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  • MI World Symposium Report - Overview

    Jun 22, 2010

    Beijing, China. The inaugural Multiple Intelligences World Symposium (MIWS) took place in Beijing from 31st May to 1st June, 2010. During this two-day event, educators from all over the world came together and shared their insights and findings with over 500 delegates.  The event is composed of the “MI Around the World” panel, keynote speeches, plenary presentations, breakout sessions, press conference for the release of the Chinese translation of “MI Around the World”, and visits to schools that implement MI.

    Symposium Venue

    During the symposium opening, the Managing Director of Multiple Intelligences Institute, Julie Viens, and the President of Beijing Institute of Education, Fang Li, welcomed the best minds in education from all parts of the world to the conference.  This was followed by keynote speeches by Chinese education leaders and the feature speaker, Dr. Howard Gardner. Authors of the latest book on MI, “MI Around the World”, shared their MI experience in various countries.  The school visit program showcased MI practices in schools including Ivy MI Kindergarten, Beijing Second Experimental Primary School, Beijing Xicheng Fendou Primary School, The Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University, and Beijing Foreign Affairs School. At the same time, a press conference was held to announce the offering of the Chinese version of the “MI Around the World” book.

    Check-in Counter                                                                             Leaders Gather

    On the second day, delegates chose to attend the breakout sessions they were interested in so that they had a deeper understanding of MI in specific fields. During lunch time, Dr. Gardner hosted a special book signing session that was open to all participants.  Towards the end of the symposium, Dr. Howard Gardner gave a plenary presentation on ‘Good Work +’ which delivered the research result and implications of Harvard’s ‘Good Work Project’.  Many of the delegates met others in the same field and exchanged experiences throughout the two days.  Moreover, the speakers, including Dr. Gardner, generously offered their insights both on and off the stage.

    Speech by Mr. Tao Xiping                                                               Dr. Gardner talking to the delegates

    In the symposium closing session, Xianping Ma, the leading figure from Beijing Institute of Education, gave a summary speech on the two-day event. He concluded that MI fits the Chinese education context and the focus of education should be on students, including their character development. He also wished that educators could use MI as a new education philosophy to equip our future generations with knowledge, skills and development they need. “The MI World Symposium,” he said, “provided an important platform for both local and foreign educators to have a deeper understanding of the MI theory. We look forward to the next symposium.”

    Julie Viens, Managing Director of MI Institute, gave a concluding remark of the symposium. She reemphasized the purpose of using MI which is to pluralize and individualize students’ learning experience, to honor and capitalize on children’s strengths and their diversity, and to support students’ own good work in school. “I hope this has been as wonderful an experience for you as it has been for us. I hope we could share something like this again same time next year.” Julie said.

    Coffee break                                                                                     Group photo session

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    The Multiple Intelligences (MI) Institute is committed to the understanding and application of Multiple Intelligences Theory in educational settings, from pre-school through adult education. Through our online course and support channels, face to face professional development, consulting services, and curriculum and resource development offerings, we support programs and educators seeking to tap into this powerful theory and pedagogical framework to create and provide learner-centered, goal-driven applications of MI Theory in any learning context.  Please visit our website for more information.