How IB Schools facilitate better educational experience in the entire learning community
The IB schools see the educators or teachers as an essential resource that would determine the success of the school. Being a part of the professional learning community, the IB schools encourage self-reflection, critical thinking, and dedication to lifelong learning along with continuous improvement.
ASMA’s Day 2 School Education Leadership Forum witnessed discussions on how the IB program completely prepares the students for ensuring success right from their primary studies to higher studies until the selection of the right career option.
The webinar was joined by various stakeholders, educators, and experts from the IB school industry including Dr. Anjum Babukhan, Director – Education of Glendale Education, Dr. Amrita Vohra, Director Education at GEMS India Executive Principal- GEMS International School, Harish Sanduja, Academic Director of Birla Public School, Nigel Gardner, the founder of Four Corners Education Consultancy, Dr. Sarvesh Naidu, Executive Vice President of TRINS Instructions, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, Head of school, B.D. Somani International School, Prabha Dixit, Principal- Primary School & IB PYP Coordinator of Akshar Arbol International School and Dr. Neeta Bali, Head of School, GD Goenka World School.
The discussion of the School Education Leadership Forum was initiated by Dr. Anjum Babukhan, Director – Education of Glendale Education who said that the fact is children are naturally very curious, they want to know about the world around them. And today we are in need to build those 21st-century skills of creativity, collaboration, communication. PYP is a beautiful curriculum that helps children to unleash those skills.
Next, Dr. Amrita Vohra, Director Education at GEMS India Executive Principal- GEMS International School joins in the conversation. As per her views, Dr. Vohra says that PYP Curriculum prepares the students for everything. Understanding all the major transdisciplinary approaches are required. In IB Schools it is designed like that.
Harish Sanduja, Academic Director of Birla Public School says that the way IB school defines a learner’s profile is amazing. They give the freedom to the school and the teachers to define a curriculum and their own syllabi.
Next in the School Education Leadership Forum discussion, Nigel Gardner, the founder of Four Corners Education Consultancy talks about education during the time of the pandemic. During the pandemic, schools were not prepared and a lot of money was spent with the belief that technology in education would be revolutionary and game-changing. There was a digital divide in sense of access in a few schools, whether IB or any other schools.
Now, Dr. Sarvesh Naidu, Executive Vice President of TRINS Instructions joins the discussion. He says that even in the best of IB schools the focus was finishing the syllabus at all levels. The idea was to move from pedagogy to heutagogy.
Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, Head of school, B.D. Somani International School says that as IB school educators, they were in discussion regarding aspects of what engages the students in learning which included approaches like the inclusion of technology, inquiry-based learning, and lots more. Challenges are a part of IB learning.
The discussion of School Education Leadership Forum is then joined by Prabha Dixit, Principal- Primary School & IB PYP Coordinator of Akshar Arbol International School who says that professional development is the center of every school. Schools today are looking forward to skill-based and holistic education.
Last but not the least, Dr. Neeta Bali, Head of School, GD Goenka World School ends the discussion by saying that teachers are required to be upskilled because of the constantly changing IB curriculum. It is a learner-centric curriculum. Thus, it is important for the teachers to re-train themselves to keep pace with the changing curriculum.
With the motto to impart quality education along with a well-balanced and intellectually demanding educational curriculum, IB schools are now all set to change the educational framework.