What Are Our Research Focus Areas in 2020-21?

Following COVID-19 confinement, the ISP Centre for Research and Professional Development will continue its research and assessment of distance learning practices. We will pay particular attention to the role of the educator, which is rapidly evolving in response to the complexities of our new social and political landscapes. "Research the ISP Way" is our theme for 2020-21 and our mantra as we continue to develop our Human Library and launch DIRection, our research tools platform. To find out more about our projects, please contact us at We hope to transform isolation into relationships, sharing insight that will help us think differently about learning and teaching in a new era. 

2020-21 Calendar of Research and Professional Development Events



How Is Research Defined at ISP?

All members of the ISP community believe that...

  • inspiring inquiry and innovation is important;
  • learning is not a journey to a destination, it is a mindset;
  • it is important to participate actively in the development of innovative and influential educational practices;
  • research should be embedded in student learning and professional practice.

The Centre for Research and Professional Development at the International School of Paris is a network of individuals whose collective curiosity drives knowledge generation. Network members seek to close the gap between theory and classroom practice and to contribute more profoundly to the creation of a learning society.

The Centre for Research and Professional Development:

  • offers professional development opportunities that prioritise personal growth;
  • produces learning tools that facilitate student and teacher research;
  • is developing a mentoring programme that will serve both the ISP and a broader community.

To find out more, download the ISP Centre for Research and Professional Development brochure.

The Research Network

Researchers are at the centre of the ISP research network. Mentors assist researchers by providing necessary support, including methodological advice or assistance in presenting a research project. The Steering Committee members set the strategic direction and goals for the Centre in addition to providing guidance in important domains, such as ethics. Curators recruit and train mentors and celebrate community achievements.


All members of the learning community will understand that they are the link between what we know and what we have not yet discovered.
ISP Research Centre Steering Committee, 2019
In all IB programmes, teaching is based on inquiry. A strong emphasis is placed on students finding their own information and constructing their own understandings.
The International Baccalaureate, 2017
The natural counterpoint to an inquiry-based curriculum is a research-led organisation.
Simon Murray, 2017

How Can I Contact or Join the ISP Centre for Research and Professional Development?

To learn more, or to join the network, please contact:
The ISP Research Centre Steering Committee,
Follow us on Twitter @isparisedu and search for #ISPresearch for the most recent research news.






      The History of the Centre for Research and Professional Development

      Professional learning at ISP has always been an attitude of mind and a programme of supported activities.

      During its 56-year history, the School has invested significantly in conventional training, in partnership with both national and international agencies. The ISP community benefits from the considerable expertise of existing faculty, many of whom are examiners, workshop leaders and conference speakers.

      In 2014 ISP created an action research community which contributes to educational development and innovation, whether through ongoing research groups, the annual research conference and debate series or the School's role as the Paris host to IB Workshops.