Spectrum School partners with school in Vietnam

Spectrum School has partnered with the American International School in Vietnam to provide curriculum and student assessment guidance as well as to develop cultural and educational opportunities for students and teachers.

The American International School (AIS) is a newly-formed educational institution developed by American educators in response to the changing economic, social, cultural and technological realities in urban Vietnam. The mission of the AIS is to provide a caring, state-of-the-art learning environment to prepare students for the demands of universities and colleges in America.

Spectrum School will provide guidance to AIS in the areas of curriculum and student assessment as required by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training. The relationship will develop cultural and educational opportunities for students, teachers, staff and families of Spectrum’s learning community.

“The goal of the affiliation is to help our students realize there is a world outside of Rockford that should be explored and should not be ignored,” said Spectrum Director Christine Klekamp. “We are very excited about the opportunity to bring global-learning to life in Rockford.”

In a spirit of cooperation, both schools look forward to this affiliation and the opportunity to explore new ways for staff and students to teach and learn, as well as to become a new model for international education.

Both schools hold that meaningful and lasting learning takes place, in part, through the processes of discovery, creation and ongoing self-evaluation. And that the realities of a global society require contemporary educators to facilitate inquiry, research and learning, not only within the walls of their schools, but in those places where basic educational and communications technology have made it possible.

Spectrum School is an independent, progressive school established in 1967 serving just fewer than 200 students ages 3-14 from Rockford and surrounding areas. Guided by the principles of multiple intelligences, active participatory learning and an arts-integrated curriculum, Spectrum School has received accolades for developing a conscientious program and integrating the study of all major academic studies. Spectrum School is recognized by international educators as a foremost example of progressive education, focusing on the intellectual, social and emotional growth of the individual and his/her development as a lifelong independent learner.

Spectrum School will host an open house from 1 to 3 p.m., Jan. 28. For more information, contact Keri Solverson at 877-1600.

From the Jan. 24-30, 2007, issue

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