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Backward mapping the IB curriculum from the DP to the MYP

Recommended audience: Vertical teams from high schools with the Diploma Programme (DP) and MYP (Middle Years Programme).

The goal of these workshops is to facilitate the articulation between the programmes in order to increase student participation and success in the DP. The workshop will guide teachers to plan their own curriculum using non-prescriptive maps that include a progression of skills for years 9–12, assessment and scaffolding ideas, and MYP units and course outlines. Schools are strongly advised to send a team consisting of least one MYP and one DP teacher.

  • Language A: Backward mapping the IB curriculum from the DP to the MYP
  • Mathematics: Backward mapping the IB curriculum from the DP to the MYP
  • Science: Backward mapping the IB curriculum from the DP to the MYP

Beyond symbolism—Indigenous ways of knowing

Recommended audience: School administrators, curriculum coordinators and classroom teachers.

Many national curriculums require schools to provide opportunities for communities to engage with indigenous issues and perspectives. This particular experience will focus on First Peoples’ views and knowledge. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with indigenous educators and develop an understanding about indigenous ways of knowing and using the “oral tradition”. This IB workshop experience has been developed to try to assist teachers as they focus on engaging authentic methods of weaving First Peoples’ knowledge into their curriculum offering. The workshop addresses all of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) transdisciplinary themes and offers points of provocation for inquiries into a range of subject areas.


Creating inclusive classrooms: Access for all students in the PYP/MYP/DP (special needs)

Recommended audience: Participants are encouraged to register as team partners—a classroom teacher, learning consultant specialist or teacher specialist supporting students with special needs paired with the school’s IB coordinator or a teacher with general education responsibilities.

Internationally minded schools celebrate diversity, but how do IB World Schools provide an inclusive learning environment ensuring student differences are seen as a means to enrich learning for all? This workshop enables participants to extend their knowledge, skills and understanding of how to provide access and support for all students, focusing on student strengths, capabilities and challenges. Participants will examine how inquiry, as promoted in the PYP/MYP/DP, allows each student’s understanding of the world to develop in a manner and at a rate that is unique to that learner. Discussion will focus on educational labels such as “gifted and talented”, “SEN (special educational needs)” and “individual learning needs”. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on classroom practices and units of inquiry through the lenses of differentiation and the use of ICT to remove barriers to learning. Participants will explore models of collaborative teams that facilitate support for all learners and will create an action plan to develop school policy documents that consistently support access and inclusion for all students.


Education for international-mindedness

Recommended audience: IB coordinators and teachers, heads of school, continuing professional development leaders, school and district personnel responsible for internationalizing the curriculum in any IB programme, and educators beyond the IB community who are interested in developing a deeper understanding and practice of global education.

This workshop will explore international education that goes beyond food, flags, films and festivals. The IB learner profile describes the goal of “creating internationally minded people”, but what does that mean? How can schools develop an internationally minded educational philosophy that addresses IB standards and practices? How can educators help students inquire, act and reflect in meaningful and relevant ways in an increasingly interconnected world? Participants will build understandings together and share good practice to promote intercultural awareness, the importance of multilingualism and global engagement.


EF Tours—Inquiry into Germany and Prague - June 24-July 3, 2013

Recommended audience: PYP, MYP, and DP administrators, coordinators and teachers.

Explore Germany and the Czech Republic on an IB and EF 10-day professional development tour. This blended-model category 3 workshop includes online coursework and a tour through Germany and Prague to encourage the development of international mindedness through inquiry.  Participants will visit the cultural and historical highlights of Central Europe while investigating educational practices in the region and sharing best practices amongst IB educators from across North America.  An IB workshop leader will facilitate discussions and travel with participants leading the inquiry and hosting a visit to an IB World School.  Activities before, during and after the tour will help participants to find rewarding and innovative tools to transform their experience into actionable international-mindedness for their school community.

10 days: Berlin, Prague, Munich


EF Tours—Inquiry into Peru - July 8-July 18, 2013

Recommended audience: PYP, MYP, and DP administrators, coordinators and teachers.

Explore Peru on an IB and EF 10-day professional development tour.  This blended model category 3 workshop includes online coursework and a tour through Peru to encourage the development of international mindedness through inquiry.  Participants will experience Peru’s ancient and modern culture and visit Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu while investigating educational practices in the country.  An IB workshop leader will facilitate discussions and travel with participants to encourage the sharing of best practice amongst participants.  The tour will explore the IB’s action cycle through service learning programming in the Sacred Valley and visit an IB World School in Lima to connect IB educators around the concept of international mindedness.  Activities before, during and after the tour will help participants to find rewarding and innovative tools to transform their experience into actionable international-mindedness for their school community.

10 days: Lima, Cuzco, Aguas Calientes, Urubamba


Governance: Introduction to the IB for school owners and board members

Recommended audience: Boards of governors and owners of schools, with heads of schools.

This workshop introduces the philosophy of the IB to owners and members of governing boards. It focuses on standards A (philosophy) and B (leadership and resources) to assist these groups in understanding their responsibility and contribution to the successful implementation of IB programmes. Participants will have an overview of the processes of authorization and evaluation and an opportunity to look at their school through the eyes of an IB visitor.


Inquiry and the librarian across the three programmes

Recommended audience: All experienced IB librarians, programme coordinators, members of school leadership team and those who have recently completed a category 1 workshop.

This participatory workshop for all IB librarians will examine common IB programme standards and practices. The workshop will offer a forum for dialogue between librarians in the three programmes to ensure continuity of teaching and learning for the students as they progress through the PYP, MYP and DP. In addition, all librarians will be well informed about the general subject of the workshop, which is “inquiry”. Participants will have an opportunity to contribute to library guidelines to be shared via the online curriculum centre (OCC). It is recommended that each librarian attending be accompanied by either their programme coordinator and/or by a member of the school leadership team, so that these school educators will be able to understand better the pedagogical and collaborative role of the librarian.


