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  • 1. International Studies As a Catalyst to Urban School Reform Excellence, Equity and Global Opportunities Putting the World Into World Class Education July 9, 2008 Anthony Jackson
  • 2. The Gates Challenge: The International Studies Schools Network (ISSN)
    • A network of small international studies secondary schools nationwide
    • Located in urban school districts serving low income and minority children and families
    • Future expansion: K-12; rural areas
    • Model development to transform high schooling
  • 3. ISSN School Performance Versus Comparison School Performance ISSN Comparison
  • 4. International Studies Schools Network Design Model Vision, Mission, and School Culture Curriculum, Assessment, & Instruction Professional Learning Communities School Organization and Governance Student Engagement and Learning Outcomes Partnerships Successful ISSN School
  • 5. Student Learning Outcomes (ISSN Graduate Profile)
    • ISSN graduates are Ready for College.
    • ISSN Graduates have the Knowledge Required in the Global Era.
    • ISSN graduates are Skilled for Success in a Global Environment.
    • ISSN graduates are Connected to the World .
  • 6. Vision, Mission, Culture
    • Shared vision of an internationally-focused, 21 st century learning community
    • High expectations for all students to gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions of a college ready, globally competent citizen
    • Core values that include rigor, inclusion, service and leadership
  • 7. Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction
    • Global Focus woven seamlessly throughout the curriculum
    • Comprehensive Assessment that offers multiple pathways for students to demonstrate their learning about the world
    • Engaging Instruction that immerses students in problem-based, project-based international explorations that deepen subject-specific understandings while allowing students to make interdisciplinary connections
  • 8. School Organization and Governance
    • Students and Staff who elected to be a part of an internationally-focused education
    • Personalization so all students find their place and connection within the globally-focused mission of the school
    • Opportunities to learn and lead so all members of the school community have access to and voice in shaping the school, its policies, and practices
  • 9. Family and Community Partnerships
    • Family involvement that engages families as partners and calls on their diverse assets as sources of international learning at the school
    • Community partnerships that foster and extend the school’s international mission and students’ learning opportunities