ISB Innovation Journey
In 2012, the International School of Beijing launched an idea; create a grade seven program focused on a full project-based learning delivery model where teachers, were called facilitators and student were in a self contained environment. Inspired by High Tech High and with a focus on our home, China, the first seventh grade class of 24 students started in 2014-2015. Three years into the program, we have grown from grade seven to next year grade ten. The program involves over 100 students. The model has evolved over time, we have incorporated advanced levels of personalized learning, design models and experiences, capstone projects and more. And of course along the way we have learned valuable lessons, made tough choices and seen powerful student learning. We will explore the models we have created for our middle and high schools and dig into the challenges and rewards of this work in our international context.