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First IB Conference of the Americas a Success

Stay tuned to the conference website for more information about our 2010 conference in Miami, 15-18 July

The 2009 IB Conference of the Americas held in Québec City, brought over 900 participants from 22 countries together for the a genuinely tri-cultural conference around the theme, New Thinking for a New World. We thank all of you who were able to attend and participate.

The conference kicked off on Thursday evening with Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind and father to two IB students. Mr. Pink challenged the audience to consider the necessity of “artistry and empathy”, which he argues are the right-brain skills that are needed alongside left-brain logical thinking in today's economy. Noted psychologist JoAnn Deak continued the discussion of “new thinking” through the delivery of her general session, through which she proposed that the IB is the best educational fit to current brain research.  L. Gen, the Honourable Romeo A. Dallaire, author and former UN Force Commander spoke on Saturday, discussing children in conflict areas and empowerment through education, while professor and educator Isabelino Siede closed the conference on Sunday with a talk on citizenship education.

This year’s conference also brought hundreds of breakout presenters from inside and outside of the IB community, a large number of graduate participants, and a powerful performance piece to the conference stage. Leslie Lewis Sword, an IB graduate, performed Miracle In Rwanda, a one-woman play that she created to tell the incredible story of Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza.

Information from the conference:

  • Visit the conference website to download a copy of the programme and presentations from many of our session presenters. 
  • Stay tuned for video highlights and testimonials from participants posted on IBtv within the next month.

We look forward to seeing you at next year's IB Conference of the Americas in Miami in July 2010!


2009 IB World Heads Conference

Seville, Spain, 13-16 October

We are delighted to announce that the 2009 IB World Heads Conference will be held in Seville, Spain from 13-16 October.

Join more than 350 members of the IB heads worldwide community for three days of inspiration, collaboration, and reflection at the Mélia Hotel in Seville city center.

This conference, organized by the HSA in partnership with the IB Africa, Europe and Middle East Regional Office and the Colegio de San Francisco de Paula, is unique in being organized by heads of IB World Schools, for heads of IB World Schools. It provides an unparalleled opportunity to meet with fellow IB school leaders from around the world, and to give a personal reality to the international nature of our programmes and schools.

In recognition of the diversity of school leadership structures around the world, it has been decided that the conference should adopt an inclusive approach. Therefore, we will welcome registrations from all senior level administrators in schools, universities, school districts and regions.

For more information, and to register, please visit the World Heads Conference blog.