SIS Teachers as Learners

SIS Teachers as LearnersThe two most influential factors effecting successful learning in school are the quality of teaching and support for learning at home.  SIS teachers are highly qualified but as in any profession, continuous learning is a key to continuous success.  For this reason the school commits time and money to providing professional development opportunities for SIS teachers who are lifelong learners.

More than a fourth of the SIS teaching staff spent three days of the Spring Break at the annual East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) teachers’ conference.  They heard well known writers and presenters in the field of education, attended workshops on a huge number of topics and connected with colleagues from around Asia to exchange ideas.

SIS was well represented by having such a large, actively involved and enthusiastic group attend.  In addition, SIS teacher, Amanda Blankenship was one of the workshop presenters with a group of over 40 teachers from around the region participating in her workshop.

And then on Monday of this week, all of the teaching staff continued to learn about the Understanding by Design model of curriculum development the school adopted three years ago.

This workshop presented by expert in-house trainers Treena Casey and Tracy Blair, completed our second year of professional development to support SIS teachers working together to refine the curriculum with a particular focus on students gaining enduring understanding of benchmarks.  Each of these workshops has built on the foundation of best practice that leads to meaningful student learning at SIS.

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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