THE WHY

The "why" behind imagination lab school

 

Our world is in a constant state of flux. Advances in technology, global markets, and environmental pressures present us with an unpredictable future. It is more clear than ever that education is no longer simply about the accumulation of facts. 

In order to find happiness and to be successful in the future, our children will need to be more adaptable, more resilient, and more resourceful. They will need to think critically, be creative, communicate effectively, and collaborate with others.

 

In short, our children will need to be life-long learners.   

Our program is designed to support and develop the mindset, skillset, and toolset each child needs to be their best selves so that they may engage meaningfully and purposefully with the world around them. 

  • Curiosity & openness

  • Flexibility & adaptability

  • Self-regulation

  • Creativity

  • Persistence

  • Initiative & risk-taking

  • Long-term thinking

Mindset

  • Listen actively

  • Communicate effectively

  • Think critically

  • Use evidence & assess information

  • Analyze local & global issues

  • Reason logically & interpret clearly

  • Become & remain digitally literate

  • Speak at least one language beyond one’s native tongue

Skillset

  • Empathy

  • Collaboration & cooperation

  • Conflict resolution & decision-making

  • Trust

  • Leadership & responsibility

  • Assertive communication

  • Social influence

Toolset

 

THE HOW

The "how" behind imagination lab school

Learning requires a multi-modal approach that addresses all aspects of the whole child including social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. While the core school day allows time for both explicit skill development and opportunities to apply learning through engaging projects, social and emotional development is the thread that runs throughout each community experience.

 

In practice, this involves whole class, small group, and independent learning experiences that match learning goals with learner needs. This also involves a blended approach to knowledge, habit, and skill development using a flexible combination of interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary learning experiences.

 

We achieve our learning goals through the purposeful and deliberate integration of:

  • Social and emotional development

  • Constructivism, experiential learning, and design-thinking

  • Inquiry and reflection

  • Multi-age classes, flexible groupings, and personalization

  • Problem- and project-based learning

  • Mindfulness 

  • Neuroscience and developmental science

 

 

 

Globally connected

Real-world focused

Personalized and Innovative

Engagement-

based

THE WHAT

The "what" behind imagination lab school

Teaching, learning, and leading is anchored in and designed around the following: 

  1. A world-class, global education program

  2. A competency-based approach to teaching and learning

  3. A problem-based and project-based approach to curriculum based on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

  4. A commitment and dedication to outdoor education, the arts, and world languages

  5. A dedicated lab school with a focus on pedagogy, innovation, and partnerships

  6. A culture and community that meaningfully engages all stakeholders in individual and collective growth

  7. A deliberate and purposeful connection to the broader community, both locally and globally

 

Global

Competency

Problem-Based

Learning

Real-World Connections

Social & Emotional Development

A SAMPLE

SCHEDULE

sample schedule

The weekly schedule is a fluid and flexible structure that supports knowledge and skill development, as well as vigorous opportunities to apply both in context. The schedule is not a fixed structure to be followed, but rather a template that student and adult learners work from to create deep and purposeful learning experiences.

 

The school day begins with rolling drop-off between 8:00-8:45AM and Extended Day until 6:00PM.

 

Along with workshop time (reading, writing, and math), our learning experiences include:

  • Weekly arts classes

  • Hands-on activities

  • Problem-based and project-based learning

  • Mandarin

  • Refresh time in between each learning block

  • A dedicated one hour block for outdoor time each day for structured and unstructured play

 

Below are two sample schedules, one for our Lower Elementary and one for our Upper Elementary. 

 

 

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