We see a school where students have agency to make deliberate choices about what they learn, how they learn, and who they learn with. A school where students learn as they serve others, take environmental action, and create social solutions, both inside and outside of the walls of our school.
Our work does not occur in isolation. We are a school where teachers are innovating around best practice to create learning environments that connect us all. What philosophies guide us?
A Traveller's Mindset
A traveler’s mindset helps us become constantly aware of our practice. It means we constantly seek insights that can lead to questions that allow us to enter the design cycle.
At NIS, we use Design Thinking as a way of moving from observation to action. Instead of trying to recreate the same journeys from other schools, we hope to create solutions specific to NIS and our students.There are many models of Design Thinking. At our school, we develop empathy, define the problem, ideate, and prototype solutions and then test them out.
Teams already exist throughout the school, or can be assembled for specific tasks. They might not always need to work in the same way or capacity, or even at the same time. The continuum of team structures we use to drive change includes: functional, lightweight, heavyweight, and autonomous teams.
Ditch Change Amplify
NIS existed well before our Strategy. There are things we do that either get in the way, or are not helping towards our goals. There are also practices that already align with our Strategy; we need to amplify these cases by sharing these stories. All community members should move Strategy forward by constantly examining what practices we need to ditch, change or amplify.
DITCH: What has no impact and needs to be ditched? Stop doing things that get in the way of innovation in order to design better learning experiences at NIS.
CHANGE: What has low impact and needs a redesign? What are small changes we can make that will have the biggest impact?
AMPLIFY: What has a high impact? What inspiration can come from these shared success stories?
Learn more on our Strategy@NIS V2.2020 website.