Learning at AIS-R
Welcome to another year of learning at the American International School-Riyadh!
Our teaching faculty are well supported in their professional learning through AIS-R’s Learning Office. It is here where faculty learn about the various conferences, workshops and institutes available to them from organizations such as: NESA; the US State Department; Harvard Graduate School of Education: Wide World Online Learning; Principals’ Training Center, Teacher Training Center and Counselor Training Center - as well as many other reputable, educational organizations.
Our faculty also shares their knowledge and skills with their colleagues as part of our self-directed Professional Learning Program in the form of AIS-R U. Teachers select from nine different offerings and enroll in a 9-10 hour semester long course developed and delivered by AIS-R faculty. The Learning Office coordinates and supports all learning programs from Pre-K to adult learning. We work cooperatively with all administrators and teachers to develop and align the curricular programs for all of our learners. Program improvement is ongoing and is based on the most up-to-date research on student and adult learning. New resources are acquired continuously, and AIS-R’s curriculum guides act as our main references and are updated on a 6-year cycle.
According to our mission, AIS-R students will be ". . . ethical global citizens with the skills and passion to think creatively, reason critically, communicate effectively and learn continuously.” This year we received our International Certification from the Council of International Schools. This accreditation process reflects our continued drive to embed global citizenship learning in all aspects of our K-12 programs for our students, our teachers and our community. AIS-R has written a definition of Global Citizenship for our students: “An AIS-R global citizen possesses the understandings, skills, values and mindset to take meaningful action in creating a more inclusive, sustainable, and peaceful world.” Next school year, the K-12 faculty will be involved in the process of unpacking the values and skills of global citizenship learning that we identify as necessary for our students to become true global citizens.
AIS-R has developed an Honor Code that upholds our student-focused mission, as we personally and purposely honor and promote respect for others, inclusiveness, individual differences, and appropriate behavior. In order to reinforce these beliefs, AIS-R has defined what it means to be an AIS-R Eagle: Ethical, Adaptable, Global, Learning, and Environmental. Coupled with the AIS-R Eagle Honor Code and AIS-R definition of Global Citizenship are the AIS-R Learning Principles. These principles guide learning and instruction in our classrooms and ensure we are meeting our students needs while maintaining a commitment to research-based practices as educators.
Welcome to AIS-R! We invite you to Learn With Us!
Director of Learning