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IB World Schools in Minnesota

 Our MNIB Summer Conference is taking shape. 
Save August 13-14th for our fourth annual MNIB Summer Conference at Bethel University. We expect around 500 teachers and school leaders to attend.
Our August 14th keynote speaker will be author and conceptual teaching leader, Julie Stern.

Ms. Stern will also offer an all-day conceptual learning workshop for all teachers. Watch this space for more information and links to register for the Conference beginning in mid-April.

MNIB welcomed IBO to Minnesota in early March

Over 450 IB teachers were in town March 8 - 11 to take in official IB training at the downtown Hilton. Hundreds visited the MNIB booth to pick up the can koozies and Pop-sockets and other IB bling! Thanks to all who stopped by - especially the many Minnesotan's who took time out of their weekend to learn more about IB teaching and learning. That is a big reason why MNIB teachers are so prepared to help their students succeed. 
Save the date: 
Next year this workshop will be held April 25 - 27
Our March Association meeting 
featured the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Anne LaLonde Laux, Karen Speich and Libby Dominguez offered a presentation on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG's) through 2030. We also looked at local and state-wide service learning opportunities. 
Minutes posted below with a link to the CEU's available for attending - our next meeting is on May 2nd

Join the IB Global community by attending the Global Conference in New Orleans

Once again MNIB is sponsoring Minnesota IB teachers/leaders who will present at the Global Conference. This year it will be held July 18-21, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. We awarded two scholarships which include conference registration and an additional $1000 toward travel expenses. Both sponsored groups have been accepted by IB to present!
Presenting in New Orleans this summer are:
  • Hopkins MYP Design and IB Scoring Katelyn Porwoll, Jeremy Reichel, Toni Schwartz, Johanna Schmitz
  • Fridley MYP The Inclusive Personal Project Emily Heille and Alexa Bailey

    • Last year’s MNIB sponsored session from Fridley: Student Agency in Mathematics was accepted this year! Veronica Mathison and Kari Reiter
    • Another Hopkins proposal (not MNIB sponsored) Restorative Justice in the IB Framework has also been accepted! Angela Wilcox

    We look forward seeing them in the "Big Easy"!

    You can still register to attend by checking the IB website at

    Our meeting on December 4 focused on Global contexts across the continuum
    MNIB leaders working across programmes to see the ways IB brings international mindedness into the classroom using current events

    Our December meeting featured a continuum activity facilitated by Max Athorn (DP/CP vice president) demonstrating the power of Global Contexts across all IB Programmes. We used newspapers and digital media to "prime the pump" for this hands-on morning. 
    The discussions were especially vibrant and resulted in some very creative posters illustrating the cross-programme connections. 

    The minutes with a link to the CEU's available for attending are posted here

    Lakes International Language Academy is our latest Minnesota DP school! 

    Lakes International Language Academy (LILA), located in Forest Lake, is our newest Diploma Programme school in MN, bringing us to an even 20 DP schools. LILA now boasts the fifth school system in our state to have a continuum of IB education for students grades K-12. LILA is a charter school in the Forest Lake District. Congratulations to their coordinator, Sarah Ray, and the entire staff for their diligence and commitment to bring the best International education to their students.

    MNIB Blogs and cool links
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    We Help Two 
    partners with MNIB 
    to offer great service-learning opportunities across IB schools in Minnesota. For more information, check out this letter from our Executive Director. The link below will take you to our partnership site with We Help Twoan organization that supports school service-learning projects around the world. Link to begin.

    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 attended the 
    MREA Conference
    Michele Anderson of Rice Elementary 

    Dale Christy from Grand Rapids High School

    On November 12th, we presented at the annual Minnesota Rural Educators Association (MREA) Conference at Cragun's Resort. Many thanks to Michele and Dale for sharing their stories about IB in Greater MN schools. See our presentation 
    Our 2018 table at the Gallery Walk

    At the MREA Gallery Walk on Tuesday, we shared information about all four IB Programmes and answered questions about adding any (or all) programmes to schools. Here is a document with the necessary links to investigate more on your own.

    Our Fall Association meeting featured students, service, and exciting Math teaching ideas
    We heard from students, Leah Rivera and Astrid Liden, who attended the World Student Conference. They shared their wonderful experiences in Rotterdam and Washington D.C. Both described the great collaborations they had with IB students from around the world
    Leah Rivera (St. Paul Central) and Astrid Liden (Minnetonka)
    We also heard from Trevor Bergman representing "We Help Two" - see the link above.

    Finally, we had a very engaging presentation by Veronica Mathison and Ben Richards from Fridley schools called "Give your students something to talk about!"
    A link to their presentation and other materials can be found in the minutes link below.
    Veronica and Ben leading our Continuum presentation on math.


    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. 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.