DP webinars

These webinars are designed to support your learning about the Diploma Programme (DP). Each webinar focuses on key teaching and learning areas, such as the Theory of Knowledge exhibition, Language and Literature, the Learner Portfolio and Preparing for DP Assessment.

Teaching conceptually – strategies for the classroom

Presented 16 August 2021 

An international panel of IB teachers will discuss how to foster the development of conceptual understanding among students in their DP History classes. They will explore how they started to take a conceptual approach to teach History and why they believe it is relevant to frame learning around the conceptual understanding. They will share their perceptions of the hallmarks of a conceptual classroom and answer your questions on teaching and learning for conceptual understanding.

Is the IB DP for me?

Presented 17 March 2021

How can all students benefit from the challenging and future-shaping DP? Every student should have access to a world class education and, in particular, the kind that draws on their interest and equips them with the tools they need to navigate further studies and the changing world. This webinar is designed to help you walk students through all the ways they can experience success in the DP and to help schools communicate the value of IB education for all students.

Featuring staff and current students from Del Mar High School in San Jose, California.

If you are interested in growing DP participation at your school, please fill out our contact form.

TOK Exhibition

Presented 28 January 2021

This webinar with the TOK curriculum manager is intended to help support the transition to the new TOK course by focusing on the new TOK exhibition task. It will deepen participants understanding of why this exciting new task was introduced and its key features. It will also be an opportunity for participants to consider how they plan to implement their exhibitions in their particular school contexts, particularly in light of COVID restrictions.

Language A: Literature - The Individual oral: thoughts, insights and reminder

Presented 27 January 2021

The webinar will involve the participants in a reflection on the characteristics of the individual oral and on what it is necessary for teachers to bear in mind in order for their students to be successful in the component. It will be informed by the discussion carried out in the examiner standard-setting meeting and will share with participants the thoughts, insights and advice arising from this meeting.

Language A: Language & Literature - The Individual oral: thoughts, insights and reminder

Presented 19 January 2021

The webinar will involve the participants in a reflection on the characteristics of the individual oral and on what it is necessary for teachers to bear in mind in order for their students to be successful in the component. It will be informed by the discussion carried out in the examiner standard-setting meeting and will share with participants the thoughts, insights and advice arising from this meeting.

Recruiting students to the DP: How to (truly) reach all students with "IB For All"

Presented 8 October 2020

The central mission of an IB education is to nurture curiosity and develop caring and compassionate lifelong learners. Communicating this to parents and students is one of the most important jobs of IB Coordinators and School Leaders. However, it’s not always simple.

In this webinar on recruiting students to the DP, IB educator David Quinn, from Harlem Village Academy in New York, aims to inspire with his powerful strategy for including all students in the IB Diploma Programme through messaging that helps young people realize they can overcome their fears and exceed their own expectations.

The role of the learner portfolio in the DP language A courses

Presented 25 March 2020

In this webinar we will explore the purpose and function of the learner portfolio with a focus on how it can be used as a record of learning. We will explore how the learner portfolio can be used as a means to build partnerships between students and teachers, as a place of student collaboration and as a source of reflection on the areas of exploration, the concepts and links to the core. We will speak about how the learner portfolio can be a place for students to probe further into assessment, reflect, generate questions and seek formative advice on their learning journey. As a part of this we will also discuss the various platforms students might use to present their learner portfolio and how these can reveal the strengths of individual learners. This webinar will aim to provide practical advice from the point of view of teachers and students, ultimately looking at the role of the learner portfolio in encouraging independent, critical and creative 21st Century thinkers in language A studies.

Multimodality and DP language A courses

Presented 2 April 2020

Multimodal teaching and learning incorporates a wide range of resources – including audio, visual and written materials – that create and communicate meaning. Multimodality often also involves the use of existing and emerging digital technologies. This webinar addresses essential ideas and implications associated with multimodality in the secondary classroom. Specific areas to be addressed include important interdisciplinary skills at the heart of student engagement with multimodal texts.

Planning Your Units with Strategic Intelligence (IB & World Economic Forum)

Presented 26 August 2020

In this webinar we will discuss the process of creating effective DP and CP unit plans based on the World Economic Forum database for ‘strategic intelligence’. The strategic insights and contextual intelligence from the WEF can help IB educators explore and monitor the issues and forces driving transformational change across economies, industries, and global events. This diverse and rich resource can be used in relevant and meaningful ways to help IB students deepen their understanding of core curriculum areas, while studying the impact these issues can have on everyday life. 

This webinar will aim to provide examples of how the WEF tool can be used to produce robust units and classroom activities as inspiration for DP and CP educators to create their own teaching resources with the tool.

Supporting Self-Regulated Learning by Linking the ATLs to the EE Process

Presented 8 May 2019

The Extended Essay presents DP students with an opportunity to demonstrate a consolidation of their learning; but what if the process was designed to provide an opportunity for students to strengthen the executive functions needed to become self-regulated lifelong learners? Explicitly linking the Approaches to Learning to the EE process allows schools to scaffold essential skills such as goal-setting, time management, reflection and research in a way that will support not only student growth, but also further autonomy as students embark upon their Internal Assessments. This webinar focuses on how schools can establish an ATL-supported EE program individualized not just for the school, but also for the students. Students and teachers can then adapt and carry on from this foundation to support the IAs, project-based learning, and more.

The new Language A: language and literature course - principles and practicalities

Presented 12 June 2019

The IB Language A: language and literature syllabus for first exams in 2021 is a course that is grounded in the pedagogical principles of the IB and clearly encourages the approaches to teaching and learning. The structure of the new course, the new assessments and the new Prescribed reading list will all offer interesting opportunities to students and teachers. This webinar will give an overview of the new course, focusing on the most important principles, concepts and practical approaches and will also address potential challenges in syllabus design and preparation for assessments. Frequently asked questions from recent Subject Specific Seminars will also be addressed.

Preparing students for the listening comprehension assessment

Presented 10 October 2018

The addition of a discrete listening comprehension assessment component in DP language acquisition highlights the importance of proficiency in this skill for everyday communicative situations. This webinar will address several topics related to instructional design for listening comprehension, including strategies for formative assessment, awareness of different types of listening and recommendations for finding and working with authentic audio resources in the classroom. All levels of the DP language acquisition curriculum (ab initio, B-SL, B-HL) will be addressed in this webinar.

The place of ethics in the TOK classroom

Presented 7 November 2018

This will help teachers and their students to move beyond debating the right and wrong of human behaviour toward inquiry and reflection on how we make our ethical/moral decisions and judgments about ourselves and others.

A celebration of learning and teaching

Presented 28 November 2018

This webinar will help us discover the ‘inspiration’ made possible by a focus on learning and teaching skills. We will examine techniques that have been proven to engage students in their learning, such as choice, rigor and advocacy. We will also investigate teaching strategies that help students create personal and communal meaning from their classes. Ultimately, we will test the assertion that effective learning and teaching has at least two important outcomes: to prepare students to become contributing citizens in our global community; and to honor and to support the work of dedicated teachers in a sustainable fashion.

Communicative approaches to DP classical languages: Applying second language acquisition pedagogy in your DP classical languages classroom

Presented 12 December 2018

Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research and SLA aligned practices are increasingly informing pedagogy of Classical Languages. The goal of an acquisition-focused classroom is for students to internalize the forms and vocabulary of the language through encounters with its patterns in engaging and comprehensible contexts. This webinar will provide an introduction to principles of second language acquisition while concentrating on their application in the Classical Language classroom. Strategies for maximizing students’ exposure to the language vocabulary and grammatical features they encounter in Classical Language reading lists will be explored.