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Jakarta Intercultural School Inspires Indonesian Teachers Through Innovative Schools Programme


With the Innovative Schools Programme (ISP), teachers are challenged to create a motivating and student-centered learning environment.  JIS has offered the ISP to more than 509 teachers and principals from 84 state elementary and state special (SLB) schools in Jakarta.

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the success of the Innovative Schools Programme (ISP), the Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) with Emmanuel Foundation, the Jakarta Education Agency, Mentari Intercultural School Jakarta, and member schools of the Association of National and Private Schools (ANPS) held the First Annual Educators Conference of the Innovative Schools Programme at JIS, with the theme Keep Learning Alive!

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JIS with Emmanuel Foundation, the Jakarta Education Agency, Mentari Intercultural School, and member schools of ANPS held the ISP's First Annual Educators Conference with the theme Keep Learning Alive! attended by the Director General of GTK of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Supriano, M.Ed.

 

More than 200 participants were able to take part in workshops presented by 35 teachers from JIS, partner schools and alumni ISP attended by the Director General of GTK of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Supriano, M.Ed.

This event was held on Feb. 9, 2019, to celebrate the ISP's journey so far. "This reunion celebrates our achievements in the last nine years of implementing the ISP. Our teachers and principals are invited to attend 19 interesting and specially designed workshops for teachers," said Greg Zolkowski, JIS Community Educational Outreach Coordinator.

Throughout the day, participants were able to take part in workshops presented by 35 teachers from JIS, partner schools and alumni ISP on topics such as Reading Together in Early Classes, Self-Organizing Skills, Reflections in the Learning Process, Learning Development Through "Pop Culture" and 21st Century Learning Strategies.

The ISP began with non-profit organization Yayasan Emmanuel in 2009 with UBS as a sponsor, with JIS joining the program in 2013.   

"The ISP strengthens JIS's commitment to improving the quality of education in Indonesia. In partnership with the Emmanuel Foundation, which was established by a JIS graduate, we want to increase the skills of teachers in Indonesia while inspiring them to continue learning and dare to try new things, so that they can have a better impact on students," Zolkowski said.

Joshua Tanja, Country Head UBS Indonesia said, "We are delightful to collaborate with Emmanuel Foundation on the Innovative Schools Programme for nearly a decade. At UBS, we believe in talent development and the importance of nurturing future leaders. This is why we are a firm supporter of the program aims to promote best practices and learning opportunities for educators and schools in Indonesia".

With a modern method, JIS teachers share their international knowledge about interesting teaching methods and practices with the goal of creating a learning atmosphere that will motivate students.

"The ISP method encourages teachers to involve students during the teaching-learning process by implementing an inquiry approach to increase student participation. And during class discussions, students can also get knowledge from other students. For us, knowledge is flexible and dynamic because it can be obtained from many directions," he said.

During the ISP program, teachers from various state schools attended workshops guided by more than 50 JIS teachers in 10 meetings. Topics included class management, developing higher thinking skills, innovative teaching strategies and many more.

Upon completing the program, participants received a certificate from the Jakarta Education Agency at a graduation ceremony. This certificate provides points that can increase teachers' salaries and prepare them for higher positions in education.

Vibrant Classrooms

To offer further support, the JIS team also visited schools to assess the ISP's implementation.

"Usually, before teachers participated in the ISP, their classrooms were most often stark and rarely reflected students' work. But after joining the program, their classrooms are decorated with students' work. Classroom agreements are displayed as well, which students helped create with the teacher. Overall, student participation is higher and they are also increasingly motivated," Zolkowski added.

At JIS, more than 509 teachers and principals from 84 state elementary and state special schools have participated in the ISP. And this year, JIS began to develop workshops catering to junior high school teachers, as well as a Training of Trainers program for ISP graduates.

Moving forward, JIS and its partners will remain committed to supporting the teachers of Jakarta with innovative and creative classroom methods to further improve Indonesia's quality of education.

About Jakarta Intercultural School

JIS was founded in 1951 by United Nations workers who aimed to introduce relevant schooling in English for children of expatriates in a newly independent Indonesia. Originally named the Joint Embassy School (JES) after our British, American, Australian and then-Yugoslavian embassy partners, JIS became a pioneer for international education in the archipelago and the region.

A name change in 1974 saw JIS become the Jakarta International School and finally Jakarta Intercultural School in 2014. Today, with high expectations for results-oriented and engaged learning, JIS helps each community member learn to be Best for the World.

As JIS continues the over 65-year journey, JIS values each learner whose personal story enriches its own. With some 2,400 students, over 250 faculty members and countless alumni and parents contributing daily to the school's legacy and the world around us, the diverse community remains encouraged, humbled and motivated to continue growing as lifelong learners.

For more information, please go to https://www.jisedu.or.id/isp

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