The United Lisbon International School will open its doors in September 2020 in close proximity to Park of Nations in Lisbon.
The United Lisbon International School seeks to set a new benchmark in providing its students with innovative educational programs, leading to internationally acknowledged diplomas, including the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.
The school has built a partnership with Microsoft, joining an exclusive global network of leading schools, leveraging learning through the latest available technologies and ensuring continuous innovation at the school.
While providing educational programs that give the students access to the best international diplomas to apply for leading universities worldwide, it will also develop their skill-set to be successful in the rapidly evolving world of work. With its vision “to empower and inspire the young generation for a sustainable world”, United Lisbon makes a clear commitment to contributing to the needed change in educational systems to meet the demands for the 21st century.
For the first year (2020/2021), Unite Lisbon counts with over 100 students from 20 different nationalities and we are extremely pleased with how the awareness of the opening of our school is increasing and how we have been receiving more enquiries in the last weeks as the economy opens up again.
Concerned about how young children will adapt to learning in the new COVID19 times?
As we plan for our opening school year of 2020-2021 and beyond United Lisbon is committed to reaching our vision to empower and inspire the younger generation for a sustainable world. In all our plans we hold true to our vision, mission, and values. We will keep our class sizes between 10-18 students in each grade. Students will be able to learn in our spacious newly renovated campus because of the reduced building occupancy. Students will attend all core and specialist classes (Art, Music, PE, and World Languages). Lastly, a priority in all our learning plans is to foster the home and school partnership.
Our leadership team designed comprehensive plans for different scenarios that allow us to adapt to COVID-19 updates in order to ensure we make the learning experience meaningful, productive, and safe for all. We believe learning should be an active, contextualized, and constructive process for students that allows them to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. If we were to go to online learning, we do not believe that it is a long-term replacement of regular school, but a temporary necessity to keep our students, staff, and families safe and healthy.
Our modern pedagogy creates a student-centered learning ecosystem that instils relevant skills through guided-inquiry, collaborative learning, and seamless integration of technology, to strengthen and further personalize the learning experience of each individual student. We believe it is important to develop our students’ values of heart, vision, integrity, and determination.
Students will progress in the curriculum through active participation in synchronous and/or asynchronous lessons in all subjects depending on your family’s location and situation. Our teachers are experts at distance learning and will cultivate a positive and inclusive online learning environment that is differentiated to meet the needs of each student. In addition, there will be a focus on developing students’ curiosity and creativity, communication, compassion and caring, a sense of community and context.
Relationships play an essential role in every student’s school experience. A foundation of our distance learning plan is to build strong connections with students and families. Students from K3-Grade 9 will have a plethora of opportunities to collaborate with peers, receive meaningful feedback from their teachers and classmates, and build relationships in their community. In the Elementary, teachers will have regular check-ins with families to support students and parents in the online learning model. In Middle School and High School, students will have home room advisors that will be the liaison between school and home.
Technology has become an integral part of our lives and of the learning process. We have purposefully designed specific technology tools to enhance the learning process at United Lisbon in the COVID-19 pandemic. Our distance learning will enable individual learning pathways; enrich learning through global interconnectedness and seamless communication; and instill new skills and values such as for digital literacy and citizenship. We are proud to be a candidate Microsoft showcase school and will utilize Office 365 as a learning platform. In Middle (Grade 6-8) and High (Grade 9) school we will use Microsoft Teams for collaboration, meetings, assessment, and feedback. In the Elementary (PK3-Grade 5) we have chosen Seesaw, a digital portfolio app, to streamline the learning for our youngest learners. Both methods allow for open communication between teachers and students, parents and teachers, and student to student.
We appreciate our United Lisbon community and look forward to building a school that matters tomorrow. As our opening approaches, we will provide specific information about the pathway we will take.
Our Education Technology Specialist, Kyriakos Koursaris, talks about how educational transformation through the integration of new technologies is one of the core pillars for promoting active learning at United Lisbon International School.
Educational transformation through the integration of new technologies is one of the core pillars for promoting active learning at United Lisbon International School. However, computers, interactive panels, and specialized software are only tools. To truly reap the benefits of this transformation, we recognize that students today learn differently than generations before them. Rather than replacing the curriculum, technology enhances it, leading to deeper student engagement and boosting important skills like creativity and collaboration that students will need in tomorrow’s workforce.
We look at the use of technology not just for the transmission and consumption of information, but also as a connector and amplifier for deep learning. Deep learning, as defined by a recent paper published by NPDL (New Pedagogies for Deep Learning) and Microsoft, is the “process of acquiring the six Global Competencies: character, citizenship, collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking”. These competencies, “describe the skills and attributes needed for learners to flourish as citizens of the world and encompass compassion, empathy, socio-emotional learning, entrepreneurialism, and related skills for functioning in a complex universe.”
In order to achieve this as efficiently and productively as possible, ICT is not treated as an independent subject that must occupy a single, weekly slot in the school’s calendar, but is integrated across all subjects, curriculums, and learning areas of the school community. In this way, ICT can improve the quality of teaching and learning, focusing not on the technology itself but on the skills and competencies of the 21st century that both teachers and students must develop in order to thrive in a world of constant change and progress.
By successfully interweaving ICT into the curriculum, we aim to provide a rich context for learners to communicate, co-operate, and think critically, calculate, and solve problems, applicable across all subject areas and educational environments.
ICT integrated into the curriculum can be transformative in several ways, and the kinds of learning activities that promote higher-order thinking skills, which make use of all sorts of software and online project-based resources are, in turn, demanding that we all re-think traditional pedagogies. All of this is having a deep impact on our understanding of the curriculum, in terms of what a curriculum is, who develops it and how it is executed, communicated and enhanced, and in what ways ICT can help students develop more critical responses to the information they access.
The impact of the pandemic, the continuing advances in digital technology, and the demand for student-centered learning have combined to present a unique opportunity to transform education across whole systems. This powerful shift to a learner-centered system will be amplified by technology and driven by education that is steeped in purpose and meaning.
As Barbara Holzapfel, General Manager for Microsoft Education summarizes it: “As we look to the next school year and beyond, system leaders, educators, faculty, students, and families will apply what they’ve learned throughout the process, and work together to plan and shape the future of education.”
The United Lisbon International School will commence teaching in September 2020 to the first select group of 150 students, from Early Childhood (3 years) to Grade 9 (14/15 years).
The admissions process is ongoing and the school will be physically welcoming parents and interested partners again starting June 15th in the Admissions Office at Avenida Marechal Gomes da Costa 19B, 1800-255 Lisbon.
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