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CA Teachers are Life-long Learners
Posted 12/02/2019 15:04

Teachers at Canadian Academy are Life-long Learners, too

Teachers at Canadian Academy not only hope to inspire learning in students, we also inspire learning in each other. Many teachers at Canadian Academy extend their learning beyond the walls of CA, and even beyond the borders of Japan. In fact, we have 15 educators that are extending their learning and influence outside CA.

What do they do?

Here are just some of our risk-taking staff speaking about their roles in the education community.

Moderators and Examiners are teachers who work with the DP Examinations or MYP Personal Project process. The marking is done electronically and teachers give feedback to students and teachers to support their learning.

"I became an IB examiner because I thought that it would be excellent professional development in my role as an MYP Personal Project coordinator and happily that assumption was correct! Grading Personal Project essays for the IB gave me a window into the submission process that I never would have had access to otherwise. The steps required to become an examiner were challenging but overall it gave me a depth of knowledge that I am now able to pass on to students and faculty at my school. Simplifying and clarifying the way that our students write their Personal Project reports was one of my goals for the year and my work as an examiner was crucial in helping me to achieve this goal." Jen Clark – MYP Personal Project Moderator; Secondary Librarian and PP Coordinator

Professional Development includes educators who work with teacher training, leading workshops or presenting at regional conferences.

"I enjoy having the opportunity to present about programs we implement here at CA and that I am passionate about. Participants are often impressed by what we do here and how progressive we are. I recently presented at EARCOS for Principals and Athletic Directors on Positive Sports Coaching." Sim Cook – Athletics Director

"Providing language support for a workshop in a subject (geography) outside of my own (Japanese Lang & Lit) gave me an opportunity to look at the IB curriculum more holistically. I went with the intention to help others and ended up coming home with new ideas for my own classes." Natsu Sato – Japanese Teacher

Those who work in School Services work with other schools to ensure that the high standard of quality education is met and maintained. No school can be authorized as an IB, WASC or CIS school without the work of these individuals. The feedback they give supports all facets of the school's management and operations, as well as teaching and learning.

"Serving on an accreditation team is a commitment to provide friendly, critical feedback to a school. When going on a visit to another school, I often learn more about who we are and how we approach challenges at Canadian Academy. More often than not, I return with renewed energy and appreciation for CA." Rob Smailes – Director of Admissions and Advancement

"As a peer working with different international schools, you get to share knowledge, expertise, and effective practices with a diverse group of people who have different perspectives and backgrounds. It enables me to reflect not only on my own teaching and learning but also reflect on and appreciate my own school and what makes international schools such a great place to work. I am very grateful that CA supports its staff in these endeavours." Suzie Rampling – Secondary Teacher

It truly does take a community approach to supporting learning for all students. Educators at Canadian Academy believe in the strength of collaboration, critical friends, and meaningful feedback to support learning.But just as important, what they learn through these roles directly supports the teaching and learning for our students. As Midori Nishizawa, Secondary Japanese and Service Learning Coordinator reflects:

"The International Baccalaureate Educator Network (IBEN) is growing. Being a part of this network benefits me and CA in making connections to other schools in Japan and overseas. We receive the most updated information and training which we can share with colleagues. I hope this will help CA serve as a leading international school in Japan."

Renee Rehfeldt
Director of Learning

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