Professional development

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) provides leading professional development for educators working in the Americas.

We offer face-to-face and online workshops, webinars, blended learning and e-learning resources. Our professional development aims to:

  • support the professional growth of teachers and administrators
  • improve classroom practice and student learning
  • develop communities of lifelong learners.

Workshops in the Americas

Workshops are held every month of the year. IB Americas hosts regional workshops for schools implementing IB programmes. Find a workshop near you.

IB Americas collaborates with 22 workshop providers [86 KB]  across the region, offering wide access, affordability and choice. 

Read about the required materials at IB-hosted regional workshops.

Opportunities for schools in Latin America

The IB is looking for schools in Latin America to host regional events, in order to bring the IB to different schools so that they can share best practice. Host schools receive two free enrollments to each workshop they hold. 

Any authorized school, in Latin America, is encouraged to apply. 

Please complete the application form [303 KB] 

Workshop calendars

To support your annual planning, the IB has created professional development calendars for the Americas region.

Browse June-December 2018 PD workshops by date and event location and use the provided web links in the calendars to register online for the PD workshop(s) that you select.

Download programme-specific calendars for 2018 via the buttons below.

Download the 2018 PYP Workshop Schedule Download the 2018 MYP Workshop Schedule Download the 2018 DP Workshop Schedule Download the 2018 CP Workshop Schedule

In-school workshops

Schools in the Americas can also request that professional development is delivered on their own premises. You can make a request using the IB information system (IBIS). 

We have published step-by-step guidance on using IBIS to make a request [1.2 MB] . If you don't have an IBIS login, please contact IB Answers.

There are specific deadlines for requesting an in-school workshop in the Americas, with the deadline dependent on the time of year the workshop would be held. If your request is accepted by the IB, you'll receive confirmation by a particular date. These dates are outlined below. 

Proposed workshop date Submission deadline Confirmation of acceptance
November-January 1 July 15 August
February-April 1 October 15 November
May-July 1 January 15 February
August-October 1 April 15 May

The IB sends all workshop materials to the school so that they can be printed. Two months before the workshop takes place, the school coordinator must register all participants in Regis, the IB's online registration system. The IB will book flights and accommodation for workshop leaders but the school must provide ground transport. 

Once the workshop has taken place, the IB will send an online evaluation form to participants. On completion of the evaluation, the IB will make certificates of attendance available in Regis.

The IB will invoice the school after the workshop has taken place.

If you'd like further information on in-school workshops and how they work, please see our introduction to North American in-school workshops [125 KB]  and introduction to Latin America in-school workshops [127 KB] pdf.

Professional development requirements for authorization mandate that all staff of MYP and CP* applicant schools attend the “Launching the MYP” or “Launching the CP” workshop. These Introductory in-school workshops are managed differently than Category 1, 2, and 3 in-school workshops, and do not require the submission of an application through IBIS/Regis. For more information on the pricing and to learn how these workshops are managed, please see our Launching the MYP and Launching the CP: Workshop Information [143 KB] .

*Staff of CP candidate schools that also offer the Diploma Programme are not required to attend this workshop.

Cluster/district workshops

In Canada and the United States, the IB helps school districts to organize on-site workshops for a network of schools, in order to provide professional development to a large number of educators and to help schools save on costs.

Each district workshop must have at least 75 participants. Currently, the IB cannot accept district workshop applications from countries other than Canada and the United States. 

For more information or to request a cluster/district application please contact Kaitlyn Kooser.

Contact the team 

If you have any questions about professional development in the Americas, please email us.