Before the main Conference starts at 17:00 on Thursday, October 26, participants who register can attend our pre-conference sessions. The full day pre-conference sessions will take place on between 10:30 and 16:00 on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the Conference venue, the World Forum in The Hague.

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The Hague Global Conference 2017 pre-conference sessions 

The Role of a Mentor in Leadership Development

Session overview
Leadership is increasingly valued as a key dimension of creating strong and inspiring learning communities. Both formally designated and informally committed leaders can contribute to the growth and development of their communities. This pre-conference session will introduce several key variables for sustainable leadership growth, and will emphasize one in particular: the importance of mentorship in strengthening leaders. As well as exploring strategies for finding a suitable mentor, participants will learn how they can become better leaders by offering mentorship to others. Expect a practical and highly participatory approach to addressing this topic.
Speaker profile: Dr Glenn Odland
Born in the Caribbean and raised between Canada and South America, Glenn Odland began his career in Calgary, Alberta as a Secondary English and Humanities teacher. In 2006 he and his wife moved to Singapore where he assumed the role of Head of School at the Canadian International School. He led this thriving IB continuum school until June, 2017, when he relocated back to Canada. He now splits his time between Canada and India, where he serves as the Managing Director for Velammal World Academies in Chennai. Velammal will be opening several IB schools beginning in August 2018.  

Great schools do things differently: school differentation for busy school leaders.

Session overview
Great schools, and organizations for that matter, do things differently. We also know that great classroom practice includes differentiation. So what does this mean at the level of the school organization? Shouldn’t we be differentiating our schools too? This workshop discusses ideas orginally developed in the business world and adapted to international school environment. Leaders will be provided with different examples of ‘mental models’ and practicial tools to make their school authentically stand out from other schools. As a leader, how can you provide an even better education for students and more stable financial future? How can you match your educational offerings, and the leader’s narrative around these offerings, to inspire your community? These questions and more will be addressed via the session. This workshop could be particularly useful for those going through a strategic planning process and for individuals interested in a fresh lens for viewing their school’s operations and wondering how their school can advance to the proverbial ‘next level’.
Speaker profile: James MacDonald
James is the Vice President Education (US & IB Curriculum Schools) for GEMS Education and is based in Dubai. In his role he oversees teaching, learning and leadership for GEMS IB and US curriculum schools in the UAE as well as the global network of GEMS World Academies. Prior to joining GEMS in August 2016, James was Head of School NIST International School in Thailand and prior to this head of Yokohama International School in Japan. 

Compassionate systems: A framework for international mindedness and effective action in a complex world

Session overview
Find out about how the IB is working with leading experts to incorporate the latest thinking on compassion, systems and the needs of our world. The session will focus on developing an initial understanding of compassionate systems framework and how this related to international mindedness, our learner profile attributes and our mission. We'll consider new research and ideas in the field of systems thinking and compassion to enhance what you do What we wish for in our students is the ability not only to think compassionately but also to feel and live compassionately by virtue of an ever-unfolding awareness of our connectedness and interdependence. Since we can never see all of the systems within which our actions unfold, this spirit of genuine curiosity and openness is the real hallmark of a systems thinker, and the cultivated “experience of connectedness and interdependence” is the hallmark of a compassionate systems thinker and a foundation for international mindedness.
Speaker profile: Mette Miriam Böll

Mette Miriam Böll is a biologist, specializing in the evolution of complex social systems, play behavior, and philosophy of nature. Mette has a Ph.D. in organizational ethology and additional education in leadership by heart, systemic constellation, mindful leadership, and the philosophy and history of science. Mette has combined these areas into research of how moods and feelings are transmitted in social relations, as well as in the larger systems human beings are part of. In 2014, Mette joined Peter Senge and Daniel Goleman to form the Triple Focus Initiative, which then merged into the Garrison Global Collaboration for Integrative Learning. Mette previously held a position as head of research at Metropol University College, teachers’ college in Copenhagen, and has continued teaching neuroscience of emotions to undergraduate students.

Fad vs. Fact: Research Literacy for Educators

Session overview

Your work as an IB teacher, coordinator, or school leader involves critical thinking about topics like pedagogy and assessment. But what about education research? In this workshop, we will give you the tools to improve your critical thinking about research and data. For example, how can an educator know whether a particular innovation will work for his or her own students, or whether it’s worth the investment of time and effort? We will teach you just enough about research methodology and statistics to help you discern between fads and true innovations. Further, we will discuss the importance of evidence-based decision-making as an educator, sharing practical tools that both teachers and administrators can start using immediately.

