Learning at AIS-R
Welcome to another year of learning at the American International School-Riyadh!
AIS-R’s culture of thinking permeates all aspects of both student and teacher learning, understanding and growth in our community. The Learning Office ensures there is a shared commitment to learning not only by our student learners, but by our leadership team members, teaching faculty and support staff. Multiple opportunities for learning are offered to our community whether it is during Professional Learning Days, Early Release Days, attendance at NESA Conferences, participating in Math Specialists workshops, or diving deep into online learning courses from HGSE or Coetail, to list just a few.
The Learning Office coordinates and supports all learning programs from Pre-K to adult learning. We work cooperatively with all leadership team members and teaching faculty to develop and align the curricular programs for our community of learners. Developing student and teacher agency and self-directed learning is a key component to our Annual Professional Learning Plan and ongoing Learning Coaches Cycles, Labsites, and Learning Rounds. Teachers set goals and reflect upon their growth with our AIS-R Professional Learning and Growth Menu, inspired by the Strong Teacher Effectiveness Performance Evaluation System.
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.” Recently AIS-R received Global Citizenship 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.” During the 2017-18 school year the K-12 faculty unpacked and explored 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 thinking, learning and instruction in our thinking classrooms and ensure have established a cultures where thinking is valued, visible and part of the everyday learning experiences of our learners.
Welcome to AIS-R! We invite you to Learn With Us!
Director of Learning