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ISP, IB and International Education

ISP is launching a series of web conferences about international education in France, and we are inviting our alumni to join the discussion. Carole Reniero ('15) is our first alumni panelist. Tune in!

6 Jan 2021
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Join our panelists to discuss inquiry-based learning and conceptual thinking!
Join our panelists to discuss inquiry-based learning and conceptual thinking!

The International School of Paris will be hosting a series of four discussions in early 2021, all about the importance of international education and global citizenship. While the IB Curriculum provides our learning community an inspiring and supportive framework, it may sometimes be a bit challenging to grasp how it is implemented in practice. We will bring ISP teachers, students, parents and alumni together to discuss the importance and impact of international education. 

Our first topic is 'What did I learn in school today - Understanding inquiry-based learning and conceptual thinking', and we are excited to introduce our four panelists:

Rajvinder Bolla is ISP's Learning Continuum Director, whose job is to make sure that the IB Curriculum is taught coherently throughout the school, and to ensure effective collaboration among colleagues in different sections and departments of the school. Raj has been working at ISP and the IB Curriculum for more than 13 years, during which time she has also held the Secondary School Vice Principal of Wellbeing and Assistant Principal roles. Raj continues to teach theatre along with her current leadership role.

Sean Walker is currently a Grade 2 teacher at ISP, and has previously worked in London and Atlanta, Georgia. Sean has held positions of responsibility such as curriculum coordinator and deputy principal alongside being a classroom teacher for the past 25 years. Sean is a workshop leader for the PYP (Primary Years Programme) and is a certified Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Leader. Sean is passionate about inspiring students to think deeply about ideas and be curious about the world around them. 

Nandita Jain brings in the parent perspective: as an active parent of three IB students, she will be able to give us an insight on how the whole family often becomes part of a learning community in an international IB school. Two of her children are currently at ISP (Grades 10 and 12) and her oldest daughter has already graduated with the IB Diploma.

Last but not least, Carole Reniero will be our alumni panelist in this first round table conversation. Carole (class of 2015) has made a career of helping people of all ages practice leadership in the form of mentoring and coaching. Last year, Carole visited ISP and gave our students a two-hour training session on how to become a coach or mentor. Currently Carole works as a youth and equilibrium coach, and is also working towards a Master of Science within International Development.  

Tune in to this interesting conversation on January 14th at 6pm Paris time! Register here for this webinar. Also, if you would like to contribute your time to ISP by joining another conversation as a panelist later this spring, please send an email to twallgren@isparis.edu

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