The purposes of this workshop are twofold: to deepen your research literacy (with an emphasis on thinking critically in this domain), and to help you weave empirical self-reflection into every aspect of your work. In doing that, we aim to improve your discernment and decision-making as you face the rapid pace of educational innovation. Go beyond the classroom with us and learn specific strategies for boosting your impact as a research-savvy educator.

Speaker profile: John W. Young

Since March 2015, John W. Young has been the Head of Research for the International Baccalaureate, where he leads a department staff of 12 located across the IB Global Centres on three continents. He previously held positions as the Director of the Higher Education Research Group at the Educational Testing Service and as a Professor of Educational Psychology at Rutgers University. In 1999, he received the Early Career Contribution Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Committee on Scholars of Color in Education for his research on academic achievement and students of color. In his 30-year career as an educational researcher, he has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and has delivered more than 100 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. He received his Ph.D. in Quantitative Methods in Educational Research from Stanford University.

Introducing the IB Career-related Programme: exciting ways in which to implement and develop the CP

Session overview
This pre-conference will seek to explain the framework of the CP, provide examples of its implementation, explore CP packages both provided by the IB and the opportunities available to schools to establish their own, develop an understanding of the authorisation process and how the IB is managing recognition and finally, to encourage the exploration of both the local and global to support the learning and the future career progression of a schools students.
Speaker profiles: Dominic Robeau, Chantell Wyten, Jon Halligan, Alan Wrafter and Peter Fidczuk
  • Dominic Robeau is the Senior Curriculum Manager for Career-related Programme Development. Dominic has many years of classroom and educational leadership experience in local and international schools in Australia, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates. A secondary English Literature teacher by training, he holds a Masters in English Literature and Communications from Murdoch University, Australia, and a Masters in Educational Management and Leadership from Newcastle University, Australia.
  • Chantell Wyten B.Ed (Hons) is a travelled educator whose motto of ‘meaningful progression with global consciousness' has led her to become the current CP Curriculum Manager. Prior to this she worked as a Head of Sixth Form and CP co-ordinator, in a UK school for five years, piloting the CP as a stand-alone qualification. Chantell has created online and face to face CP teacher workshops, with a special interest in integrating DP subjects with career-related packages to broker pathways into leading universities, and a range of competitive industries.
  • Jon Halligan is the Head of Development & Recognition for Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He is responsible for the strategic development of schools within the region, in particular  working with schools as they embark on their IB journey, either as a new school or as an authorised school implementing a new programme. He also works with the various ministries, officials, regulators and other influential educational bodies to raise awareness and understanding of IB programmes and their value for national equivalency purposes.
  • Working in the IB World Schools department, Alan Wrafter supports schools running the DP, CP, MYP and PYP globally. He has worked in school leadership as Secondary Principal, DP coordinator and Teacher. He has also worked as coordinator with the British Council, and his career in international education includes postings in Spain, Australia, Indonesia and Ireland.
  • Peter Fidczuk has been the UK Development and Recognition Manager since 2014 and in his role supports recognition of IB prgrammes by UK universities. Roughly one in ten of all IB graduates apply to UK universities and so maintaining good relationships with these stakeholders is a key objective of his role.

Utilizing learning communities to support the authorization process

Session overview
The authorization process is an essential component in assuring a school’s successful implementation of the programme(s). This process can be supported through the development of a variety of professional learning communities. This pre-conference is aimed at school leaders and coordinators of interested and candidate schools. It will provide a collaborative space to develop change management strategies and share tools to support schools as they go through the authorization process. Questions for reflection and discussions, examples of documentation and evidence to prepare, and strategies for supporting the school community to participate successfully in this process will be shared throughout the day.
Speaker profiles: Roseline Muchiri and Fiona Clark
  • Before joining the IB as the PYP Associate Manager, Roseline Muchiri was involved with PYP in her capacity as a teacher and language coordinator in an IB World school in Kenya. As a PYP practitioner, she has a wealth of experience in the implementation of the programme, and has played various roles in supporting PYP schools in the region.
  • Fiona has been involved with the IB since 1995, first as a DP chemistry teacher, and then as a workshop leader, school visitor, examiner and textbook author. Fiona joined the IB organization in 2010, so that she could have a larger impact on schools; first working in the academic team as a curriculum manager for DP chemistry, ESS and SEHS. In 2013 she began working as part of the Regional School Services team in the AEM region and has transitioned to working as an Authorization Manager. Fiona is passionate about supporting schools in this exciting stage of their IB journey.

