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Future of Learning

Saturday, 13 April 2024
Roadmap To Moving From Reality to a Desired Future

Roadmap To Moving From Reality to a Desired Future
By Jaya Ramchandani and Cary Reid
Feb 2024
A practical tool that can bridge the gap between our dreams and the realities of educational reform…

Leading A Future-Ready International School

Leading A Future-Ready International School
By Rachel Hovington
Mar 2024
In this episode, Tim Kelley, International School of Stuttgart, discusses international school leadership and building schools for the future…

A Global Support Network: Reflection on the AAIE Conference

A Global Support Network: Reflection on the AAIE Conference
By Stacy Stephens
Feb 2024
Educators from all over the globe stepped out of their day to day focus and came together to discuss the progress of international education as a whole...

+ 2024
By Jaya Ramchandani
At its heart, retesting is not about making things easier for students; it’s about making education more meaningful… ..more
+ 2023
By Jaya Ramchandani and Cary Reid
Steps to inform and inspire the next phase of educational transformation, fueling collective action that spurs more reform. ..more
By Kevin Bartlett
We set out to close gaps and build connections, to reinvent “school” as one coherent learning ecosystem, a culture in which all learning stakeholders thrive… ..more
By Adam Duckworth and Dr. Yujiro Fujiwara
It is vital that we examine the use of AI, reflect on its implications on educational practices, and provide guidelines for creating policies in schools… ..more
By John Bray
Change in how we assess is happening but slowly. There are ways schools can adapt, even within structures with culminating examinations... ..more
By James Dalziel, Richard Henry, James McDonald
In this episode, Kam Chohan talks with the hosts about the importance of her work in DEIJ and child protection and her commitment to social justice… ..more
By Jeremy Hoover
The shift from the role of a historian being a “fount of knowledge” to a “teacher of historical skills” demands a re-evaluation of the why of history… ..more
By Lee Fertig
What do we need to do as stewards of our educational institutions to prepare international schools for the next 20-30 years… ..more
+ 2022
By Josh Bishop
As we prepare to enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, how has our education changed to meet this challenge? I suspect, a significant shift is necessary... ..more
By David Willows
I find myself reflecting on the fact that when something stops, even for a while, it stops being inevitable… So, did the pandemic really break school… ..more
+ 2021
Anne Keeling
What skillsets are essential to today’s international school teachers? These and many more questions were addressed at the Edruptors Conference which was hosted online by ISC Research in July. ..more
By Kevin Bartlett
The CGC team looked at the current state of play in ‘the learning game’ and saw too many things that didn’t make sense to us. Where there should be connections, we saw gaps ..more
By Dr Karen L. Taylor
In grappling with the complexity of learning one might say that on the surface there are facts, information, and simple processes. On a deeper level, we find complex concepts and universal understandings... ..more
By Dr. Rachel Ball, on behalf of Stronge & Associates Educational Consulting, LLC
How do we reacclimate to the in-person classroom? What technology lessons learned can we apply in the in-person classroom? What virtual practices can we carry forward? Rachel Ball outlines instructional silver linings to help move your school, classroom, and learners forward. ..more
By Dr Karen L. Taylor
Thanks to developments in neuroscience we now know much more now than we did in the past about the interplay of emotion and cognition, feeling and thinking. What could this interconnectedness mean for us in terms of our classroom practice? ..more
By Alistair Goold
The final article in a three-part series exploring the role restorative practices can play in both personal and professional contexts, beta-tested as the author's family underwent a perfect storm of challenges in the midst of a global pandemic. ..more
By John Mikton
For John Mikton, the pandemic has felt personal. So in the epistolary tradition, he has written a letter to COVID from the perspective of an educator and school leader charged with heading up his school's COVID Task Force and juggling the nuisances and complexity of the situation. ..more
By Kelli Powling
Not Light but Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom by Matthew R. Kay is a critical read for any educator interested in building authentic classroom community and makes a particularly good text for study by a PLC. ..more
By Ryan Hopkins-Wilcox
21 years into the 21st century, we still are having discussions about how to teach 21st-century skills and dispositions. Among educators who are ready to explore the ideas of creativity, passion, identity, collaboration, and self-directed learning a new version of school can emerge. ..more
By Marina Gijzen
At Lincoln Community School, elementary school teachers and leaders learned from their emergency online experience that there might be a more effective way to provide a student-centered approach to online learning. ..more
