Before the main conference starts, registered participants can attend our pre-conference sessions. These sessions are specially selected for educators that are looking for opportunities to enhance their professional skills. It will be conducted by industry professionals.

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.



Teaching with ATL in mind

Speaker: Lance King


Session overview

Designing and implementing an effective ATL skills programme; this one-day workshop will take you through the rationale of ATL skills required to “sell” the idea of ATL to parents, students and sometimes teachers too. We will work through all the most important parameters of a core generic ATL skills programme—structure, design, timing and implementation. Then, I will give you the experience of learning affective or “character” skills like a student would. From this you will learn how to develop perseverance, mindfulness, self-motivation, emotional management and resilience in students. If we get this right, everything else will fall into place. There will be lots to do and lots to experience.


An Inquiry Mindset: Nurturing Curiosity to Empower Life-Learning for Any Learner

Speaker: Trevor MacKenzie


Session overview

Trevor MacKenzie deepens the understanding of inquiry-based learning and what it truly means to nurture teacher and student agency in our schools and organizations. In this highly engaging session, Mr MacKenzie will challenge you to rethink the role of the teacher and the learner in the inquiry classroom. You will participate in activities that can be immediately applied to your practice and be brought back to your school to be experienced by other staff. You will see and discuss inquiry resources that will provide the skills and understandings necessary to adopt an inquiry approach in your classroom and school. You will learn specific, practical instructional strategies that engage the passions, wonders and curiosities of learners.


Story Matters: Building internationally minded communities within programs

Speaker: Heather Michael


Session overview

Stories of effective schools centre on meaningful relationships built between students, teachers, administrators, and community members. Yet, in the fast pace of a school, finding time and having strategies needed to do this often feels like a daunting task. The purpose of this session is to think about how to foster meaningful relationships within an IB context through the stories that all of our students, teachers, and members of our communities, bring to school—and to harness these stories in ways that celebrate international mindedness. This interactive (and fun!) workshop, designed for teachers, coordinators and heads of schools from the PYP, MYP, DP and CP, will give participants the opportunity to engage in strategies that help them to map out their own lives, stories and goals, and to then spend time making plans to adapt these same strategies to their contexts.


Teacher quality supported by the new programme standards and practices

Speaker: Dr. Cherissa Vitter


Session overview

An effective teacher evaluation system can standardize conversation allowing the school to have a coherent vision and grow as a system. This workshop is for all leaders who evaluate IB teachers for the purpose of quality assurance or professional development. The new Programme standards and practices guides schools to contemplate teacher quality through motif building, and this document also provides descriptors that may be used to steer professional conversations. In this session, participants will:

  • examine the interdependent relationship between the teacher and the school’s ecosystem
  • create or enhance an existing system by incorporating IB practices that underpin all programmes
  • use data on teacher performance to inform professional development
  • engage in scripting professional conversations.

Teacher evaluators are assisted by the new Programme standards and practices to target the specific needs of the school, which brings value to defending quality assurance and supporting professional development.


Introducing the new IB programme evaluation model

Speaker: Erin Albright


Session overview

Learn how the new IB programme evaluation model, based on the Programme standards and practices (2020), leads schools to engage in collaborative inquiry and focused programme development to improve the learning experience for students. You will be introduced to the expectations for each component: how to prepare for the preliminary review, engage the community in a reflective self-study process, complete the self-assessment, present programme development, plan for the visit and benefit from the feedback provided in the report. The session will provide an overview of the research that supports the new evaluation model, as well as the underlying principles that support continuous improvement in schools in their unique contexts. The session is designed for schools beginning their self-study from September 2020 onward. Participants are encouraged to attend as a school team, although individuals will equally benefit from the session.


How can francophone schools strengthen IB programmes? - in French

Speaker: Rémy Lamon

Session overview

This pre-conference seeks to strengthen and improve the implementation of IB programmes in French. Francophone or bilingual schools are invited to discover techniques that will help them better develop IB programmes in their context. “Generation IB” students are multilingual and play a key role in bolstering intercultural understanding and international-mindedness. Participants in this pre-conference will discover ideas that will allow them to meaningfully influence the communities around them. They will also acquire the tools necessary to broaden access to an IB education to students from diverse cultural and linguistic environments. The exchange of ideas will also be one of the highlights of this pre-conference and will help create a collaborative network of francophone schools.