GAIL - Global Alliance for Innovative Learning
What is GAIL?
Kristin School is part of the Global Alliance for Innovative Learning (GAIL), a community of eight schools that are geographically dispersed, but share a common vision for school education in the 21st Century. All of the members of the Global Alliance are independent, not for profit, co-educational schools committed to fostering understanding and authentic, purposeful friendship around the world.
Who makes up the GAIL community?
There are eight schools:
What does GAIL do?
There are a wide range of opportunities for our Kristin community to engage in the GAIL programme.
Since 2014, students have been given the opportunity to connect and form lifelong friendships through an annual GAIL convention. Students from each school gather together, working on a meaningful global challenge and sharing their culture and perspectives on important issues. Recent conventions in Adelaide, Australia and Mussoorie, India have been very successful. Projects emerge from each convention such as the educational resources our students created for a local Indian school (Kapani) and we have recently financially supported the implementation of a wireless internet connection for the Kapani children. 2016 saw a successful convention in Aberdeen, Scotland with "Energy" as a theme to bring everyone together.
2016 Convention in Aberdeen, Scotland >>
GAIL Student Exchanges
Each year there are opportunities for our students to spend a period of time experiencing life in another GAIL school. The exchange aims to engage students in a broader educational experience, immersing them in the culture and tradition of a host school, while also developing a wider global perspective. In 2016, Kristin had the opportunity to host their first GAIL exchange student, Kelsey Schiltkamp, from Kimball Union Academy, USA. Kelsey's Exchange >>
GAIL Teacher Fellowships
As part of our professional development programme, Kristin supports GAIL staff to participate in an international educational experience with a focus on action research. This programme offers the opportunity for new knowledge and understandings to be generated by our staff, for the benefit of all GAIL schools. Recently two members of our Technology team visited Robert Gordon's College in Aberdeen, Scotland to learn more about both the STEM curriculum and the extra-curricular Duke of Edinburgh programme.
Year 1-13 Classroom Connections
A powerful form of collaboration is the connection of students from all eight GAIL schools within the classroom - for all ages across our three schools. Whether it is Humanities, Science or Music, students from each of the GAIL schools can connect with each other, to gain an international perspective on the curriculum they are currently focussing on. The sharing of new ideas, experiences and cultural understandings can add significant value to the educational experiences for our students here at Kristin School.
If you would like to know more about GAIL and the many different opportunities to engage in the programme please email Sarah Wakeford.