Introduction to Issues and Concepts in International Schools

Program Details

Introduction to Issues and Concepts in International Schools
Duration: 15 hours
Prerequisites: Having educational bachelor degree or completed fundamental education qualification programs, and Reflective Practitioner Teacher – training program.
Material: Training Guide, Program Kit, and online resources on Marifah
Level - Track: Advanced Educational Qualification
Target Audience : Teachers (KG, Math, Science, English, and Computer Science) grade (1-3).

Short Description

International schools are different from other schools, whether public or private, in terms of the broad cultural diversity of school community, not to mention the education standards adopted to determine their curriculum, teaching methods, evaluation techniques, the challenges faced between the staff, the behavioral issues between students and managing students’ behavior.

This program is developed to enable teachers to deal with the basic issues and concepts in international schools. Teacher productivity can be increased by familiarizing them with the special programs defining the international schools. They get familiar with international schools in terms of the educational standards, curriculum, management issues and techniques, infrastructure, approaches, mission, vision, obligations, goals, problems of managing cultural diversity, criteria of educational practices, and adopted educational concepts.

Big Ideas

Know the Destination makes you enjoy the journey.
Standards play an essential role for future success.
Transition from low language proficiency level to independent learning needs is an awareness of every educator.
Discipline means Prevention rather than punishment is central.
Cultural diversity contributes to shaping national identity.
The curriculum is the path and the teacher is the companion!
International schools are not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.

Essential Questions

What is international education? What are the characteristics of international schools?
How can we ensure the quality and the credibility of an international school?
How can we ensure a positive classroom environment in an international classroom?
What is the importance of educational standards?
How can we teach effectively in a multilingual classroom?
What is the importance of cultural education?
What are the dimensions of multicultural education and how can we include those dimensions in the teaching practice?


Unit Outcomes
  • • Define the special characteristics of international schools.  
  • • Recognize the concepts of vision, mission, values and objectives in the context of international schools.
  • • Describe the main international curriculum and programs used in KSA.
  • • Recognize the process of school accreditation.
  • • Identify the key learning environments that promote effective learning and student success.
  • • Explain the concept of educational standards, their assessment and their importance in ensuring future success.
  • • Identify bilingualism.
  • • Describe strategies in helping students with low language proficiency.
  • • Define useful strategies for teaching a multilingual class.
  • • Describe the challenges in maintaining a well-managed class.
  • • Explain the dangers of being bias in multicultural groups instead of a single story (e.g. Stereotyping, discrimination, labelling, ...).
  • • Explain the role of curriculum in multicultural education.
  • • Identify misconceptions about teaching a multicultural group.
  • • Describe teaching practices that enhance multicultural education.
  • • Describe the dimensions of multicultural education.


No Assessment Component Weight
1 Attendance and Participation Participation 5
Attendance 5
2 Formative Assessment Self-assessment KWL-Q 5
Vocabulary Tool 5
Formative Assessment Assessment writing task 1 A letter (300 words) to a novice teacher, who is confused about the program and about the credibility of the school according to the rubrics included in the training kit . 15

Assessment writing task 2: Guidelines (300 words) offering a novice teacher practical suggestions on how to positively manage her class and how to meet the needs of learners in her heterogeneous class.

3 Summative assessment Summative Assessment, writing task 3 A short article (300 words) on how they re-conceptualize their role as teachers in international schools? They have to explain how will their teaching target the minority groups? How will it help the dominant groups tolerate and appreciate minority groups? 15
Exit Task 5
Portfolio 10
Final exam 20
Program Total 100

Time Distribution

No Item Time (min)
1 KWL-Q 15
2 Pre-Vocabulary Tool 15
3 Terminology 10
4 Activity 1.1: KWL Chart – International School 20
5 Activity 1.2: Play the Role of Counselors! 20
6 Activity 1.3: Concept Clarification 20
7 Activity 1.4: Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals 20
8 Activity 1.5: Exploring Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals 20
9 Activity 1.6: Your School’s Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals 20
10 Activity 1.7: Main International Programs in KSA 20
11 Activity 1.8: Quality Assurance 20
12 Activity 1.9: School Accreditation 20
13 Activity 1.10: The Process of School Accreditation 20
14 Activity 1.11: Assessment of the Classroom Environment 20
15 Activity 1.12: Assessment Task- Helping a Novice Teacher 20
16 Activity 1.13: What I have Learned? 20
17 Activity 2.1: Review- Kahoot! 20
18 Activity 2.2: Jeopardy- Educational standards 25
19 Activity 2.3: Read, Think and Discuss- Educational Standards 25
20 Activity 2.4: Checking Examples - Educational Standards 25
21 Activity 2.5: Brainstorming- Bilingualism 25
22 Activity 2.6: Advocate – Defender - Bilingualism 25
23 Activity 2.7: Jargon- Bilingualism 20
24 Activity 2.8: Tips- Teaching a Multilingual Class 20
25 Activity 2.9: Cartoon- Discipline 25
26 Activity 2.10: Case Study- Discipline 30
27 Activity 2.11: Tips- Classroom Positive Management 25
28 Activity 2.12: Assessment Task 2- Classroom Management 40
29 Activity 3.1: Multiculturalism. The Danger of a Single Story 60
30 Activity 3.2: Multiculturalism: Curriculum Debate 30
31 Activity 3.3: Teaching a Multicultural Class: Misconceptions 40
32 Activity 3.4: Reflect on your Teaching Experience 40
33 Activity 3.5: Dimensions of Multicultural Education 30
34 Activity 3.6: Classroom Practices- Rankin 30
35 Activity 3.7: Assessment Task 3 Your Role in an International School 40
36 Exit Task 30
Total 10 Hours

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