BCIS honors the concept of teacher as learner. The school believes that it is the responsibility of every teacher to keep abreast of international trends and research in education and to grow as a professional by proactively seeking to improve their expertise in learning and teaching. The school supports teachers in this endeavor. Similarly, the school supports the professional development of non-teaching staff. Three professional development committees for teachers, teacher assistants, and administrative staff, respectively, have been established to plan and implement professional development programmes that best meet their needs.
As BCIS is an IB World School, much of the professional development is focused on our IB programmes - the PYP, MYP and DP. Our teachers attend workshops, conferences, job-a-likes and training throughout the Asia Pacific region. We also welcome IB trainers into school to work with groups of teachers. See www.ibo.org for more information.
Members of our community are also IB workshop leaders and examiners and, as such, visit other schools in the region. This in turn provides a great opportunity for their own professional learning.
Staff members also attend other workshops and training opportunities that support our curriculum and philosophy. Examples include Inquiry workshops, First Steps Reading/Numeracy, ESL in the Mainstream, and Chinese curriculum development.