Workshop categories and types

International Baccalaureate® (IB) has three categories of workshop:

  • Category 1, which focus on IB philosophy and implementation
  • Category 2, which focus on delivery of the four IB programmes of education
  • Category 3, for educators to build on and enhance their professional development portfolios

Depending on your circumstances and experience, you will need workshops in a particular category.

Our workshops can be delivered in a number of ways, including face-to-face and online, both in-school or at district workshops, cluster workshops and regional conferences.

Find a workshop in your area.

Category 1 workshops: developing expertise in new IB educators

Category 1 workshops provide professional development and assistance for schools that have decided to apply for IB authorization, the process schools undertake to become IB World Schools.

Educators who are new to a school with an existing IB programme, or those interested in joining an IB school, should also consider category 1 workshops. Participants will learn about:

  • the basic philosophy and curricular model of the programme
  • programme standards and practices appropriate to the participants’ role
  • the appropriate programme framework  for their programme of choice.

Category 2 workshops: developing expertise in current IB educators

Category 2 workshops look at assessment, teaching and learning methodologies, and best practice in the classroom. They are for educators who have already been teaching their particular IB programme.

Participants will be expected to have a good understanding of their programme, as well as practical experience in assessment, so they can share good practices.

They will:

  • make connections between programme frameworks and classroom practice
  • enhance their understanding of assessment in IB programmes
  • discuss and analyse standards and practices appropriate to their role
  • engage in discussion and activities aimed at sharing pedagogical techniques. 

Category 3 workshops: strengthening skills and sharing exceptional practice 

Category 3 workshops vary in terms of audience. Some are for more experienced educators who want to enhance their professional development portfolios, while others are for all educators – those with and without a great deal of experience.

Participants will engage in detailed discussions on topics such as learning theory, pedagogy, assessment, and other scholarly interests.

These workshops also cover subject-specific content, administrative and pedagogical leadership, and subject-specific seminars on changes to the IB curriculum.