Learning Principles

Our Learning Principles

The learning sciences are a field of research that has helped us better understand how one learns.  ISZL’s commitment to the fundamentals of how we learn allows us to address more effectively the conditions in which successful learning can occur for all our students.

The following learning principles are intended to guide how we design and facilitate learning in the classroom and beyond.  They are not intended to capture everything we know to be true about learning or what we will continue to learn about learning, but ground us in a shared approach to living ISZL’s guiding statements. 

At ISZL, learning is:

Centred on the Learner

Every learner is unique, bringing with them a diverse set of skills, experiences and prior knowledge. We see students as key drivers of learning with the potential to develop the skills and strategies needed to take responsibility for their own growth.


Learning that is active, constructive, intentional and authentic empowers students to retain information and apply what they learned to solve problems in different contexts beyond the classroom. Learners have the opportunity to access knowledge from many different starting points, transferring their understanding in ways that hold meaning for them.   


We communicate high expectations and encourage learners to achieve to the best of their abilities in order to motivate students to reach their potential and keep them engaged in learning. Learning which focuses on enduring concepts and encourages curiosity challenges each student to reach their goals. 


The interplay between emotional well-being, motivation and cognition influence a student’s ability to learn. We support students in building the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Informed by Multiple Assessment Approaches

We facilitate learning with high expectations using assessment strategies consistent with those expectations. There is a strong emphasis on formative feedback enabling both students and teachers to receive feedback that is actionable. 


Knowledge and understanding are built through social interactions in a collaborative culture. Learners reach deeper levels of understanding when they have opportunities to inquire into diverse viewpoints, address misconceptions, and solve problems together in respectful, equitable ways. 


View ISZL's Guiding Statements