News about the IB
The teaching and learning of complexity
How can education help students grasp the complexity of the systems surrounding us? Jane Drake, Rolan Kupers and Rose Hipkins authored "Complexity – a big idea for education?" for the International School (IS) magazine.
The challenge of sustaining inclusive communities
“We must learn to respect ethnic, religious, and cultural differences rather than assume that those who approach common issues from different starting points are ignorant or even evil” says George Rupp, the Chair of the IB Board of Governors in a recent interview with Cathy Rubin.
New research explores international-mindedness
A new study conducted by the Department of Education at the University of Bath shows that IB programmes offer many rich opportunities for students to develop international-mindedness.
Aligning the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with IB curricula
Are you an IB teacher in the US and grappling with how to align the requirements of both the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with your IB programme? A new resource for IB teachers has been produced by the IB, in collaboration with science educators, to help with implementation.
An IB education provides a common vocabulary
In this complex world, Chief Executive of Uplift Education, Yasmin Bhatia believes that ‘IB traits’ give us a common vocabulary for how we interact with one another in balanced, open-minded and caring ways.
Can an IB education help engineering shortages?
The head of Europe’s largest engineering institution claims more widespread adoption of the IB across schools and colleges in the UK could help reduce the engineering skills shortage. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) states in a press release how there is a huge demand for engineers and we are at risk of stifling economic growth if we do not encourage more students to study maths and science subjects.
Benchmarking Diploma Programme language courses to the CEFR
Many universities accept scores for DP language courses as proof of language proficiency, others ask DP students for additional proof. A recent study aims to aid these institutions in determining language proficiency requirements for DP students without the need to require additional testing by examining how the level of English language competency of non-native English speakers compares to levels on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
IB Higher Education Forum builds recognition in Middle East
A delegation of over 200 representatives from governments, universities and schools from across the Middle East convened for the IB Higher Education Forum at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, to build awareness of the IB programmes in the region and discuss the transition of IB students from schools to higher education.
Circular economy now included in IB curriculum
We are collaborating with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to embed systems thinking and a circular economy perspective into the IB curriculum. This will enable IB students to create and be part of realising a positive narrative for the future with an economy that works in the long-term.
IB's role in a globalized world
Andrew Fitzmaurice writes for Huffington Post about the role of international education amid growing anti-globalization sentiment post-Brexit and current political trends in Europe and the USA.