Some of my Most Favorite TCK Resources

Category: Third Culture Kids

TCKresourcesThankfully and unlike 25 years ago, there is a plethora of books, articles, websites and blogs about TCKs available today. Simply “Google” those three words and your screen will be filled with more sites than you can possibly wade through.

What follows is a short list of some of my own favorites as described in my latest article for Teach Beyond. They range from the very basic, but absolutely invaluable, book by Pollock to online magazines and forums!

1. Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds
by David C. Pollock and Ruth Van Reken
First published in 2001 by Nicholas Brealey Publishing and revised in 2009, it is a must have for every TCK dorm parent and educator. It should be read and reread and then read again. There are scores of other books in print on TCKs all of which have had their beginning in this book, but I feel this is still the best book written on TCKs to date.

2. The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition
by Tina Quick
Published in 2009 by Summertime Publishing. Primarily written for TCKs who are planning to attend secular US universities. It contains many helpful hints about university survival for all TCKs.

3. New Kid in School: Using Literature to Help Children in Transition
by Debra Rader and Linda Harris Sittig
Published by Teachers College Press in 2003. Provides educators and support staff with ways to meet the needs of children in transition. Designed for K- 6 and is easily integrated into an existing curriculum. The authors have chosen children's literature as a springboard for learning about transitions and have developed follow-up activities to use in the classroom and ideas for cross-curricular connections.

4. www.teyl.org
The International TEYL Journal is an annual educational journal that publishes new research findings, review articles, and editorial opinion on a wide variety of topics of importance to those who teach ESL or EFL to children.

5. www.tckacademy.com
A training program and video series featuring community experts. This site sometimes serves as a host for webinars on issues of the TCK community. Registration is required as well as a fee for viewing some video entries.

6. www.tckid.com
A non-profit community dedicated to connect Third Culture Kids from all countries and backgrounds. Discussions give tremendous insight to current thought within the TCK culture.

7. www.denizenmag.com
Founded in 2008 by Steph Yiu, Denizen Magazine is an online publication designed by and for Third Culture Kids. It is a compilation of essays and articles on TCK issues seen through the eyes of TCKs. The spectrum of topics on this site is fantastic.

8. www.mkplanet.com
A website created by Dana Friesen in 2005 as a project while working on her graduate degree. It is designed specifically for Missionary Kids. While essays and some blogs are public, subject specific forums pages are only open to registered members. This is another great site to glean great information from TCKs of all ages and regions of the world.

9. www.internationaltherapistdirectory.com
This site was created by Josh Sandoz, a TCK who grew up in South Korea, after seeing first hand the need of international families to work through some of the issues of living internationally. The directory provides an increasingly comprehensive online global listing of professional mental health therapists who are familiar with the TCK and international expatriate experiences.

Join me with a cup of coffee as I discuss my top selection with Josh Sandoz in the clip below!

If you are looking for more recommended resources, I try to keep favorites updated here.

Now over to you! Have you used these resources before? Were they helpful to you? Also, I'm always on the lookout for new materials, so if you have any good or new TCK resources you'd recommended, drop me a note in the comment box below!

-Libby

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