

Well-being

Support and supplemental programming designed to support the social-emotional health of students and faculty.

Transitions Support

Through peer and near-peer mentoring, support for newcomers, stayers and leavers in schools impacted by mobility.

Our Services

Audits

How are you really doing? As objective evaluators, we use tried-and-tested tools to evaluate schools’ existing programs by conducting document reviews, classroom observation, focus groups, and individual interviews. After a thorough analysis, we offer practical and prioritized solutions for improvement.

Professional Development

We offer tailor-made professional development in the form of ongoing trainings for faculty, leadership and non-teaching staff and by ongoing mentorship for leaders. We follow the best practices in adult learning. We design our professional development according to the evidence-based best practices outlined by The Learning Policy Institute. Our professional development:

Consulting

Clients can choose from a range of services. Here is the typical process of working with Sea Change but we tailor the process and options according to each client’s needs.


“We believe in the power of networking and, along with the critical friendship that Ellen brings in both her own experience growing up international and her connection to this work, we also see Sea Change as a way of engaging us with the contemporary work being done in schools around the world. Ellen has provided thought leadership for us in areas we were struggling with and in areas we didn’t even know we needed to pay attention to, which has been valued. I would probably sum up working with Sea Change in three words – coaching, provoking and validating. “


-– Paul O’Neill
Director of Learning Innovation, American School in Japan

Our Mission


SCM designs and manages mentoring programs for young people growing up in international communities who are impacted by mobility. Using the powerful combination of one to one mentoring and our web based curriculum, we remove our protégés road blocks and tap into their full potential as global citizens.


What We Believe

Relationships

Teaching young people how to have healthy and successful relationships with adults and peers, and giving them the opportunity to do so in a safe and supportive environment, not only improves their immediate learning and well-being, but also helps them lead a life of satisfaction.

Empathy in the Modern World

As the world is increasingly interconnected, as technology continues to grow at such a rapid pace and as we enter the era of artificial intelligence, a person’s ability to empathize and connect with others and to create value for others is more important than ever.

A Culture of Mentoring

In order to achieve this, schools must adopt a culture of mentoring. To do this, administrators need to focus on effective developmental relationships between not only staff and students, but also between students and their peers, in all aspects of the school experience, including: hiring practices, staff and student training, budgeting and scheduling.

Student-Centered Learning

We believe in the value of student-centered learning in schools. We believe that, as information becomes more readily available, the role of teachers must shift away from subject matter experts. We believe that the role of teachers in the 21st century is that of facilitation and modeling, with an emphasis on getting to know students and scaffolding their learning experience.

Compassionate, Ethical Global Community

When young people have meaningful connections with adults who model compassionate and ethical global citizenship, they are more likely to become compassionate and ethical global citizens themselves.

The Impact of Mobility

We believe that special attention must be made for young people impacted by mobility and/or adverse experiences, as so many of their relationships are disrupted throughout their development.

Cultural Understanding and Respect

We believe that special attention must be made to cultural differences and for those students who must navigate more than one culture on a daily basis and throughout their youth.


“I know firsthand that you need people who can mentor you, who can see things in you that you don’t often see yourself.”


-– Sir Ken Robinson

Meaningful Impact

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International School alumni that did not have mentors reported having DIFFICULTY RELATING TO PEERS after graduating from high school, according to an SCM survey in 2012
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Sea Change Mentoring Protégés would recommend the program to others

The IMF’s Family Association, in collaboration with World Bank hired Sea Change Mentoring to conduct a series of educational seminars designed to teach the teenage children of employees the importance of mentors in one’s life, how to find mentors and why this is important for internationally mobile people like themselves.


“Sea Change offers a unique approach to helping third culture kids (TCKs) thrive as they grow up among many different cultural worlds…Sea Change is helping globally mobile youth learn good strategies for living with strength and success despite the many changes whirling about in our ever-changing world. It is truly a ground-breaking concept and one whose time has come.”


