The inspiration for such a transformative school started with a plethora of school visits to educational institutions worldwide. Seattle, Los Angeles, Lugano, Helsinki, and Singapore, were some of the locations visited to inspire change in the Brazilian education system.
Each location highlighted a specific aspect of education and what it represents within the context of developing lifelong learners.
The secretary of education spoke to us about the importance of cross disciplinary thinking and of developing problem solving networks. Rethinking the education system to align to the needs of society is fundamental in today's world. Teaching in a system where the teacher had the key to all the knowledge no longer works in today's world where access to information is at everyone's disposal. Learners have to have their individual opportunities to learn, which are catered to their needs of where they are in their developmental processes.
This visit to Islandwood in Washington State brought awareness to flexible learning spaces with a focus on community partnerships and active engagement with the environment. When this visit was translated to CONCEPT’s academic strategic plan, it integrated the entirety of our three campi to our immediate and surrounding community and to the proposed curricular projects.
The Muse school brought the inspiration of what is meant by integrated learning. The initial stage of the process of project based learning develops from curiosities and big understandings. The combination of content areas form an interconnected web of competencies where the areas of arts, humanities, languages, math, and science come together to develop an interconnected relationship among content, knowledge, and skills.
TASIS and College du Leman combined the idea of having highly committed and talented educators focused on student learning to the process of developing educators to make the most informed decisions to support learners. The focus is developing multiple pathways for learners to achieve deeper levels of understanding.
Developing learners to confront uncertainties and adapt to changes was the essence of the learning during the visit to multiple schools in Singapore. The philosophy of learning through play to develop autonomy, social emotional well -being, confidence, authentic learning experiences, and creative thinkers supported CONCEPT when as it developed its academic philosophy.
The multi-destination trip inspired us to bring together the most talented group of educational leaders, inspirational educators, and dynamic staff to welcome your children to a contextualized multidisciplinary learning environment where ideas are translated into outcomes to develop action-oriented projects that will impact our interconnected global society.