20 Mar, 2018
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This month, more than 600 educators at YCIS Shanghai participated in a two-day conference themed ‘Reinvention: The Future Beckons’. The educators used video conferencing links to connect with 1,200 other colleagues from the global network of Yew Chung International Schools (YCIS) and sister schools, Yew Wah International Education Schools (YWIES), who gathered concurrently in five other cities around China to focus on the future of education. The conferences also marked the 85th anniversary of the schools’ founding.
YCIS and YWIES are the largest privately-run international education group in China, with a network of kindergartens, schools, and a college catering to over 10,000 students across 20 locations in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Silicon Valley, USA.
The two-day conference, the group’s largest ever, was held in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Qingdao, Chongqing, and Yantai. The attendees focused on the changes to education required to keep up with ever-increasing advancements in technology, in areas such as Artificial Intelligence.
The theme also represents YCIS’ stated mission to pioneer educational pedagogy through the introduction of ‘Learning Communities’ and a focus on global competencies.
YCIS & YWIES CEO and School Supervisor Dr Betty Chan opened the conference, saying “‘Reinvention’ is precisely our call to action. This is our opportunity to reinvent education. As we gather here to celebrate our 85th anniversary, we come together to lay the future direction for the education of our children. The existing pedagogy, methodology, and content should be modified to equip the next generation so that they will become the leaders of tomorrow.”
Several education specialists were invited to share their expertise at the conference. According to Dr Troy Lui, Chief Education Officer at YCIS and YWIES schools, “If schools want to rethink the direction of education, it is not enough to rely solely on past experience. It is imperative to consult scholars and experts to understand the latest research results and practical experience.”
The keynote speakers at the conference included:
The speeches included insights from an intensive independent research project which highlighted how the new model of education at YCIS positively impacts young learners’ development through its student-centred Learning Community approach, and also focused on the importance for children to leverage computational power through access to meaningful interaction with technology.
In Shanghai, the three keynote speeches were live-streamed to the conference attendees at YCIS Shanghai’s Hongqiao Campus and Gubei Campus in Puxi, and Century Park Campus in Pudong.
At the Hongqiao Campus, ECE and Primary Teachers from the Hongqiao and Ronghua campuses also attended presentations on topics such as: ‘Learning Agility’; ‘Third Culture Kids’; ‘Homework or Home Learning; and ‘Learning Communities’.
At the Gubei Campus, our Secondary teachers attended presentations on topics such as: ‘Being a Student’s Champion’; ‘Modification versus Differentiation’; and ‘Supporting Unique Learners’.
Across the river, teachers convened at the Century Park Campus and attended a variety of teacher-led workshops on topics including wellness, differentiation, and also had First Aid Emergency Preparedness training.
Throughout the event, workshops and panel discussions served to augment the continuous professional development offered to educators at YCIS. Following in-depth discussion and debate, tactical implementation ideas for new learnings were proposed across the school network.
“This conference affirmed that our schools are taking the lead in 21st-century teaching methodology,” Dr Lui added. “We’ve already implemented teaching methods which prepare children to be successful in navigating the unknown challenges they will face in the coming decades. We aim to be a shining example for educators worldwide through our forward-thinking approach.”
More information about the Yew Chung network of schools can be found at www.ycef.com and ycis-schools.com.