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Prospective parents often inquire about the status of Mulgrave as a leading school when considering it for their children. There are many indicators we point to – strong IB results, top university placements, scholarships awards, excellent faculty, a rounded holistic education, outstanding facilities and rigorous accreditations from global bodies, such as the IB and the Council of International Schools (CIS). Another important indicator, however, is the recognition that Mulgrave receives from other educational organizations.

Mulgrave is increasingly recognised as a world leader in education and innovative practice. Recently, Mulgrave was one of four CIS member schools selected to attend an important meeting convened by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Boston, USA this December. The CIS featured Mulgrave, along with Frankfurt International School (Germany), International School of Lausanne (Switzerland), and Seoul Foreign School (South Korea), in its global newsletter congratulating us on this prestigious opportunity.

The OECD meeting will bring together top international schools from across the globe. It will focus on the theme: "Rethinking Education for the 21st Century: Global Learning Network Convening of World-Leading Schools". As the OECD writes:

The Global Learning Network's international convening will explore the rapid shifts happening in the 21st century economy and society, and the necessary vision of aligning learning to labor market and economic needs. Throughout the convening, participants will be asked to closely examine their own thinking on how to prepare students for the 21st century economy and empower them to be active citizens, providing participants with the unique opportunity to share insights, resources, and best practices to stay ahead of the curve and further accelerate their progress. This convening will bring together educators from 30 schools from the United States, Canada, Germany, Singapore, Switzerland, and South Korea, all carefully selected with proven records of excellence, innovation, and commitment to continuous improvement.

The OECD convening of world-leading schools promises to be a rich opportunity to network with other top schools and keep abreast of leading edge change in education to ensure that a Mulgrave education continues to offer the best preparation for career and citizenship in the mid-21st century. Mr. Jones and I will be attending the meeting on behalf of Mulgrave. We look forward to sharing some of the learning and insights from the conference with the Mulgrave community when we return.

The honour of being selected for the OECD meeting follows on the heels of Mulgrave's inclusion in the HundredEd Conference recently held in Finland. As featured in Connexions, the HundredEd Conference showcased its ranking of the top 100 innovations in education from around the world. Mulgrave's development of live-time assessment and feedback practices garnered much attention from international and Canadian independent schools alike.

The world is rapidly changing and education must continue to evolve to keep pace. We believe strongly that an IB Continuum education, with its broad holistic approach, offers the best preparation for a life well-lived in the mid-21st century. At the same time, we will continue to innovate and enhance the educational programme at Mulgrave so that our students have the key skills, knowledge, and personal competencies to achieve their personal best in education and life. Our participation in the OECD's meeting is one more sign that we are delivering on that agenda.

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About the Author
Mr. MacIntyre

An educator with over twenty three years experience, Mr. MacIntyre developed a passion for teaching and education at UBC where, to-date, he has earned four degrees: Bachelor of Physical Education, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Master of Education (Educational Administration and Leadership).

He arrived at Mulgrave in 2011 as Deputy Head of School after working six years as Director of the Junior School at Stratford Hall. When he is not enjoying a family game-night (Blokus is a favourite), reading a great book (Kissinger’s World Order is currently on his nightstand), or making the best of winter weather, Mr. MacIntyre can be found chasing eagles, birdies and albatrosses at beautiful golf courses across the North Shore.