A. B. Combs Elementary School
9-12h: Morning session: Getting to the core
Vision, mission and principles, membership criteria, and organizational structure
Action plan: Setting ambitious yet realistic goals for our future collaboration
What is our next step: The one project all schools will commit to doing together
When will we meet next?
Scheduling GSA's How We Learn event in October 2016
14-17h: Press conference and preparation for the evening event
19-22h: Vega School's parents' session: Co-creating the world’s best schools
GSA heads and Vega School's parents will meet for a large group session highlighting and debating the change needed in education as well as showcasing inspiring examples and philosophies from the GSA schools. School presentations by GSA schools will be followed by a facilitated panel discussion with GSA heads about the future of education.
The evening will continue with informal conversations with Indian parents over dinner.
22h: Goodbye drinks for GSA participants
Allan Kjær Andersen
former Head of School Matthew Moss High School
Vega Schools Board Member
Albany Senior High School
Auckland, New Zealand
Lene Jensby Lange
Global Schools' Alliance
High Tech Middle Chula Vista
Chula Vista, USA
Ni Putu Tirka Widanti (Ika)
Yayasan Kul Kul
New Delhi, India
Oct 14: Welcome, introduction and presentations from GSA schools
Participants still in India will travel together to Agra to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site.
Liger Learning Center
Phnomh Penh, Cambodia
Participants began the day reviewing accomplishments from the previous day. They examined a diagram representing the common threads between their schools and reflected on what they could take away from it.
Participants voted on the agenda and the remainder of the day was spent selecting and discussing three major questions. They broke into small groups who each focused on one question. After a 30 minute group discussion, participant returned to the group at large to facilitate dialogue around the ideas they felt were most important for the larger group to address.
Initial discussions were directed at determining what GSA can enable member schools to do. Takeaways included the creation of structures by GSA members to support one another as well as the establishment of an advocacy network for the betterment of learning globally.
Secondary discussions answered the question how GSA can further teacher/student/school leader collaborations. There were a variety of ideas discussed, such as schools visits, leveraging social media, and creating thought partners/critique buddies for stakeholders.
Finally, the group discussed what makes a person successful in life. The philosophical debate centered around how to teach students how to reflect and become critical thinkers and problem solvers in the real world.
A large part of the first day of the Global School Alliance was spent with the members getting to know each other. Each of the members introduced themselves and their schools. Although each school hailed from a different corner of the globe, operating within its own unique socio-cultural and economic context, they shared a vision of working together to unlock the power of innovative education.
Innovative education takes on various forms and there is little consensus on what education should look like, even amongst these like-minded catalysts of change. For example, the Green School in Bali - founded by Peter Hattie, focuses on fostering and building green thinking. On the other hand, the Liger Learning Center only has one goal - to create change agents within their own country of Cambodia. Their methodologies vary as well, from the 100-minute classes implemented by the Albany Senior High School to the digital learning sessions at Ørestad Gymnasium. While Freemans Bay School is a public school operating in New Zealand to engage, enrich, and empower its students, High Tech High is a group of charter schools (including High Tech Middle Chula Vista) based out of San Diego, USA that focuses on the power of what the students can achieve today.
Despite these differences, there is a deeper understanding of working towards the betterment of students and the community at large. There is a shared awe for each other's work and a deep pool of inspiration that the participants continue to draw from each other. Finally, and most importantly, there is a passion to keep going. As Ika from Green School said, "Education, for me, is a process, it's never ending." The Global School Alliance Symposium 2015 is a space for the members to learn from each other and continue their own education.
Global Schools' Alliance International Symposium 2015
14-16 October 2015
New Delhi, India
Vega Schools in Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi, hosted Global Schools' Alliance's 2015 annual meeting. Principals, Heads of School, Founders, and School Leaders converged in Delhi for a three day conference packed with inspiring company, energizing conversations about the future of education and GSA members' roles in it. During this time members shared updates on their schools, discussed how every school could benefit and learn more from the Alliance, led sessions on the future of GSA and the organization's next steps, and had a panel discussion open to Indian parents who were interested in learning more about how the Alliance would benefit their child's education at Vega Schools. Participants met their counterparts from other countries, shared research, planned international projects for their students in coordination with other attendees, and explored Incredible India! The program was inspired by the input received from you, our members. It is our hope that these days spent in India will contribute to strong relationships between schools, see the implementation of the powerful action plan created of exciting opportunities for all of our schools, faculty, staff, and students, and take GSA to the next level.
Freemans Bay School
Auckland, New Zealand
Hilltop Road Public School
Dr. Steven Edwards
Washington D.C., USA
Sugandha Mathur Anand
Head of School
Oct 15: Exploring the potential of GSA
Oct 16: Vision and action plan, press conference, and parents event
Oct 17: Taj Mahal trip
11-13h: Welcome lunch
13-17h: Getting acquainted
School presentations and discussion
10 to 15 minutes presentation by each partipant:
Vision and how it translates into practice
Showcasing an examplar project
’Sublime & Ridiculous’: three brilliant and two awful things you have done as a school
Challenges and next steps
Showcasing what makes your school stand out in particular
Why are you here?
Where will the world be in 10-15 years?
What makes a human being truly successful in life?
How can we set a really high bar in education?
Initial hopes and aspirations for GSA: stepping stones for building a shared vision
Thoughts and ideas on how students can form peer-learning communities across the schools, considering languages, time zones, curriculum overlaps, etc.
10-12h: Brainstorming session - Diving deeper: The potential of GSA
Small group breakout sessions to prepare the afternoons’ discussions
What can GSA enable us to do together?
What could educations’ approach to global citizenship and developing the skills needed to take on global challenges look like through a GSA lens?
Which ideas could be worth pursuing?
Crazy ideas we should give some thought?
What would the idea of ONE informal global school look like?
How can we be a true strength to each other?
How do we institutionalize the network in our schools and in GSA?
What should the membership criteria be?
14-18h: Afternoon session
Discussions facilitated by participants on morning session's topics
The common thread in our ideas: Initial discussion of a shared vision, mission, and principles for GSA
Planning the final parent event to be held on Day 3