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Stop, Start, Continue: Conceptual Understanding Meets Applied Problem Solving

Stop, Start, Continue: Conceptual Understanding Meets Applied Problem Solving
I recently became the Chief Academic Officer for the International Baccalaureate (IB) after more than two decades of working in and leading IB schools. In IB World Schools, we endeavor to create internationally-minded young people who, recognizing our common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help make a better and more peaceful world. Just prior to taking this position, I led the intense experiential living and learning of a United World College (UWC). I was part of an intimate and remotely-located community of 160 students who lived on the Vancouver Island site, along with faculty and their families, for two intensive pre-university years of transformational learning. Together, we pursued the UWC mission of making education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for a sustainable future. Every year we built a community that modeled what all of us wished for in the wider world. What should we stop doing? How might we help to make that happen? Stop rushing.

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