Guest Blogger Carol Slattery: Inquiry Learning in the Early Years

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The realm of education has gone through many changes in the past twenty years. If you Google ‘21st Century Learning,’ words such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and curiosity appear. When I reflect upon my own primary and secondary … Read More

5th Graders Experience French Culture and History First-Hand in Blérancourt, France


Our 5th grade French Program students are on their cultural exchange trip to Blérancourt, France. They are living with host families and attending school in Blérancourt, as well exploring the many cultural attractions in the surrounding area. Read about their … Read More

Kate’s Blog: Inspiring Inquiry at ISTP


Every fall and spring, ISTP faculty participate in an all-day Teacher In-Service, allowing the faculty to dig deep into a topic, strategy, or issue and spend the day learning, discussing, reflecting, and planning. This past Monday, the entire faculty participated … Read More

Soirée du Vin 2015: Celebrating a Decade of Opulent Wine and International Connections


Sunday marked the 10th year of the Soirée du Vin wine auction, and the 10th year that this one-of-a-kind event has raised a generous sum for ISTP’s Charlotte de Géry Endowment Fund. Since its founding, Soirée du Vin has matured … Read More

Guest Blogger Heidi Smith: Johnny Appleseed Inspires Interdisciplinary Connections


At ISTP, teachers enthusiastically look for connections across subjects, languages, and grades. These connections often crystalize into meaningful interdisciplinary projects that pique inquiry-based learning. Interdisciplinary projects help students thrive in their learning experience, motivate them to develop confidence in taking … Read More

Guest Blogger Jacqueline Cody: A Third Grade Class Reflects on Their Trip to Little Basin


On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, the third grade team departed for two days of experiential learning in the redwood forests of Little Basin and Pescadero marsh. Upon returning, the third graders reflected on their trip and had the following to say: … Read More

Guest Blogger Lauren Christel: Making Connections Across Programs With Elementary School “Houses”


If you’ve ever read the story Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, you’ve experienced firsthand the excitement of young wizards arriving at Hogwarts School for the first time and being sorted into their houses. While ISTP students are not wizards, … Read More

Guest Blogger Mike Kulbieda: Introducing ISTP’s New Elementary MakerSpace!


It is very exciting to announce the opening of the ISTP Elementary MakerSpace. The purpose of this flexible space is for students and teachers alike to celebrate curiosity, resourcefulness, empathy, and problem-solving, all in service to the act of creation. It will … Read More