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Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA
Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
info@shurenschool.org
510-841-8899
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA
Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA

In the 21st century, the best jobs will go to applicants who can think

Psychology Today has an article outlining the job skills that will be in demand this century, and they are precisely the skills that Shu Ren’s inquiry-based, transdisciplinary curriculum is designed to teach: With available information in all fields doubling every five years and the access to that information available globally, the best jobs will not go to the person who knows the most facts. Computers will always have the edge on that and when your children enter the workforce in the 21st century, if a computer can do the job, it will. The best jobs will go to applicants who have the skillsets to analyze information as it becomes available, the flexibility to adapt when what were believed to be facts are revised, and to collaborate with other experts on a global playing field requiring tolerance, willingness to consider alternative perspectives, and articulately communicate one’s ideas successfully. The factory model of education still in place was designed for producing assembly line workers to do assigned tasks correctly. These workers did not need to analyze, create, or question. Automation and computerization are exceeding human ability for doing repetitive tasks and calculations, but the educational model has not changed. In response to more information, students are given bigger books and more to memorize. To provide more time for this additional rote memorization, creative opportunities- the arts, debate, and general P.E. are sacrificed to the alter of more predigested facts to be passively memorized without opportunities for students to discover the connections between isolated facts and build networks of concepts nor opportunities to apply what they learn in other contexts. Read the...

Being Bilingual Boosts Brain Power

NPR’s Morning Edition had a report on the cognitive benefits for infants and children who speak two languages: In other words, no matter what language a person is speaking at the moment, both languages are active in the brain. “The evidence is very dramatic. Even if you are in a context that is utterly monolingual, where you think there is absolutely no reason to think about Chinese or Spanish or French, it is part of the activated network that’s going on in your brain,” she said. This means that bilinguals have to do something that monolinguals don’t do — they have to keep the two languages separate. Bialystok likens it to tuning into the right signal on the radio or television: The brain has to keep the two channels separate and pay attention to only one. “The brain has a perfectly good system whose job it is to do just that — it’s the executive control system. It focuses attention on what’s important and ignores distraction. Therefore, for a bilingual, the executive control system is used in every sentence you utter. That’s what makes it strong,” said Bialystok. Listen to the full...

Shu Ren Welcomes New PYP Coordinator

Shu Ren is very excited to announce the hiring of Mr. Nathan Pope as our school’s first PYP (International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Program) Coordinator/Assistant Head of School. Nathan is an international educator who specializes in inquiry learning through constructivist and trans-disciplinary approaches. Nathan earned his undergraduate degree at the College of Charleston in South Carolina where he studied World History. He went on to receive his teaching qualification through the University of Sunderland in the UK, where he specialized in assessment for learning and differentiation. For almost ten years he has been teaching the PYP to a range of ages. Many of his years teaching the PYP were in Shanghai, China, where he was able to gain insight into supporting second language learners inside the curriculum. Nathan is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and also speaks conversant German and Italian. He is a firm believer in integrating reading and writing into the unit of inquiry and specializes in a range of techniques to make this possible. Shu Ren is currently applying for IB Candidacy, the first step toward our goal of becoming an IB World School. Nathan will be instrumental in our implementation of PYP at Shu Ren. He will provide leadership in curriculum planning, teaching the PYP, training teachers, and communicating with parents and the larger community about PYP. Finally, he will be supervising all teachers as the Assistant Head of School. Please join us in welcoming Nathan to the Shu Ren...