Hosting Africa's First Solution Tree PLC Institute
Africa’s first ever PLC Institute is here. ICS Addis is hosting the PLC Institute Conference, organized by Solution Tree, for the first time in the continent. The event, part of the ICS venture to become a fully certified PLC Exemplar School, will be attended by some of the most prominent international leaders in education. “The event will not only bring world leaders in education to ICS but also will bring forward our own educators to share their experiences and ICS best practices with educators from all over the world,” explains Elaine Nicholson, Director of Teaching and Learning at ICS.
The organizer of the institute, Solution Tree, is a US-based, professional development company established in 1998 that offers professional training, consultancy and resources for schools to implement the PLC at Work process. As the need for implementing the PLC process became increasingly evident during the last decade, Solution Tree has been organizing successive trainings and institutes worldwide. One of this institutes organized by Solution Tree is the PLC at Work Institute which has become one of the most influential and prestigious academic gatherings worldwide.
In the event, which will cover a wide range of areas of personalized learning, assessment, school culture and Response to Intervention (RTI), leading scholars in organizational culture, and education: Dr. Anthony Muhammad, Tom Schimmer and Dr. Timothy Stuart will be leading keynote sessions. In addition to the keynotes, Amanda Wood and Darin L. Fahrney from the Singapore American School will hold break out sessions sharing their experiences and best practices on RTI, assessment and collaboration, to name a few. ICS teachers and leaders will also facilitate sessions in areas that span from service learning to hub model of education to adult education and relationships in a personalized learning environment. Speaking about his expectations about the outcomes of the institute, Mr. Nick Janna, HS Deputy Principal, explains, “Having an institute of this nature… brings the faculty to a common understanding around our desired outcomes…. The real excitement [of the event] for me comes from the discussions between sessions when teachers have the opportunity to reflect and get excited about inspiration and implementation of new ideas.”
The PLC at Work Institute will not only guide and support ICS faculty but others from Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Kuwait, USA, and Israel.
“Apart from feeling honored to be hosting this inaugural PLC Institute for ICS, Ethiopia and Africa, we are confident that this event will have a lasting impact on the ICS PLC journey, and our commitment to becoming a highly effective and learning progressive school," explains Dr. Timothy Stuart, the ICS Head of School.