Longtime educator, Kevin Simpson shares advice on how to become an educational expat entrepreneur.
A seasoned teacher, Kevin Simpson has taught in the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Laos. With his consulting practice KDSL Global, he delivers consulting services to both domestic and internationally based educational institutions and organizations. Since 2008, he has been focused on helping with accreditation, training, development, and served as a thought partner with investors on school start-up projects.
Kevin is also the co-founder of the UAE Learning Network (one of the largest online networks of educators in the UAE) and leads the GCC ASCD Connected Community. In addition, he has co-authored papers on American curriculum in the MENA region with a focus on Common Core State Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, social studies, and the history of American Education in the UAE. In 2016, Kevin launched the Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color (AIELOC) to empower POC educators and allies with a focus on advocacy, learning and research within international education.
In this episode, Kevin and I discuss how he leveraged his extensive background as an educator and basically used his knowledge and network to create an international focused consulting business. And more importantly, most of this episode is devoted to the practice advice he shares for other educators on how to become entrepreneurs.
How he leverage his educational career into entrepreneurship
The characteristics of the ideal educational expat entrepreneur
The pitfalls to avoid & the realities of entrepreneurship
The basic steps to position yourself for this pathway
The three pieces of advice he gives to future edpat consultants