IB school evaluation as a whole school community improvement experience

Session overview
To use the IB school evaluation process as a learning tool to implement and develop the programme in the school, and promote school improvment. The process of, and documentation for, evaluation within the framework of the standards and practices will be explored and discussed. The importance of, and strategies for, involving all stakeholders in the experience will be discussed. Participants will take away with them a toolkit of examples and evidence to use in undertaking their own school’s evaluation and in developing a school improvement plan.
Speaker profiles: Katrin Fox, Margaret Harris and Alan Wrafter
  • As part of the IB World School team, Katrin supports authorized schools across the world, until February 2017 she worked for the IB as DP School Services Manager AEM. Katrin has got extensive experience of state schools, semi state schools and private schools as well as in different cultural contexts and school communities, which she gained in various roles: school leader, Teacher, Consultant, Examiner, co-author of a textbook for German B, and a school visitor.
  • Margaret Harris is currently Manager for IB World Schools. Margaret worked in the Academic Division of the IB as Curriculum and Assessment Manager for Languages and participated in the review and development of the 2014 MYP (known as the MYP Next Chapter Project) from its first conversations to its final publication and implementation in schools. Over a period of more than 20 years, Margaret has worked in schools in Australia, Hong Kong, France and Indonesia as a teacher of languages, IB PYP, MYP and DP teacher, MYP Coordinator, Moderator, Personal Project and Community Service Coordinator, school visitor and workshop leader.
  • Working in the IB World Schools department, Alan supports schools running the DP, CP, MYP and PYP globally. He has worked in school leadership as Secondary Principal, DP coordinator and Teacher. He has also worked as coordinator with the British Council, and his career in international education includes postings in Spain, Australia, Indonesia and Ireland.

Transdisciplinarity in the PYP

The PYP transdisciplinary programme remains a developmentally appropriate and powerful way to support young learners’ knowledge, evolving theories, and skills as a connected whole and reflects the significance of their learning and action in the real world. This session will focus on the impact of transdisciplinary learning for the learner, learning and teaching and the learning community and show how schools can ensure that transdisciplinary learning is evident in classroom practice.
Speaker profiles: Nicole Bien, Sarah Brown, Laura Griffin, Terri Walker and Nikki Welsh

Formerly heads of school, pedagogy leaders, workshop leaders, and teachers at PYP and non-PYP schools, the PYP development team brings significant experience in education. Members of the PYP team have presented at IB and non-IB conferences on a wide variety of topics including: early years, language and assessment. 

Making sense of International Mindedness - A portraiture approach

International mindedness [IM] has entered international education circles in full force as a key aspiration in contemporary education. IB practitioners appreciate the importance of such shared aim while recognizing the multiplicity of meanings attributed to IM across contexts and regions. How are educators across contexts envisioning the internationally minded student? How can we think about IM as a shared educational aspiration while being mindful of the cultural perspectives that give it meaning? How can we articulate what IM might look like in our particular schools? To respond to these questions this interactive workshop will draw on a novel Portraiture Approach being developed at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education in collaboration with the IB. This approach invites educators to develop rich student portraits and places these at the center of facilitated professional conversations designed to calibrate perspectives of IM. Through interactive experiences this workshop will enable you to (a) become familiar with current research on IM across cultural contexts; (b) experience and reflect about the portraiture approach, and (c) acquire practical tools to use a portraiture approach with teachers, parents, students and other stakeholders in order to nurture international mindedness in their own school contexts.
Speaker profile: Veronica Boix Mansilla

Veronica Boix Mansilla is a Lecturer in Education, Senior Principal Investigator and Steering Committee Member at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also founded the Future of Learning Institute. She directs the ID Global Project – a multi-year research initiative where she examines the conditions that enable individuals to carry out quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary work and develop their global competence. Veronica’s current research focuses on how teachers’ develop their capacity to educate for global competence with quality. Working with the IB she is articulating a portraiture approach to international mindedness. In collaboration with the DC Public Schools, in Washington, she is developing an approach to global competence education that draws on the city as a context for learning. Working with the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution, she examines the role of museums as public spaces for global competence education. Working with teachers in the US and Japan she examines the precursors of Global Competence in Early Childhood and working with teachers in China, she is examining integrated pedagogies for global competence.  Veronica serves or has served as an advisor to the OECD, Asia Society, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Council of Chief State School Officers, and International Baccalaureate, WorldSavy and Global Kids among others.  She is the author of multiple papers and books including  Teaching for Interdisciplinary Understanding in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (2010); Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World (2011) with Tony Jackson.