Leading with Data, Research, and Heart
My previous blog entry focused the research-based educational framework that would guide our vision and work going forward as we write EBI’s next chapters together. This framework calls for four dimensions of learning to prepare future-ready students: knowledge, skills, character, and meta-learning. The aim of the model is to highlight the urgent need of educational institutions to prepare students for an unpredictable future in this rapidly changing world. This is exactly why I strongly believe that as the world becomes smaller due to globalization, EBI will continue to become bigger, stronger, and more relevant because of its mission and core values.
I am incredibly excited to share the EBI vision for 21st-Century Whole Child Education, which was also aligned with input from faculty and staff (Figure 2). The vision synthesizes the outstanding work that the faculty and staff have already been doing around the four dimensions of the aforementioned framework, while also providing clear direction towards advancing the mission and building in specific areas. Likewise, the EBI model spotlights the extraordinary story and value of our school. Below, you can find the initial iteration of our model.
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EBI’s mission, values, and programming are not only in complete alignment with the research-based educational framework for 21st-century education, but are also more extensive and comprehensive. From our model, we can clearly see how each of the four dimensions of learning is supported by our core values, IB PYP and MYP programs, and enhanced by our immersion and multilingual pedagogies. Together, they provide the teaching and learning approaches used at EBI to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs necessary. One clear distinction is that our model has an additional fifth component: the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) continuum as an overarching frame for our entire educational approach. I eagerly look forward to sharing in more detail the work being accomplished to successfully attain our vision-guided journey to 21st-century teaching and learning throughout the school year. For more information, please read the message shared via Constant Contact on Sunday.
Thank you for the privilege of being a part of your child’s educational journey. EBI is committed to delivering educational excellence by taking action to address the programmatic needs of today and those that are yet to come tomorrow. Teaching and learning at EBI is distinctively engaging, global, and inspiring. I am very proud of the pages that we have written together thus far and beyond excited for what we will continue to accomplish by collaboratively working together.
During Back-to-School Night, I presented the framework for 21st-century whole child education that EBI will use to frame and guide our academic programming going forward.
We live in a fast-changing world and are facing unprecedented challenges—social, economic, and environmental—driven by accelerating globalization and increased rate of technological developments. The future is uncertain, and we have the duty to prepare students for a rapidly changing world.
What do students need to learn for the 21st century?
Dr. Paola V. Clark
International Educational Leader