Monday, April 22, 2013

Eton Now Applies International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

Last April 13, I was introduced to an international curriculum, which is said to be a holistic approach to international education were every teacher, parent and student is in the network globally.   As a mom, it is important to me that my kids are not only motivated to learn but the love for it is evident in their day to day activities, at school and at home.
The rising interest for having kids in international school means that kids are ready for a global shift in learning styles as well.    Eton International School is an academic institution engaged in K-12 education and is a part of global network of more than 100 schools using the “Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles”. Branded as the “school of the future,” Eton provides a school where learning is more continuous, more relevant, and more adaptive. Its mission is to make International education accessible to all.
Now they have joined with other international schools all over the globe to let Filipino students get access to
this new teaching method, as Eton International School signed a partnership with International Primary Curriculum.  Eton's initiative makes education in the Philippines more valuable and more fun.

The launch last April 13 at Edsa Shangri-la Hotel, highlighted the symposium entitled “Think Global Start Young Start Now. A Symposium for Parents and Educators,” with one of the most sought after speakers, IPC London Regional Manager Katie Fitch.
Fitch is an IPC practitioner-trainer who has a wealth of practical experience gained from her 13 years of IPC work in European and Asian academic institutions. Since 2000, she has been providing training and support to schools implementing the IPC, as well as staff professional development.
IPC is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum designed to achieve three goals for personal, academic and international learning. It covers over 80 different thematic units of learning, which are considered to be child-friendly and modern-day topics appealing to all ages of primary children.
Essentially, IPC is learning based on a theme. For example, if the topic is about rainforest, you learn rainforest from different aspects such as English, Geography, Science, History and Arts.

Learning in IPC takes a global approach to develop „international-mindedness‟ among students. It helps children to connect their learning to where they are living now, as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries.
IPC Director Steven Mark explained that IPC has become an inspiring and fulfilling experience to students because the new approach allows them to make purposeful links and connections throughout their learning and to see how their subject learning is related to the world they live in.
The engaging approach of IPC also encourages parental involvement as children, inspired by their learning, talk freely to parents and family members about what they have done at school and often, choose to continue their learning at home.

The program was livened up by a special participation from Joseph the Sand Artist.
“The Filipino child of the 21st century deserves a curriculum that will enhance his personal development and international-mindedness. In learning, the child has to be both engaged and connected with a global of community of learners,” said Eton President Dr. Jacqueline Marzan-Tolentino.
Here is a video on why every parents need to consider Eton for their kids education.

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