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The Open Book is a curriculum leaders network designed to make public the great teaching and learning that happens in classrooms every day. Open Book is also a vehicle for sharing insights and questions with other international educators. We will be posting practical resources alongside compelling research and professional texts. By sharing our work with each other, we hope to enlighten and uplift teaching and learning at international schools. Together we are stronger and our students learn better!

ISS Global Educator: Laura Benson

Laura Benson, ISS Curriculum and Professional Development Director, brings over thirty-eight years of teaching and leadership experience to her work. A well-cited scholar and researcher, Laura has published numerous articles in professional journals, and is the co-author of Standards and Assessment: The Core of Quality Instruction and Bearing Witness. A third culture child herself, living and learning in international schools fostered Laura’s passion for studying language learning, honoring all cultures, and fighting for social justice and education opportunities for children around the world. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with family and friends, lingering in reading and writing, cooking, and expanding her love for architecture and design.

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Laura Benson

Developing a “Learning Emporia”

Curated Curricular Resources

Peer Advice and Mentoring

Collaborative Study Groups

Professional learning workshops

"Staff development is successful in schools that come close to Frank Smith’s description of a learning emporia…there needs to be a genuine feeling that no one has arrived."

Shelley Harwayne, Going Public

News & Resources

Learning Together Out in the Field: ISS School Site Visit Collaborations

By: Laura Benson, ISS Director of Curriculum and Professional Development

For My Brother Ronnie

By: Laura Benson, ISS Director of Curriculum and Professional Development

Supporting Curriculum Development and Reviews

A Wealth of Online Resources »

Curriculum Mapping Inspiration

And Other Professional Resources

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Professional Learning Toolbox

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