Conference participants are offered FOUR optional school visit packages. Each package has one school or two neighbouring schools. Every participant is encouraged to join the school visit to see school improvement practices in the Indonesian schools, especially in the Special Region of Yogyakarta where noble values such as peace, tolerance, mutual respect, and mutual assistance are daily observed. Accommodating students from all-over Indonesia, especially at the tertiary level, this region presents the miniature of Indonesia since all ethnic groups are represented here.
PACKAGE A: PRIMARY SCHOOL KANISIUS SANG TIMUR YOGYAKARTA and PRIMARY SCHOOL LUKMAN AL-HAKIM INTERNATIONAL
1. PRIMARY SCHOOL KANISIUS SANG TIMUR YOGYAKARTA
(20 minutes travel from Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel)
Primary School Kanisius Sang Timur Yogyakarta, established in 1967, is run by a Catholic foundation. This school currently has 300 pupils. This school facilitates the acquisition of values, particularly religiosity, honesty, discipline, share and care. Values are educated through all subjects and all school activities. Rules of conduct are made, informed to all pupils and parents, and consistently observed by both teachers and parents. Values are integrated in the learning materials and classroom activities.
Learning materials containing non-models are avoided and more learning activities enabling pupils to learn knowledge, skills and values are used. Values are also introduced through all the school's social programs.
2. PRIMARY SCHOOL LUKMAN AL-HAKIM INTERNATIONAL
(20 minutes travel from Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel or 10 minutes from Primary School Kanisius Sang Timur Yogyakarta)
Established in November 2007, Elementary School of Luqman al-Hakim International (LHI) currently has 216 pupils. This school is run by an Islamic foundation, educates pupils on the principle of tarbiyah (transformative education).
Learning is an integrated process involving several aspects, i.e., curiosity, character, contemplation, collaboration, cultivation, and care.
LHI has some unique programs such as morning motivation, reflection and clean up before going home, and market day.
There is also a reading group and morning math program to develop pupils' literacy and problem solving skills.
LHI participates actively in various programs organized by the Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) of Yogyakarta promoting education for sustainable development (ESD).
PACKAGE B: PRIMARY SCHOOL MODEL KABUPATEN SLEMAN and JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL BUDI MULIA DUA YOGYAKARTA
1. PRIMARY SCHOOL MODEL KABUPATEN SLEMAN
(20 minutes travel from Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel)
Primary School Model Kabupaten Sleman is a government-owned established in 2008 by Sleman District to provide a model of an effective school. In 2013 this school has 338 pupils.
As a model school, this school is open to teachers (especially teachers in Sleman District) to learn from its good practices. Each classroom has an observation room where supervisors, visiting teachers, collaborators and researchers can observe the teaching and learning process without disturbing the students.
This school has some good practices in a number of aspects such as teacher professional development, parent's involvement, and learning process. Once a week (on Wednesdays after class) the teachers have a regular workshop. In the workshop teachers of the same grade make a reflection on their teaching practice, share their problems and success, find solutions to problems, make/revise lesson plans, design/revise/adapt learning materials and student worksheets. This weekly workshop does not only develop teachers' professional, pedagogical, personal, and social competences but also makes sure that the learning materials and learning tasks are well prepared.
This school believes that parent's involvement plays a significant role in the student's learning success. Parents are involved in some ways.
Planning the school programs: at the beginning of academic year, the school presents its programs and parents are given an opportunity to give feedback and/or propose changes to and/or additional programs.
The school informs the parents whenever it finds students with learning difficulties, misbehaviours, or underachievement. The related parents are invited to come to school to discuss the possible reasons and solutions.
In addition, all parents are invited to come to school to discuss their children's learning achievements right after the mid-semester, semester, and end-of-year tests. In the meeting, samples of student's work are prepared for them to analyze. They are also encouraged to inform the school whenever they find their children having any problem.
Learning materials are organized into themes. The themes of all or most subjects in the same week are the same so that learning is meaningful and reinforced. Learning media, especially teacher-made ones and whatever available in the school environment, are used. What is learned is connected to the students' previous knowledge, experience, and context/environment. Learning activities are fun both inside and outside the classroom. Students' works are displayed at the back of the classroom.
2. JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL BUDI MULIA DUA YOGYAKARTA
(20 minutes travel from Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel or 10 minutes from Junior High School Budi Mulia Dua Yogyakarta)
This school was established in 2004 and at present it has 260 students.
This school applies eight principles of teaching and learning:
a. Every individual is unique and thus every student has his/her own potential and specific way to develop into a unique person.
b. Every achievement is appreciated.
c. Education is based on living values.
d. Education fosters freedom of thinking and actions.
e. Learning is an open process and participatory.
f. Tolerate and recognize differences.
g. Religion teachings, arts and sports are actions.
h. Positive discipline.
