WHY WE MUST RETHINK EDUCATION 

We are at a pivotal moment in history.

Not only is the world rapidly changing, but it has also become more complex,  interconnected and unpredictable.

 

New opportunities to transform and improve current models have emerged so that we can prepare students to thrive in any future scenario.

"Education can equip learners with agency and a sense of purpose, and the competencies they need, to shape their own lives and contribute to the lives of others"

The future of Education, OECD

According to the Canadian author and former principal George Couros, "The biggest “game-changer” in education is not a thing; it is an open mindset to all of the learning opportunities that come our way."

International Comprehensive is committed to empowering learning communities worldwide by fostering lifelong competencies since they constitute the best asset for students to adapt to any situation and pursue their aspirations.

That's why we created a worldwide inquiry-based, competency-driven and technology-wise PreK12 program whose goal is to build a transformative culture of learning that empowers learners to thrive in all aspects of their life.

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A NEW CULTURE OF LEARNING 

Shaping a positive, inspiring, engaging, inclusive and supportive culture of learning is essential. Without it, any curriculum becomes either irrelevant or misused. When schools create such a powerful culture, learning becomes easier, fluid, authentic, meaningful, personalized and collaborative.

 

Explore the key principles of the International Comprehensive Culture of Learning

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1. LEARNER-DRIVEN AND PERSONALIZED

Our approach is learner-driven and based on students’ interests. Students and educators are agents of their own growth.

 

Every learner comes with a unique combination of identity, personality, passions, experience, needs, culture, mindset, toolset and skillset that has to be noticed, valued and taken into account to personalize learning.

THE IC LEARNING FRAMEWORK

A program that equips students for life

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The central focus is the lifelong growth of every learner to pursue their aspiration accomplished through inquiry learning, and purposeful use of technology within a culture defined by six overarching forces of environment, languages, time, relationships and external factors.

"We are the authors of our lives".

Renee Brown, Manifesto of the Brave and Brokenhearted

The learning process does not start or end in a predetermined place and time. Through powerful learning experiences and regular reflections, students will activate and develop a set of useful competencies. The term competency embodies skills, knowledge and personal attributes. Skills can be directly taught and are usually specific to a task. For example, being able to edit a video is a technical skill. According to the Cambridge dictionary, Knowledge relates to the understanding of or information about a subject that you get by experience or study. Finally, personal attributes or dispositions refer to the habits of mind or character traits of a person. Competency is a broad term that can be defined as the ability to use a combination of knowledge, skills and personal attributes in various situations. ​

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Learning is a process and it happens through powerful inquiry-based learning experiences alongside ongoing reflection and purposeful documentation of the process with the use of a portfolio. 

Creating rich and powerful learning experiences to have learners DO, UNDERSTAND and KNOW requires deep thinking and preparation, but also the capacity for the educator to make adjustments, be responsive, release control, observe, facilitate and reflect. Powerful learning experiences allow students to have some genuine agency and choice, ask questions, explore, generate ideas, try new things, make mistakes, investigate authentic contexts, collaborate, create, go deep, feel curious, challenged and joyful, organically apply technological skills, share and reflect. 
Most of all, they are designed to amplify and personalize learning and foster core and curricular competencies and different types of literacy which altogether highly contribute to the learner’s growth and well-being.

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These competencies empower them to grow as active, adaptable, socially aware and self-motivated learners all along their life both personally and professionally so that they can contribute to the rapidly evolving world in a meaningful and purposeful way.

BENEFITS OF OUR PROGRAMS

A program that equips students for life

 benefits for 
students

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  • Be empowered to develop key lifelong competencies that are critical to thrive in life

  • Be able to foster and use personal and social competencies to cooperate and collaborate both locally and globally.

  • Be encouraged to think, act and communicate independently and responsibly

  • Be empowered to drive their own learning and choose their own pathway

  • Inquire and learn about contents that matter to them and connect to their lives

  • Tell a holistic story of who they are and how they have grown over time

  • Know themselves and be able to understand different cultures and opinions

  • Undertake both collective and personal actions to respond to authentic challenges

  • Take part in programs of education that can lead them to find and pursue their aspirations

  • Use Technology in a purposeful, creative and wise way.

benefits FOR EDUCATORS

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  • Choice and ownership to expand and deepen their professional competencies from any time zone with flexible online courses

  • Access to up-to-date learning resources and practical guides in a variety of formats

  • Access to a network with diverse educators from around the globe

  • Practical tools and templates to plan, collaborate and design powerful learning experiences connected to the real world and student's interests.

  • A clear and meaningful learning Framework 

benefits FOR
SCHOOLS

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  • A high standard quality assurance recognition

  • A clear, modern and research-informed learning framework

  • An agile Program that embraces the most valuable and transformative practices in Education.

  • All three programs are compatible with local requirements

  • IC support, resources and network

  • A simple, fast and effective accreditation process

  • A large choice of Professional Learning courses at a discount price

  • ​A program that empowers students, educators and schools to adapt to any future scenario

Based on efficient and up-to-date international teaching and learning practices, the IC inquiry-based and competency-driven program offers flexible pathways and a clear framework to create a unique culture of learning focusing on lifelong growth. It also provides educators with guidance, support, training and unique tools to design powerful learner-centred and personalized experiences where authenticity combines with relevant knowledge, useful skills and key concepts to construct deep and long-lasting understanding.