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Dear Educators,

I am pleased to announce, effective 1 January 2009, the creation of the IB Americas which will be managed by our dedicated and talented staff in the Buenos Aires, New York and Vancouver offices.  

The creation of the IB Americas is an important part of our 2020 plan to expand the IB’s organizational capacity over the next 12 years in preparation for an estimated 2.5 million students and 10,000 IB programmes worldwide by the year 2020.

The IB Americas will encompass North America, the Caribbean, Central and South America and will be led by Drew Deutsch. Currently, there are 1,449 IB World Schools in 24 countries within the Americas.

All three offices in the IB Americas: Buenos Aires, New York and Vancouver���will continue to service the needs of your students, teachers and schools. An IB Americas global centre will begin operation in late 2009/early 2010.

As part of these 2020 changes, Marta Rodger, currently regional director of IB Latin America, will assume a global leadership role for the Diploma Programme and will work closely with Ralph Cline, global school services director. In her new role, Marta will articulate authorization and evaluation standards to be applied to schools implementing the Diploma Programme across the globe.

Gloria McDowell, the Diploma Programme regional manager in North America, will move into a new role as the senior head of school services for the IB Americas and will work closely with IB Buenos Aires.

In addition, also on 1 January 2009, a new website will be launched for the IB Americas: www.ibo.org/iba. You may use this new web address or you can continue to use the www.ibo.org/ibla or www.ibo.org/ibna web addresses to access the IB Americas site.

We hope this combination of our resources will result in wider access to IB programmes for more schools and students.

Thank you for your continued dedication and interest in IB programmes.

Sincerely,

Drew Deutsch

Drew Deutsch
Regional Director
IB North America



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