This school has a very effective practice in teacher's professional development. Although the teachers did not teacher training, they are very effective and highly committed teachers. Teacher recruitments are very strict (candidates should pass five stages of selection)and newly-recruited teachers are trained intensively. In addition, regular in-service training programs are organized and teachers' performance is assessed regularly (twice a year) by students.
Team teaching is applied. Two teachers plan and implement their lesson plans together and reflect on their practices regularly. Teachers' rooms are classrooms where they teach.
PACKAGE C: SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 6 YOGYAKARTA and JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 5 YOGYAKARTA
1. SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 6 YOGYAKARTA
(15 minutes travel from Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel)
State Senior High School 6 Yogyakarta at present has 768 students. This school was established in 1950. This school is a green and a research school. Students are all involved in the 'go green' program which has been very successful. In addition to making the school very green, the so many plants are used as resources of learning.
As a research school, this school encourages the students to do research. Training is provided for the students to develop their research skills. Many of its students have invented and innovated products and participated in research competitions and won a lot of the research contests. The highest place was achieved in an international young scientist research contest about three years ago.
2. VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 5 YOGYAKARTA
(15 minutes travel from Royal Hotel Ambarrukmo or 15 minutes from Senior High School 6 Yogyakarta)
Established in 1953, currently the school has 1286 students in seven study programmes, i.e.: textile, animation, visual communication design, wood craft, metal craft, leather craft, and ceramics. All the study programmes are accredited A (the highest) by the National Board of School Accreditation.
The learning processes in this school aim to facilitate the students to acquire competencies in producing quality products in their specializations. The students are equipped with every competency required to create the targetted products. In addition, they are facilitated in developing their positive attitudes and entrepreneural skills.
In this school, most class time (80%) is allocated to the development of students? vocational skills through the completion of projects in the workshop/studio. Students are invilved in the whole processes of learning, starting from designing the intended products, preparing the equipment/ tools and materials, making the products, and displaying the products in the showroom and/or in exhibitions. Assessments are based on the students? attitudes and skills during the processes of completing the project as well as their finished products.
All Grade XII students must take the National Competency Test in their specializations. In this test the students are given a project that should be completed in 24 hours (three days, eight hours each). Their perfomances in completing the project are assessed by two assessors, one internal and one external. Products from this test are displayed and sold in the annual school exhibition.
Products created by the students both through the regular learning processes and the National Competency Test are of high quality. Many people come to the school exhibition and school showroom to buy the products. The money goes back to the school to buy materials needed by the students to develop their competencies. Some products (for example paintings and furniture) are used to furnish school meeting rooms, teachers room, staff room, and classrooms. One special thing worth mentioning is that the school uniform is made from batik made by the students.
PACKAGE D: JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 1 BANTUL and JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 2 BANTUL
1. JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 1 BANTUL
(40 minutes travel from Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel)
This school, having 742 students, is one of the effective schools in Yogyakarta. This school applies the principles of active learning. To enrich the national curriculum, this school offers Batik, an Indonesian world cultural heritage, as its compulsory local content subject. Learning experiences are created to facilitate
students to appreciate the traditional batik motif and create innovative batik designs. In addition, this school enriches Arts (a subject in the national curriculum) with karawitan (Javanese music orchestra) and contemporary music and dances. Students are given opportunities to innovate and/or create karawitan, music, and dances.
2. JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 2 BANTUL
(10 minutes travel by bus from Primary School Model Kabupaten Sleman)
The earthquake in 2006 did not only severely damage most school buildings, but also demotivated most teachers in Bantul district. They felt they had lost most things they had tried to develop. Many teachers were desperate to improve the learning process. Considering that, the school recovery program in the District was not only targeted on the infrastructure, but also the teachers. Teachers were provided with assistance to gain their motivation and energy back. For that reason, the Ministry of National Education (now Ministry of Education and Culture) granted some fund to Yogyakarta State University to introduce lesson study to the teachers in the district in 2006.
Junior High School 2 Bantul is one of the target schools of the program. As many other junior high schools in the district, this school sees the effectiveness of lesson study in developing teachers competences and in improving the learning process. Therefore, to intensify the practice of lesson study, the school organises lesson study independently called school-based lesson study that involves all of the school?s teachers. In this school lesson study is conducted on Saturdays since 2008.
In lesson study meetings, teachers of the same subject design lesson plans together, implement their lesson plans, observe the learning process, reflect on what happens in the classroom, revise their lesson plans, and write reports. Through the process teachers develop their professional, pedagogical, personal, and social competences.
With the lesson study conducted since 2008/2009, the quality and effectiveness of the teaching learning process has improved significantly as indicated by the rise of the national examination score average from 8.18 in 2008/2009 to 8.80 in 2012/2013.
Other schools doing school-based lesson study also show sifnificant quality improvement. To share how lesson study has been done and how it has improved the school effectiveness to conference participants, this continuous professional teacher?s development method will be presented in the show case session.