The Future School Program
The Future School Program
At RDFZ XISHAN SCHOOL, the Future School Program (FSP) focuses on three key aspects of innovative learning and teaching:
1) Student Learning, where the aim is to make learning a personal experience for every student. Students are taught the three principles of one-to-one learning, including mobility, customization, and context, in order to fully appreciate this mode of learning.
2) Instructional Practices, for educators to guide students expertly through challenging and complex tasks. In 2011, Challenge-Based Learning (CBL) was introduced to allow students to work on big ideas in groups, develop essential questions and offer effective solutions. The first batch of 12 CBL student representatives gave their first successful presentation at the 2012 Apple Educational Leadership Summit in Geneva.
3) Curriculum Design, that leverages the power of technology to support students' learning outcomes, so that through one-to-one teaching and learning the students excel in their state examinations and, at the same time, become holistic learners.
RDFZ XISHAN SCHOOL aims to achieve holistic education in the context of China's traditional education landscape. Instead of the usual lecture-style classrooms, the FSP is designed to hone students' 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, communication skills and creativity, and engage them through an approach that seamlessly integrates collaborative, experiential and project-based learning. This approach is in line with the school mission of developing students with 21st-century skills.
The underlying model of the Future School Program is based on the Partnership for 21st-Century Skills (P21) framework, integrated with the school's vision, mission, values and goals to set the direction for future learning. School leaders take collective ownership of the initiative to steer the school management towards innovative educational practices and develop educators into the thought leaders of China's public education sector.
In terms of impact, RDFZ XISHAN SCHOOL has so far organized and hosted an annual iSummit for two years (2012 and 2013) - an event that gathers educators from all over the world to explore one-to-one teaching and learning - and it is also the first and only public school in Greater China to be certified as an Apple Distinguished Education school for two consecutive years (2011-2012; 2012-2013; 2014-2016).
In the coming years, RDFZ XISHAN will continue organizing the iSummit on an annual basis. Immediate plans include hosting the SAGE-iSummit 2014 - a three-day event that unites the second twice-yearly SAGE (Strategic Alliance for Global Educators) conference and third iSummit - in November 2014.
The project also plans to establish RDFZ XISHAN SCHOOL as a Learning Future School (combining a Learning Organization and a Future School) by the end of 2015, with the key objective of realizing customized learning for each student in the classroom through a one-to-one teaching and learning framework. By 2018, it will have established a solid eco-system with technology-integrated curriculum mapping for the entire school.