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.

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


Global Conference Toronto 2020 pre-conference sessions

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.

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 practice

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.

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.