ISP's second Action Research Conference took place on Friday, October 21, the culmination of a year's hard work and research into student learning and professional development.
Research at ISP
Research should be embedded in student learning and professional practice.
ISP Guiding Statements, Inquiry, Innovation and Learning, Statement 7
Professional learning at ISP is as much an attitude of mind as it is a programme of supported activities. While the school invests significantly in conventional training in partnership with both national and international agencies, we are very fortunate in being able to tap into the considerable expertise of our existing faculty many of whom are examiners, workshop leaders and conference speakers. As such, we aspire to be a research-led community able to participate in educational development and innovation whether this involves our ongoing Action Research groups, our annual Research Conference, as the Paris host to IB Workshops or through the envisaged launch of our new Centre for Research and Professional Learning.
The Leading Edge Learning Programme is an invitation to ISP staff to reflect on and investigate an area of their practice.
The programme is funded by ISP and is intended in the first instance to provide for three years of funded support for staff. The programme, currently in its third year, is supported by the Senior Leadership Team at ISP and three external supervising tutors with experience of international education, and school and university teaching.
The goal of the programme is to use research to change practice at ISP, as well as to inform strategic direction, vision and mission.
"...turning intuitive and spontaneous judgements into more systematic investigations, starting with the everyday questions which teachers ask themselves" (Handscomb, 2013)
Students in Grades 6-9 attend ISP's first Learning Conference, a day full of informative and creative sessions and activities.
Students in Grade 9 take place in internship programme for one week.
Following the success of the Leading Edge Action Research programme last year, a new group of faculty are planning the new areas of research for this year.
For the third year in a row, an ISP teacher team travelled to the IB regional conference to share their research and experiences with other educators.