Pre-conference

Registered participants can attend our pre-conference sessions prior to the main IB Global Conference, The Hague 2020. Our pre-conference sessions are there to encourage and support educators who are looking for new opportunities to build their professional skillset.

All our pre-conference sessions will require an additional registration. Find out more about how to register.

To read more about the speakers at our pre-conference sessions, please visit our dedicated speakers page.

 

Pre-conference sessions

 

P1: A practical behind the scenes tour of awarding grades

Speaker: Matthew Glanville, Head of assessment principles and practice.

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Session overview:

In this practical session the delegates will work in small groups to duplicate the process the IB goes through to set grade boundaries. Participants will initially contemplate where to set boundaries for a component (exam paper) and then decide where to set boundaries for the whole subject.

 

P2: The journey of multilingual learners in IB programmes

Speakers: Darlyne Delaney, DP curriculum manager, Nikki Welsh - PYP curriculum manager, Sue Tee - PYP curriculum manager, Camelia Constantinescu - CP curriculum manager and Mercy Ikua-Mink, MYP curriculum manager.

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Session overview:

This pre-conference is aimed at the entire IB community – from single programme to continuum IB World Schools.  Participants will explore the central roles language development and linguistic diversity have in the holistic learner experience of the four IB programmes. There will be opportunities to share and discuss individual/school practices, alongside a showcase of ideas and innovations from a variety of IB contexts around the world.

 

P3: Engaging with the 2020 programme standards and practices (PSP): A fundamental shift to continuous holistic school development to support planning for learning

Speakers: Margareth Harris, IB World Schools manager, Katrin Fox, IB World Schools manager and Terri Walker, IB World Schools manager.

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Session overview:

The 2020 PSPs provide a framework for schools as learning communities to be aspirational and provide a focus on supporting schools as learning organizations. They situate programme evaluation within the framework of continuous programme development.

The key take aways will be:

1) An overview of the 2020 PSPs and how it underpins the new evaluation process

2) Building capacity to reflect as a learning community

3) Opportunity to engage with designing development plans based on the 2020 PSPs

 

P4: Using interdisciplinary teaching and learning and the personal project to enhance collaborative planning and reflection

Speaker: Sarah Phillips - senior curriculum manager (MYP).

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Session overview:

Claremont Evaluation Center research and assessment data indicates that the personal project and interdisciplinary teaching and learning are a challenge for schools to implement effectively. Both are often treated as a long-term goal in school implementation, however they are foundational to the MYP. In this session we will share the changes in the revised guide, unpack the challenges and opportunities of interdisciplinary teaching and learning and the personal project, discuss the need to plan implementation to support student learning and teacher capacity and plan implementation to extend student learning.

 

P5: Building an ethical culture in the school: The role of the academic integrity policy

Speaker: Celina Garza, academic honesty manager.

If you want more information, please visit our dedicated speakers page.

 

Session overview:

Building a culture of academic integrity goes beyond the mere existence of an academic honesty policy or the consequence of penalties. All parties involved in the education of IB students must support them throughout the learning process so they understand not only the technicalities but also the merit of a genuine piece of work.

Through a “role-play” exercise, participants will understand the types of academic misconduct cases that are investigated by the IB and will decide the penalties to be applied as per the newly published academic integrity document.

Workshop participants are expected to identify best practices to promote academic honesty in their schools. Further discussions of teaching and administration strategies should offer the tools to support not only students, but all school community members, to grasp that being “principled” (as described in the IB learner profile) is fundamental to all IB programmes.

 

P6: Strategies to support classroom learning through the authentic implementation of technology

Speakers: Philip Sambati - learning designer, Warren George, head of professional services DP and CP and Antoaneta Georgieva, online professional development specialist.

If you want more information, please visit our dedicated speakers page.

 

Session overview:

The IB's strategy points towards a more considered move towards online learning. This session will look at what is already possible and will continue to be possible based on the fundamentals of IB educational philosophy. Having a open mindset, based on what the possibilities are within the IB learning context, can further broaden the IB's impact on the international communities.

 

P7: Developing the IB continuum in your school

Speakers: John Sauer, IB World Schools manager and Fidelis Nthenge, head of IB World Schools.

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Session overview:

An opportunity for participants to discuss and learn from continuum IB World Schools, alongside exploring strategies to develop the IB continuum 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 of education in their 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 IB continuum of education in their school.

 

P8: (in Spanish) Engaging with the 2020 programme standards and practices (PSP): A fundamental shift to continuous holistic school development to support planning for learning

Speaker: Antonio Munoz, IB World Schools manager.

If you want more information, please visit our dedicated speakers page.

 

Session overview:

The 2020 PSPs provide a framework for schools as learning communities to be aspirational and provide a focus on supporting schools as learning organizations. They situate programme evaluation within the framework of continuous programme development.

The key take aways will be:

1) An overview of the 2020 PSPs and how it underpins the new evaluation process

2) Building capacity to reflect as a learning community

3) Opportunity to engage with designing development plans based on the 2020 PSPs

 

P9: (in French) Engaging with the 2020 programme standards and practices (PSP): A fundamental shift to continuous holistic school development to support planning for learning

Speaker: Antonio Munoz, IB World Schools manager.

If you want more information, please visit our dedicated speakers page.

 

Session overview:

The 2020 PSPs provide a framework for schools as learning communities to be aspirational and provide a focus on supporting schools as learning organizations. They situate programme evaluation within the framework of continuous programme development.

The key take aways will be:

1) An overview of the 2020 PSPs and how it underpins the new evaluation process

2) Building capacity to reflect as a learning community

3) Opportunity to engage with designing development plans based on the 2020 PSPs