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WISS to Be Part of the Global Alliance for Innovative Learning

September, 2016
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wiss-gailWestern International School of Shanghai is excited to be part of the Global Alliance for Innovative Learning (GAIL), which is currently comprised of seven schools from five continents across the world. Being a part of GAIL will lead to exciting collaboration opportunities for students and staff. This includes the interactive classrooms, student exchanges, research fellowships and the annual GAIL convention. The interactive classroom element will allow WISS students at all levels to become more internationally minded as they collaborative with other GAIL schools through shared units, thereby not only developing their understanding of the relevant IB program of education, but adding in an additional element of international understanding.

Student exchanges will offer upper Middle School students the opportunity to experience life at one of the GAIL schools for an extended period of time and allow students from partner schools to receive a WISS education for part of a semester. WISS’ partner schools in Australia, New Zealand, India and the USA already have experience of how this exciting opportunity can make a huge difference to a student’s life.

For WISS staff, the research fellowship provides a unique opportunity to dedicate time to research an issue close to their hearts to improve their educational practice. To date these fellowships have focused on educational coaching, STEM and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program. 

The annual GAIL convention has just taken place for the third time in Aberdeen, United Kingdom where more than 60 students collaborated together to explore and expand their understanding of Renewable Energy. Great friendships were made amongst these High School students and the GAIL champions who accompanied them. There were some stunning presentations on the last day demonstrating the power of collaborative learning that had taken place. Next year’s convention will be held at Prestige College, Pretoria, South Africa. 


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