On behalf of Consultora Educación y Sistemas (CEYS), I welcome you to the school year 2021-2022, and the next phase of our educational journey together. It is an absolute privilege to serve as the new director of the American School of Las Palmas (ASLP). This is a year of renewing our engagement with the ASLP community and reimagining what is possible in a post-pandemic future. We are making improvements that are already visible in our physical spaces and expanding our ecological focus throughout the curriculum and community. Our mission, values, traditions and history will continue to provide our foundation for moving into this new future.
I want to express my sincere gratitude to all of you—students, families, faculty and staff—who have dedicated years of hard work and strong commitment to establishing ASLP as one of the most caring, innovative and unique schools on the island. The 55 year legacy of your efforts provides the framework upon which we can move forward successfully in changing times. We are continuing to build on the many successes that we have achieved in spite of the unprecedented global pandemic challenges of the past 18 months.
We are committed to academic excellence and active participation in the learning process. ASLP is first and foremost a learning organization at all levels. We promote intellectual curiosity through investigation and research, and the use of critical thinking skills. We celebrate diversity and strive for a more inclusive community. Our goal for every ASLP student is that they leave our doors as independent, confident, responsible, and caring young people who are lifelong learners equipped with the capacity to take on the future challenges of our shared world.
At ASLP, community is at the core of our values. Community-based projects broaden the students’ understanding of the world, both locally and globally. ASLP students are expected to extend their education by participating in different initiatives at our school such as M.U.N. (Model United Nations), student council, and a wide-variety of community service opportunities. We are proud to be recognized as the first Eco-school in the Canary Islands. This supports our engagement in broader projects such as the “Plant One Million Trees” initiative in collaboration with community-based organizations across the Canary Islands. Extra-curricular offerings complement a student’s athletic, artistic and cognitive development and reinforce skills such as team unity, cooperative learning and personal responsibility.
Our faculty are dedicated life-long learners as well. ASLP teachers, both local and international, are committed to their fields of study and collaborate regularly through professional development and further education opportunities in order to benefit our students. We are focused this year on the incorporation of emerging technologies and digital resources into educational practices as well as the integration of ecological and environmental themes into the curriculum across all levels.
Families are an integral part of ASLP. Working closely together is fundamental to the healthy development of young people. Regular communication and coordination ensures personal growth and success for our students. Newly organized and efficient systems will increase and routinize consistent contact with the school and ASLP families.
School year 2021-22 is full of change, excitement and new faces. One thing that will never change is the heart and soul of this school community. We are ASLP: a small school with a big heart! Una escuela pequeña con una alma muy grande. I am here to serve all stakeholders of this amazing school and I look forward to getting to know everyone. It is truly an honor to work with and for you in the coming year.
Shannon Curran, Director