International School Leader Magazine
Latest issue – August 2023
The beginning of a new academic year is always brimming with optimism. This time of year allows us to consider the bigger picture, set new goals, and work towards them with enthusiasm. This month’s issue should provide the inspiration and support you need.
Schools that were successful at the International School Awards in 2023 have shared their strategies on several topics, from developing a sustainability strategy that supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals to showcasing what a real community school looks like.
There has also been much discussion on how AI has disrupted education, but the possibilities to employ this technology in curriculum development to challenge students or support students of determination are limitless. How is your school using AI and teaching students to use it safely? It’s an exciting time to say the least, and I think we’ll be reading much more about how AI will continue to innovate teaching and learning.
CEO at ISC Research
In this issue
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Irina Mach discusses how, for the second year in a row, grade 8 students at Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) have engaged in an interdisciplinary unit (IDU) that integrates maths and design through robotics. Read more
Jade Amalou outlines the intergenerational initiative implemented at Ma Kindy International School that emphasises community partnership. Read more
Our students were living in a bubble, largely isolated from the local culture and language. Rwandan Culture Week was the moment I decided something had to change. We were spending only a week celebrating the culture we are lucky enough to live in every single day. Lauren Jones recalls how her school has blossomed to implement the local culture into its school curriculum and ethos. Read more
How ‘Faux Snow Day’, a student-led initiative, changed the American School of Paris’ vision of student agency
Upon returning to school in 2021, the American School of Paris (ASP) took much care to bridge academic gaps, yet in the social scene, awkwardness lingered as everyone had seemingly forgotten how to interact without a screen. The students decided to take it upon themselves to compensate for the lack of socialisation. Read more
Since 2019, the English College in Prague (ECP) has seen year-on-year increases in International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme results, even after a post-pandemic worldwide average decrease. While many incremental improvements across the school have contributed to this success, Emily Rankin outlines how ECP have worked hard to make Middle Leaders drivers of outstanding teaching and learning. Read more
Heritage International School in Moldova was shortlisted for its sustainability initiative by ISC Research at the International School Awards in 2023. Tatiana Popa explains the approach the school took to implement sustainability as a top priority, and how they involved everyone in it. Read more
In a world that is increasingly interconnected, bridging the gaps between nations, cultures and perspectives has become a paramount goal. At the forefront of this transformative journey, students at SALT International School set out to exemplify the essence of unity, communication and understanding. Read more
Our whole school learning objective is to make use of evidence-based strategies to unlock student potential. This year Instructional Coaching is the central strategy we are practising in the primary school to achieve this objective. Read more
While we acknowledge concerns about the rapid development and adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI), we recognise it also offers great potential to include students in more sophisticated ways. Ochan Kusuma Powell and Becca Leech discuss the potential of AI. Read more
Implementing multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) to meet the needs of students within the PE context
Matthew Magowan discusses how UNIS Hanoi implemented Multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) within a PE context, a framework which focuses on providing high-quality, data-informed instruction to meet the needs of every student. Read more
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