ASIJ Hosts Asia Curriculum Forum

Leaders from nine international schools congregated at ASIJ on May 6 and 7 for an annual planning and review forum regarding key learning and curriculum initiatives. Glenda Baker (Director of Strategic Innovation) shares her overview of the forum.

class visits Asia curriculum forum

The Asia Curriculum Forum enables curriculum leaders to discussed how they are staying abreast of changes in global curriculum, instruction and assessment practices, and to collaborate on professional learning initiatives in the region. This two-day forum included sessions for leaders to report on each school’s progress in implementing Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards and the C3 Framework for Social Studies Standards, models of blended learning and how technology is being used to personalize learning, as well as the professional development funding models used by different schools. The group also discusses systems for assessment and reporting, curriculum mapping processes and new teacher orientation programs. The forum, hosted at our Chofu campus, allowed for a number of opportunities to visit classes and talk with ASIJ students and teachers. Several groups toured elementary school classes to look at learning spaces and to see how our teachers are using flexible furniture to support different learning experiences. Several leaders also had an opportunity to meet with students from a high school AP Seminar to learn how that program has afforded our students more choice in pursuing content they want to learn, while developing important transferable skills in research.

AP Sem class Asia Curriculum forum

AP Seminar class speaking with Rami Madami (International School of Kuala Lumpur) and Graeme Scott (International School of Bangkok).

Leaders identified several areas of shared need during their time together, so over the weekend we worked in teams to develop models and possible solutions for future exploration. Design sessions included developing a regional Readers-Writers Workshop teacher training pathway, developing a system to assess transdisciplinary skills, and developing a model on how to support and recognise job-embedded professional learning.

working Asia Curriculum Forum

For all involved, a number of valuable insights emerged from the forum including the observation that our schools share a number of key focus areas. Some of the key comparisons include the ongoing work with standard-based teaching, assessing and reporting, as well as a focus on personalized learning and supporting high achieving students. It was exciting to share experiences with leaders from such a strong collaborative group of schools working in concert to provide excellence in education for our students. It was also reassuring to observe the coherence and consistency between our strategic goals, teaching and learning approaches, and curriculum work given that many of our students transfer between this group of schools.

Thank you to all of the schools in attendance:

International School of Manila International School of Beijing Shanghai American School
Singapore American School American International School of Guangzhou International School of Bangkok
International School of Kuala Lumpur Shekou International School Jakarta Intercultural School