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Holistic Learning: Our Commitment to Student Success

Holistic Learning: Our Commitment to Student Success

Silicon Valley International School (INTL) is committed to empowering young minds throughout their educational journey, from Preschool to 12th Grade. Our holistic approach to education is grounded in our commitment to inquiry-based learning and bilingualism. In our embodiment of the principles of being lifelong learners, this year we’ve embarked on a series of professional development endeavors aimed at ensuring high quality teaching and learning for all. 

Differentiated Teaching Excellence with Melissa Dickson and Trevor Mackenzie

At INTL, we understand that education is not a one-size-fits-all approach. To cater to the diverse needs of our students, we have prioritized differentiated teaching. In collaboration with esteemed education experts, Melissa Dickson and Trevor Mackenzie, we have undertaken a journey that explores assessment practices, feedback mechanisms, and practical differentiation strategies to ensure all learners are supported, challenged, and engaged in their learning.

Teachers huddled up discussing the information presented to them in the inservice.

The expertise and insights brought by Dickson and Mackenzie have had a marked impact on our teachers. INTL has integrated all that was learned into the curriculum, enabling our teachers to adapt their approach to each student's individual learning style. Our aim is to ensure that every student receives the support and guidance they need to thrive. For example, our teachers expertly “chunk” information for students still consolidating understanding, making complex concepts accessible and engaging. Or, students are encouraged to "chew" on complex problems, allowing them to dive deep into their areas of interest - developing critical thinking and depth of thinking that extends beyond the baseline scope. 

Our commitment to differentiation extends to assessments, allowing all teachers to scaffold towards an assessment infused with student voice, understanding, and autonomy. This approach ensures that assessments are accessible to all students while encouraging them to take ownership of their learning journey. Teachers are balancing the use of traditional assessment tools and ones that actively involve students as assessment partners, respecting their agency and promoting reflective, self-directed learning. By applying these principles, we're creating a dynamic learning environment that empowers students to take charge of their educational journey.

Embracing Social-Emotional Learning (SEL): A Community-Strengthening Journey

In our pursuit of providing a well-rounded education, we have also embarked on a shared professional development journey into strengthening SEL practices. Our focus has been on learning about restorative justice practices, which aligns with our commitment to social-emotional learning and community strengthening.

Restorative justice practices emphasize building positive relationships, resolving conflicts amicably, and fostering a sense of responsibility within the community. By instilling these values in our students, we are working to create an environment where every individual feels heard, respected, and supported.

Middle School science being explained to a group of students.

This journey extends into every facet of school life. We aim to create a school environment where students, teachers, and parents can communicate openly, resolve issues constructively, and work together to build a harmonious community.

From their earliest days in Preschool to their final steps in 12th Grade, we strive to empower every child to be a compassionate, open-minded, and culturally aware individual, nurturing the leaders of tomorrow.

Fostering bilingual leaders with boundless futures.
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An International Baccalaureate education from preschool to high school.