Head of School Updates, January 17, 2020

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Friends

It was a truly energizing week, largely due to the two fantastic parent meetings we held to introduce our Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (SLOs), shown below.

I want to start by saying thank you to the 20+ Pudong parents in attendance and to Liz Gale for planning and organizing the kick-off process.

Pudong parents share their insights on our SLOs.

After a short explanation about the process and history, we moved into small groups (each facilitated by one an SCIS Principal) to clarify and strengthen our understanding of each of the SLOs. It was an exciting discussion, focusing on the incredible potential we have at SCIS to continue building something special for our students. As Liz shared, “the ideas shared give me goosebumps” about what’s possible.

Prompts for the small group discussion included:
– What does this SLO “look like”? Sound like? Feel like?
– In what ways is SCIS already meeting this SLO?
– In what ways could SCIS better meet this SLO?

The development of our SLOs has thus far included administrators and all SCIS faculty (Hongqiao and Pudong) over the last six months. Our introduction and development with parents and students will continue this semester. Our goal is to have a set of collaboratively developed Schoolwide Learner Outcomes by June of 2020!

Because our SLOs will serve both campuses, we repeated this introductory presentation for our Hongqiao parents on Thursday. It was another exciting meeting.

Liz Gale leads our SCIS Hongqiao Campus Parent session.

Our next job will be to compile all of the parent ideas and share with everyone. We will have follow-up parent meetings to build our shared understanding of these outcomes. As an organization that constantly seeks to improve, we have to continue to understand where we are meeting the needs of our students and in what areas we can improve. We hope you will join us on this journey during our future discussions.

On a different note, this week, the Pudong faculty was treated to some important professional development from visiting author and consultant Jennifer Abrams. Her work centers on group development by sharing research-based strategies for structuring difficult conversations. The work with Jennifer ties in nicely to the development of our SLOs. As we consider what our school can become, we must be able to acknowledge and overcome the obstacles that prevent it. That means that all constituents have to become comfortable with effectively confronting about where we can improve.

This weekend, send out your “Good Luck Dragons!” thoughts to our Upper School Model United Nations representatives who are at work this weekend at Concordia International School, and to our Varsity Basketball teams as they compete at Shekou International School for the ACAMIS Tournament.

Wishing each of you a relaxing weekend,

Go Dragons!
Derek Luebbe
Head of School

Invitation to Chinese New Year Celebration

Don’t forget about our upcoming Chinese New Year celebration on January 23rd at 1:00 pm. All parents are invited to attend as we celebrate our host country.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, Jan. 18:
    • MUN Conference @ Concordia
  • ACAMIS Basketball @ Shekou
    • Sunday, Jan. 19:
    • MUN Conference @ Concordia
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21:
    • MYP Personal Project Exhibition, Black Box, 2pm-2:45pm
  • Thursday, Jan. 23:
    • Chinese New Year Assembly, Theater, 1pm-1:40pm
    • LS Chinese New Year Temple Fair, Black Box, 1:45pm-2:45pm
  • Friday, Jan. 24 to Sunday, Feb. 2:
    • Chinese New Year Holiday

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