PRESCHOOL-LOWER SCHOOL- MIDDLE SCHOOL
4 Escaler St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines
3rd Flr. Elizabeth Hall,
Katipunan Ave., Quezon City, Philippines
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To foster the holistic development of students and their multiple intelligences,
through meaningful learning and a culture of respect, to enable them
to be leaders in the 21st century and global citizens who will use thier
intelligences to make a difference.
We envision an educational institution where...
1. All students are intelligent in their own unique ways.
2. All students should be given opportunities to use their intelligences
to make a difference
3. All students should be assessed in intelligence-fair ways
4. All students should be given opportunities to solve real-world problems
5. All students have to be taught for understanding
6. All students should learn and develop their personal intelligences
in a culture of respect
7. All students learn through their different intelligences
8. All students should show competence in the different intelligences
The Multiple Intelligence International School & Child's Place Preschool was set up in 1996 with the vision of providing learning environments that are truly child-centered. It aimed to open schools that welcome all learners, recognize and understand the individual differences among children, & work with the learner in bringing out their potentials.
The Child's Place preschool and the M.I. International School are
the first learning institutions in the country that base their approach
on the principles of the multiple intelligence framework of Dr. Howard
Gardner, a well-renowned cognitive psychologist from Harvard University.
The MI approach, which is currently being implemented in the US and
other countries and backed by recent research on how children learn,
is truly responsive to the needs of the 21st Century. This framework
prepares the Filipino child to be creative, critical, and divergent
thinkers who are able to really 'think outside the box.' In our schools,
we recognize that by teaching for understanding, our students are
encouraged to problem-solve, to hone their skills, and to develop
their individual strengths. All these are qualities that will
allow students to ride the tide of the Information Age. Since
we understand that every child learns in many ways and each has his
own interests and needs, we provide children with multiple access
or entry points to a concept through their different intelligences
or “smarts.” We also do our best not only to provide a
holistic curriculum but also to practice “differentiated teaching”
inside our classrooms because we understand the differences in interests,
needs, and learning styles among the learners.
A MESSAGE FROM DR. HOWARD GARDNER
It is now more than
a dozen years since the Multiple Intelligence International School was
launched; congratulations on your thriving enterprise over that period.
I had the privilege of visiting the school a few years ago and was impressed
by the energy, motivation, and thoughtfulness exhibited by students,
staff, and parents. Of the many "MI schools" that I have visited
over the years, the Manila-based school stands out in terms of the care
with which the program has been conceptualized and carried through.
I am in regular touch with Founding Director Joy Abaquin and recently
had the opportunity in New York to watch her interact with two dozen
MI educators from all over the world. All attendees were appropriately
impressed by Joy's deep understanding of the key ideas of MI and her
boundless energy in leading the school and producing future leaders
for the Philippines and the world. I send you my warmest greetings and
best wishes for many more years as a successful, pioneering educational
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