Online Learning

Due to the pandemic, international schools are faced with many new situations, including how to navigate on-campus, virtual, or blended learning environments. Here is a collection of professional development opportunities, recordings, and resources to support you during this time.

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New Professional Development Sessions

ISS is currently offering both short one-hour boost sessions and month-long immersion sessions so you can find the professional learning opportunities that best meet your schedule and needs. Topics range from building community, developing effective assessments and engaging students to various content-specific themes that are critical in any classroom. Whether you’re teaching in an online, hybrid, or face-to-face setting, join us for one or more of these events and learn and share with educators from around the globe. Learn more »


ISS Deep Dive Sessions into Virtual Learning

During the 2020 school break, we hosted a professional development virtual learning series that featured a mixture of presentation, group work, and individual exploration. Each four-hour Deep Dive Session covered one of seven different content areas and brought educators together from all around the world. View the padlets from the sessions.

Deep Dive 1: PK-12 Science Educators

July 1, 2020

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Deep Dive 2: PK-12 Social Studies Educators

July 8, 2020

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Deep Dive 3: PK-12 Math Educators

July 15, 2020

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Deep Dive 4: PK-12 English Language Arts Educators

July 22, 2020

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Deep Dive 7: Early Years Educators

August 12, 2020

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Deep Dive 5: PK-12 World Language & EAL/ESL Educators

July 29, 2020

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Deep Dive 6: PK-12 Specialist (Art, Music, PE) Educators

August 5, 2020

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Educators Supporting Educators: Transitions to Online Learning Webinar Series

In this webinar series, Educators Supporting Educators: Transitions to Online Learning, ISS is bringing together educators who have been learning literally every day about how to quickly adapt their classroom teaching to new online learning environments. Check back regularly to see new webinars.

Legal Liability and Risk Management

Online Instructional Practices for English & Social Studies

School Operation Practices in the New Normal

Back to School Practices in the New Normal Webinar

Online Instructional Practices for Math & Science Webinar

Continuing Online Engagement Webinar

Managing School Finances and Other Resources in Times of Crisis Webinar

Grading and Reporting Webinar

April 29, 2020
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Inclusive Learning Webinar

April 22, 2020
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Assessment Webinar

April 15, 2020
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Secondary Counselors Webinar

April 8, 2020
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Specialists Webinar

April 1, 2020
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Early Years Webinar

March 25, 2020
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With the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), many schools made the switch to a 100% online learning environment. This is a snapshot of some of the work of many schools and individuals in regards to policy, technical operations, teaching and learning and community wellness.

Policies & Guidelines

“I’ve been tremendously impressed by the resilience and grit of both teachers and students. Though we are apart, the sharing of resources, best practices, and efforts to boost each other up through acts of kindness has been inspiring.”
– Chris Boyle, Secondary School Principal, Dalian American International School

Online Learning Policy

Sample online learning guidelines for a K-12 school.
Riffa Views International School

Crisis Management

Not sure where to start? A matrix school risk and response to closure.
International School of Brussels

Parent Guidelines

Sample online learning guidelines for the parent community.
Riffa Views International School

ICMEC child protection guidance for online instruction

International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children

Operational Guidelines for Reopening

Suzhou Singapore International School

International Best Practices for Online Learning

A wealth of policy documents shared by schools around the world

IT Operations

“It’s critical to be as available as much as possible. Expect a significant uptick in help-desk requests. A simple phone call or email can go a long way.”
– Robert Park, IT Manager, Shekou International School

Support Portal

A great example of how to maintain ongoing communication and support
Nansha College Prepatory Academy

Gathering Distant Learning Data

A guide for surveying students, parents, & teachers
Jordan G Benedict

Proactive troubleshooting

Tips and tricks for helping your community help themselves
Rob Cormack

Online Pedagogies

“Online learning requires extra considerations for all learners, especially ELLs who are suddenly thrust into a reading and writing world even though speaking and listening may be their strength.”
– Lisa Jenkin, Team Lead Student Support, Shekou International School

Recommended Curriculum Resources

A curated document related to online learning and teaching
Laura Benson

Student Autonomy

Help students pursue their own passions and projects

Pedagogical strategies

15 tips for educators when working online
Global Online Academy

Portrait of online learning in the early years

Sample activities and scheduling for the EY
Rachael MacMillan

Library Guide

Beth Rohrbeck


MicroPD for Educators

Riffa Views International School

Tools and Platforms

“It’s important to be flexible and patient when working with new tools. It can be a stressful time so try to be understanding when deadlines are inevitably missed. The learning curve can be steep.”
– Edward Bruce, Learning Innovation Coach, Shekou International School

Want more flexibility?

Check out this list of useful tools for creating online learning experiences.
Edward Bruce

Tools for HS/MS Learning

A bank of resources for secondary students
Tanya LeClair

Online Learning Flipboard

Links to articles for educators & parents for online learning
Dana Watts

Community Wellness

“I miss my friends…”
– Middle school student

Wellness checklist

Strategies for personal check-ins with both students and staff
Sonya terBorg

Upsetting news

How can we better deal with upsetting news?

Tips for healthy tech use at home

Guidelines to manage screen-time and personal health at home
Western Academy of Beijing

Reading tips for parents

Some simple questions to assist parents with reading with their child.
Laura Benson

Indoor activities for children

Some prompts to battle boredom at home

Guidelines and resources for counselors

International Schools Counsellor Association


Join these communities and access a wealth of additional resources related to online learning and school closure.

Looking for specific help?

The team at Global Online Academy is available to help with specific strategies for online learning during extended closures

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