The mission of AISZ is to build character and skills for futures rich with promise. In developing the AISZ Learning Ecosystem, we’ve framed our work within the three main pillars of the Common Ground Collaborative: conceptual learning, competency learning, and character learning. Through inquiry-based methodologies and an integrated approach, our commitment to innovative education comes to life.
AISZ strives to deliver a coherent, articulated PK-12 curriculum driven by inquiry and sustained by critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills. Problem-solving in unfamiliar and authentic situations, and interdisciplinary transfer of concepts and skills are priorities as teachers design units of inquiry.
Assessment at AISZ is based on success criteria, which align with the International Baccalaureate subject criteria and are used by students, teachers and parents to decide next steps in each student’s learning. Reflection, self-assessment and peer feedback are essential parts of assessment at AISZ.
Adult learning at AISZ is an integral part of curriculum development. AISZ recognizes that teacher learning has the capacity to impact student learning. Teachers collaborate to develop craftsmanship and flexibility in instruction and assessment.
At AISZ, professional development is mission-driven and addresses strategic priorities for the school’s growth and improvement. Most importantly, teachers learn and create the environments and experiences in which students are able to develop growth mindsets. Parents are considered partners in learning, and regular professional learning sessions are provided for parents