Lead the way: How to develop and sustain IB programmes

Recommended audience: School leaders, administrators and heads of school.

The goal of this workshop is to guide school leaders towards a deeper understanding of the IB mission and vision and how they apply to the philosophy, organization and curriculum in IB World Schools. Participants will explore, discuss and plan for many aspects of leadership roles, from communicating the vision to managing the budget and establishing a plan for the supervision of MYP instruction. School leaders will explore the philosophical underpinnings of the IB to arrive at sound decisions relevant to their own programme(s).


Leadership for school improvement

Recommended audience: School leaders, administrators and heads of school.

This workshop is designed to provide school leaders with a deeper understanding of the relationship between leadership strategies and school improvement goals, and to provide administrators with an opportunity to engage in planning activities—that is, planning for leadership in practice. The workshop explores the current research into effective school leadership practices, the effective school literature, the role of data in school improvement, designing and planning effective professional learning for building teacher capacity, and strategies to develop an effective teacher development/appraisal programme.


Learner profile

Recommended audience: Experienced IB educators who have knowledge of one or more IB programmes.

Participants will reflect on current teaching or administrative practices in terms of the learner profile in action; examine and strengthen teaching and learning outcomes across the IB continuum; explore what the learner profile looks like, sounds like, and feels like in a classroom or a school; examine the learner profile attributes; reflect on how the learner profile applies to their professional roles; study current educational theory supporting the learner profile; share best practice; and develop practical ways of embedding the learner profile to promote student learning.


Music and inquiry

Recommended audience: PYP and MYP music teachers.

Is it possible to teach music through inquiry? If students “explore" instruments and have only “free composition” tasks, how will they be ready to perform? If I let them only “inquire”, am I doing my job as a music teacher? These are some of the questions that music teachers may face during their first encounter with the inquiry framework. This workshop aims to provide a hands-on approach in which the main focus will be on active music making within an inquiry framework, including both vocal and instrumental music; the theories of Orff, Kodaly and Dalcroze; and 21st-century skills such as the different uses of digital technologies and access to global music resources. Music teachers will finally think, inquire, make connections and build understandings about inquiry in their own language—music. During this workshop, teachers will also experience a range of inquiry and constructivist strategies to consider for instrumental and vocal music ensembles for both the PYP and MYP. Participants will be able to develop and revise individual or collaborative music units of inquiry and find multiple connections between the PYP and MYP. In addition, they will deepen their understanding of the planner, essential elements, interdisciplinary planning and PYP and MYP documentation.


The power of language to transform school culture: Developing a school language policy

Recommended audience: School leaders responsible for developing a school language policy in line with IB guidelines. This should ideally include several stakeholders from the school or a participant with the knowledge and ability to cascade information successfully to school stakeholders, including the principal, members of the leadership team, IB coordinators, heads of English, foreign languages, English as an additional language (EAL), English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), and English as a second language (ESL) and so on, or subject teachers with a long-term interest in developing an understanding of language and learning.

This workshop is part of a vision that all IB World Schools can create and publish a living language policy that forms the core of all thought and practical direction in the school. The new Programme standards and practices (2010) document underlines the need for effective language policy and practices in schools. This workshop explores the issues required to implement the language policy guidelines within a linguistically and culturally diverse region. It is part of IB’s ongoing effort to revive the discussion on the place of language in schools. Participants will be empowered to develop a school language policy in one, two or three IB programmes; understand multilingualism and the role of language in international schools; explore in depth the process of implementing a school language policy including language profiles and portfolios; and explore the concept of “threshold literacy” for all students.


What’s the REAL DEAL: Exploring gender norms, empowerment and human relationships

Recommended audience: MYP and DP teachers.

This workshop explores the skills and resources educators need to help students answer the essential questions: “Who am I?” and “Who do I want to be?” The workshop promotes democratic values, student engagement and the development of innovative teaching strategies. Content will centre on Scenarios USA’s REAL DEAL curriculums, which engage MYP and DP students in the critical analysis of significant concepts that relate to gender norms, oppression, empowerment and relationships. The curriculums provide effective and tested interdisciplinary, inquiry- and standards-based, academically rigorous units of work. For MYP teachers, the curriculums provide solid examples of authentic holistic education through the lens of contextual learning. For DP teachers, the curriculums are proven tools that engage students of all abilities in discussing, writing and applying higher-order thinking skills and provide a good basis for choosing their creativity, action, service (CAS) or extended essay topic. Participants will model curriculum activities, including responding to writing prompts, doing role plays, creating anti-bullying messages,and facilitating open discussions about social issues. Participants will also get hands-on guidance on using media as a tool for critical social analysis as the curriculums utilize films written by teens and directed by Hollywood's finest filmmakers. Participants will work together with the facilitator to create an MYP unit of work based on the curriculums and to integrate it into a DP course.


Your district, your IB

Recommended audience: School leaders (school district officials, directors, principals, heads, administrators, coordinators) who are seeking strategies to further implement IB programmes and strengthen the continuum in a district or consortium setting.

The goal of this workshop is to guide school leaders towards a deeper understanding of the IB mission and vision and how that applies to the philosophy, organization and curriculum in schools. Leadership is an essential component to the success of implementing IB programmes in one school and across many schools. This workshop will explore, discuss and plan for many aspects of that leadership role, from communicating the vision to managing the budget and establishing a plan for monitoring instruction. Not only will participants have an opportunity to better understand the philosophical underpinnings of the IB, they will also have time to collaborate with colleagues and discuss ways to put them into practice in their school setting.