-– Ruth E. Van Reken, co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing up Among Worlds


Ellen Mahoney

CEO & Founder

Ellen Mahoney, M.Ed., is an alumna of international schools and has worked in education and youth development as a teacher, counselor, and director since 1997. Her primary expertise is in youth mentoring and third culture kid development. She works through a transitions-informed lens and is an active advocate for comprehensive child-safeguarding. In 2018, she was selected to be a ​Council of International Schools (CIS) Affiliated Consultant.

Ellen was awarded a New York City Council Citation for her work during her time as the Director of Program Quality at iMentor where she​ Increased the quality and quantity of support provided to 4800 participants and 16 school administrations by building and administering assessments, developing evidence-based strategies and creating internal efficiencies.​ She is certified in mentoring program supervision by Fordham University’s School of Social Work and Big Brothers Big Sisters and has been repeatedly invited to the Summer Institute of Youth Mentoring at Portland State University, a highly selective program that unites the world’s best youth mentoring researchers with practitioners. She is a David Pollock Scholar and an Echoing Green Semifinalist.

She has served on the board of Families in Global Transitions (FIGT) and was a co-founding board member of Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN), which facilitates the establishment of programs that address the challenges of mobility across networks of schools. She currently serves on the board of I Am A Triangle. Ellen’s work has been featured in publications like The Chronicle for Evidence-Based Mentoring; ECIS’s Global Insights, Ruth Van Reken and David Pollock’s ​Third Culture Kids, Growing up Among Worlds, 3rd Edition​; and Jo Parfitt and Terry Anne Wilson’s ​Monday Morning Emails.

Ellen resides in San Francisco, California.

Events

Learn more and register for our professional learning experiences, students experiences, webinars and other online and in-person events.

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Adult SEL in the Time of COVID

Learn how to prevent burnout, foster educator resilience, and positively impact students' social and emotional learning during stressful and uncertain times with a leader in the International SEL and Mentoring fields.

November 20 – 29, 2020

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The International School Transitions-Care Landscape

Join the conversation with Ellen and Jane as they discuss their findings and provide useful information for international schools seeking to improve the way they care for young people impacted by global mobility and provide optimal transitions-care for their entire school community.

November 25, 2020

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Reclaiming Your Resilience For All

As educators, you are in the midst of the most stressful school year in recent history. You are faced with a new normal in how we teach, interact, and create meaningful connections with our students. And this comes with a sense of loss and of feeling good at what you do. But you are not alone.

Jan 28 – Feb 16, 2021

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Reclaiming Your Resilience For Counselors

After you have taken care of your students, their families and your colleagues, who will take care of you? Over the course of three weeks, you will be supported by a community of counselors and guided by our coaches who are attuned to your needs.

Feb 20 – Mar 16, 2021

 
 
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Adult SEL in the Time of COVID

Developing Educators Competencies and Capacities to Support Social Emotional Learning

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Hosted by

With
Ellen Mahoney

Learn how to prevent burnout, foster educator resilience, and positively impact students' social and emotional learning during stressful and uncertain times with a leader in the International SEL and Mentoring fields.

November 20-29, 2020

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The International School Transitions-Care Landscape

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By Ellen Mahoney
and Jane Barron
(Globally Grounded)

Hosted by

Join the conversation with Ellen and Jane as they discuss their findings and provide useful information for international schools seeking to improve the way they care for young people impacted by global mobility and provide optimal transitions-care for their entire school community.

November 25, 2020

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Reclaiming Your Resilience:
How to Nurture Teachers' Well-Being in 2020

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By Ellen Mahoney
and Jane Barron
(Globally Grounded)

Hosted by

A learning experience designed for teachers and school leaders to heal and build resilience during and after COVID-19

September 9 – 16

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Reclaiming Your Resilience 
For All

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By Ellen Mahoney

Hosted by

As educators, you are in the midst of the most stressful school year in recent history. You are faced with a new normal in how we teach, interact, and create meaningful connections with our students. And this comes with a sense of loss and of feeling good at what you do. But you are not alone.

