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Rushing through America – "Alabuga" team visit to the U.S.
On December 2-8 the Head of AIS, Mr. Zamanov, visited a number of U.S. institutions in order to study the international experience in soft-skills teaching.
The first school to be visited was Stanford d.school - a place where people use design to develop their own creative potential. It was an empowering experience to see how methods from across the field of design are implemented to create learning experiences that help people unlock their creative potential and apply it to the world.
The Willows Community School couldn’t fall out of the must-to-visit list as the school claims attention for its curriculum being designed to develop out-of-the-box design thinkers. Creativity in this school is not restricted to the arts, but fostered in every discipline.
The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence shared their experience in using the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. The Center conducts research and teaches people how to develop their emotional intelligence.
The experience acquired is actively implemented in AIS with Stanford d.school methods for practicing design-thinking and Yale RULER approach that implies the use of Mood Meters for developing the core skills: Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating emotions.
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IB Student Conferences: Opportunities for Empowerment

Student conferences within IB PYP programme were held at AIS to reflect the students’ progress in academic disciplines and core competencies under the new school strategy on April 10-11.

Students of KG1 - Grade 2 and their parents participated in the Three-Way Conferences that involved three parties: students, parents and teachers. The conference participants discussed students’ progress and achievements emphasizing on the strengths and areas for improvement as well as setting future goals for the next academic year and the ways to assist in their attainment. AIS students shared their thoughts and ideas on inquiries conducted, assessed their role in inquiry activities, demonstrated the works, selected by them well in advance with the teacher’s support, and their portfolios.

The format of Student Led Conferences for Grade 3 - Grade 6 allowed the students to arrange and run conferences on their own. The student portfolio was the main focus of the conferences as it compiles many great examples from different units of inquiry. It gives the students the chance to take full ownership of their work while making their parents proud of all that they have done throughout the year.

The days of student conferences turned to be special for the entire school community and gave our students the unique opportunities for empowerment and engagement. We would like to express gratitude to all AIS families for taking the time to recognize the full worth of a strong IB education!