By Tim Johnson & Tony Winch
Tim Johnson and Tony Winch decided to give more autonomy and control to their students. Some failed to prioritize work, but many adapted well. The new approach generally made students more responsible for their learning, boosted achievement, and taught critical skills. ..more
By Dr. Karen L. Taylor
In an ideal world, feedback and instruction are intertwined and multidirectional. Karen Taylor offers some thoughts on how to make sure that the feedback we offer students is focused specifically on how to improve their work and takes form of questions rather than instructions. ..more
By David Willows
The entire future of how our schools will function appears to be the subject of some considerable debate and not an insignificant amount of opinion and conjecture. Problem is, people are not very good at making predictions. ..more
By Dr Karen L. Taylor
One of the challenges of teaching is to capture students’ attention when they enter the classroom and to keep it. Which means being aware of attention span and cycles of attention in relation to the rhythm of the lesson.  ..more
By Michael Griffin
Metacognition is about thinking. It is about knowing not only what you think, but why you think it and how you arrived at your thoughts. Metacognition is about active learning. It is empowering. Effective teachers foster a metacognitive learning approach, to generate better quality thinking. ..more
By Will Richardson & Homa Tavangar
In their free ebook, BIG Questions Institute co-founders Will Richardson and Homa Tavangar offer practical steps to reflect on who we are now as individuals and institutions and to begin a process of reinvention to ensure our students can thrive in an increasingly uncertain future. ..more
By David Willows
Has Covid-19 already started to mold and influence the ways in which today’s generation of students will choose the right school for their children? David Willows decided to test this idea on the school-aged people in his own family. ..more
By Angela Beach
Dalian American International School Elementary in Dalian, China takes distance learning beyond the screen by offering student toolkits to enhance instruction and add a personal touch—a weekly-refreshed bag of physical supplements to online learning. ..more
By Jill Alali
Commencing in the 2021-2022 academic year, Fairgreen students will be able to embrace an international network of experts in sustainability by choosing tracks in Nature Conservation, Sustainable Hospitality, Sustainable Fashion and more. ..more
+ 2020
By ACS Press Office
ACS International School Hillingdon has become the first school in Europe to offer the Global Citizens Diploma (GCD), a qualification that acknowledges all of the exceptional citizenship and service-related activities students undertake to become global citizens.  ..more
By Graham Watts
With the rapid shift to online professional learning, the international school community experienced a plethora of new opportunities to innovate, engage, and learn at the annual conference of the Association of International Schools in Africa. ..more
By Dr. Tiffani Betts Razavi
After some seven months of covid-19, educators and researchers are asking: what progress has been prompted by the pandemic? Are any of the lockdown-induced adjustments here to stay? Are there any old ways that won’t survive the virus? ..more
By Xianxuan Xu
Recently there has been a call for teachers to teach disciplinary literacy—literacy skills specialized to individual subject matter, especially in middle and high schools, since experts from different disciplines approach their respective texts quite differently. ..more
By Colin Brown and Lindsay Prendergast
Standards-based grading practices proved to be a critical element of consistency and stability in guiding our focus around student learning and in providing accurate, meaningful, and proactive feedback to our learners and their parents during these turbulent, complex times. ..more
By Jon Nordmeyer
As 21st-century educators, we need to build on multilingualism and transnationalism as resources in preparing students for increasingly more complex and more global challenges in the years to come. ..more
By Adam Bradford
Students struggle to work independently on developing lab ideas and carrying them out. @Home Experiments are designed to complement the IB biology curriculum by giving them memorable, safe, practical experiments to try at home. ..more
By Sena Chang
The abrupt change in pedagogy at The American School in Japan (ASIJ) brought on by the pandemic has sparked many conversations about the effectiveness and value of digital learning. Three middle schoolers shared their views with ASIJ student Sena Chang. ..more
By Matthew Dicks
We might be raising the first generation of children who truly understand the value of school and appreciate all of the educational opportunities that have been afforded to them. Unfortunately, it is coming at great cost. ..more
By Anne Keeling, ISC Research
Technology played a vital role in supporting the continuation of student learning in schools during covid-19, according to a new report by ISC Research, focused on understanding the use of technology during campus closures and its impact on international schools. ..more
