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Introducing the MYP

This mandatory introductory in-school workshop provides the school with a consistent knowledge base across all staff, and acts as a specific launch point for their MYP practice. The intent is to provide some exposure to key elements of the MYP while allowing for further exploration of these elements in subject-specific workshops. It must be requested and completed prior to the verification visit.
  • The workshop is intended for all members of the candidate school’s MYP teaching staff including specialists, librarians, and part-time teachers, and it is expected that all prospective MYP teachers will attend.
  • The eight subject group representatives and coordinator may or may not have attended a category 1 subject-specific workshop at the time that this induction is scheduled.
  • The workshop spans one full day (6 hours of instruction) with two sessions in the morning and two sessions in the afternoon.
  • After completing this introductory workshop, participants will be able to continue their inquiry into the MYP by attending subject-specific category 1 and 2 workshops as well as subject-specific and topical category 3 workshops. 



Category 1 workshops explore the philosophical, pedagogical, and administrative implications of the IB programme standards and requirements towards a successful implementation of the MYP for school leaders and subject group teachers, from candidate schools and schools interested in implementing the MYP. The workshops are designed around identical learning expectations but are customized to meet the specific needs of heads of school, coordinators, and subject group teachers. Leaders address how a school community must work together to complete successful applications for candidacy and authorization.

Topics covered include these main aspects of implementation of the MYP:

  • understanding the IB mission and philosophy through the MYP framework
  • recognizing the MYP as a relevant and dynamic approach to teaching and learning that invites students to achieve at the highest level
  • discovering the key components of the MYP framework with the student at the centre. This includes discussing the:
    • broad and balanced choice of subjects taught concurrently every year of the programme
    • use of the areas of interaction as contexts for teaching and learning
    • criterion-related assessment model that helps students recognize their own strengths and weaknesses
    • personal project as an age-appropriate culminating activity in the final year of the programme
  • focusing on stage 1 of unit planning including developing the significant concept, selecting an appropriate area of interaction context, and generating an open-ended, age-appropriate unit question that promotes inquiry
  • addressing the alignment of MYP objectives (and their strands) with local standards or requirements, as well as the creation of an assessment task with appropriate MYP criteria.

*NOTE*: The head of school must attend this workshop before the submission of application for candidacy. The coordinator is encouraged to attend with the head of school but may attend during the candidate phase. Additionally, candidate schools are required to send at least one teacher from each subject group to the appropriate category 1 workshop during the candidate phase.



Category 2 workshops provide a forum for experienced MYP school leaders and subject group teachers who wish to enhance their understanding of the IB philosophy while improving programme delivery. School leaders and teachers will deepen their understanding of MYP inquiry-based methodologies, recognize best practice in the MYP classroom, and further their understanding of the MYP assessment model.

Topics covered include these main aspects of implementation of the MYP:

  • understanding the MYP framework as a model for balance while allowing for student choice and the development of the whole person
  • developing unit plans that prompt students to question, explain, discover and “do” in authentic contexts
  • engaging in many dynamic hands-on activities that simulate the myriad creative choices that teachers must make to nurture inspired learning
  • reflecting on learning to develop a prioritized action plan relevant to unique school situations
  • creating learning environments that ignite student inquiry
  • developing agreements toward common assessments
  • modifying and making task-specific MYP rubrics that are age-appropriate using the interim objectives
  • clarifying the role of formative and summative assessments
  • standardizing the awarding of achievement levels.





The overall purpose of workshops is to provide a forum for experienced educators to build on and enhance their professional development portfolios. Participants will engage in an in-depth investigation into specific areas of interest and expertise. These workshops are intended for school leaders and subject group teachers who wish to explore specific topics through multiple perspectives and through an inquiry-based methodology. Participants will engage in detailed discussions around topics such as learning theory, pedagogy, assessment, and other scholarly interests including administrative and pedagogical leadership.

*NOTE*: Category 3 workshops have been designed to be of interest to varying audiences.


