Session highlights - 31 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.

Keynote: Perils or Promises: Education in the Age of Smart Machines

Dr. Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, The University of Kansas

15:45-16:30, Main Hall

The world needs globally competent creative and entrepreneurial talents to take advantage of the opportunities brought about by technology and globalization. But schools are pushed to produce homogenous, compliant and employee-minded test-takers, as a result of the traditional education paradigm. Dr. Zhao proposes a new education paradigm needed for the new world.

Coordinators' Forum

Special session 3 - 08:00-09:30

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

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

Standards and Practices Review: Streamlining IB World School authorization and development

Pilar Quezzaire, IB

Breakout session 7 - 09:30 - 10:30, Room 304

The IB’s Curriculum Innovation and Alignment (CIA) team has been working with the IB community to develop a streamlined, research-informed experience of Programme Standards and Practices for IB schools. In this session, participants can learn more about this process and explore a new framework and design for the next version.

Heads to Heads session

Breakout session 8 - 11:15 - 12:15, Room 413

The Heads to Heads session brings heads of school together during the conference, to discuss various topics with key IB personnel.

Japanese university sessions

Kwansei Gakuin University, The University of Aizu and Toyohashi University of Technology, 11:15-12:15, Room 315

Hosei University and Waseda University, 13:15-13:35, Room 303

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 this session, universities will highlight their educational programmes, 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.

Meetings of Associations of IB World Schools

Special session 4 - 31 March, 13:45 - 14:45

  • Room 303: Association of Chinese and Mongolian International Baccalaureate Schools (ACMIBS)
  • Room 304: The IB Association of Japan (IBAJ)
  • Room 311-312: IB Schools Australasia (IBSA)
  • Room 313-314: The Association of International Schools of India (TAISI)