Last week I was fortunate to present at the European Council of International Schools' Library Triennial Conference hosted at AISC. This conference connects librarians from around the globe who share best practice, attend in-depth workshops, and learn from renowned experts who serve as keynote speakers. The session I led was on using collaborative planning sessions with colleagues to incorporate note-making scaffolds and visible thinking strategies to enhance student learning. AISL has long-supported the integration of Harvard Porject Zero's Visible Thinking Strategies, which involve using research-tested routines and practices that allow students to show their learning and develop specific types of critical thought. One of the keynote speakers at the conference was Mr. John Schu, Schlolastic's Ambassador of School Libraries, who spoke about the importance of developing "book love" and making sure that libraries are welcoming spaces where all people feel valued. Also in attendance were several library interior designers, which was useful as we are looking ahead toward opening a new facility in a couple years' time.
Here are a few takeaways from the conference that I wanted to share:
We look forward to involving our students, parents, and other stakeholders in the plans for our new space. After all, it is for you! Your suggestions for improvement are always welcome.
The Chairman, Executive Committee and members of the Independent Schools Association of Zambia would once again like to thank the leadership, staff, and students of AISL for the many hours, enthusiasm, and resources that have been put into facilitating the 2018 ISAZ Teachers Teaching Teachers (TTT) Conference. Judging from the comments of those who attended, the conference was very productive and enjoyable and participants walked away inspired and filled with new ideas. Most of the credit goes to your committee members, presenters, volunteers, and support staff who gave of themselves so tirelessly and kept us all on track - which certainly was not easy.
The TTT Conference gains more popularity with each year and we look forward to the next one.
Yours sincerely for Independent Schools Association of Zambia
Chariman - ISAZ
Last Friday, we closed out a busy Kindness Week with a wonderful PALS assembly. Thank you to Jenn Caldwell and Jenni Redman for organising all of the activities and spirit days throughout the week. With last Friday being 'Crazy for Kindness' spirit days, many of our PALS presentations included students in great dress-up costumes. We enjoyed presentations from G4MC with their biography of David Livingstone, G1&G2 French students signing their 'Bonjour' song, and our G2ETC students singing 'I Will Be Your Friend' to support the spirit of Kindness Week.
Please take some time over the coming week to visit our lost and found tables at the top of the Primary pathway. Our lost and found collection has grown over the past few weeks. If your child is missing a sweatshirt, shoes, water bottle, lunch box, umbrella, swimming/PE kit, and or hat - we may have found it! Please come and take a look.
It was lovely to see so many G4 parents attend last week's Celebration of Learning and information session. It was a wonderful opportunity to engage with their child about what they have been learning recently as well as find out more about their upcoming Explore Zambia trip. Thank you to Ms. Bicknell and Ms. Chapman for organising a lovely morning for our students.
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