Did you know that all teachers at CIS are expected to be life-long learners? Alberta certified teachers are expecting to engage in professional development in every stage of their career and this is a mandatory requirement from the “Teaching Quality Standards” (TQS) set-out by the Alberta Government. The exact wording from the document is below:
Engaging in Career-Long Learning
A teacher engages in career-long professional learning and ongoing critical reflection to improve teaching and learning. Achievement of this competency is demonstrated by indicators such as:
(a) collaborating with other teachers to build personal and collective professional capacities and expertise;
(b) actively seeking out feedback to enhance teaching practice;
(c) building capacity to support student success in inclusive, welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments;
(d) seeking, critically reviewing and applying educational research to improve practice;
(e) enhancing understanding of First Nations, Métis and Inuit worldviews, cultural beliefs, languages and values;
(f) maintaining an awareness of emerging technologies to enhance knowledge and inform practice.
At CIS we place the highest value on education. The education provided to our students and development and training for our staff. We want to foster a love of learning in our students, and we accomplish this by being role-models that value learning as educators and adults.
Professional Development can be accomplished in many ways. Through conferences, workshops, professional reading, course work, guest speakers, webinars and professional collaboration. At CIS we work hard to provide as many opportunities as we can to our teachers to support their professional growth. Our school has hosted a number of conferences this year, our teachers have attended conferences across China, Hong Kong and Macau, and we have collaborated with other International schools as well as schools in Alberta.
Professional learning and development is essential for our teachers. And being a life-long learner is important for all of us, students, parents and teachers!!!
The most important attitude that can be found is the desire to go on learning”-John DeweyAmerican philosopher and educator