21st IB Asia-Pacific Annual Regional Conference 2006
Almost 600 members of the IB Asia-Pacific community gathered at the Melia Hotel in the enchanting city of Hanoi, to attend the 21st Annual IB Asia-Pacific Regional Conference. The largest-ever regional conference, for 4 days this event featured over 40 presenters and 100 sessions investigating various facets of the theme “Values and Internationalism”. The programme also included job-alike forums for participants to discuss the latest IB developments.
Highlights at this years’ conference included an engaging and challenging keynote address by Dr Peter Vardy regarding the potential role of the IB in values education. Dr Vardy is Vice Principal of Heythrop College and one of the leading experts on Values Education in Britain, Australia and New Zealand. In other keynote addresses, Dr Mark Mason, Associate Professor in Philosophy and Educational Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong established a provocative philosophical framework for debate regarding the limits of tolerance, while Swamini Vimalananda, Director of the Chinmaya International Residential School in India opened participants eyes to the power of a broad and spiritual “vision” in values education.
The conference also included stimulating Panel Sessions, which offered different perspectives on common themes. For example, “Educating Global Citizens: The IB Programmes” featured different representatives from the IB community: Andrew Bollington, IBCA Strategic Planning Director commented upon The Values Survey; Tristian Stobie, IBCA Head of Diploma Programme Development, emphasized the powerful role of The Learner Profile; and three IB Asia-Pacific members of the regional community (Derek Pinchbeck of Nanjing International School, Anthony Skillicorn of United World College of Southeast Asia and Glynn Richards, IB Asia-Pacific Projects Manager) offered practical examples of “The Learner Profile in Action”.
Below you will find access to copies of the presentations, for you to view or download. Also watch this space for news about the 2007 Teachers Convention: “Information Literacy Across the Programmes”, which will take place in Singapore from March 31 to April 2, 2007. (Go to xxx for the Call for Papers)
Please click on the links below to download and view the 2006 conference programme and conference presentations that have been submitted.
21st Annual IB Asia-Pacific Conference Programme
Jeffrey Beard, IB Director General
Sharing the Vision: The Director General Speaks About IB's Future