RE IMAGINE YOUR SCHOOL

Get to know the new ISC Learning Principles:

Character, Citizenship, Communication, Critical-Thinking, Collaboration and Creativity.

Learning PrinciplesTeaching Principles

RE IMAGINE OUR SCHOOL

Get to know the new ISC Learning Principles:

Character, Citizenship, Communication, Critical-Thinking, Collaboration and Creativity.

Learning PrinciplesTeaching Principles

In September 2016, the ISC community helped to define our new learning and teaching principles. These agreements are important because they serve as a reference for the educational practices held at ISC and provide guidance for the work of our faculty and staff. Through a participatory model, parents, students, teachers and staff, led by Mr. Stephen Walley, an international educational consultant, had the opportunity to give input on what they believed to be the critical skills our graduates must have upon leaving ISC. In addition, the school leadership team spent two weeks in intense classroom observation. These efforts, added to the work of Mr. Walley, resulted in the definition of the learning and teaching principles that you see below. The next step will be to begin designing our learning environment which will facilitate the types of learning and teaching we intend to implement in the future.

Timeline

  1. Define our learning principles.
  2. Define our teaching principles.
  3. Begin planning our future learning environments which will allow for our intended teaching and learning. — October 2016

Learning
Principles

Learning principles are assumptions about learning that are corroborated through research and best practice. They answer the question “What does current research and best practice say constitutes successful learning?” Learning principles are necessary to ensure that learning is consistently at the center of planning and improvement; to guide our day-to-day practice; and to serve as an explicit ongoing source for self-assessment and peer review of teaching practice.

Below, you will see the learning principles we expect our Wildcats to develop:

Character

Resilience, leadership, and wellbeing.

Citizenship

Global perspectives, environmental awareness, and service.

Communication

To understand, to be understood.

Critical-thinking

To analyze, to evaluate, to have a problem-solving mindset.

Collaboration

Teamwork, empathy, informed decision-making.

Creativity

To be resourceful, risk-taking, innovative.

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Teaching at ISC is personalized, built on strong relationships and shared practices, utilizing effective assessment and feedback; learning is clear to all.

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How we engaged our community to redifine our Learning and Teaching Principles

How we engaged our community to redifine our Learning and Teaching Principles

ISC Discovery Tour. Nine community representatives to visit top 3 European International Schools

Workshop for data analysis with 30 CSIP members (students, parents, teachers & school leaders)

500 posters created by students to exhibit “What skills are important to learn”

10 Classrooms observed in 5 days by 9 ISC educational leaders

3 Student Focus Groups were created to represent Elementary, Secondary and Seniors

A focus group of 9 Elementary Teachers discussed teaching and learning principles

120 faculty & staff members involved in giving insight about the most important skills to teach our students

120 parents engaged in discussions and in giving insight after watching a documentary about education reform.

“When an entire school agreement on the critical principles of teaching and learning has been established, it allows teaching teams to move to a collaborative practice style, which determines how they will enable the best student outcomes, guided by the teaching and learning principles. The collaborative work to achieve community wide agreements, is how we enable the coherence of team and individual action, across the whole school community. Ideally, all actions align to the agreed vision and direction, developed by the community.”

Stephen Walley, Educational Consultant