想象力重于教科书INTERVIEWS WITH FAMOUS PRINCIPALS
来源:国际学校网    作者:访谈    发布时间:2017年05月25日

 

  嘉德圣玛丽苏州学校是美国顶尖寄宿学校Shattuck-St. Mary's School(SSM)在中国苏州的分校。学校地处上海与苏州交界地带,坐落于千年历史文化名镇—苏州市吴江区同里古镇,占地面积近百亩,为原同里中学旧址。

  国际学校网www.ctiku.com)就国际学校的发展访谈了嘉德圣玛丽苏州学校校长Gregg Maloberti。

 

Gregg Maloberti  嘉德圣玛丽苏州学校校长;美国常青藤名校宾夕法尼亚大学教育学博士, 从教三十余年, 具有丰富的教学经验和卓越的管理才能。曾在名列美国寄宿学校前茅的Lawrenceville学校(毗邻普林斯顿大学)任职15年,2014-2016在香港加拿大国际学校担任校长。

Dr. Gregg Maloberti holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. With over 30 years of work in education, Dr. Maloberti has rich leadership experience and excellent management talents. Dr. Maloberti has served as the Dean of Admission at several of America’s oldest and finest schools including Lawrenceville School in New Jersey for 15 years and as Head of School of the Canadian International School of Hong Kong from 2014 to 2016.

 

1、In the near 10 years, what is the development trend of international schools in China?

未来十年,中国的国际化学校发展趋势是怎样?


The growth trend of international schools in China is currently tied to the demand of students who wish to study abroad for College and University. The growth of existing international schools and establishment of new ones are both a result of students and parents who seek an alternative curriculum and learning experience from the traditional exam based path of Zhong Kao and Gao Kao.  International schools are providing more diverse learning experiences and embracing more student centered teaching strategies with the goal of helping students to develop more fully their personal abilities and potential.  Content based learning that leads to college admission based on exam scores serves some students well, but many other students would prefer to find a school that supports the growth and development of their individual talents rather than preparing them for an exam on topics and subjects about which they may not be passionate.  International schools are providing a new opportunity that allows Chinese students to follow their dreams and express their creativity.

中国的国际学校发展趋势与学生的留学需求紧密相关。家长和学生都想寻求除中高考外的另一种课程体系和学习体验,这是国际学校得以扩张和新办的前提。国际学校能够提供更丰富的学习经验,提倡以学生为中心的教学方式,对学生的培养目标是,充分开发个人的能力和潜力。虽然一部分的学生通过适应以书本内容为基础的学习,也能通过提高考试分数而被大学录取,但是另一部分学生更愿意选择能够帮助他们个性化成长和成才的学校,而非让他们学习枯燥乏味的课程并去应付考试。国际学校提供的机遇让中国学生能够去追寻自己的梦想,发挥各自的创造力。


2、What are the current situation, bottlenecks and challenges in international schools?

国际化学校目前发展的现状、瓶颈及挑战是什么?


The challenge for international schools is to convince students and parents of the value of an international education that prepares a Chinese student to study overseas.  The tuition cost born by parents is higher for both school and college, so parents are naturally skeptical.  Parents who themselves have studied or worked overseas are often more open to the idea of international school, and as the children of those parents come of age, there is likely to be more demand for international schools in China.

国际学校面临的挑战是,如何去说服家长和学生相信国际教育的价值是为中国学生留学做准备。中学的学费确实是较高,所以家长们会对国际教育持怀疑态度。相比之下,那些有过海外学习和工作经历的家长对国际学校有更为开放的态度,随着这些家长的孩子年龄增长,将来的中国国际学校需求可能会更大。


3、What are the differences between an international school and a traditional school? (I think by ‘traditional’ they mean ‘public’)

相比较而言,国际化学校与传统学校体现在哪几个方面?


Traditional Chinese Schools embrace the Chinese national and local curricula and prepare students for the Gao Kao to compete for admission to Chinese Universities.  There are two kinds of international schools, both teach an international curriculum that prepares students for study overseas, but international schools will either serve only the children who hold foreign passports and a limited number of Chinese Nationals or they will serve primarily children who are Chinese Nationals. Also, some Gao Kao schools offer an international program in addition to the Gao Kao curriculum.

传统的中国学校,是通过对传统的中国式课程的学习,让学生参加竞争激烈的高考,被中国大学录取。国际学校有两种,这两种都教授国际课程,为学生的留学做准备,但是一类国际学校仅仅为外籍学生和少数的中国学生开设,另一类则主要为中国学生开设。而且,一些中国公办学校除了传统的高考课程外,也开设了国际项目部。


4、Many schools with advantages for brand promotion are actively running branch campuses now. What are your opinions about the problems and solutions in the brand output of international schools?

目前很多有品牌优势的学校都在积极开办分校,您如何看待国际化学校的品牌输出过程中,所出现的问题及解决办法?


