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The "Edge in Education" Series

 

The Edge in Education is a series of meetings that take place each year. They bring ISP educators together with interested parents in thought-provoking presentations and discussions of current and future trends in education.

Below are lightly edited videos of past meetings, made available to any interested individuals.

November 8, 2016 Session: "Children as Theory Builders"

Christine Chaille, Professor and Department Chair, Curriculum & Instruction at Portland University visited ISP and spoke to an audience of parents about children as theory builders. The session focused on:

-how children learn by building theories
-how to support our children’s theory-building
-parents AS theory-builders
-the value of “not knowing”

A video of the session is available here

 

September 20, 2016 Session: "Developing your Child's Thinking"

ISP welcomed back Mark Church, co-author of "Making Thinking Visible" to address parents.

Creating a culture where learning is relevant, connected, and driven by curiosity is central to the ISP strategic plan, ISP2020. The language we use, the questions we engage with and deeply understanding how learning happens matter greatly. This session focused on:

  • How our motives and vision for learning give shape to the kinds of language we use with children

  • Language patterns that typically dominate our interactions with children

  • Routines that develop productive language and interactions for meaningful learning with our children.

A video of the session is avalible here.

May 6, 2016 Session: "The Power of Principles"

ISP is proud to be the first international school to pilot the new NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation protocol, known as ACE (Architecture, Culture, Ecology).

Why is this new approach to accreditation necessary? Great schools are those where directions and decisions are framed by powerful, shared, research-based principles, not constrained by an over-abundance of complicated rules and regulations. Our concept of ‘learning’ – what ‘it looks like’, how it is nurtured or hindered, where and how it occurs, and what it means to be a learning-focused organization  – has significantly changed thanks to social, economic, and technological shifts and dramatic new insights and understandings provided by brain research. Yet, despite many efforts at reforming and reinventing the place we call ‘school’, education has made little progress in liberating itself from a 19th century factory model designed to produce mass literacy – and a compliant work force. For the most part ‘school’ continues to be a place where learning is equated with academic outcomes, content mastery, and uniformity of process and practice.  ‘Learning’ remains largely de-personalized, is often confused with high stakes test results, and does not equip our children with the understandings, aptitudes, dispositions, values, and competencies needed to deal with the global dilemmas and challenges of our times.

The preliminary accreditation team joined us during the first week of May, and spoke with the ISP community about the link between the principles embedded in our learning experiences and those arising from educational research.

The session video is available here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P4xfMdjtpE

February 5, 2016 Session: "Creating a Culture of Thinking"

March Church, of Harvard University’s Project Zero, and co-author of "Making Thinking Visible", joined us to discuss the skills, mindsets and dispositions which can help our children and youths become great learners.

Please click on the image below for the full video of the presentation:

November 13, 2015 Session: "The Power of Illustrated Journaling"

Our very special guest, Danny Gregory (artist, author, creative director, teacher, speaker, and blogger) shared the power of illustrated journaling in developing critical and creative thinkers. Please visit Danny’s website here to see videos of him sketching, hear about his “Sketchbook Skool” and read more information about his background and approach. All materials © Danny Gregory.

Please click on the image below for the full video of his presentation:

October 8, 2015: "The Power of Inquiry"

The Power of Inquiry with Education Consultant, Kath Murdoch.

As stated in Most Likely to Succeed (a documentary and now a book by Harvard Professor Tony Wagner), critical thinking and creative problem solving are both keys to future success. Learning to ask the right questions, and developing critical thinking skills (both developed through inquiry), give learners a “decisive life advantage”.

Due to copyright issues, we were not able to video this session, however, we can recommend this five minute video, "What is Inquiry-Based Learning?"

In addition, Kath has graciously allowed us to share the very detailed sldies (in pdf form) from her presentation, here (or click on the cartoon, below).

April 24, 2015 Session: Breakfast Mixer & Panel Discussion

Edge in Education Breakfast Mixer and Panel Discussion, April 24, 2015: The final session of the "Edge in Education" Series* of the 2014-15 academic year at the International School of Prague.

As the ISP mission states, our school strives to prepare learners to adapt and “contribute responsibly to our changing world.” In other words, we want our students to be “future-ready.” Figuring out what this means has never been more complex or challenging. With the help of a panel of professionals (and ISP parents!) from a number of fields, the fifth and final Edge and Education of the year addressed the question, "What do today's employers look for in students entering the workforce?"

Thank you to Michael Del Nin (Co-CEO, CME), Eva Shaw (Partner & Country Manager, Czech Republic & Slovakia, Lansdowne International), and John Westby (AVP, IT Global Innovation Center at Merck).

February 27, 2015 Session: "Design Thinking"

The heart of our ISP Mission is to prepare learners to adapt and contribute to our changing world by engaging them in an authentic global education.

In order to realise this mission, we examine trends to better anticipate what may be “life worthy learning.”

"Design Thinking" is a structured, engaging and dynamic process that develops learners’ empathy while developing critical and creative thinking, as the learner generates and develops ideas for identified needs (see this video for a two minute video intro to Design Thinking. Tinkering, making, and/or inventing for authentic needs provide powerful opportunities for learners to fail and bounce back from getting stuck, nurturing the key dispositions for future success: risk-taking, tenacity, resilience, and grit.

This fourth session of the 2014-15 ISP Edge in Education series at the International School of Prague discusses “Design Thinking: How can we inspire our learners to act with empathy, while applying critical and creative thinking to meet authentic needs." As stated in "Design Thinking for Educators" from the d. School at Stanford University, “Design Thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. That kind of optimism is well needed in education.”

Attendees were asked to watch this five-minute video before the meeting - it's about a teenager using Design Thinking to authentically contribute to the world.

January 16 2015 Session: "Service Learning"

The heart of our ISP Mission is to prepare learners to adapt and contribute to our changing world by engaging them in an authentic global education.

In order to realise this mission, we examine trends to better anticipate what may be “life worthy learning.” Click on the image below to watch the video.

In the Jan. 16th session, we discussed how students at ISP investigate issues, prepare for service, take action, reflect on their steps, and document their learning; how can we inspire our learners to act with compassion and intercultural understanding? Parent, students, and faculty members shared their experience with Service Learning.

November 28, 2014 Session: "Experiential Learning"

The heart of our ISP Mission is to prepare learners to adapt and contribute to our changing world by engaging them in an authentic global education.

In order to realise this mission, we examine trends to better anticipate what may be “life worthy learning.”

The subject of our second Edge in Education session of 2014-15 was "Experiential Learning: How can we engage, inspire, and empower our learners through authentic learning experiences?" As the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (OECD)  states, “There is broad consensus that in innovation-driven societies, schools have to guide students in solving complex, unfamiliar and non-routine tasks.”  

Attendees were encouraged to prepare by watching this six-and a half minute video from Edutopia (the George Lucas Educational Foundation, whose aim is to share evidence- and practitioners-based learning strategies) which acted as a springboard for the discussion about experiential learning and some examples of it happening here at ISP. 

September 19, 2014 Session: "The Relevance Gap"

The heart of our ISP Mission is to prepare learners to adapt and contribute to our changing world by engaging them in an authentic global education.

In order to realise this mission, we examine trends to better anticipate what may be “life worthy learning."

The title of this first Edge in Education session of 2014-15 was "The Relevance Gap: will today's content be relevant in the future of our current students?"

Attendees were encouraged to watch this six-minute interview with David Perkins of Harvard University which acted as a springboard for the discussion about the challenges the relevance gap poses and how we’re addressing some of these challenges here at ISP.

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