Future-proofing global citizenship
The process of visioning for ISB started with a question. What should ISB look like in the future?
We started by looking at the work of innovative schools and talked to industry leaders such as Tesla, Google, Instagram, we looked at data from places like the OECD, the World Economic Forum. From this research, we developed the attributes that we believe our students are going to need to flourish in the global society they are inheriting.
When we think about how we move forward with these attributes and to our learners to develop and take ownership of these skills so it shapes their future, we use the same strategy we use from a curricular perspective. When we think about our curriculum, we think about the end goal for our learners. When we think about mathematical mindedness or scientific exploration, or artistic expression, or language use, we want to be able to articulate what those big ideas that transcend all of the developmental levels are. We ensure that our pedagogy is really meeting the needs of these learners to help them to become independent thinkers and learners and also to be equipped with the knowledge and skill necessary from each content area. One of the unique aspects about ISB is that we ground ourselves in research and translate that into what is happening in the classroom.
We are there as teachers and counselors to support our students, to help build scaffolds for them along their educational journey. However, ultimately, we want them to be able to perform and present without those scaffolds, building the concept of self-management in them. When they’re presented with a situation that they’re not really prepared for, they can draw upon all those key skills and that learning that they’ve had and they can work things out for themselves.
We are developing in our students attributes that are transferable so whatever happens in industry, whatever happens in global society, our students are really well positioned to have a significant impact on global communities.