Before the main conference starts at 5pm on Thursday, 24 October, registered participants can attend our pre-conference sessions. The full day pre-conference sessions will take place between 10:30am and 4pm on Thursday, 24 October 2019, at the conference venue, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
To read more about the speakers at our pre-conference sessions, please visit our dedicated speakers page.
Global Conference Abu Dhabi 2019 pre-conference sessions
Speakers: Jenny Gillett and Oksana Jajecznyk
Theory of knowledge (TOK) is one of the core elements of the Diploma Programme (DP). It provides students with a unique opportunity to reflect on how they know what they know, and to become more aware of their own perspectives as well as those of others. It is intended that TOK should support, and be supported by, the academic disciplines; a key part of this is the effective integration of TOK across the curriculum. This interactive pre-conference session will explore ways that teachers can make effective links to TOK in their subject classes, and how coordinators/ pedagogical leaders can support teachers with making these links. The session aims to explore this topic in an accessible, practical and down to earth way, and to provide examples and ideas for participants to take back to their schools.
P2: Francophone schools: Strengthening IB programmes in your school and sharing best practices (in French)
Speakers: Rémy Lamon and Nicholas Lyddon
This pre-conference aims to strengthen and improve the implementation of IB programmes in French. Participants from Francophone or bilingual schools are invited to discover techniques to better develop IB programmes within their school’s context. The participants will also have the opportunity to share their experiences with the group, discuss global recognition of IB programmes by universities and contribute to the development of a joint action plan for the future of the French language within the IB.
P3: Schools in Spain: Strengthening IB programmes in your school and sharing best practices (in Spanish)
Speaker: Antonio Muñoz
This pre-conference aims to strengthen and improve the implementation of IB programmes in Spanish. Participants from schools in Spain are invited to discover techniques to better develop IB programmes within their school’s context. The participants will also have the opportunity to share their experiences with the group, contribute to the development of a joint action plan and discuss the IB’s need for resources in Spanish.
P4: Transitioning to PYP: From Principles into Practice; using Programme Standards and Practices to unlock the full potential of the programme (in English)
Speakers: Nicole Bien and Nikki Welsh
The PYP has undergone its first major review since inception, launching with PYP: From Principles into Practice in 2018. Whilst core components remain trusted, timeless and transformational, enhancements have made the programme better for students, easier for teachers to implement and more flexible for IB World Schools. This pre-conference will support educators in identifying ways in which key enhancements offer opportunities for change and growth within learning and teaching. Alongside these inquiries, we will be exploring the transition process for IB World Schools at different stages in their journey, whilst mapping next steps against the revised IB Programme Standards and Practices to help unlock the full potential of the programme and express how it might live and grow within your own practice and school context*.
*This pre-conference is not recommended for educators who have already attended, or will be attending, the new PYP category 3 workshop: Building for the future. This pre-conference is suitable for educators from interested, candidate and authorized schools.
P5: Using the revised Standards and Practices as a tool to support ongoing programme implementation and development in IB World Schools (in English)
Speakers: Katrin Fox, Margareth Harris and Jane Drake
Every member of a school community contributes to the environment and culture in which the learning is embedded, which is driven by a shared purpose, aligned with the IB mission of “developing responsible members of local, national, and global communities”. This understanding is at the centre of the revised Standards and Practices (S&Ps) for implementation from September 2020. The focus of the pre-conference is the revised S&Ps and is aimed at pedagogical leaders, such as coordinators, academic directors, and/or heads of school.
The pre-conference enables participants to
a) increase familiarity with the framework of the revised S&Ps;
b) embrace the revised S&Ps as a transformational tool for school development;
c) establish confidence to use the revised S&Ps within the participant’s own school context.
Participants will explore the revised S&Ps, the impact they can have on whole school strategic planning and their implications for programme implementation.
Speakers: John Sauer, Fidelis Nthenge and Jane Drake
An opportunity for participants to share with, and learn from, continuum IB World Schools, and explore strategies to develop the continuum of education in their school.
All participants will be asked to reflect on the themes in advance of the pre-conference and bring real world examples of the ways in which they implement the IB continuum in their school context.
Some participants will be asked to prepare a short presentation in advance of the pre-conference on one of the areas identified in the session overview; they will be asked to lead a discussion in groups sharing their experience of developing the continuum in their school.
Speakers: Nicole Bien, Emanuele Pesoli and Eleonore Kromhout
In this interactive workshop, participants will use a series of case studies as a basis for exploring the latest research about the MYP. The workshop will conclude with an opportunity to share strategies for discussion about how the distinctive features of the MYP can enhance students’ learning experience.
Speaker: Lina Farah Mouchantaf
Learning is the aim of all educational institutions; it is the purpose of schools and educational establishments around the world. We embed it in our guiding statements and are advocates for its value in our curricula for our learners. It is at the heart of our practices and behind all our engagements; we approach it in a myriad of methods. The question remains, do we really lead for learning? What are the factors to consider and what do the IB’s AtL bring to this vital concept? Through this short learning journey together, we will look into the research that connects leadership to learning, highlighting the factors to consider, and the role that the IB’s AtL play in all this.
P9: Strategic planning: A step-by-step guide to the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Model (in English)
Speakers: Luis Rey and Cesar Prado
This workshop is a condensed exercise of strategic planning according to the model established by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM). The concepts of mission, vision and strategic objective will be reviewed prior to conducting a hands-on exercise of the whole strategic planning process. All the steps will be followed, with purpose-designed materials given to participants and example data selected from real cases, so that participants leave with the tools needed to apply the method in their own schools. The practicalities and challenges of a successful planning will be analyzed to empower them.
Speakers: Michael Furdyk and Honor Moorman
In this hands-on experience with Michael Furdyk and Honor Moorman, you'll explore powerful ways to engage students in co-designing real-world service projects with global connections. You'll hear inspiring examples of projects led by educators that have resulted in impressive impact, and you'll have the opportunity to join a new online community of practice where you can learn from and connect with educators and organizations leading change across the globe.