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IB World Schools in Minnesota

   The 2018 
Summer Conference 
is in the books!
Over 480 Minnesota IB educators gathered for two days of inspiring speakers, collaboration and learning. 
Dr. Nikki Woodson shares her story of leading an all-IB District

 Dr. Charlie Miller takes us on a journey of design failures and successes

Bethel University offered a great place to share 
our IB story and to prepare for the new school year.

The Patrick Henry Elite Step Team kicks it all off - BOOM!

 32 different sessions for PYP/MYP/DP/CP were offered

Watch for the post-Conference survey coming this week. At the end of the survey it will link you to CEU's. 
We had a large Twitter following using the hashtag #mnibsummer18. There, you will find lots of great pictures, links and videos. Be sure to watch the videos of the Patrick Henry Elite Step Team who literally kicked off our Conference with a stomp!

Our final MNIB Association meeting of the year featured student presentations

Hopkins North 8th grade MYP students: Suad Mohamed, Maryam Abdirahman, Ifrah Muse presented their 
MYP Community Project "Somalia to America"

Whittier 5th grade PYP students: Jerry Cortes, Elliot Tompkins, Caelan Patterson, Felix Vrooanm-Locke, Noelle Fitzgerald, Jimena Carrillo, 
and Addie LaFave presented Hindsight: 2020 Election & Homelessness in the Community PYP Exhibition Projects. Here they are pictured with their proud Principal, Norma Gibbs and PYP Coordinator, Libby Dominguez.

Robbinsdale Cooper 10th grade MYP student, Lou Vang read from the book she wrote titled “Before They Catch Me” for her MYP Personal Project

Fridley senior CP student, Joze Vescio-Schreiner shared her 
CP Reflective Project entitled "Hacking"
In our May 23rd meeting we heard students from the PYP, MYP and the CP present their final IB Projects. Students from Whittier School, Hopkins North, Cooper, and Fridley shared their projects on homelessness, the 2020 election, immigration, and hacking. We also heard from artist, teacher, and activist, Leon Wang. 
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2018-19 MNIB Membership 

is now available 

For those who want to get the 2018-19 MNIB membership taken care of before the fiscal year ends, we have opened registration early. You may register here.

MNIB makes it presence known at the 

IB 50th Anniversary Celebration 
at the Global Conference in San Diego
IB educator, author, and poet, Clint Smith inspires us all to 
touch the future through our teaching.

Over 50 MNIB members made the trip out to beautiful San Diego July 26 - 29 to learn, collaborate, and to share with 2000+ other IB educators from the Americas region. We heard from inspiring keynote speakers, IB graduates and other teachers about the ways we can improve our classroom and school-wide practices. The Global Conference is a great way to fire ourselves up as we approach a new school year.

Congratulations to our 2018 recipients of the World Student Conference Awards!

We received over a dozen applications and we awarded scholarships to Leah Rivera (St. Paul Central) and Astrid Liden (Minnetonka). Leah will be attending the Conference in Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Astrid will attend the Conference in Washington D.C.
The MNIB scholarships are each $1500 with up to $500 of additional support to offset travel expenses, depending on the location chosen. 
All MNIB students are encouraged to attend on their own, or with friends, and can register by following the links found here.

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. 

Two teams from MNIB earned scholarships to the IB Global Conference in San Diego

We are pleased to announce the two groups awarded MNIB scholarships to present at the 2018 Global Conference. Each award will pay for one registration and another $1000 towards expenses.
The multi-discipline team of Kari Reiter, Cheryl Burghardt, and Steve Holt will present "A Case for Standards-based Grading". 
UPDATE: This proposal has been accepted for San Diego

The math team of Veronica Mathison and Ben Richards will present "Give Your Math Students Something to Talk About". Both teams are from Fridley schools. Thanks to everyone who submitted proposals. 

Featured videos from Minnesota IB schools

demonstrate the powerful role of the IB in transforming school practices and the educational futures of IB students. New video from Robbinsdale Middle School showing the powerful link between IBMYP and AVID. 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.