Professional Development at Kyiv International School

On November 21 and 22, 2019 the staff of Kyiv International School participated in their annual professional development. This year’s theme was Visible Thinking with key note speaker Mark Church. Mr. Church is the author of “Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners.”

In addition to being an innovative thought leader in the field of education, Mr. Church is also a consultant with Project Zero (http://www.pz.harvard.edu/) – an initiative of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

During the two day professional development, school staff explored practical and concrete ways to make student thinking more visible in various classroom context through the use of thinking routines and documentation.

This is the second year in a row that Mr. Church has visited Kyiv International School and we are very appreciative of his role in supporting or efforts educating and engaging our diverse student population.

Discussions that reinforced the theme of the professional development included: the 8 Cultural Forces that Define our Classroom; See, Think, Wonder; and Connect, Extend, Challenge.

Participants also took part breakout sessions led by education experts from our own staff. Topics covered a wide range of pedagogical approaches focused on reading, writing and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).