Principal's Coffee Explores Standards Based Learning

Why is ISP transitioning towards standards based learning at the middle school? How will academic progress be measured and communicated? These and other questions were addressed in this morning's middle school parent coffee. For more information, please have a look at the presentation that was shared.


Participants began the session by taking on the role of a teacher. They received "student art" and "student writing" - secretly submitted by some of our favorite "students", principal Ms. Swann and assistant principal Mr. Nash.


This led to an engaging discussion. How do teachers traditionally assess work? How can groups of teachers assess student work and come to consensus regarding its quality? What challenges arise when we explain progress to students and parents using a traditional system?


After engaging with these questions, participants received specific educational standards through which to assess student work. Having these standards allowed for more targeted and direct feedback, and served as an example of how standards based learning will modernize and streamline our division's approach to grading and reporting.


In addition to this activity, participants learned about the context for this transition at ISP and at international and independent schools worldwide. They also defined key terms, overviewed research in this field , and looked forward to future sessions.


Please also keep the following dates on your calendar. We look forward to connecting with you at these sessions and moving forward together with this important initiative.


Part 2: What will Standards Based Learning Look and Feel Like for Students, Parents, and Teachers?

Looking at scenarios to better understand standards based grading, reporting, and learning

March 11, 8:30 - 10:00

Part 3: How is my child doing outside of academics?

Looking at how behavior will be measured and communicated

April 1, 9:30 - 11:00

Part 4: How will we continue supporting our child next year?

Looking at how we will apply our knowledge to support students

May 6, 8:30 - 10:00