Professional Learning

Being a learning community is  integral to who we are at ISP. One of our ISP 2020 Strategies is “Everyone in our community takes active steps to learn with and from each other.” This means that adults in the community are encouraged and supported to be lifelong learners just as students are. At ISP, there are a variety of ways in which we continue to learn.

2019-2020 Visiting Experts and Workshops

ISP’s enthusiasm for professional development and commitment to innovation in education means the school welcomes educational experts from around the world to speak to and work with our faculty, staff and community. See below to learn more about  those visiting ISP in 2019/2020.

Previous Visiting Experts

ISP’s passion for learning as well as its excellent facilities allow the school to host a significant number of guests, workshops and conferences. In recent years, ISP has hosted the Central and European School Association (CEESA) Conference, IBICUS International Baccalaureate workshops, the Czech National Teachers Conference and the memorable visits from the totemic British primatologist, Dr. Jane Goodall, and NASA astronaut Mr. Ricky Arnold.

Professional Learning Salons

Professional Learning Salons are one way for us to share our extensive internal expertise here at ISP. PL Salons take place four times every school year and are facilitated by our teachers. They encompass a range of topics based on the expertise and interests of the facilitator such as, to name a few, Learning Environments, Critical Thinking, Drawing to Learn, 3D Printing, Cognitive Coaching, Student Agency, Yoga for children, etc.

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Professional Inquiry: ‘LIFTs’

Learning Inquiry Focus Teams (LIFTs) is a form of professional inquiry where ISP faculty engage in relevant, significant, and evidence-informed inquiries that are connected to our mission and learning principles, and involve:

  • Questioning what’s going on for our learners;
  • Investigating and reflecting on evidence of learning;
  • Testing ideas intended to improve learning;
  • Drawing evidence-based conclusions about what we have learned;
  • Deciding what will we do with what we’ve learned.
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Thought Leaders

ISP is very active in regional and international professional education organizations and networks. We partner with multiple educational institutions and members of our faculty are regularly involved, and indeed take lead roles in working groups, presenting workshops at conferences and leading multi-day workshops in Europe and beyond.