Jane Martuneac Kang & James Sweeney
Yew Chung International School of Beijing
Jim Sweeney is Vice Principal at Yew Chung International School of Beijing where he has implemented the bilingual Learning Community model throughout the Primary School. Originally from Birmingham, England, Jim has previously been Head of Primary and Lead Teacher and head of numerous subject areas in schools both in England and abroad. Jim has co-authored a guidebook on Learning Communities which forms the basis for the concepts of how schools can implement Learning Communities. He has presented on this topic at the 51st Annual EARCOS Leadership Conference, the 2019 ACAMIS Leadership Conference and at The Future of Education Now.
Jane Martuneac Kang is from Chicago but has taught internationally for fifteen years and is currently the Primary Coordinator at the Yew Chung International School of Beijing. She has been integral in both establishing and embedding the bilingual Learning Community model across the school. Previously, she has acted as Upper Primary Learning and Teaching Coordinator and Team Leader for various year levels in the Primary School. Jane has co-authored a guidebook on Learning Communities which forms the basis for the concepts of how schools can implement Learning Communities. Jane holds a M.Ed in Educational Leadership, Organisation and Policy with an emphasis in New Learning and New Literacies from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign.
Building Learning Communities: A Transformative Process
This presentation provides both concepts and strategies for transforming a school from traditional spaces and teaching into dynamic, relevant Learning Communities where teams of teachers collaborate to teach flexibly and respond efficiently to the individual needs within their Learning Community.
Our presentation will focus on the "3Ts" of Learning Communities: Teams, Time and Tracking. Attendees will leave with a detailed understanding of how these elements are critical to the success of learning and teaching within a Learning Community approach.
In addition, we will delve into how our five “Dimensions of Learning” provide a foundation for students to approach their learning opportunities, how to interact with others and how to understand and manage their own energy, emotions and attitudes.
These concepts, currently being implemented successfully in bilingual, multi-cultural Learning Communities that have high percentages of EAL learners, are transferable to any Learning Communities in any school.
Our presentation would be of benefit to Primary school leaders, ranging from team leaders embedded within teaching teams all the way through to upper management.