Office of Teaching and Learning
Welcome to the Office of Teaching and Learning
The Office of Teaching and Learning is an interdivisional group of educators who collaborate with teachers, staff and administrators to ensure we are meeting ISP Strategic Plan’s academic excellence goal. Through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) integration, math coaching and enrichment, and devoted curriculum planners at both the elementary and secondary levels, the Office of Teaching and Learning supports purposeful, engaging, and connected teaching and learning across the school. In collaboration with all staff members, we support the idea of “Learning is a lifelong adventure.”
The International School of Panama sets a high academic standard. A challenging curriculum and highly qualified teachers have made ISP a leading school in Latin America. Our curriculum is designed to meet the educational program needs of both the expatriate and host-country communities and residents in Panama. ISP works in conjunction with the authority of MEDUCA, the Panamanian education department, to ensure our students receive the finest education. The language of instruction is English, and students who do not speak English as their first language receive additional support through our Department of Student Services.
In line with the school’s mission at ISP, we believe that all students have a natural passion for learning and are inquisitive and responsive to learning opportunities. Our aim is to provide opportunities for students to be involved in authentic learning and provide experiences that allow all students to be excited by learning and successful in the future. The elementary curriculum stresses skill development and is based on rigorous international standards. The middle school program is designed to refine and enhance these skills in the context of increasingly sophisticated content, while catering to the developmental needs of pre-adolescents. At our high school, we offer a core college preparatory curriculum at ISP. Students take part in a rigorous academic program while also taking advantage of, or even creating, opportunities for personal growth. This learning trajectory leads to students receiving an International Baccalaureate diploma, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Certificate, U.S. accredited high school diploma, and/or Panamanian diploma.Curriculum Standards
After intensive exploration, our standards are selected from the best in the world. Our selections are based on best research and pedagogical practices from around the world. We thoroughly review each subject area on a five-year cycle, and the review process allows for enhancements and adaptations to be made throughout the cycle. ISP subject area teachers and specialists work collaboratively to design units and assessments
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme "aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge - students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically."
The IB course of study is the signature and culminating piece of ISP’s educational program. More than half of our high school students pursue the IB Diploma - a demanding course of study including six subjects studied for two full years: the Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay, and CAS - Creativity, Action, and Service. It takes a great deal of hard work to earn the IB diploma, and it is a tremendous achievement when completed.
Department of Student Services
Our mission is to ensure that all students reach their full potential and are successful in the classroom. Our English Additional Language program helps students develop English language skills enabling them to become successful learners and positive contributors to the wider community in which they live. Our Learning Support program offers individualized support to students with specific learning needs. Our Gifted and Talented program offers enrichment to advanced learners allowing for students to deepen their foundational skills, move at a faster pace, or enhance their learning and understandings. These programs are designed to support students such that they fully integrate into our community.
ISP is a leading international school, inspiring our students to be conscientious inquiries and empowering them with the skills, courage, optimism, and integrity to pursue their dreams and make a positive contribution as global citizens. We are committed to educating and inspiring our students to reach their full potential and contribute to the world by providing an exemplary English language education enriched by our multicultural and diverse community.
With this vision and mission in mind, ISP has created the Department of Student Services as a school-wide entity to support struggling and advanced learners. This department provides the following services:
- English as an Additional Language Services
- Learning Support Services
- Advanced Pathways Program
The Department of Student Services offers teachers who are specialists in empowering learners to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to access the regular curriculum. These teachers:
- Communicate with parents, teachers, students and other individuals involved in the student's learning.
- Identify differentiation and scaffolding strategies that address learning needs.
- Use assessment and performance data to inform instruction.
- Develop individualized learning plans for students' specific learning needs.
- Provide a safe and comfortable environment for all students.
- Apply for accommodations with standardized assessment entities.
These actions are used in an inclusive model that works to ensure all students have access to the regular curriculum. Support services may include:
- In class support.
- Small group or individual instruction outside of the regular class.
- Monitoring academic, behavioral or language acquisition progress.
- Consulting with classroom teachers for accommodations or modifications that support student needs.
The International School of Panama is proud to have the distinction of earning AdvancED STEM certification. This certification recognizes that our STEM educational programs have met the rigor and substance vital to creating and sustaining superior, student-centered STEM teaching and learning programs. We are committed to preparing our learners for the careers of tomorrow by continuing to foster and perpetuate their enthusiasm for STEM disciplines today. Our focus on STEM demonstrates our continued commitment to educational excellence for a future without borders.