International schools that carry a foreign brand face the challenge of ensuring that the learning experience offered here in China is as rich and rigorous as the partner school overseas. Chinese schools that maintain active relationships with their namesake schools and embraces the curriculum and management strategy of the overseas school are more likely to be successful in providing a learning experience that is of equal quality.  Also, branded schools that are actively managed by an administration selected and supported by the overseas partner school are most effective at delivering an educational experience that is equal in quality and character to the one offered by the overseas school.

一些具有外国品牌的国际学校目前面临的挑战是:如何确保他们在中国提供的学习经历和本国的学校是一样的丰富和严谨。那些跟合作方保持良好关系并尊重外方管理模式的中外合办学校,在提供同样品质的学习经验方面,可能是更为成功的。另外,具有品牌优势且由外方学校选任和支持的管理团队运营的学校,是能够最为有效地实现教学质量和特色与海外本校一致的。

5、International schools all have their own features. What are the features of your school?

每一所国际化学校,都拥有着自己独特的办学特色,您认为贵校的特色是哪些?


SSM-SZ will provide a unique learning space and strategy we call WeCreate Studios.  Here students will explore their individual talents and passions in a project based learning environment that is focused on skill development and creative expression rather than assessment based learning.  Whether in a digital photo studio or a writing studio, or even an animation or design studio, SSM-SZ students have a unique opportunity to learn by doing, making, and creating from their imagination rather than tracing the well worn path of a book based, assessment driven, ordinary school curriculum.   Like every other great school, SSM-SZ values foundational learning and core knowledge content, but the difference is that learning experiences like weCreat Studios give our students a chance to apply what they learn while the knowledge is fresh and relevant, rather than waiting until college or even later.
  
嘉德圣玛丽苏州学校将提供独一无二的学习空间和教学模式,我们称之为weCreate®中心。在这里,学生将会探索自己的天赋,激发学习热情,这样一个以项目为基础的学习环境,关注的是技能的培养和创造力的表达,而不是依靠评分。不论是在数码摄影工作室还是在写作工作室,或者动画和设计工作室,嘉德圣玛丽苏州学校的学生都拥有一个独特的机会去动手、制作、创作,一切都来自于他们的想象力,而不是教科书至上、以打分为驱动的传统学校课程。和大多数的名校一样,嘉德圣玛丽苏州学校注重基础学习和核心知识,但是区别在于,像weCreate®中心这样的学习体验能够让学生对学到的知识趁热打铁、学以致用,而不是等到考上了大学甚至是更往后。

6、Some parents think international school tuition fee is too high. What’s your opinion?

部分家长认为,国际化学校的学费比较高昂,您如何看待这个问题?


The price of an international education is higher than schools  that rely on domestic teachers and local resources.  The cost of international schools are driven by the comparatively higher costs of employing foreign teachers, accessing international curriculum and textbooks, offering smaller classes, and providing specialized learning spaces and programs.  These expensive features improve the quality of the educational experience. Children's learning opportunities are enhanced by these features.  All parents wants the best opportunity for their children, so even though international schools are expensive, many parents are willing to pay the higher fees in order to give their children the greatest opportunity for success.

和依赖于国内教师和本土资源的学校相比,国际教育的费用确实是更高。国际学校的开支主要来自于相对更高的以下费用:外教招聘、国际课程和教科书、小班化、特色学习空间和项目等。正是这些昂贵的特色,是的教育体验的质量有所提高。也正是这些特色,增强了孩子的受教育机会。所有的家长都希望孩子能够有最好的受教育机会,所以虽然国际学校的学费高,但是依然有很多家长愿意支付更高的学费去给自己的孩子争取最好的机会,去追求孩子终生成功的可能性。

7、Some parents believe that an international curriculum is mainly about foreign teachers and English language training. Apart from language training and exams, what do you think an international curriculum should bring to students?

部分家长认为,国际化课程主要是引入了外教+英语培训。您觉得国际化课程除了语言考试及培训之外,还应该带给学生什么?


Parents often measure the quality of international schools based on the percentage of foreign teachers and results on exams that measure language training.  What's more important are the underlying features of the  curriculum.  Parents will be better served to ask more detailed questions about the teaching and learning process rather than compare the number of the foreign teachers or rank schools based on exam results. By learning more about the teaching philosophy, curricular aims, and classroom structures parents can make better informed decisions about which school is right for their child.

家长们经常用外教比例和语言考试成绩去评价一所国际学校的教学质量。但是其实更重要的是课程背后的特色。假如家长们能够追问教和学的过程,而不是去比较外教数量或按考试成绩的学校排名,那么他们才能得到更好的体验。通过进一步了解学校的教学理念、课程目标和教室结构,家长们能够为孩子做出更好的择校决定。

(以上文字非访谈全部内容,文章标题为编者所拟。后续访谈敬请期待。)

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