The IB's Director General on her vision for the IB
The International Baccalaureate’s (IB) Director General, Dr Siva Kumari, talks about strategy, and the future of the IB in an interview with the Education Journal Middle East.
Dr Kumari has headed the IB since January 2014 as the seventh Director General, and is also the first woman to hold this post. She spent the first half of 2017 visiting IB World Schools around the globe. “I love spending time with our students - they're the most direct with me about what's working and what's not. I spend time with the IB educators, and I spend time with the authorities, and I spend a lot of time with heads of schools to tell them where we're going,” Dr Kumari says.
Creating more opportunities for educators, students and schools to share best practice is a key point for the future. “What I want the IB to become is this great connector of students and educators. We have an amazing opportunity to connect our students in real project-based work across the world,” Dr Kumari explains. “And as far as educators are concerned, I hope we are able to become this huge connector and curator of really good teaching practices so that more and more teachers can use them.”
“At the end of the day, all of this is to create really good education for the students,” she concludes.