to the IC framework
The central focus is the lifelong growth of every learner to pursue their aspiration accomplished through inquiry learning and integrating overarching forces of environment, languages, time, relationships and external factors.
The program has been designed so that schools can create an inspiring, inclusive, meaningful, inviting and stimulating learning environment.
The learner is at the heart of the ICC program framework because our approach is learner-centered and emphasizes that learning is an ongoing and holistic process that does not start nor end in a predetermined place and time. Through powerful learning experiences and regular reflections, students will activate and develop a set of useful competencies. These competencies are empowering them to grow as active, adaptable, socially aware and self-motivated learners all along their life both personally and professionally so that they can contribute to the rapidly evolving world in a meaningful and purposeful way.
The first of the three core competencies is Communication. It helps us confidently share our projects, ideas, questions and understandings with others in many different ways and contexts. Communication is organically linked to collaboration and can therefore positively impact our social and emotional well-being and contribute to build more genuine and trusting relationships.
The second one is Personal and Social Competency, which is defined in the British Columbia's curriculum as “the set of abilities that relate to students' identity in the world, both as individuals and as members of their community and society. Personal and social competency encompasses what students need to thrive as individuals, to understand and care about themselves and others, and to find and achieve their purposes in the world.”
Finally, the third core competency is Thinking. There are many different thinking skills that one can use depending on the learning experience. It is important to acknowledge that Thinking is complex, multidimensional and requires time. For students to develop thinking skills, they need to be able to identify, understand and have an opportunity to use the different thinking kinds.
We owe every learner to empower them to develop the lifelong competencies they need to thrive in their present and future life.
Learning experiences and Portfolio
Learning is a process and it happens though powerful inquiry-based learning experiences alongside ongoing reflection and a purposeful documentation of the process with the use of a portfolio.
Creating rich and powerful learning experiences to have learners DO, UNDERSTAND and KNOW requires deep thinking and preparation, but also the capacity for the educator to make adjustments, be responsive, release control, observe, facilitate and reflect. Powerful learning experiences allow students to have some agency and choice, ask questions, explore, generate ideas, try new things, fail, investigate to authentic contexts, collaborate, create, go deep, feel curious, challenged and joyful, organically apply technological skills, share and reflect.
Most of all, they are designed to amplify and personalize learning and foster core and curricular competencies and different types of literacy which altogether highly contribute to the learner’s growth and well-being.
Time, Environment, Relationships, Languages and External forces
The outer layer of the framework represents the overarching forces which operate in every community, school and classroom. They are important cultural markers which shape safe, effective, inspiring and engaging conditions for learning to thrive. Time, Environment, Languages, Relationships and External factors are important cultural markers which can shape safe, effective, inspiring and engaging conditions for learning to thrive. These five forces also highly contribute to our well-being and social emotional development. In order for them not to become obstacles or constraints, we need to be fully aware of their influence and think deeply about how we might be able to monitor, adapt and tailor them to build an impactful culture of learning.