January 29, 2019:
Consolidating First Steps
Establishing Design Principles for Professional Learning
and a Collaborative Plan for the Remaining Semester:
Examining Inquiry and Service Learning Connections
and Opportunities for Immediate Programmatic Impact
Action Research and Self-Assessment for Sustainable Education
Building Internal Capacity and Excitement for
Professional Learning leadership opportunities
January 22, 2019:
School-Wide “Empathy to Impact”
An important piece of the visioning looked at where great things were already happening and where to infuse SDG targets for early adoption and small wins. A next step was to look at Year Zero and think about what to do with the ten days of work in this remaining semester before moving into the official Year One. Using backwards mapping principles and best practices in professional learning, we looked at Years Three and Years Zero as the baselines.
From there, we identified the roll out of the vision and mission for staff, devisions, students, and parents, including student-led workshops for parents similar to the 17 Skills for 17 Goals initiative. Finally, we identified the distinct deliverables for the remainder of the school year and identifying the “whys” for each of the actions.
In the afternoon, we set up numerous whiteboard tables to begin digging into the areas of opportunity specifically in the MYP, DP, and Ideate programs. One hope and then discovery was finding a solid link between the IB CAS language, the PYP inquiry cycle, MYP service to action in order to attain a common language and facilitators’ approach under a BCIS / IC “Empathy to Impact” cycle.
January 15, 2019:
A blue sky day in Beijing to kickstart the exciting partnership:
A diverse and thoughtful team of BCIS PYP, MYP, DP, and Ideate coordinators
led the SDG school-wide visioning, facilitated by Inspire Citizens.
The initial team (clockwise from top left):
Aaron Moniz, Katie Petch, Yooah Nguyen, David Nguyen, Kate Mancarella, Steve Sostak, Tanya Farrol, Megan Eddington
Here, the different divisional coordinators take part in a needs analysis, answering the questions:
“What is our why?”
“What are our initial indicators of success?”
”What elements could represent the mission of our partnership?”
“How can Inspire Citizens most level-up what BCIS does well
and where do you most need our support?”