To further deepen SSI-L project research, on the afternoon of March 28, 2023, the Weihai Regional Work Promotion Conference of the SSI-L Project of Beijing Normal University was held at Wanghaiyuan Middle School in Weihai City. More than 50 people participated in the meeting, including principals of all alliance schools in Weihai, project leaders and backbone teachers.
The meeting was divided into three sessions. The first session was presided over by Zhang Tao, director of Weihai Education and Teaching Research Institute. At first, Yu Zhijian, the former president of the Experimental School Alliance, made a report on the work of the alliance. Principal Yu thought highly of the research value of SSI-L project, made a comprehensive summary of the achievements of the SSI-L research in the previous stage, and provided comments and suggestions on the direction of future research.
And then, Yu Shuling from Weihai Nanhai New District Experimental Middle School, Wang Yingshui from Rongcheng Fuxin Primary School, Cui Wenhao from Weihai Shichang Middle School, and An Tongjuan from Weihai Wanghaiyuan Middle School, gave presentations on the SSI-L project development of each school. Issue selection, activity arrangement, implementation methods and achievements of each school’s SSI-L project were introduced.
Director Zhang Tao summarized the achievements of the previous Experimental School Alliance Council, and fully affirmed the council’s efforts in exploring regional promotion through the alliance, organizing SSI learning activities and cross-school exchanges and seminars, communicating between the national project team and experimental schools, and hosting of the 2021 academic annual meeting.
At the end of the first session, members of the alliance elected the new president, vice-president, executive director and secretary-general of the alliance. Wang Jing, principal of Wanghaiyuan Middle School in Weihai City, was elected as the new president, and Yu Lianhua, vice-principal, was elected as the secretary-general of the alliance. Zhang conveyed the greetings from Professor Lin Jing, head of the SSI-L Project of Beijing Normal University. Professor Lin expressed her sincere thanks for the work done by the previous council and warm congratulations to the new council. She also put forward earnest expectations for the future work of the alliance.
On the second session of the conference, Wang Jing, the newly appointed president, announced the Beijing Normal University Socio-Scientific Issues Learning (SSI-L) Project Shandong Weihai Experimental School Alliance Charter, which was voted and approved by all members. Then President Wang Jing presented the alliance work plan for the first half of 2023, clarified new working goals, interpreted the next stage activity arrangements, and put forward higher working requirements. Representatives of each member school made comments and suggestions on the alliance work arrangement.
On the last session, director Zhang Tao made a keynote presentation titled “School-based SSI-L Implementation”. In his presentation, Zhang explained in detail the characteristics and organizational forms of SSI learning. He introduced the origin of SSI-L projects in Weihai, analyzed the opportunities that SSI learning can bring to schools, and gave comments and suggestions for the alliance and schools on how to carry out future work.
On this working conference, all experimental schools further clarified the objectives and key points of future SSI-L research, coordinated their working ideas, and thus laid a good foundation for the next stage development of SSI-L projects.