By Emily Sargent-Beasley
No longer is there a chance to kneel beside a child, smile from across the room, or nudge with clear feedback using a tone that invites listening and understanding. The traditional toolkit has been left behind. Each tool now feels as if it must be replaced. ..more
By Julie Wilson
Changing a system is one of the most challenging things to do. If we are saying that we want to support more creativity, collaboration, and appetite for risk in schools, then the organizational structure, systems, and processes must change significantly in order to support and reflect that pedagogy. ..more
By Heidi Laws & Donna Bracewell
The new Life-Centered Education program at ISK is designed to serve students who have a diagnosed intellectual or developmental disability and require individualized academic and social skill instruction. ..more
By Robert van der Eyken
In this reflective piece, Robert van der Eyken invites the international education community to engage in more critical self-examination about how much our words for sustainability align with our actions. His message takes on new meaning in light of the global health crisis. ..more
By Shwetangna Chakrabarty
Education 4.0 is a term used to describe the ways in which we need to prepare students for the fourth industrial revolution, or the advent of the 22nd century. Guangzhou Nanfang International School in China has had the opportunity to pilot Education 4.0—albeit under duress. ..more
By Ewan McIntosh
Independent schools are swiftly abandoning traditionally static long-term strategy planning. Instead, they’re adopting agile approaches to designing strategy so that they engage their whole community in changing how they think about what’s possible in school. But this process of agile innovation isn’t all fun and games. ..more
By Vicky Placeres
This year, the elementary school at Uruguayan American School adopted the Math In Focus program, based on the Singapore Math Approach for Grades 1–5. This program emphasizes collaboration, discussion, the use of models, and multiple problem-solving strategies. ..more
+ 2019
By Sara Segar
Traveling as a teenager with purpose, accompanied by trusted advisors and peers, is an invaluable learning experience. A school travel program gives students the resources, support, and guidance to make educational travel a reality. ..more
By Helen Kelly
Successful change leadership in this context involves leaders not only developing a vision for future-ready learning and providing structures for implementation but also attending to the emotional climate in which they are operating. ..more
By Maritte Moskovics
To define the UAS learner profile, we all worked together as a community of educators, students, and parents to create the conditions that will help our students be globally aware, creative, emotionally intelligent, and collaborative critical thinkers. ..more
+ 2018
By Scott McLeod
Like most institutions in society, international schools are realizing that the intertwined, very disruptive forces of technology and globalization require us to rethink things, often at an elemental level. As they reassess, they are typically focused on four big shifts. ..more
By Nina Blake
For its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, ASF kicks off the 2018–19 school year having earned official recognition as a Common Sense District. ..more
By Meadow Hilley, TIE Editor
Over the past dozen years, Will Richardson has become an outspoken advocate for change in schools worldwide. Writing and speaking about the intersection of social online learning networks and education, Will has worked with educators in over 20 countries to understand the opportunities and challenges of learning in the modern world. ..more
By Brittany Betts, TIE CEO
TIE’s Brittany Betts talks with Homa Sabet Tavangar, keynote speaker at AAIE’s annual Leadership Conference in New York and author of Growing Up Global and The Global Education Toolkit. ..more
By C. M. Rubin
C. M. Rubin chats with Futurist and Global Ed Thought Leader Charles Fadel, who believes new and more innovative knowledge maps are now needed to help us navigate the complexities of our expanding landscape of knowledge. ..more
By Daniel Ware
Students from TASIS The American School in England (TASIS England) recently participated in a 12-day trip to the Balkans as part of the TASIS Leadership Academy (TLA) with the aim of exploring political and diplomatic leadership, as well as conflict resolution. ..more
By Richard Bampfylde
International College (IC), Lebanon, one of the largest international schools in the world with over 3,600 students across two campuses, has successfully integrated the world-renowned Danielson Framework into its educational practices. ..more
By Matt Harris
Screen time is a key element of the hyperconnected world children live in today. Their access to information, entertainment, communication, and now learning is tied more and more to screen time. They need devices to fully experience modern childhood, for better or worse. ..more

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