The Summit is an initiative started by like-minded educators across Europe by holding conferences that inspire participants into openly sharing resources, experiences, achievements and advice a variety of best practice examples that can be implemented in school curriculums.
This year the International School of Hamburg hosted the 4th Summit which was held last week Thursday and Friday, organised by Ms. Kathryn Freeburn, our MYP Coordinator. Head of School Mr. Andrew Cross was at hand to welcome all 20 participants who are Coordinators, Curriculum Leaders and everybody who has been involved in Approaches to Learning (MYP and DP), the Personal Project (MYP), Service as Action (MYP), Creativity, Activity, Service (DP) and Extended Essay (DP) in their schools.
Six schools visited our school. These are Vienna International school, Dresden International School, International Community School, London, United World College Maastricht, Bavarian International School and Ljubljana International School, Slovenia. Participants gave a 10-minute presentation on how they plan, implement and deliver ATL, PP, SA, CAS and the EE in their schools, focusing on certain aspects and challenges. After each presentation participants discussed the presented strategies in small groups and shared ideas of future plans for their own schools. Every teacher also teacher shared ideas, advised and enquired on how to best deliver these CORE areas in MYP and DP. The Guest Speaker, Morak Kakey from IB Leadership, Mentoring and Wellbeing, Barcelona, Spain.
Our Grade 12 Higher Level students also met with the group to discuss Extended Essay and CAS for which the participants appreciated the time the students gave to them and how honest, frank and encouraging they were. This made the participants give credit to all the teachers in this school and also found our facilities and resources very impressive.
A big appreciation goes to Vienna International School for facilitating this great initiative, Ms. Kathryn Freeburn for her tireless work in organising the event, our members of staff and faculty who shifted and moved things around to make this a very successful summit.