PD for non-IB teachers

Access to International Baccalaureate® (IB) professional development is one of the key benefits of becoming an IB World School - but the IB offers PD for non-IB schools too.

We currently offer six online workshops. Each is an ideal way to: 

  • put you on a fast track to understanding the IB’s principles, philosophy and methods
  • help you prepare to teach in an IB World School
  • allow you to teach with confidence in any international context.

Through the online workshops, educators can share ideas and experiences with their peers all over the world, learning new teaching strategies from an expert IB workshop leader.

Every participant receives a certificate of completion for the workshops. 

Cost: 300 USD per workshop

Duration: 3 weeks each; 4-6 hours per week

Network with educators from around the world!   


Developing independent and collaborative learners

Starting date: 13 March & 14 August 2019

An internationally minded approach to teaching and learning leads to developing students who are independent yet collaborative learners who see a purpose in their learning, and are willing to take action as a result of learning. The more internationally minded students will develop the skills and attitudes that will lead them towards being global citizens who can play an active role in shaping their world and making it a better place. This online workshop explains the principles behind why social collaboration impacts achievement positively. Learn how a "service learning" approach to teaching and learning offers students authentic opportunities to take action while at the same time deepening their understanding of the curriculum. Learn how these principles and others are designed to help students understand that what they learn in the classroom can have real-world applications.

Holistic teaching and learning

Starting date: 13 March & 14 August 2019

The IB promotes extensive self-reflection in order to create an effective curriculum. It is through self-reflection that we are able to determine where there is room for self-improvement in our teaching methods and philosophy. Explore how a culture of learning and a community of learners develop when students and teachers share and value inquiry and reflective thinking strategies and approaches. Uncover what is meant by holistic learning and the whole student in the IB context. During this online workshop, you will be encouraged to reflect on both your own personal experiences as an educator as well as other international educators' experiences.

Planning, teaching and assessing

Starting date: 13 March & 14 August 2019

When we think about curriculum, it is important to consider it through the lenses of the written, the taught and the assessed curriculum. Based on this model, the three questions that we must ask ourselves about curriculum are, what do we want to learn, what is the best method by which we will learn and how will we be able to measure what we have learned? This online workshop extends your understanding of learner-centred approaches to teaching and learning through helping you analyze your current approach to designing a curriculum. Teachers do have many creative choices when designing curriculum for students. Learn how you can improve the way you teach your students. Register for your workshop today!

Promoting active student learning

Starting dates: 9 May & 3 October 2019

The roles of "teacher" and "students" shift when students participate actively as "makers of meaning" in the learning process. This shift is a fundamental principle of a holistic approach to education in which the whole student is empowered to actively and collaboratively learn about his/her world, using individual interests and needs as a guide. This online workshop focuses on exploring what is known about how humans learn and how this helps us better understand students' learning process from an academic, physical, social and emotional perspective. Work with educators across the globe to discover the best methods to meet individual student needs and promote active student learning.

Teaching and learning with meaningful content

Starting dates: 8 May & 2 October 2019

Due to the increasingly large amount of educator resources online, it can be difficult to select appropriate and provocative learning materials for your students. This online workshop will help you sort through the many possibilities and develop a better understanding of the process through which you should select your resources. When you optimize the content you provide your students, you help them become inquiry-based learners who ask the right kinds of questions and who participate actively in the learning process. When your students develop a more independent nature, they start steering the course, enabling you to support and facilitate their learning.

Teaching for intercultural understanding

Starting dates: 8 May & 2 October 2019

One of the major goals of all IB programmes is to promote international mindedness through education. This workshop encourages you to explore and develop your own attitudes and values toward education in a global context. By engaging with your colleagues, the online workshop leader and course materials, you will deepen your understanding of international-mindedness in contexts where multiple perspectives and differing ideas and opinions are sought, explored, valued and evaluated, and where collaboration is fostered. Learn how to encourage your students to develop intercultural understandings and embrace their role as active world citizens.

Role of the librarian

Starting dates: 8 May, 2 October & 20 November 2019

How can the library or media centre support IB programmes? The library or media centre provides school-wide opportunities to engage and reflect on the IB principles and practices and connect teachers and students to knowledge and information in a digital and global context.

  • Investigate the key characteristics that define an IB education to develop an understanding of how the library or media centre and the librarian can support the IB standards and practices.
  • Explore ways of supporting student-centred learning environments in a digital world.
  • Evaluate and analyse resources that can support teaching and learning in a global context and make connections between the programmes.
  • Reflect on the collaborative relationship between the library or media centre, the academic staff and school leadership to prioritize specific IB standards that have an impact on the library or media centre and the librarian.

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