Jan 28 – Feb 16, 2021


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Reclaiming Your Resilience 
For Counselors

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Ellen Mahoney

Hosted by

After you have taken care of your students, their families and your colleagues, who will take care of you? Over the course of three weeks, you will be supported by a community of counselors and guided by our coaches who are attuned to your needs.

Feb 25 – Mar 16, 2021


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Thrive at University:
A Facilitated Experience for 2020’s Global Graduates

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By Aleka Bilan
and Ellen Mahoney

Hosted by

A facilitated experience on thriving at university for international school students graduating in 2020

Starting July 27, 2020


“Thank you so very much for the Sea Change training. We have returned full of inspiration. Thank you for your extra support in helping us create a Theory of Change – a strategy we are enjoying implementing – as well as guiding us towards specific texts to read regarding transitions and third culture kids. The content of this training was highly valuable.”


-– Green School of Bali Staff

Our Clients


Sea Change is honored to have built relationships with
highly-respected schools and organizations around the world.



  • Alliant International University
  • American International School of Bucharest
  • American Community School in Hillingdon
  • American Community School in Cobham
  • American School of Bombay
  • American School Milan
  • American School of Hague
  • American School in Japan
  • Beijing City International School
  • EF Academy – New York
  • Global Online Academy
  • International School of Beijing
  • International Diagnostics Solutions
  • The International Monetary Fund Family Association
  • International School of Amsterdam
  • International School Nido de Aguilas
  • International School of Curitiba
  • United World College, Changshu
  • Pearson
  • Read Alliance
  • Shell Global Outpost
  • Singapore American School
  • The World Bank Family Network
  • The Carnegie Foundation
  • Western Academy of Beijing
“ISB (Beijing) began working with Sea Change and Ellen as we were reimagining our HS mentoring program two years ago. The success of the rollout of that program is a direct result of her guidance, sage advice and the pragmatic, student-centered training that she provided the staff. Ellen proved to be a valuable and knowledgeable consultant, but more importantly she was a critical team member every step of the way. She is always willing to answer questions, brain storm or offer on-going support when you encounter obstacles. Her resources were tailored to our unique circumstance and “classroom ready” – easily forwarded to staff in order to immediately implement. Being a TCK (Third Culture Kid) as well as her professional experience and training provides an insight that is far more powerful than many others. ISB is lucky to have created an on-going partnership with Sea Change as we develop a comprehensive K-12 Social Emotional approach.”
Eileen Rueth
HS Student Life Coordinator, International School of Beijing
"Ellen is a skilled practitioner whose work is infused with a deep, nuanced understanding of the challenges that accompany life for those who work internationally. Drawing on her own experience as an international student, she easily relates to and connects with international teachers and students. At CIS, we’ve collaborated with Ellen on a range of projects, related to well-being amidst the transitions that all international educators and students must navigate as they move from school to school or school to university. Each time, our work with her was successful and fun. When school or university members call us to ask for help in these areas, we recommend Ellen with great confidence, particularly during this challenging time of anxiety and uncertainty due to school closures, remote learning, travel bans and quarantines."
Jane Larsson
Executive Director, Council of International Schools
"As the High School Principal at The American School in Japan, I have found Ellen Mahoney and Sea Change Mentoring to be an invaluable resource for a wide range of initiatives. We have had a multi-year relationship as we have developed and implemented a new advisory program, new Dean of Student Life position, as well as Grade Level Coordinators to support an expanded comprehensive mission driven student life program. As an experienced administrator, I have found Ellen to be a dynamic, insightful thought partner who is a pragmatic, innovative problem solver as well as a capacity builder."
Jon Herzenberg
High School Principal, American School in Japan
“Thank you so very much for the Sea Change Mentoring training. We have returned full of inspiration. Thank you for your extra support in helping us create a Theory of Change – a strategy we are enjoying implementing – as well as guiding us towards specific texts to read regarding transitions and third culture kids. The content of this training was highly valuable.”
Counselor
The Green School

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