Education Beyond Borders At WISS: Global Alliance for Innovative Learning

The Global Alliance for Innovative Learning (GAIL) is an internationally renowned organization promoting collaboration and innovation in education. Comprised of eight prominent schools spread across different parts of the world, GAIL unites educational institutions that share common principles and values. These independent, co-educational schools, including the Western International School of Shanghai, Kimbal Union Academy (United States of America), Newton College (Peru), Robert Gordon’s College (United Kingdom), Kristen School (New Zealand), Prestige College (South Africa), Scotch College (Australia), and Woodstock School (India), prioritize forward-thinking approaches to education.

GAIL’s primary focus lies in cultivating informed and globally active learning communities. By embracing innovative, collaborative, inquiry-based, and service-learning initiatives, these schools strive to find contemporary solutions to global issues. At the core of GAIL is the commitment to fostering genuine connections through authentic engagement, meaningful relationships, cooperation, and trust. The alliance firmly believes that its members’ collective strength far surpasses each school’s individual contributions.

As a founding member of the Global Alliance for Innovative Learning (GAIL), we unveil a series of extraordinary upcoming events that will revolutionize education through collaboration and innovation. Leading the coordination efforts, WISS is thrilled to present the highly anticipated Global AI Conference on the Use of AI in Education. This groundbreaking conference aims to unite educators from member schools worldwide, providing them invaluable insights into how AI can transform education and cultivate innovative learning approaches. Through a dynamic combination of expert presentations, interactive sessions, and stimulating discussions, participants will gain a profound understanding of the diverse applications of AI in teaching, learning, and educational management. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of an educational revolution and shape the future of learning!

A key annual event on the horizon for students is the highly anticipated GAIL Conference 2024, set to take place amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Amazon jungle later this year. Hosted by Newton College in Peru, this conference is focused on sustainability and promises to be a transformative gathering of passionate students and educators from around the world.

This unique setting will undoubtedly provide a fertile ground for creativity and collaboration, fostering an environment where participants can gain valuable insights and expand their perspectives. The GAIL Conference seeks to ignite curiosity and a thirst for knowledge, encouraging attendees to embrace new educational approaches that can redefine the future of learning.

One recent collaboration involved the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) and The Woodstock School in India, where students participated in a remarkable Spanish class led by a travel agent from Lima, Peru.

This exceptional opportunity provided students with a rich language learning experience and introduced them to the tourism industry and its profound impact on the global economy. Taught by a highly experienced and passionate tourism agent based in Lima, Peru, the session offered students an immersive and authentic learning experience. Through engaging discussions in Spanish, interactive activities, and real-world case studies, students gained valuable insights into the intricacies of the tourism industry and its effects on local communities, economies, and the environment.

The Spanish class saw active participation from students across different grade levels at WISS. Grade 9 students studying Spanish Language and Literature and Language Acquisition and Grade 11 and 12 students enrolled in Spanish B and Spanish Ab Initio all had the opportunity to engage in this enriching learning experience. The collaborative nature of the class perfectly aligned with the objectives of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, providing students with an avenue to develop global-mindedness and intercultural understanding.

The Global Alliance for Innovative Learning (GAIL) focuses on progressive learning methods to create informed and globally active communities. Through events like the Global AI Conference and GAIL Conference 2024, educators gain insights into the potential of AI and sustainability in education. A recent collaboration between the Western International School of Shanghai and The Woodstock School showcased immersive learning experiences, connecting students to real-world applications of language skills and fostering intercultural understanding. By bringing diverse voices together, GAIL empowers students for success in an ever-changing world.

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The Western International School of Shanghai (WISS)

The Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) is a forward-looking school that has been inspiring young people from around the world since 2006. Our diverse and compassionate community is unique and provides the ideal environment for students to explore their passions, to develop holistically, and to succeed.

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