One day before the conference begins, participants who have registered can attend our pre-conference sessions. The full-day session is from 9.00am to 3.30pm.

Pre-conference of the IB Global Conference, Orlando 2017


Making Reflection Work in the IB Classroom

Heather Michael

By Heather Michael

Full day pre-conference: 9am - 3.30pm

Reflection is an integral part of learning, a key component to many IB assessments, and central to the PYP, MYP, CP and DP. But it often feels like an add-on that is inauthentic and sometimes lame. The purpose of this workshop is to make reflection fun and purposeful by engaging teachers, coordinators and administrators in a variety of activities that can be easily transferred to the classroom. Participants will spend the day trying out strategies that integrate the learner profile, international mindedness and subject specific concepts in a way that meets IB requirements in meaningful, reflective ways. The day is intended to be fun, and everyone will leave with new ideas and an action plan to take back to their schools.


Harnessing the full power of technology to improve instruction

Alan November

By Alan November

Full day pre-conference: 9am - 3.30pm

Leadership is the key position to effectively harness the full power of our investment in educational technology to improve instruction. In this focused, hands-on workshop, Alan brings his extensive knowledge of what effective school leaders really do around the world to build continuous capacity to improve student learning.


Compassionate systems: A framework for international mindedness and effective action in a complex world

Mette M BoellPeter SengeBy Professor Peter Senge and Mette Miriam Rakel Böll

Full day pre-conference: 9am - 3.30pm

What we wish for in our students is the ability not only to think compassionately but also to feel and live compassionately by virtue of an ever-unfolding awareness of our connectedness and interdependence. Since we can never see all of the systems within which our actions unfold, this spirit of genuine curiosity and openness is the real hallmark of a systems thinker, and the cultivated “experience of connectedness and interdependence” is the hallmark of a compassionate systems thinker and a foundation for international mindedness.

Find out about how the IB is working with leading experts to incorporate the latest thinking on compassion, systems and the needs of our world:

  • Develop an initial understanding of compassionate systems framework and how this related to international mindedness, our learner profile attributes and our mission.
  • Consider new research and ideas in the field of systems and compassion to enhance what you do