Updates from the Learning Office - January Edition

30 January 2020

Over 30 teachers and administrators from ISG attended the NESA Winter Training Institute in Muscat, Oman from January 23 - 25. Workshops involving literacy coaching, ACTFL standards, C3 framework, conceptual mathematics, and the implementation of a standards based learning system engaged our educators all weekend. The Learning Office is committed to supporting teachers in implementing their learning, and this is being done through a Collaborative Action Plan. This plan includes pre and post PD reflective exercise, and two or three post-PD follow up meetings to discuss progress, share implementation ideas across the district, and showcase sample student work. 


Congratulations to Sarah Kapocias (DEMS), Wes Sanders (DEMS), Kristi Lonheim (Dammam), and Tania Schnetler (DBGS) who will be presenting at the NESA Spring Educators Conference in Bangkok, Thailand from April 2 - 5. These four educators will be offering sessions as well as attending professional learning experiences on a wide variety of topics. Well done!


The ISG Learning Office will be offering Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities during the month of February and March. Please see all the details HERE to sign up.  


Other PD initiatives from the Learning Office recently have included a workshop on Emotional Intelligence at ISG Jubail which engaged all staff in valuable discussions on how to individually and collectively increase our emotional intelligence. Additionally, the social studies teachers in Dammam have been busy with learning the new C3 Framework and the instructional shifts which will best support our students. Upcoming PD includes a G-Suite Workshop on February 8th for all ISG medical staff and a Support Staff workshop in Dhahran on February 19th.  


Paul Andersen, world renowned YouTuber and science education consultant, will be once again visiting our ISG science teachers for two weeks beginning the week of February 9.  


ISG Arts Festival was a huge success on January 27! Hundreds of students displayed their talents in the visual and performing arts while sessions were offered in a wide variety of topics. Special thanks to Yeliz Christensen and all of the ISG Core Arts teachers for their dedication in making this event possible. 


Thank you to all staff who participated in the Fall 2019 ISG Book Clubs. There is no doubt that student learning will be positively impacted because of your collaborative discussions. Based on your feedback, we’ll be planning for the Spring 2020 Book Clubs. Stay tuned!


The ISG Learning Office will be sponsoring a Pecha Kucha on March 9 from 5:30 to 7:30pm on the Dhahran Campus. Please refer to the email sent on January 28 for more information.


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