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Professional Development News

Workshop Architecture
The global professional development team is excited to announce our new workshop architecture, beginning 1 January 2010. The new architecture will streamline our workshop offerings globally into a three-tier structure (category 1, category 2, category 3).

To learn more, please visit our events webpage.

We hope that these updated goals and objectives will assist educators in the selection of the appropriate workshop(s) to meet their professional development needs.

If you have any questions or concerns related to the new architecture, please contact us at +1 212 696 4464 x1 or via email at

Space is available for workshops in North America and Latin America from September to December 2009! 
For more information, please visit our workshop calendar.

Level 3 workshops

The professional development team would like to thank workshop leaders who submitted level 3 workshop proposals, adding exciting new content-based initiatives to the region’s professional development offerings.  We encourage all workshop leaders in each of the programmes to submit additional level 3 workshops. The form can be found on our website.

Please submit your proposal via email to Emily Ross in New York and to Susana Fernandez in Buenos Aires.

New English language workshops in Mexico

IB Americas is offering the following English language workshops in Mexico City in January, 2010:

  • Diploma Programme English A1 levels 1 & 2, 12-13 January
  • Middle Years Programme English A levels 1 & 2, 21-22 January

New level 3 study tour to China in July 2010

The IB, in cooperation with EF Educational Tours, is excited to offer a new professional development study tour. This tour will both introduce you to the highlights of China, including school visits in Beijing and Shanghai, the Great Wall and the historic Terracotta Warriors Complex, and be recognized as an IB level 3 workshop.

For more information, call Andrew Hagopian at 800-872-8439.

New level 3 continuum workshops in Istanbul, Turkey, from 6-8 November 2009

  • Vertical Articulation for History and Humanities: Backward mapping the Diploma Prorgramme/MYP Curriculum Grades 9 -12
  • Vertical Articulation for Math: Backward mapping the Diploma Programme/MYP Curriculum Grades 9 -12

These workshops are designed for history and humanities vertical teams and math vertical teams from high schools with the MYP and Diploma Programmes. The goal of the workshops is to facilitate the articulation between the programmes in order to increase student participation and success in the Diploma Programme. The workshops will draw on the Backward Curriculum Map teacher support materials as a guide for teachers to plan their own local curriculum. The maps include an example of a progression of skills for grades 9-12, assessment and scaffolding ideas, and sample MYP units and course outlines. Schools are encouraged to send a team consisting of least one MYP and one Diploma Programme teacher.

Seminars on Science with the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)

Begun in 2007, we are continuing to offer IB educators the Museum’s award-winning Seminars on Science program, which currently features ten online courses ranging from evolution to ocean dynamics to quantum physics. Each course is six weeks long and is designed specifically for educators. The courses, taught by a museum scientist and a veteran classroom instructor, tap into AMNH’s immense resources and the expertise of leading scientists. Teachers earn up to four graduate credits and/or IB professional development credit.

The final assessment activity required of each course will focus on an IB classroom application.

For more information, please visit our workshop calendar.