While I breathe, I explore, I hope
Our first Parent University was successfully held on Nov 30th. Parents who attended the event had a fruitful and inspiring morning. They have learned how to support their child’s learning and development through discussions and interactive activities during workshops.
The Mission of TWIS Parent University
工作坊开始前，总校长Arturo Ruelas和校长Ann Gaillard向孜孜不倦、前来寻求新知识、新见解、新技能以培养孩子成才的家长们致上欢迎辞。
Before the workshop started, Head of Schools Mr. Arturo Ruelas and Principal Ms. Ann Gaillard gave a welcome speech to parents who came to seek new knowledge, understanding and/or skill to help their child succeed.
Head of Schools Mr. Arturo Ruelas
“We hope to enrich the education of students so that they can achieve at the highest levels by empowering the parents with the knowledge, resources, and services to support their children in becoming active, self-regulated learners.“
Why is IB the leading curriculum?
IB curriculum prepares students for the opportunities and challenges of a very uncertain or complex future. Ms. Ann explained the benefits of IB for students not merely from the point of view as an educator, but even more significantly from the point of view as a parent.
She shared the success story of her eldest daughter Gabrielle, a typical IB graduate who reflects diverse experiences and perspectives.
Principal Ms. Ann Gaillard
“After graduation from an IB World School in 2015, Gabrielle joined an excellent business school in France, while studying, she started her own business, customizing second-hand jeans jacket and was recently invited to New York’s pre-fashion week to present her collection. She is currently finishing her master’s degree in a top business school in Belgium, and as part of the program, she will be going to Fudan University in Shanghai.”
TWIS IB Teachers
Four experienced TWIS IB teachers were invited to share their specialized knowledge in workshops.
(From left to right) Ms. Cherie, Mr. PJ, Mr. Sebastien, and Ms. Vivienne.
What are the key takeaways from the workshops?
What parents have learned from TWIS Parent University?
We have received valuable feedback from parents after they attended the event. Read our parent reviews below to see what they say about Parent University.
Practical ways to support your child’s reading at home
Presented by Ms. Cherie Montalla
“Ms. Cherie’s workshop was so hands-on and practical. I’ve learned the 7 strategies to read books with my children and get to know a lot of online reading resources.”
“Lots of interaction and learning in this workshop. I was drawn to Ms. Cherie’s presentation especially when she was reading the story. She demonstrated the best way of how parents can encourage good reading habits of their children, and this has made me reflect on how I spend my time reading with my child.”
University Application: The Pathway to a World of Opportunities
Sebastien Gaillard 老师主持
Presented by Mr. Sebastien Gaillard
“As most parents do, I worry about my children’s higher education even they are still in middle school. Useful advice was given at the workshop to help me prepare my children in advance.”
“Mr. Sebastian explained the process of university application in detail and compared the university entry requirements in five major countries for international students. When I left the workshop I was clear about what factors I need to consider in choosing a university.”
——– Jeffineer小姐 Ms. Jeffineer
Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety for parents
PJ Montalla 老师主持
Presented by Mr. PJ Montalla
“This session opened my mind to a better understanding of digital parenting, like how to protect my child from cyberbullying. Mr. PJ covered a lot of ground from online privacy to the importance of network security.”
“The materials prepared by Mr. PJ are detailed, I know how to set the house internet rules with my children now. And after all, it’s all about good communication with children and mutual respect.”
——– 匿名参与家长 Anonymous workshop participant
How do we teach Chinese in IB World Schools?
Presented by Ms. Vivienne Fung
“I found the workshop very informative. It provided me a better understanding of the IB curriculum, and the teaching and learning objectives of PYP/MP/DP. The small group discussion was really great and helped me to think clearly about the difference between IB and traditional education.”
“Ms. Vivienne has a wide breadth of knowledge and expertise in IB Chinese education. I get to know the curriculum design in an IB school and believe the inquiry-based learning method can raise students’ interest in learning Chinese. The development of critical thinking is the essence of teaching and learning Chinese in an international school.”
TWIS Parent University Workshops will be offered regularly in the future.
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