Connected Learning Community
We are many things but in combination, our parts make us unique. Who are we really? In an increasingly turbulent and uncertain world, it has never been more important to connect on a human level. Relationships matter and they start with our local community. The networks we create in the wider world will lead to collaboration and a building of collective knowledge that would be unachievable if we were to act alone. Our connected learning community will generate our sense of who we are now and what we will become. There are three objectives that will focus our attention towards this goal.
In 1988, UNIS Hanoi was a small school with a targeted group of four students and a clear mandate for our context as a UN international school in Vietnam. As we have grown, new contexts have brought strength but also complexity. The ongoing dynamic environment will present additional alternatives. It’s time to clarify our core institutional identity and our character as a school. Who are we as an institution? Who are we committed to serve? What will or should our identity become in the future? What is important for us to keep? What will we leave behind?
- Reflect, explore and seek answers to generative questions about our identity; what it is that makes us unique and what sets us apart;
- Explore the changing nature of international-mindedness and what it means to be international in our context;
- Enhance our position in Vietnam so that we are considered essential to the future development of country.
A high quality international education in a globalized society demands connectivity with the world beyond the school. To be included in that world, we need access to partnerships, networks and alliances that cross boundaries and time zones and link us with others on a personal basis. Whether the connections are physical or virtual, it will be the quality of relationships and the initiative we can show in making contact that will lead to powerful learning.
- Link students with peers, experts, authentic problems and extraordinary opportunities, worldwide;
- Develop a 24/7 concept of connected learning that is happening any place, any time;
- Extend our ability to monitor trends, take advantage of opportunities and mitigate risks associated with technology;
- Forge partnerships with top level schools, organizations and institutions to create collective impact and accelerate organisational capacity.
3. Learning Community
We are restless in the pursuit of excellence, passionate about learning together and committed to being an inspirational role model for a better world. We have future-focused, innovative and inspiring teachers who understand excellent learning, expect it from students and model it themselves. We appreciate the impact that the quality of relationships and the welcoming, supportive environment has on learning. Our strong focus on learning reaches beyond students, building a culture where learning is everywhere by everyone.
- Provide a diverse programme that provides more flexible, personalised ways of learning;
- Expect students, staff, faculty and board members to seek and support personal and professional growth;
- Promote opportunities for people to learn together across ages and conventional groupings to enhance opportunities to learn through multiple perspectives;
- Promote the partnership between parents and the school to enhance and support learning;
- Look for learning in all that we do.
Reflection, exploration and reaffirmation of the school’s identity enable us to understand what makes us unique and what sets us apart. We are very clear about who we are and why we exist, and we consciously use inquiry and reflection on generative questions to deepen our self-understanding and sustain our resilience
We demonstrate international- mindedness as a routine approach to decisions and activities. Shared understandings about the changing nature of international-mindedness influence curricular and co-curricular activity. There is a high level of commitment to developing intercultural competencies and global citizenship.
We use knowledge and experience from the school to contribute to educational, social or economic developments in Vietnam. We enhance our position so that we are considered essential to the future development of the country.
Students are regularly linked with peers, experts and authentic problems and extraordinary opportunities to support and contextualize their learning. Technology is one of the methods used to extend learning by incorporating global experiences and perspectives.
UNIS learning is available to students, faculty and parents from any location, at any time and students can make seamless transitions between their physical and virtual presence as learners.
We contribute to the emergence of technology trends through innovation and entrepreneurship. We are proactive in enhancing our systems to address and mitigate risks associated with technology. Faculty, staff and students, with the support of parents, sustain a culture of digital citizenship across the school.
Our strengths are amplified by our activities in partnership with others. These partnerships ensure we leverage off the success of others so we are learning together in ways that could not be achieved alone. Successes are shared and recognised globally.
The school’s learning culture extends across learning areas and reaches different groups within the school community. Learning is personalised through choice, differentiation for needs and interests, and flexible school structures that maximize opportunities for learners to be at the centre of their own learning.
A balanced and self-directed approach to personal and professional growth is expected for students, staff, faculty and board members, demonstrably strengthening the school’s learning community.
There are opportunities for students and others to learn together across ages and conventional groupings. This extends beyond the conventional age groupings of the school and enhances students’ opportunities to learn through multiple perspectives.
The school promotes and enables a proactive partnership with parents based on mutual respect, dialogue, collaboration and action. This partnership serves to enhance and support learning.
- Our school wide culture of learning is strongly reinforced in a variety of forms. Methods and routines of looking for learning are used to generate further reflection and improvement.