Education is about the child. It’s simple really, but too often, when looking at a school, educational jargon can clutter the ultimate mission - at least from the perspective of a parent. And yet this same jargon speaks to the depth of professionalism inherent in any good school. For, like the medical profession, teaching is a job of passion, of people and, most of all, of continual learning. This means searching for what is best in the profession, keeping abreast of mind-brain science, mother-tongue proficiency, technological innovation, literacy and numeracy pedagogy or curricular developments and continual subject or pastoral education.
In short, a good school inspires its teachers to do what every good student should do; learn and learn how to keep doing it for the rest of their lives.
I am proud to say that the International School of Stuttgart is one such school. You can see it in the way we are so closely linked with organizations such as the Association of German International Schools or the European Council of International Schools. Of course, our recent ascension to an International Baccalaureate World School, speaks of our commitment to developing 21st century global citizens.
But what it really comes down to is our commitment to the kids. Like any good family we challenge them, we encourage them, we argue with them, we support them, we educate them through their struggles and we celebrate in their triumphs. We work with parents and we share and collaborate our talents and ideas throughout all constituencies in the school. Feel free to visit my blog to see my thoughts on how best we can achieve all of this.
I encourage you and your child, as visitors to our site, to look within and discover the details of how we do all that we do. I encourage you to learn about our family. And for those of you already in our community, visiting this site to connect with a teacher, to check the calendar, to get the latest news, or to learn about the next stage of your child’s education here at ISS, I simply say, welcome home.