Two Opportunities to Hear from Author Tanya Crossman


Leaving parents are warmly invited to attend a brunch presentation on Saturday, April 7th from 10-12 by Tanya Crossman, author of Misunderstood, who will be visiting IST April 3-9 to speak to parents, students, and staff about TCKs, a TCK being a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents' culture. This brunch session is specific to families leaving Tanzania within the next few months. It will be very intentional about supporting children through saying good-byes here, and preparing for life in a new country and as such is limited to parents of families leaving this school year. Please click the following link to RSVP for this session:

Third Culture Kids

Another parent session is being offered on Tuesday, April 3rd at 7:15 am on the ES Campus which is open to all (Elementary and Secondary) IST parents. Tanya will be leading a session called "Introduction to Transition", which helps parents understand the process of change, how it affects us long term, and how to handle it well. Topics covered include:
  • The difference between change and transition
  • Understanding the transition process
  • Transitioning in and Transitioning Out
  • Two sides of good-bye: those who leave and those who stay.

Tanya Crossman grew up in Sydney and Canberra, Australia, and lived in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA for two years of high school. She had TCK friends as a child, before her own experience of life overseas, and long before hearing the phrase 'Third Culture Kid'. After years of volunteering her time to mentor TCKs, Tanya left her job to work with TCKs full time. She coordinated over 35 camps and conferences for teenage TCKs in China and Cambodia, and was invited to speak to groups around Asia. After 11 years in Asia Tanya moved to Australia to study, but returned to China in 2018. Even while studying she has continued to advocate for TCKs, and has travelled to speak to groups of expats and TCKs in Australia and abroad. In Misunderstood Tanya draws on a decade of experience working with TCKs in Asia, along with hundreds of interviews with TCKs around the world and an original survey of 750 TCKs. Whether you grew up overseas, are raising children overseas, or know a family living abroad, Misunderstood will equip you with insights into the international experience, along with practical suggestions for how to offer meaningful care and support.

Misunderstood: The Impact of Growing Up Overseas in the 21st Century is available for purchase in both libraries or on Kindle.