Session highlights - 29 March 2017

We are proud to host over 80 breakout sessions at the IB Global Conference Yokohama, as well as our renowned keynote speakers. Led by educators from schools and various education institutions, these sessions cover a range of education topics related to the conference theme ‘Inspiring Communities’.

Here is a selection of sessions taking place today. For the full line-up and timings, please refer to the conference app and the schedule page.


Dr. Alma Harris, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at the Department of Education, University of Bath

11:30-12:15, Main Hall

Dr. Harris’ keynote will consider the importance of leadership in establishing and sustaining inspiring learning communities. It will explore why leadership is so important in school and system transformation and it will argue for more shared, distributed or collective leadership practices that result in better learner outcomes. Dr. Harris will draw upon several comparative research studies to underline the importance of building professional learning communities within, between and across schools as a way of raising performance. Dr. Harris believes that, collectively, schools are a critical force for positive change and that leaders are needed at all levels to ensure that inspiring communities become a powerful, positive reality.

Welcome address

Yuji Kuroiwa, Governor of Kanagawa

10:30-11:30, Main Hall

The Governor of Kanagawa will open the conference, following a performance and introduction from students.

Japanese university information sessions

Tokyo Christian University, Hiroshima University and Soka University, 13:15-13:45, Room 303

Toyo University, Yamanashi Gakuin University and International Christian University, 15:15-16:15, Room 315

During the conference there will be eight interactive sessions bringing together a range of higher education institutions from Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Republic of Korea. In these sessions, universities will highlight their educational programs, admissions considerations and how they value IB students. Time will be allocated for delegates to ask questions of and to provide feedback to each of the university representatives.

IB and its strategy

Dr. Siva Kumari, IB Director General

Breakout session 1 – 14:00-15:00, Room 304

Join Director General Siva Kumari for a collaborative discussion of the IB’s strategy as we approach our 50th anniversary. Where are we headed as an organization and a community? How do we get there? In this session, the Director General will share her perspective while actively seeking the input of session participants.

Notable characteristics of school education in Japan

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (MEXT)

Breakout session 2 – 15:15–16:15, Room 311-312

This session will introduce the notable characteristics of school education in Japan. Japan is generally recognized as a country with high academic ability within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, with high Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores. However, the most important aspect of Japanese education may lie not only in the curriculum itself but also in normal school life, emphasizing the importance of becoming a fine member of society as well as academic ability. In this session, the Japanese school system and its experiences will be shared as a good practice of school education.

Coordinators’ Forum

Special session 1 – 16:15–17:45

  • Room 303: PYP Coordinators Forum
  • Room 311-312: MYP Coordinators Forum
  • Room 304: DP Coordinators Forum

Today's forum sessions are aimed at new coordinators. The annual Coordinators’ Forum brings together programme coordinators in IB World Schools for an exchange of ideas and best practice. 

Expo sessions

Special session 2, 16:45–17:45, Rooms 411-418

Sponsors at the IB Global Conference Yokohama will be delivering a range of informative sessions on tools and services that will complement and enhance the daily operation in an IB school. Head to the exhibit hall to see them in action.