Professional development

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) is a challenging and rewarding qualification that demands the best from students and teachers.

In order to support educators in the CP, the IB provides a range of professional development for schools.  

Professional development requirements

As part of the authorization process for implementing the CP, schools must meet certain professional development requirements.

The IB outlines these during the authorization process. Read about authorization to become an IB World School.

Workshops on the CP

Whether your school is interested in learning more about the CP or going through the authorisation process, IB professional development creates transformative experiences for international educators so that they can do the same for students. IB professional development workshops on the CP are available online and face-to-face. Learn about IB professional development workshop categories:

Introductory

Launching the CP

This introductory in-school workshop provides schools with a consistent knowledge base across all staff. Participants will be exposed to key elements of the CP and then will be able to explore these elements further in regards to their own school in activities throughout the workshop. The workshop spans one full day (six hours of instruction) with two sessions in the morning and two sessions in the afternoon.
Note: This is not a category 1 workshop. It does not count towards authorization.

Category 1

CP Administrators

Recommended for: Principals, heads, members of senior management teams from schools which have decided to offer the Career-related Programme. New or recently appointed principals, heads, and members of senior management teams from schools offering the Career-related Programme. 

  • Gain basic understanding of the Career-related Programme (CP) and discuss how schools can create a sustainable offer with engaged stakeholders. You will learn how to tailor the CP to individual contexts and explore the CP Standards, practices and requirements, and the process involved in application for candidacy, authorisation and programme evaluation. 

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CP Coordinators

Recommended for: Coordinators who are: • currently involved in a feasibility study or the authorization process to implement the CP • new to the IB and about to join an authorized or candidate CP school • new or recently appointed CP coordinators from IB World Schools. 

  • This workshop introduces Career-related Programme (CP) coordinators to the IB philosophy, the role of coordinator and the components of the CP. You will develop an understanding of the IB mission and philosophy reflected in the CP as a programme of international education, and explore different strategies for implementing the required components of the CP to suit the needs, backgrounds and contexts of students.

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CP Guidance counsellors

Recommended for: Counsellors or careers guidance counsellors, HE advisors and members of educational establishments with some experience of working with students 16-18 who are:

  • In a non-IB school but who are interested in learning about guidance counselling in the CP
  • New to the IB and about to join an authorized or candidate CP school.

In this workshop you will explore the philosophical and administrative background to the newest IB programme with reference to CP standards and requirements, as relevant to guidance counsellors or professionals who have the responsibility for career guidance implementation; focus on how the CP holistically links the IB mission and philosophy; and understand CP elements and career-related learning to address student needs. You will also discuss strategies for gaining university and employer recognition of the CP, and gain strategies to support career guidance that enhances the CP, considering varying school contexts.

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CP Personal and professional skills

Recommended for: Teachers of Personal and professional skills (PPS) from schools that have taken the decision to apply to offer the Career-related Programme and new or recently appointed teachers of PPS from IB World Schools.

  • This workshop provides specific personal and professional skills (PPS) development to educators preparing to teach or recently appointed to teach PPS in their school. You will come away with different strategies for implementing the required components of PPS to suit the needs, backgrounds and career-related interests of students and have strategies to ensure PPS course planning is pedagogically underpinned, with supporting examples from a range of contexts.

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CP Reflective project

Recommended for: Teachers of the career related aspect of the CP from schools which have taken the decision to apply for or offer the CP and new or recently appointed CP coordinators or reflective project supervisors from IB World Schools.

  • Take an in- depth look at the context of the reflective project in relation to the CP core and CP as a whole; the criterion- based assessment of the reflective project, with specific consideration of the other aspects of the reflective project that must be covered as part of the summative and formative assessment of the work.

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CP Service learning: Transforming academics into action

Recommended for: CP coordinators

Service learning, an effective strategy for teaching and learning, creates conducive environments for deepening curricular understanding as students apply knowledge and skills to improve their community. When students recognize the purpose for academic studies through the service learning process, they are more likely to apply themselves with commitment and dedication, knowing others depend on them.

  • During this workshop, you will explore the five stages of service learning and its application in the Diploma Programme through CAS and academic classes, and in CP Service Learning.

Category 2

CP Administrators

Recommended for: (i) Career-related Programme Coordinators that have completed Category 1 CP Coordinator training in educational institutions that are already authorized to deliver the Career-related Programme (CP), and (ii) Principals, head teachers and/or members of the senior leadership that work in authorized CP educational institutions and have commenced the delivery of the CP.

  • Explore the vision and philosophy of the CP, and the revisions of the core, as a way of supporting both student learning and self-awareness during the career-related study, in the Diploma Programme (DP) courses and through the completion of the Reflective Project (RP).

(Available in 2017)

CP Coordinators

Recommended for: New IB educators associated with DP and/or CP will benefit including administrators, CAS coordinators, CP service learning coordinators, teachers from every discipline and subject, and counsellors.

  • Build on existing experience and knowledge, to improve the way the CP is implemented in your school and prepare for future changes to the CP. Reflect on your experience of CP delivery in your own educational context and share ideas on pedagogy, assessment, retention and curriculum to gain a wider understanding of CP practice.

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CP Guidance counsellors

Recommended for: This workshop is intended for counsellors and careers guidance counsellors, HE advisors and members of educational institutions that work with and advise students from 16 to 19 years in all aspects of career and work related learning.

  • The workshop will provide career guidance counsellors, and professionals that provide careers and work related guidance, with an overview of the CP focusing on the centrality of the learner and value of regional contexts in planning for effective career-related counselling. You will review strategies that support students such as profiling, coaching and guidance on careers and higher education applications, and dedicate time reflecting and sharing thoughts on the role of a counsellor in providing guidance and advice for CP students or teachers.

(Available in 2017)

CP Personal and professional skills

Recommended for: Teachers of Personal and professional skills (PPS) who either have experience with the Career-related Programme or who have attended a category 1 PPS workshop.

  • This workshop offers a forum for experienced Personal and professional skills (PPS) teachers to engage in a detailed discussion around changes to and improving implementation, assessment and teaching of PPS, based on the curriculum review and the launch of the new guide that replaces the former IBCC ATL (Approaches to learning) course. You will develop a new understanding of PPS themes and the role of the course within the CP, share strategies that support successful delivery of PPS that reflect DP and career-related components of the CP, and review, develop and share teaching and learning experiences that support effective implementation and assessment of PPS.

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CP Reflective project

Recommended for: Experienced reflective project supervisors, CP teachers and CP coordinators.

  • CP educators will engage in a detailed discussion around changes to and improving implementation, assessment and teaching of the reflective project, based on the curriculum review and the launch of the new reflective project guide. You will strengthen understanding of the reflective project and its role within the CP and develop, review and share strategies that support successful collaborative planning and reflection with DP and CP educators around the reflective project.

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Category 3

Understanding the CP

Recommended for: (i) Career-related Programme Coordinators that have completed Category 1 CP Coordinator training in educational institutions that are already authorized to deliver the Career-related Programme (CP), and (ii) Principals, head teachers and/or members of the senior leadership that work in authorized CP educational institutions and have commenced the delivery of the CP.

  • The purpose of the workshop is to aid educational institutions in developing their Career-related Programme (CP) to best serve the needs of their students; during the CP, in their transition to a career or further study, and beyond as life-long learners. You will explore the vision and philosophy of the CP, and the revisions of the core, as a way of supporting both student learning and self-awareness during the career-related study, in the Diploma Programme (DP) courses and through the completion of the Reflective Project (RP).

(Available in 2017)

 

 

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