Promoting awareness and providing support to

IB World Schools in Minnesota

MNIB was part of the Fall MREA Conference in Brainerd November 12-14
MNIB Board members were part of the Gallery Walk at the MREA Fall Conference

For the first time, MNIB staffers took part in the MN Rural Educators Association (MREA) Fall Conference. In an attempt to make connections with educators in greater Minnesota, two of our Board members traveled to Cragun's Resort and found a receptive audience for our IB message. Over 400 rural superintendents, board members and school leaders gathered to hear about issues facing their schools. A big focus was on Career and Technical Education (CTE) and alternatives to the most expensive 4-year college options. We were able to share the benefits of the IBCP and the fact that IB is a preK-12 program. We look forward to following up with the many great people we met at the conference!

Our first Association meeting of the new school year was September 26th at the Wilder Center in St. Paul
For the first time, we met at the beautiful Wilder Center.
Henry Balas (St. Paul Central) & Nicolas Fite (Fridley) spoke of their experiences last summer at the World Student Conference in London.

We also heard from Jen Kohan of the MEA's FIRE program. She gave us a sample of the anti-racism initiative that the Association has been developing.

Thanks to the 60 coordinators and school leaders who attended. Folks were very impressed with the new location and the great networking that occurred. 
We look forward to seeing you all again December 6th. The minutes are linked below.
Link to minutes and CEU's

17 Roundtables for DP/CP and MYP are now available for registration

Click on "Event information..." above to find links to all the available roundtables. We are featuring sessions on social and emotional learning along with the typical subject focused roundtables. 
We also have a continuum roundtable for Library/Media specialists in all Programmes preK - 12.

Our 2nd annual MNIB Summer Conference was August 15-16, 2017
Thanks to the over 450 who attended!
Link to resources provided by presenters: 
2017 Conference resources

Tou Ger Bennett Xiong opened the 2017 Conference with stories of challenge and 
resilience as he described his family's personal journey from Laos to America. 

Ron Ritchhart began day 2 with an engaging talk which included 
audience participation and strategies for immediate use the first week of school.

Ron Ritchhart of Harvard's Project Zero and storyteller Tou Ger Xiong were our keynote speakers for the annual MNIB Summer Conference. 

The conference featured timely and engaging workshops, speakers and opportunities for collaboration just before beginning the new school year.

Check out #MNIBSummer2017 for photos and tweets from this year's very successful conference!

Congratulations to all MNIB students who earned IB Diplomas or 
IBCP Certificates this year!

The results are still coming in from our member schools but one highlight deserves special recognition. At Minneapolis' Patrick Henry High School all 11 IBCP candidates earned their certificate! 

The IBCP Certificate requires that students complete IB Diploma courses as well as a career certificate. At Patrick Henry, nine students completed a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering program, while two completed a Digital Media pathway. This represents the largest group to earn the IBCP honor in Minnesota history as well as the first group to go 100% at Patrick Henry. Congratulations to the students, staff, and the coordinator, Brionna Harder for their hard work.



Renew your MNIB membership 
for 2017-18 now

You may renew your MNIB membership for the coming school year (2017-18) by clicking here

We have individual and District office memberships ($275) as well as lower cost memberships for retired educators who want to stay in touch.
We will begin our new year in a new home - The Wilder Foundation at Lexington and University in St. Paul with our first Association meeting on September 26th.

MNIB was well represented at the IB Global Conference in Orlando
Congratulations to Erik Brandt (Harding HS) and Tim Leistikow and Liz Jensen (Fridley Schools) on their inclusion in this event. 
Their presentations were very well-received. In different ways, each focused on IB for all through teaching English literature and language in ways that connect to every student. It was certainly a message that we wish to share with all the IB schools around the world. We, at MNIB, are proud of our teacher-leaders showing how we do it in Minnesota!

Legislation Update May 31: 
Our grant bill is included in the final Education Omnibus bill and was signed by the Governor - It will become law!
Our grant bill has been included in the final E12 Omnibus bill signed by the Governor.  Text of HF 2 bill 
(our portion begins on line 25.20) 
The E12 conference committee considering HF 890

The good news, and most significant, is the change to a 2%/2% increase in base education funding for the next biennium. This will help all schools in Minnesota retain programs and serve all Minnesota students. 
Unfortunately, our bill's funding was reduced to $250K/year from the $750K we were seeking. Ours was just one of a number of less significant bills reduced to accommodate the compromises necessary for an agreement. We are happy to have a starting point to begin adding to the number of IB programs in the State.

Please read and share this article with College counselors and Higher Ed contacts

The Association of American Colleges & Universities has published a comprehensive summary of the credit disparity which faces IB students choosing between AP and IB coursework. The author, Neil H. Donahue is a professor at Hofstra University. He argues that colleges must revisit their IB policies in light of the quality of the curriculum and the measurable success of IB graduates. He believes the lack of University credit given to IB students can be traced to the inertia of the status quo and the fact that few faculties have really looked at the superior IB curriculum and more rigorous requirements of the program. 
This article is so complete that we recommend it as a primer for anyone wanting to learn more about the IB Diploma Programme including parents, students, and staff in IB Diploma and CP schools. 

Featured videos from Minnesota IB schools

demonstrate the powerful role of the IB in transforming school practices and the educational futures of IB students. The Hopkins Schools video shows how the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) has created a rigorous framework for delivering curriculum in their two middle schools. The Champlin Park video features former IB Diploma Programme (DP) students speaking about how IB influenced their college experiences and their overall educational outlook.  

The IB Student Registry  
is up and running!! 

The long-awaited IB student registry is available for sign-up right now. Go to to sign up as a student, a school, or as a higher education institution.

Note: The Registry is for students beginning in MYP year 5 and all DP and CP students. Share with your students today and get your school registered right away. We are also sharing this with MN colleges - both public and private. Help spread the word through your schools' higher-ed connections and be sure your counselors know how to use this with students as they plan for their future!