What is the Future of Learning at WAB?








Meeting the 21st century learning and developmental needs of every student in our community.

FLoW21 is a community-wide journey to transform the school experience to maximize learning for each individual student. Like no other school, WAB will know your child and customize the learning experience to best prepare him or her for a rapidly changing future.

What does the Future of Learning at WAB look like? How will it benefit my child?


Self-direction. Agency. Collaboration. New Learning Spaces. 

Self-directed Learning

We are giving students the chance to self-direct their learning because they need to have the capacity to self-regulate. Students need to be capable of being autonomous in their learning, because to be successful today and tomorrow we all need to be capable of continuously re-inventing ourselves.

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It's an essential trait for contemporary life in a globalized world: You have to be capable of self-directing. Right now and in the future, the people who are going to be most successful are going to be doing this.

Student Agency

A key aspect of school learning is student agency, a buzz word that describes each student's ability to take more ownership over what, when, how, and with whom they learn. Increasing agency allows students to dive into their passions, gain self-awareness, and develop skills that will be necessary in their future.

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Research tells us that people learn better when they are emotionally invested in their learning, can make relevant connections between their lessons and real lives, and are resilient and adaptable in the face of uncertainty and change.

Teacher Collaboration

In a learning community, a team of teachers works together with flexible groups of students. Definitions from a variety of journals, top universities, and educational experts indicate characteristics of a learning community include regular meetings, common goals, collaboration, peer review, working across boundaries, and relationship building.

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Teachers will have the time, space, and structure to plan collaboratively, offer each other professional coaching and mentoring, and team teach. One advantage of the team-teaching model is the ability for several teachers to build relationships with each student and work together to serve each of their specific needs.

New Learning Spaces

In a learning community, a team of teachers works together with flexible groups of students. Definitions from a variety of journals, top universities, and educational experts indicate characteristics of a learning community include regular meetings, common goals, collaboration, peer review, working across boundaries, and relationship building.

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We now know that learning spaces can and should activate learning. They are important elements of the learning experience for each and every student that can be dynamic and flexible to meet a diverse range or extremely specific set of needs.

Targets

What targets does the future of learning at WAB aim to achieve?

1. WAB’s culture is learning-focused

WAB is a community of deliberate learners. We understand how people learn. Learn more.

2. WAB develops self-directed learners

We teach students how to learn for themselves. At WAB, learners take responsibility to set goals, access resources and choose strategies for learning. Learn more.

3. Concept-based curriculum

Learning that starts with ‘big ideas’ rather than subject specific-content. Learn more.

4. Inquiry-driven learning

Learning is facilitated by curiosity it starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios—rather than simply presenting established facts. Learn more.

5. Academic and intellectual thinking

Learners have access to the facts, concepts and academic skills needed to fully engage with ideas (academic thinking). Learning at WAB provokes creative, critical thinking about real-world issues, ethics, empathy, and making a difference (intellectual thinking). Learn more.

6. All learners are prepared for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity (VUCA)

Today’s world is digitized, automated, globalized, and fully-connected. To be successful in this rapidly changing world, we must be capable of reflection, adaptation, and reinvention. Learn more.

7. Vertically phased, essential competencies

WAB’s essential curriculum identifies the skills, knowledge and understandings we expect our students to learn – these are the “competencies”. “Vertically phased” means there is a sequential development of competencies. Learn more.

8. Competency-based progression

Students progress to the next phase of learning when they are ready. Learn more.

9. Transdisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary learning

Making connections across and within disciplines strengthens learning. Learn more.

10. Co-constructed & personally relevant curriculum

Learners work with mentors and experts to construct their own learning pathways through, and beyond, WAB’s essential curriculum. Learning that springs from personal interest and passion increases engagement and motivation. Learn more.

11. Real-world, connected, practical learning

Learning engages individuals in collaborative experiences with authentic audiences beyond the classroom. Learn more.

12. Individualized schedules / timetables

Learning drives the schedule, rather than the schedule driving the learning. A learner’s time is necessarily flexible and customizable to accommodate the diversity of learning needs and experiences at WAB. Learn more.

13. Individualized instruction and teaching

The needs and understandings of individual learners determine approaches to teaching and instruction for that learner. Learn more.

14. Vertically and horizontally flexible & variable learner groups

Student groups are formed and re-formed around learning needs, interests, opportunities and passions, rather than age. Learn more.

15. Flexible, diverse & variable spaces

Spaces are purposefully designed or selected for learning. Spaces can be both physical, virtual or a blend of the two. Learn more.

16. Continuous personalized feedback and reporting

Timely, targeted, and focused feedback is used to inform the learner’s next steps. Reporting is a continuous process of making information available, rather than the production of a static report card. Learn more.

17. Collaborative teacher planning

Teachers always work in teams, to develop curriculum, design learning experiences, and moderate assessments. Learn more.

18. Collegial coaching and mentoring

Coaching and mentoring are relationships that help us better understand our own practices and drive our continual professional learning. Learn more.

19. Team teaching

Student learning experiences are best when multiple people play a part in the teaching. Students work with a range of teachers to make full use of faculty expertise and experience. Learn more.

20. Adaptive support network for all learners

The development of the whole child means every learner receives personalized and ongoing support for academic, social and emotional wellbeing. Learn more.

21. All community members will become ethical and passionate stewards of our community and planet. Learn more.

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"As a parent I feel I’ve made the right choice to have my daughter grow up in a community of learning that consciously and constantly improves itself." Kathy Ferrer, WAB Parent.

"Every decision we make in FLoW21 is based on research, case studies from other schools, and best practices for learning in the 21st century." Phil Cowell, WAB Teacher

"Through FLoW21, WAB will develop a new culture that truly empowers students and gives them the knowledge and tools they need to create the best future for themselves." Alinnah Qiao, WAB Student

"As a parent I feel I’ve made the right choice to have my daughter grow up in a community of learning that consciously and constantly improves itself." Kathy Ferrer, WAB Parent.

"Every decision we make in FLoW21 is based on research, case studies from other schools, and best practices for learning in the 21st century." Phil Cowell, WAB Teacher

"Through FLoW21, WAB will develop a new culture that truly empowers students and gives them the knowledge and tools they need to create the best future for themselves." Alinnah Qiao, WAB Student