BWYA Newsletter

February 2020

Committees:

Long Term Goals for Sustainable Development – Headmistress

PD Committee – Leila Li

Curriculum Committee – Amira Sadud

Data Committee – Richard Ambler

Safeguarding Committee – Aaron Wise

SLO Committee – Ralf Mayenberger

Long Term Goals for Sustainable Development

Construction of the new campus is proceeding according to plan. We are excited to see a modern, well-equipped school building taking shape. Further information can be expected in March.

Further progress has been made in terms of defining board member roles and identities. We are in communication with local educational authorities to ensure the structure we have in place is sound.

PD Committee

We met to discuss the PD policy in December. Based on discussions, some minor updates have been made to the written policy.

We are currently running a survey to get further input from staff as to the direction of professional development we will implement over the next three years.

The middle school has implemented response to intervention (RTI), a good approach to support the students who have been identified with special or different needs. We see this evidence-based strategy as an important step to further support our students and follow up on their progress, and it covers the first point of action 3.4 in the WASC action plan.

In response to suggestions from our committee members, school managers are currently evaluating the structure of our PD sessions and considering alternative structures that might make our sessions more efficient and meaningful, such as longer sessions once a month instead of shorter sessions weekly. The new PD sessions will be included in the master calendar for next school year.

Data Committee

The primary school has added data projects to the list of projects to be included in our academic year time-line. we now have several projects in place to support our students and teachers across the academic year. In line with the WASC action plan, we will be running test-runs and proof-of-concepts this year so can start implementing these projects more formally starting from next academic year.

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Our goal for this semester is to develop a written policy on how we store, treat and share data.

Jane & Richard have been experimenting with ways to expose teachers to pertinent, individualized analyses related to their teaching and student performance. Jane is planning to meet with departments to initiate discussions based on analyses and summaries she has created and to get feedback as to the usefulness of the activity.

Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee continues to work towards documenting and revising a unified curriculum program. During the next month, the different departments and grade levels will revise the standards and objectives written in their units, ensuring a common language across the school. They will also be completing a list of resources that are currently being used to meet the curriculum needs.

The Health and Wellness Committee, working towards the WASC Action Plan, has met several times during this year to evaluate different curricula that satisfy the school’s needs and existing programs. With this being done, they are already working on developing an initial structure.

The Committee continues to work towards the WASC Action Plan with the goal of mapping out and assessing the existing curricula at BWYA. We thank all teachers for their continuous hard work in this important process.

SLO Committee

The SLO committee has continued to collect data from various sources and the pastoral team has continued with the SLO of the month promoted on the Daily Announcements. Furthermore, the SLOs have been used through the MS and HS in term, semester, and homeroom comments and are the basis for the Homeroom Awards.

Recently, we held a professional development session on Wangjing campus to determine ways to incorporate the SLOs organically into our daily practice inside the classroom and we will hold a similar PD session on Dongfeng campus on February 25th. A summary of the results of our PD session on Wangjing campus has been shared with the team and can also be found here. One big take away of the individual subject group discussion was to make the SLOs more visible in our classes for the students. The various groups identified the overlap of the IB Learner Profile and the ATL skills with the SLOs as a way to work towards a better integration of the SLOs into our units and lessons. Through this overlap, we will also be able to highlight the SLOs in our curriculum and in our unit plans on Managebac.

During the PD session, we also identified SLOs with more problematic phrasing, especially in the SLOs INTERNATIONALLY-MINDED and ADAPTABILITY. Thanks to this input and the findings of this survey we will be able to work on rephrasing the SLOs in HS to make them age appropriate and easier to grasp for our students. This will help our students to experience the values our school has set and attach meaning to them. A similar survey among teachers is planned for teachers in MS and PS with the goal to create more age appropriate phrasings for our younger students.

Safeguarding Committee

The Safeguarding Committee continues to work diligently to help ensure that BWYA is a healthy and safe place for our school community. Recently, the following aspects have been focused on by the committee:

  • The committee have been developing a formal maintenance policy and procedures. This policy and procedures are designed to ensure that regular ongoing maintenance is scheduled and that maintenance issues which arise are addressed in an efficient and effective manner.
  • The committee continues to work on exploring a suitable student management system for implementation next year. Members of the school management teams have been trialing one possible system for the last couple of months to determine whether it is the most suitable system for our school for the future.

