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  • Writer's pictureKim Green

Professional Development Day - Learning Update

At ISHCMC we inspire wellbeing and learning so that our diverse, internationally minded community flourish as energized and engaged learners. Therefore we are committed to creating opportunities for our teaching faculty to continuously develop teaching and learning practices. Each year we intentionally plan professional development days to ensure that our teachers keep up-to-date with the latest teaching methods, technology and educational research. This enables our teachers to improve their teaching skills and to meet the changing needs of our students.


One of our school-wide learning focuses this year has been to elevate the teaching and learning of literacy by further developing strategies to accelerate language and literacy development of our diverse multilingual learners. To support our growth over the first two weeks of March, learning for our teaching faculty has been facilitated by external consultants.


Tania Lattanzio, Director of Innovative Global Education has worked with a group of ISHCMC educators to review and further refine our core literacy continuum. Over the course of three days our team drew on the work that has been completed over time across different age groups. They consolidated and clearly articulated for literacy and language our definition, belief statement, guiding principles and the role of the AERO Standards within the PYP, MYP and DP.



During the professional learning days (07-08th March) grade level teams and subject departments were engaged in learning with Tania. In these sessions our teachers strengthened their intentional planning to teach literacy conceptually through units of inquiry.


Tonya Ward Singer offered her expertise to our team from the 07 - 10 March to enhance teaching and learning practices that accelerate language and literacy development.



She led workshops, engaged in planning with teams and modeled practice within classrooms to support our teaching faculty to further develop strategies to elevate the teaching and learning of literacy for our multilingual learners.


Professional development is essential for teaching faculty to improve their skills, stay up-to-date with the latest research and techniques. This learning in turn enables them to provide the best possible learning experiences for their students so that they flourish as energized, engaged and empowered learners.


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