International Education Training Center (IETC)
A Culturally Responsive Professional Development for All Teachers.
As demand for international education increases around the world, school demographics are shifting to have greater representation in host country nationals. While schools continue to recruit overseas teachers with western trained pedagogy and experience, more and more are recognizing the need for greater diversity to address local needs. Resident educators have natural insight and alignment with host country national children--their culture, language and history--and therefore have valuable contributions that schools want and need to leverage and incorporate. However, there are scarce international opportunities for professional development that effectively address the local educators’ perspective and needs.
In 2015, ISS-ULink Educational Services, an affiliate of International School Services (ISS) responded to this need with the creation of the International Education Training Center (IETC). IETC is the only professional development program especially designed for teacher with limited to no exposure to research-based effective practice training to further expand their learning of teaching. The program was honed in the dynamic learning laboratories of ISS-ULink's schools for national students in China.
"This course benefited my teaching a lot. I have a deeper understanding of the importance of autonomy, engagement, and motivation. Besides, choosing proper strategy is also very important for the realization of teaching goals."
Star Li, Middle School English Teacher