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International School Heads Ponder Next Generation of Learning
By TIE Staff 06-Feb-17
AISH Oasis Day 2017, San Francisco, CA FEB. 6, 2017 San Francisco – The Academy of International School Heads (AISH) held their annual OASIS Day meeting today at the French American School of San Francisco (FAIS). Oasis Day is a day of learning and professional development for heads of international schools around the world. "Oasis offers Heads of School an opportunity in mid-year to gather, reconnect, and delve into important issues that we need to know to continually improve our international schools,” said Deb Welsh. “And besides that, we have fun!" “It’s an honor and a privilege to host so many international educators and to be able to facilitate conversations between schools with similar goals,” said FAIS Headmaster, Melinda Bihn. With approximately 120 heads of international schools in attendance, these educators from around the world have gathered to learn and consult with Dr. Mark Milliron, Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer for Civitas Learning, on the topic of “Moving into the Next Generation of Learning.” Civitas Learning is a social-purpose corporation committed to using the best of data science and design thinking to help students learn well and finish strong on education pathways. Mark Milliron noted, “Today is a great opportunity to catalyze some key conversations with school heads from some of the most innovative independent schools around the world.” Dr. Milliron, is an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant and works with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies to help them determine what innovations are driving positive change in education and how to implement them. “To me, one of the most exciting things about being here is the openness to the innovations of the day. It is not about the bells and whistles, it’s about how these innovations can be brought into education with the purpose of improving learning.” The purpose of the workshop, according to Deb Welch, CEO of AISH, is to “Learn how we can, as educational leaders, best help our students get ready for the challenges of today and the promise of tomorrow.” The hundred educators in the room listened, split into working groups, and brainstormed on topics including: • Integrated infrastructures that bring together the best of facilities, online and mobile tools, and augmented virtual reality • Student success platforms powered by data science and design thinking • Fluid and digital resources including open education, accelerated learning, competency-based education, MOOCs and more • The importance of belongingness, purpose, mindset, tenacity, and grit. Mark Milliron says, “I think the neat thing about the international element of the group is the idea that each of their contexts is unique. These schools have cultural opportunities, they have learning needs, that are all unique. Whether it’s the next generation build out, optimizing the learning mix, or including the psycho-social component …How do you weave these things together in a way that hits the ground running in that particular context? I think the greatest thing about this conversation is that it’s not about ‘one size fits all.’“ “As a founding member and continual supporter of AISH, I believe the continued dialogue between school heads around not only innovations, but the cultural shift necessary in the educational community to really implement change is fundamental,” said Brittany Betts CEO of TIE, “The individuals in this room are committed that.” AISH is a non-profit organization that supports international school leadership with a forum for heads to communicate directly with one another and support each other through education, and best practices for learning and policy direction.
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