Within this role, Liz will facilitate the system-wide implementation of the curricular components of the strategic planning process, oversee all aspects of the curriculum, promote the continued implementation and advancement of innovative best practices in teaching and learning, while ensuring compliance with WASC and IB requirements. Liz comes to this position with extensive teaching and administrative experiences including Elementary and Middle School Teacher, PYP Coordinator, Vice-Principal and most recently the Lower School Principal at SCIS-Pudong, a position she has held for the past 3 and a half years.
When asked about the new position Liz had the following insights to share:
What are you most excited about in your new position?
- There are so many aspects of this position that excite me. However, working with and learning from an outstanding teaching faculty is definitely something I’m very much looking forward to. Across all three SCIS campuses, teachers are designing and implementing innovative learning experiences using research-based best practices that provide opportunities for students to engage with the curriculum in ways that are meaningful and relevant to their lives. I am very excited to create additional opportunities for faculty across campuses to collaborate, reflect upon, and celebrate the phenomenal learning that is taking place each and every day throughout the SCIS system of schools.
What are the opportunities this role offers for SCIS?
- The creation of this role for our system is a huge step forward in terms of ensuring alignment and implementation of consistent best practices related to teaching and learning across campuses and divisions. Responsibilities of the role include the development of systematic processes, procedures, and policies that will guarantee a continual focus on learning based upon the SCIS vision, mission, and Schoolwide Learner Outcomes. By building organizational structures that foster ongoing collaboration and communication across campuses we will further our shared commitment to delivering a cohesive and rigorous curriculum that ensures all students progress to the highest possible standard and are empowered to take responsibility for their own learning.
How will the IB authorization and WASC accreditation process impact teaching and learning at SCIS?
- The synchronized IB authorization and WASC accreditation self-study serves as vehicles that guides the school community through meaningful conversations focused on school improvement and accountability surrounding all aspects of the curriculum and school operations. Through this process, we will have an in-depth look at what currently exists and what needs to be improved in relation to student learning and the current curricular and organizational practices that are in place. We will investigate the ways in which students are meeting the Schoolwide Learner Outcomes and academic standards by examining the extent to which students are achieving across the curriculum and reviewing the practices we have in place to support the achievement of all students. The self-study report will clearly identify the results of our findings including the ways in which we can improve all aspects of teaching and learning across the SCIS system, campuses, and divisions.
In efforts to clearly define the learning journey at SCIS, we have identified four core Schoolwide Learner Outcomes our students should aspire to achieve.