Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future.
We at BIS encourage a growth mindset also in our teaching staff. We believe in continuous improvement in a professional environment where innovation is encouraged. The school ensures that all faculty members have a solid understanding of International Baccalaureate Programmes and participate in continuing professional development (PD).
Working in an established IB World School with all three well-embedded IB programmes is an exceptional opportunity. While thousands of schools world-wide provide IB programmes, BIS is one of fewer than 200 which offer all three programmes starting in Early Learning and continuing through to the Diploma Programme.
Professional development budgets are delegated to staff to manage in teams. PD goals are agreed between faculty members and their Principals. The school especially supports staff members who wish to become IB workshop leaders, IB examiners or international conference presenters.
PD support is not limited solely to IB-associated training. Teachers can apply for other
courses and support may also be given for studies towards an advanced degree.
In-house professional development includes:
▪ opportunities for leadership within BIS and a clear emphasis on “growing” the potential of staff
▪ teaching teams with commitment to collaborative planning and appropriate time allowance for this
▪ frequent in-service training, including Apple operating programmes and English Language acquisition in the mainstream classroom
All faculty are challenged to build and improve their classroom practice through a peer coaching model we call the Professional Growth Framework.