Meeting PD requirements

As part of our ongoing commitment to support IB educators, the IB has updated its professional development (PD) requirements for IB World Schools, effective 2017.

Please read the following summary of PD requirements carefully. When your school undergoes programme evaluation, your school will need to provide evidence that the requirements have been met.

Professional development prior to evaluation

  • During the period under review, schools must comply with IB-recognized professional development requirements, including requirements specific to each programme (see below).
  • Staff appointed during the period under review refers to staff who are new to their role or to an IB programme during the period covered by the programme evaluation.
    • Staff who completed a relevant IB-recognized workshop at another school meet the requirement.
    • New: Staff who serve as a workshop leader for a relevant workshop meet this requirement.
  • Relevant workshops are those that pertain to the programme and the role of a participant. Workshops for a different programme or different role do not meet the requirement.
  • Completion of either an IB educator certificate or an IB leadership certificate meets the requirement for participation in a category 1 workshop.

 

PD required for all programmes

  • The head of school (or a designee), if appointed during the period under review, must participate in a relevant IB workshop or attend an IB Global Conference or attend an IB Heads Conference. The head of school may designate someone to participate in the workshop, provided that the designee has decision-making authority over the indicated IB programme.
  • An IB programme coordinator appointed during the period under review must attend an IB workshop: category 1, 2 or 3, relevant to his/her role.

PYP requirements

In addition to the requirements stated above, PYP schools must meet the minimum requirement:

  • Teachers hired during the period under review must participate in an IB workshop: category 1, 2 or 3.

MYP requirements

In addition to the requirements stated above, MYP schools must meet the minimum requirement:

  • At all times, at least one teacher per subject group must participate in the relevant subject-group specific IB workshop: category 1, 2 or 3.
  • Following the review of a subject group, when a new guide has been published, at least one teacher in the indicated subject group must complete the relevant workshop. New: Development opportunities provided to update IB workshop leaders on curriculum changes also meet this requirement.
  • Each school that has been authorized as part of an MYP partnership must individually comply with the IB professional development requirements.

DP requirements

In addition to the requirements stated above, DP schools must meet the minimum requirements:

  • Any DP teacher, theory of knowledge (TOK) teacher, and creativity, activity and service (CAS) coordinator appointed during the period under review must participate in an IB workshop: category 1, 2 or 3, related to their subject or role
  • At least one Diploma Programme subject teacher per subject, one TOK teacher and the CAS coordinator must participate in a relevant IB workshop, if the subject or course has been reviewed during the period under review and when a new guide has been published. New: Development opportunities provided to update IB workshop leaders on curriculum changes also meet this requirement.

CP requirements, for DP schools offering CP

In addition to the requirements stated above, CP schools must meet the minimum requirements:

  • Personal and professional skills teachers appointed during the period under review must participate in an IB workshop relevant to their role.
  • At least one teacher, coordinator, or the head of school must participate in a service-learning workshop. (Required from January 2018 onwards.)

 

 

 

To learn about PD requirements for interested and candidate schools, see the Guide to School Authorization on the resource library or contact your local IB office.