Sunday, December 4, 2016

PYP (Inquiry) and Readers/Writers Workshop: Who's Out There?

It's been awhile since our last post; I guess that's what a new job and a new country will do. Since my last post, I made a move in July from Budapest, Hungary to my new position as Head of School in Shanghai, China at the Shanghai Community International School (SCIS), Pudong Campus.

As you can imagine the transition is keeping me busy.

SCIS is a few months away from (hopefully) becoming an IB World School - implementing the Primary Years Program (PYP) and Middle Years (MYP) to join the already established Diploma Program (DP). These programs are grounded in inquiry and conceptual-based learning. Unit plans and programs are in need of review and revision to align to this philosophy. It's a transition that is worthwhile, but now without its bumps.

One interesting element of our transition is being led by by our elementary faculty as they are implementing Columbia Teachers College, Reading & Writing Workshop program in tandem with the PYP.

We're excited to putting these programs in action, and we're seeking out other schools who are implementing both.  If you're interested in connecting, reach out via Twitter to @dluebbe  .

Like any transition, these will come with some celebrations and struggles. What better place to share them than here?