EVERY EDUCATOR ENGAGES IN EFFECTIVE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING EVERY DAY SO EVERY STUDENT ACHIEVES
In November, Mrs. Freeman-Fromayan took on a new role (first time at ICSA) as Director of Professional Development.
Professional development is a strategy schools use to ensure that teachers continue to strengthen their practice. Teachers need to learn more about specific methods and how to apply these methods in their own teaching situations. Above all, teachers focus on the needs of their students. They learn how to problem solve together in order to ensure all students achieve success. This can only be done when time is set aside for professional development.
In August, the lower and middle school teachers participated in a Math-in-Focus workshop for two days with a consultant before the first day of school for the students. Interested parents were also given a brief overview of the program in an afternoon session with the consultant.
In October, teachers participated in an all- day in-service on Atlas Rubicon (the curriculum tool the school uses) with a consultant from Atlas Rubicon. On Monday, November 10th, teachers were given more time to work on Atlas Rubicon during the afternoon.
Every time teachers participate in these workshops, they are empowered! They improve learning for themselves and the students.
We have had several teachers in the upper school attend recent workshops for IB. In March, five of our teachers will be attending the AISA Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. We look forward to more participation from other teachers.
In our ICSA Vision Statement, “We motivate and facilitate academic excellence and broaden perspectives.” This is what we plan to do, make ICSA one of the best schools in this region of Africa!