2019 School Leaders Study Tour - Boston and New York, USA

Sunday, 22 September - Friday, 4 October

This two-week study tour has been designed specifically for AISWA member school leaders to engage with schools in Boston and New York that showcase best practice in innovation and in preparing young people for their futures 

Participants will spend their first five days' in Boston. The tour will commence on Monday morning with a masterclass at The Center for Curriculum and Redesign, Harvard University, with Charles Fadel, this will be followed over the next three days with a number of full and half-day school visits, including Brooke Charter School, Dexter Southfield, and Nuvu.  The second week will be spent in New York visiting a range of schools and working with Yong Zhao.  School visits include the Blue School, a full day trip to Ross School in East Hampton as well as an opportunity to visit both the Brooklyn Laboratory School and the Brooklyn Academy of Innovative Technologies.  Throughout the tour, delegates will be provided several opportunities to reflect upon their experiences and learning.

All school visits will include a chance to meet with school leaders who will present their school’s philosophy and approach to the education of the young people in their care.  The will also outline how their school makes a real difference to their students' educational journey and preparation for future life. There will be an opportunity to tour each school and, where possible, a chance to observe classroom sessions to ensure delegates get to see these schools 'in action'.

Study tour benefits will include knowledge and development across the following areas:

  • Visits to innovative schools and schools that shift away from traditional paradigms and year based curriculum delivery
  • Curriculum design and delivery in a range of contexts
  • A broad range of pedagogical perspectives
  • Leadership styles and contexts
  • International and intercultural developments
  • Potential partnerships with schools overseas