As a career educator, I grew tired working in a broken education system. 21st-century learners are being educated by 20th-century educators, using a 19th-century curriculum. Last year, after 18 years of teaching in the traditional classroom, I shifted my focus over to improving the education of those who choose to learn from home.
In building an effective distance learning program – particularly one approved by Google Education Suite – I searched the globe to find experienced teachers who are just as passionate as I am about forward-thinking curriculum. Our program also prioritizes student mental health, digital citizenship, and diversity to balance our project-based learning approach (replacing standardized testing). We offer over 60 elective courses, all accessible on-demand.
An additional layer of connection is available through collaborative research projects between students. Currently, we have international students in multiple countries. By connecting these students, it allows for meaningful socialization during this time of school shutdowns and isolation. Students also enjoy learning with each other, and from each other.
In 2021, our goal is to become the first international school to be recognized as a carbon-negative school. By eliminating traditional learning tools (textbooks, notebooks, binders) and replacing them with their 21st century counterparts, we have already begun that process. With a focus on green education, we will focus on preparing our students for careers of their future.
Whether you are going to continue to use distance learning in the 2021, or have long term goals for your child(ren) to be educated at home, Florida International School offers the academic experience than you have been looking for.
Be Kind and Stay Safe,
Brian Tupper Head of School – Florida International School