In order to learn how to be citizens, students must act as citizens. Therefore, education must connect subject matter with the places where students live and the issues that affect us all. AIS is ideally situated to connect learning with real life.
AIS is adapting courses, both during the regular school day and after school, that allow students to learn in their communities. AIS offers students ways to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for success in the future. The aim of these courses is to more fully engage students, by harnessing their natural interest in where and how they live and by using their own community as a source of learning and action.
According to our intentional curriculum, community-based learning helps students acquire, practice, and apply subject matter, knowledge and skills. At the same time, students develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes of effective citizenship by identifying and acting on issues and concerns that affect their own communities. Students invest time and attention and expend real effort because their learning has meaning and purpose.
AIS has strategies designed to engage students in learning at high standards , including academically based community service, civic education, environmental education, place based learning, service learning, and work-based learning.
“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” – Albert Einstein
“There are two types of education: One should teach us how to make a living and the other should teach us how to live.”