Moderation and monitoring of assessment (subject group teachers, head of schools/coordinators (HOS/IBC)
This workshop is intended for school leaders and subject group teachers who wish to deepen their understanding of the MYP assessment model with a specific focus on moderation and monitoring of assessment, which is a requirement of all schools one year prior to their programme evaluation. Participants will explore how international mindedness is woven into the MYP assessment philosophy and come to a better understanding about the relationship between the philosophical underpinnings of the MYP and the criterion-related assessment. Modeling a student-centred (holistic) approach, the learning expectations for this category 3 workshop are the same for all subject group teachers and HOS/IBC.
This workshop is appropriate for mixed-levels within each of the groups (subject-specific and HOS/IBC).
Areas of interaction: Contexts for teaching and learning (general audience)
This workshop will allow participants to see how the areas of interaction (AOI) serve as dynamic contexts for teaching and learning. This is becoming increasingly important in an ever-changing world where students need to understand the aims of their studies. Participants will explore many pathways to developing and personalizing their understanding of the relationship between content, concept, and context. They will use stage 1 of the unit planner as a practical approach to understanding and see how certain types of assessment tasks often lend themselves to a specific area of interaction.
This workshop is appropriate for mixed-level and mixed-subject groupings.
The personal project (general audience)
This workshop is intended to guide MYP practitioners toward a deeper understanding of the personal project as the culminating activity in the MYP Participants will conduct a group inquiry that will enable them to explore the different components of the personal project in order to gain an understanding of the process involved to successfully complete a personal project. Participants will also discover the importance of creating environments that are conducive to learning and reflection.
This workshop is appropriate for mixed-level and mixed-subject groupings.


MYP assessment for 21st century learning (general audience)
Using MYP: From principles into practice and the MYP subject group guides, this workshop looks at how the MYP is aligned with current research regarding 21st century learning. Participants will examine current primary source documents on assessment practices before reflecting on their own. Discussions around formative and summative assessments will further define how the MYP aligns with current educational theory. Participants will collaborate around possible ways to report out MYP student progress as defined by the MYP criterion-related model.
Validating the three-year Middle Years Programme (MYP) (Year 1-3 HOS/IBC, subject group teachers)
This workshop will model teaching and learning strategies for schools implementing years 1 to 3 of the MYP. Using stage 1 of the unit planner, participants will scaffold modified interim objectives with corresponding assessment tasks that are both age-appropriate and task-specific. Through an activity-driven workshop experience, participants will appreciate how the MYP fundamental concept of holistic education correlates with current research related to the design of healthy schools. Using active reflective practices, participants will build an action plan that will allow them to galvanize their own MYP.
Integrated MYP technology (mixed audience)
The goal of this workshop is to explore the structures necessary for teaching MYP technology with integrity at schools where MYP technology is not timetabled as a separate subject group in one or more years of the
programme. The IB cautions that integration is an approach that is pedagogically and administratively more challenging than teaching approaches where each subject group is timetabled and resourced separately; it is therefore not the recommended teaching approach. Participants will explore strategies for planning the integration of learning objectives from MYP technology with the content of another subject group. Participants will consider school-based supports and structures that are necessary for coordination of an integrated MYP technology programme.  
The workshop is designed for teachers who teach MYP technology jointly with another MYP subject group, for MYP technology teachers, and MYP coordinators who are in charge of coordinating MYP technology taught through an integrated approach.
Building inquiry into MYP: (mixed audience)
This workshop will enable participants to develop effective and appropriate interdisciplinary units through interactive discovery in a museum setting. The workshop will provide background knowledge of the MYP including the philosophy and principles of interdisciplinary unit planning. It will also provide opportunities for teachers to work with colleagues to develop an interdisciplinary unit using the museum environment as a resource and include a focus on student-centred learning, interdisciplinary unit planning and MYP assessment. Participants will leave with strategies for accessing museums and resources in their local communities to develop relevant and engaging interdisciplinary units.
It is recommended that schools send teams of at least two teachers from different subject groups so work can begin on a unit planner that can be used at their home school; however, teachers on their own are also welcome.
Making the IB Happen (mixed programme)
The goal of this workshop is to guide school leaders toward a deeper understanding of the IB mission and vision and how they apply to the philosophy, organization, and curriculum in IB schools. Participants will explore, discuss, and plan for many aspects of leadership roles, from communicating the vision to managing the budget, and establishing a plan for the supervision of MYP instruction. School leaders will explore the philosophical underpinnings of the International Baccalaureate to arrive at sound decisions relevant to their own program(s).
This workshop is for school leaders (school district officials, directors, principals, heads, administrators, coordinators) who are seeking strategies to further implement IB programmes and strengthen the continuum.