OUR STRATEGIC PLAN
Learning is at the core of AISJ and central to our shared vision as a school community. Our strategic plan embodies the collective voice of our school community and represents what we, as students, parents, and teachers, believe learning should look like at AISJ.
We invited our community to come together over the course of the 2015-16 academic year to participate in “Reframing Our Learning Cafés” (based on Juanita Brown’s World Café model – www.theworldcafe.com). At these Cafés, community members engaged in dialogue around the future direction of learning and how we should prepare our students to be successful in an ever-changing, global world. For more information about the “Reframing Our Learning” process, click here.
After listening to our community, three reoccurring themes emerged and became the focus of our Strategic Plan: Conceptual, Connected, and Personalized Learning.
To develop conceptual thinkers by providing meaningful opportunities for learners to apply acquired knowledge, skills and understandings to different contexts.
We recognize that the rapid pace of change and growth of information makes it increasingly important to connect content and concepts. We believe that through experiences that require conceptual thinking and inquiry, learners develop an intrinsic drive to make meaning. We commit to teaching students to think critically, ask questions, solve problems and develop an enduring curiosity.
To develop interconnected learners who have the skills, understanding, and desire to collaborate and actively engage with the world.
We recognize that our school community, the host country of South Africa, and the international community provide an invaluable potential for us to be enriched by the perspectives of others. We believe learning is a continuous process of making connections driven by a desire to make sense of the world we live in and to better understand ourselves -- connected learners collaborate and communicate effectively and with empathy. We commit to teaching students to engage with, learn from, and contribute positively to the communities to which they belong.
To develop engaged and motivated learners by supporting them in ways that are relevant to their life, interests, and ambitions.
We recognize that AISJ is an inclusive international school whose learners come from different educational experiences -- each individual has a unique background, learns differently and at their own pace. We believe that self-directed learners are more inspired to find and pursue their passions and in doing so develop deeper engagement with their learning. We commit to teaching students to take a proactive role in designing and evaluating their own learning. With a clear and aspirational direction charted, we embarked on this aspirational and ambitious Strategic Plan in 2016, and this plan will continue to guide teaching and learning at AISJ through 2020.
Click here to view the full Strategic Plan.