Director of Teaching and Learning
Children are the world’s most precious resource. Children are our future. All children can learn. All children have the right to education. As adults, we have the responsibility to assure learning for all children. As educators, these most precious resources, children, are entrusted to us. We must provide for them and work with them with the utmost care, dedication, and expertise.
A child learns in a safe and encouraging environment. While fundamental skills in reading, writing and math are important, a child also needs to both ask questions and get his questions answered. He needs to explore, experience, search, research, create, construct, communicate, and connect new learning to what he already knows. A child is a whole being. He needs to grow academically, physically, behaviorally, and socially. A child needs to understand self and others. He needs to understand his preferences and talents. He needs to learn to think critically and creatively, draw conclusions, problem solve and share knowledge. He needs to learn to work individually, in pairs, and on a team. He needs to understand responsibility, celebrate diversity, and practice global citizenship. He needs to trust, to take risks, to learn to serve and to laugh while he learns.
EBV is a learning community. Our goals are:
1. To make EBV the place where community members, including board members, administrators, teachers, paraprofessional staff, and parents, use their passion and expertise to focus on student growth.
2. To develop an EBV school curriculum designed to promote learning integrated across subject areas and incorporates real life experiences. Teachers guide students.Together, teachers and students create learning experiences that address whole child interests and needs. Teachers base learning on student data generated from multiple sources, and craft learning experiences that are meaningful and authentic. Teachers nurture, guide, and inspire students to use what they know to venture into the unknown. Teachers create a learning environment both within and outside of the classroom where safety, respect, and responsibility reign.
3. As school leaders, it is our responsibility to adhere to the standards of excellence for international schools. We strive to create a culture of learning for both children and adults in the school community, recognizing that the growth of each individual improves the institution as a whole.
4. We work to model life long learning, develop human resources, build community, display authenticity, and share leadership.
5. We strive to be leaders who collect data and make careful, well thought out decisions based on the data at hand. We strive to listen first to the ideas of others and consider and speak for the needs of individuals as well as the group and the institution. While leading, we use a participatory approach and find strength in multiplying brainpower. We gather, listen, reap ideas, summarize, and try to carry the conclusions to the next level. In this way, learning and collaboration, with a focus on individual needs take priority, while accomplishing goals proceeds.