The Future School Program

Project Representative
Ching Ya OOI
Creation Date: 2009
Headquarters: Beijing, China
Geographical Reach: China
Nature and number of beneficiaries: 1,500 key students, teachers and educators
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The Future School Program

About the Project

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.

Context and Issue

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.

Solution and Impact

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).

Future Developments

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.

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Ray Harris
I think this a fascinating approach -I am always concerned about education systems that seem only to teach about the past and for the present. We need a vision of possible and probable futures and provide opportunities for students to debvelop a toolkit of skills that will allow them to meet the challenge of whatever the future offers. Ban subject based approaches -this was for a much simpler industrial age.
reply - Jun 19, 2014
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Shu Dajun
Thank you very much for your kind words and affirmation! We can always discuss and explore further. :)
reply - Aug 13, 2014
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Mengji Chen
Hello Mr. Shu, as an education master's student at UCL Institute of Education, I am very excited about this Future School Programme. I am always interested in personalized learning development and practice. At the moment, I am focusing my effort in finding the new role of teaching in personalized learning context. I am still choosing from schools as my research object. I would be grateful if I could get involve in your prestigious programmes and contribute on providing recommendations on teachers' training. Hope we can discuss further, you can always get in touch with me through my email stnvmc3@ucl.ac.uk. I am looking forward to your reply.
Sep 28, 2016

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John Sole reply - Sep 22, 2015
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Ray Harris
I think this a fascinating approach -I am always concerned about education systems that seem only to teach about the past and for the present. We need a vision of possible and probable futures and provide opportunities for students to debvelop a toolkit of skills that will allow them to meet the challenge of whatever the future offers. Ban subject based approaches -this was for a much simpler industrial age.
reply - Jun 19, 2014
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Shu Dajun
Thank you very much for your kind words and affirmation! We can always discuss and explore further. :)
reply - Aug 13, 2014
Mengji Chen's picture
Mengji Chen
Hello Mr. Shu, as an education master's student at UCL Institute of Education, I am very excited about this Future School Programme. I am always interested in personalized learning development and practice. At the moment, I am focusing my effort in finding the new role of teaching in personalized learning context. I am still choosing from schools as my research object. I would be grateful if I could get involve in your prestigious programmes and contribute on providing recommendations on teachers' training. Hope we can discuss further, you can always get in touch with me through my email stnvmc3@ucl.ac.uk. I am looking forward to your reply.
Sep 28, 2016