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1.5 million RMB awarded to staff for student-learning projects

What do micro-power generation, Mandarin e-books and Sugata Mitra’s SOLE labs have in common? These are just some of the projects that will be funded in the coming academic year as part of the inaugural cohort of Pioneering Spirit Grant initiatives at Dulwich College International (DCI) schools.

Spearheaded by Group Head of Educational Technology Staci Kalmbacher and Director of IT Dean Dhinsa, DCI school and sister school teachers and librarians were invited to submit Pioneering Spirit grant proposals to develop pedagogy, curriculum and/or learning environments that utilise new technologies, delivery methods or tools to contribute to student success. A total of 1.5 million RMB was available for individual teachers or collaborative groups to fund innovative ideas to improve students’ learning experiences.

A major highlight within the funded projects will be the launch of SOLE Dulwich, a project led by Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi teacher Sarah Leonard in partnership with the renowned educational researcher Sugata Mitra, which will see SOLE learning spaces developed across three DCI schools. Other projects include the incorporation of technology in physical education classes to improve performance at our colleges in Seoul and Suzhou, and sustainability-focused initiatives in micro-power generation and hydroponics in Yangon.

Staci Kalmbacher commented, “To create a culture of innovation, we need to listen to teachers’ ideas, then give them the resources they need to make those ideas a reality. It’s going to be incredible to watch the development of these initiatives over the coming year.”

Dulwich College International seeks to champion a culture of innovation by promoting, fostering and recognizing innovative approaches to learning through the use of technology – approaches that ultimately put students first, encourage collaborative development and promote the belief in our One College, Many Campuses philosophy.

Please find below the list of all 12 Pioneering Spirit Grant proposals funded this year, alongside the associated project leader and school(s).

Hydroponics – Elena Cozzi: Dulwich College Yangon

Mobile Makerspaces – Lauren Bull: Dulwich College Suzhou and Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong

DUCKS Wo Hui Reading eBooks Project – Brenda Zhou: Dulwich College (Singapore)

PE21: Reflection Centred Learning – Jessica Richards: Dulwich College Suzhou

Micro-Power Generation – Matthew Grace: Dulwich College Yangon

Pioneering Spirit and Poetry – Celia Shephard: Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong

SOLE Dulwich – Sarah Leonard: Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi, Dulwich International High School Suzhou and Dulwich International High School Zhuhai

Farmbot – Peter Wynd: Dulwich International High School Suzhou, Dulwich College Suzhou and Dulwich College (Singapore)

PE Technology Innovation – Matthew Barry: Dulwich College Seoul

Textile Technology – Kathryn Hall: Dulwich College (Singapore)

Adapted Learning Classroom – Matthew Harris: Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong

Improving the Communicative Competence of ESL Students Through Effective Practice – Jacob Huckle: Dulwich International High School Suzhou and Dulwich College Suzhou