BSJ partners with MIT and IB

British School Jakarta (BSJ) is delighted to host Professor Mette Miriam Boell, Research Affiliate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Jane Drake, Head of Curriculum Innovation and Alignment for the IB. 


BSJ will facilitate a week of workshops under the theme Compassionate Systems for Schools and Organizations.


Teachers, Head of Faculties, staff, and student counsel attending these events will get the chance to meet and engage with Professor Boell and Jane. This hands-on workshop is an introduction to the tools and approaches that have been developed for implementing what they call a “compassionate systems” framework. 


Both Professor Boell and Jane’s keynote address explored the tools that are being used at both the level of classroom innovations and collective leadership in shaping a more generative school culture and recent international developments in education that are focused on improving equity and achievement. 


The session was followed by a facilitated collaborative activity and the opportunity to engage in an informal question and answer session.  The workshop is experiential and personally demanding, since so much of the core work concerns educators’ own personal development as role models for young people.


BSJ’s Principal, David Butcher, said, “I am delighted that both Mette and Jane are visiting BSJ and we look forward to collaborating with them. To be able to bring in a professor from MIT and Heads of Curriculum Innovation from IB at the same week is a milestone for the school.  We are certainly excited to take part in Compassionate Systems and Integrity, which Mette is establishing to promote effective education. Teachers, Head of Faculties, staff, and student council get to meet with them during their visit and I look forward very much to discussing the ideas arising from the workshop with them.”


Professor Mette Rakel Boell said:  “I am so excited to work with BSJ to support this project. With the growing interest in education in social and emotional learning (SEL) and mindfulness today, I feel it is especially timely to show how these can combine with skills in understanding systems and complexity to establish a cognitive and affective foundation for global citizenship and what the IB network calls “International Mindedness.” 


For more than two years, this has been in focus for a diverse group of educators and researchers from the IB, and MIT and a series of prototypes across the K-12 spectrum have been running in different countries (including European, African, Asian and North American sites) in 2017 and 2018. These involve new models of thinking and teaching that combine contemplative SEL, systems thinking and compassion and help teachers and students to apply these skills to important issues in the reality. 


Speaking at one of the session, Jane Drake, Head of Curriculum Innovation and Alignment for IB, explains how international mindedness helps students prepare for life in the 21st century.


 “If we are to give our young people a fighting chance to make sense of world events, then we need to offer a globally-minded education from which students will emerge confident and capable to build a future we all want to live in,” says Jane.