Committees:

Long Term Goals for Sustainable Development – Headmistress

PD Committee – Leila Li

Curriculum Committee – Amira Sadud

Data Committee – Richard Ambler

Safeguarding Committee – Aaron Wise

SLO Committee – Ralf Mayenberger

Long Term Goals for Sustainable Development

Construction of the new campus is proceeding according to plan. We are excited to see a modern, well-equipped school building taking shape. Further information can be expected in March.

Further progress has been made in terms of defining board member roles and identities. We are in communication with local educational authorities to ensure the structure we have in place is sound.

PD Committee

We met to discuss the PD policy in December. Based on discussions, some minor updates have been made to the written policy.

We are currently running a survey to get further input from staff as to the direction of professional development we will implement over the next three years.

The middle school has implemented response to intervention (RTI), a good approach to support the students who have been identified with special or different needs. We see this evidence-based strategy as an important step to further support our students and follow up on their progress, and it covers the first point of action 3.4 in the WASC action plan.

In response to suggestions from our committee members, school managers are currently evaluating the structure of our PD sessions and considering alternative structures that might make our sessions more efficient and meaningful, such as longer sessions once a month instead of shorter sessions weekly. The new PD sessions will be included in the master calendar for next school year.

Data Committee

The primary school has added data projects to the list of projects to be included in our academic year time-line. we now have several projects in place to support our students and teachers across the academic year. In line with the WASC action plan, we will be running test-runs and proof-of-concepts this year so can start implementing these projects more formally starting from next academic year.

Our goal for this semester is to develop a written policy on how we store, treat and share data.

Jane & Richard have been experimenting with ways to expose teachers to pertinent, individualized analyses related to their teaching and student performance. Jane is planning to meet with departments to initiate discussions based on analyses and summaries she has created and to get feedback as to the usefulness of the activity.

Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee continues to work towards documenting and revising a unified curriculum program. During the next month, the different departments and grade levels will revise the standards and objectives written in their units, ensuring a common language across the school. They will also be completing a list of resources that are currently being used to meet the curriculum needs.

The Health and Wellness Committee, working towards the WASC Action Plan, has met several times during this year to evaluate different curricula that satisfy the school’s needs and existing programs. With this being done, they are already working on developing an initial structure.

The Committee continues to work towards the WASC Action Plan with the goal of mapping out and assessing the existing curricula at BWYA. We thank all teachers for their continuous hard work in this important process.

SLO Committee

The SLO committee has continued to collect data from various sources and the pastoral team has continued with the SLO of the month promoted on the Daily Announcements. Furthermore, the SLOs have been used through the MS and HS in term, semester, and homeroom comments and are the basis for the Homeroom Awards.

Recently, we held a professional development session on Wangjing campus to determine ways to incorporate the SLOs organically into our daily practice inside the classroom and we will hold a similar PD session on Dongfeng campus on February 25th. A summary of the results of our PD session on Wangjing campus has been shared with the team and can also be found here. One big take away of the individual subject group discussion was to make the SLOs more visible in our classes for the students. The various groups identified the overlap of the IB Learner Profile and the ATL skills with the SLOs as a way to work towards a better integration of the SLOs into our units and lessons. Through this overlap, we will also be able to highlight the SLOs in our curriculum and in our unit plans on Managebac.

During the PD session, we also identified SLOs with more problematic phrasing, especially in the SLOs INTERNATIONALLY-MINDED and ADAPTABILITY. Thanks to this input and the findings of this survey we will be able to work on rephrasing the SLOs in HS to make them age appropriate and easier to grasp for our students. This will help our students to experience the values our school has set and attach meaning to them. A similar survey among teachers is planned for teachers in MS and PS with the goal to create more age appropriate phrasings for our younger students.

Safeguarding Committee

The Safeguarding Committee continues to work diligently to help ensure that BWYA is a healthy and safe place for our school community. Recently, the following aspects have been focused on by the committee:

  • The committee have been developing a formal maintenance policy and procedures. This policy and procedures are designed to ensure that regular ongoing maintenance is scheduled and that maintenance issues which arise are addressed in an efficient and effective manner.
  • The committee continues to work on exploring a suitable student management system for implementation next year. Members of the school management teams have been trialing one possible system for the last couple of months to determine whether it is the most suitable system for our school for the future.