DP participation webinar series

The DP Participation webinar series has been designed to support your school’s efforts in increasing student participation in the IB Diploma Programme (DP).

Through this highly interactive 3-webinar series you will access valuable resources to help you begin taking steps in growing your programme and learn applicable strategies to:

  • cultivate a school culture of access and inclusion
  • identify and remove barriers that inhibit participation
  • and build teacher and staff capacity to support sustained programme growth.

All webinars are free and we encourage participation in all three sessions, as together they will provide you with a strong understanding of the most common obstacles that prevent schools from growing the DP, along with practical strategies to address them. At the end of the series, you will have an action plan that can help you begin taking steps toward increasing DP accessibility at your school.

 

 

Part 1: Cultivating a school culture for growth 

April 11, 2018 at 10am US EST

Speakers: 

David Weiss, Head US Public Schools, International Baccalaureate

Chris Powell, IB Coordinator, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia

Explore the benefits and learn how to cultivate a school culture of access and inclusion. This 60-minute webinar will share research and actionable steps that can help you debunk the common myths about DP accessibility, develop effective talking points when discussing the DP with faculty and leadership, and begin to take steps to increase participation. 

Key Takeaway:

Prepare for developing an action plan that will effectively measure the success of the programme and plan for increasing participation.

Accompanying materials for this webinar:

Developing DP talking points [487KB] 

Conducting a SWOT analysis [256KB] 

PDF version of the webinar [2.4MB] 

 

Part 2: Removing barriers to effective student participation

April 18, 2018 at 11am US EST 

Speakers: 

David Weiss, Head US Public Schools, International Baccalaureate

Loren Baron, DP Coordinator, Millbrook High School, North Carolina 

Identify barriers to participation and learn strategies on how to remove them. This 60-minute webinar will examine processes, procedures and perceptions that affect DP participation (whether in full Diploma or courses).

Key Takeaway:

Design your action plan. Identify existing barriers in your school and learn practical strategies to support the elimination of barriers to student access.

Developing DP talking points [487KB] 

Conducting a SWOT analysis [256KB] 

PDF version of the webinar [2.4MB] 

 

Part 3: Developing a capacity for growth

April 25, 2018 at 2pm US EST 

Speaker:              

David Weiss, Head US Public Schools, International Baccalaureate

Renee Ilhardt, IBWS School Manager

Learn how to develop teacher and staff capacity to support sustained programme growth. In this 60-minute webinar, you will explore how the IB's core concepts, pedagogy and approaches can play a critical role in supporting students’ success in the DP. Find out how to best incorporate this structure into your school’s teaching and learning framework.

Key takeaway:

Finalize your action plan. Discover how to streamline initiatives within your school to provide a focused goal for schoolwide improvement.

 

David Weiss

Speaker bios

David Weiss - Head US Public Schools, International Baccalaureate

David Weiss has been passionate about an IB education since 1983, when he became   the IB Coordinator of South Side High School in New York, USA. Having taught IB   history and IB psychology for 18 years prior, his leadership and understanding of the IB   pedagogy led the school in becoming a formal replication site for the Sharing Success   program and model for public schools offering the IB Diploma Programme (DP). David co-founded and served as president of the Guild of IB Schools (GIBS) and spent more than a decade as a school administrator at the district level in Commack Public Schools, New York, USA. He has been recognized for his work at Long Beach City School District and was instrumental in Long Beach High School’s gaining national recognition as a School of Opportunity, for its commitment to equity and excellence. Last year, David joined the International Baccalaureate as Head of US Public Schools.

 

David Weiss

Renee Ilhardt - IBWS School Manager

Renee Ilhardt has been involved in education for over 16 years. She has mentored teachers throughout her district and presented at national conferences on the success of international programs across districts. Renee has been named Inclusion General Education Teacher of the Year at the Middle School level and the Social Studies District Teacher of the Year at the High School level. She is Nationally Board Certified, has served as a Diploma Programme Coordinator, and is the former Supervisor of International Programs for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Renee earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Florida State University.David Weiss - Head US Public Schools, International Baccalaureate

 

David Weiss

Loren Baron - IB Diploma Programme coordinator, Millbrook High School

Loren Baron is an IB Diploma Programme coordinator at Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC, where he established an open-access programme eight years ago and is managing his seventh cohort of DP seniors.  Prior to coordination, Loren was a teacher teacher and assistant examiner for IB Economics, and a teacher of IB History and Theory of Knowledge. Loren continues to serve as an IB workshop leader for Coordination, the DP Core, Building a Larger DP Cohort and more.  Loren has his BA in Philosophy from Brandeis University and his MEd in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University. 

 

Chris Powell, IB Coordinator, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia

Chris Powell has been a part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) educational community for over 15 years. He has served as an IB teacher, MYP and DP coordinator, and a district administrator for K-12 IB Programs at Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). During Chris’ time as an IB Coordinator and district administrator, FCPS IB programs increased enrollment by 30% while maintaining better than average pass rates for more than 6,500 students. In addition, Chris’s also involved in the IB Educator Network (IBEN) and has held numerous positions as an IB practitioner including: site visitor, workshop leader, examiner, senior moderator and school consultant. Chris’ professional highlight has been his collaboration with teachers, school leaders, and coordinators in FCPS. While these colleague advocate for access and equity, they also maintain high expectations and support every student’s success story.