Promoting awareness and providing support to

IB World Schools in Minnesota

MDE applications for training and exam reimbursement are due February 7
Coordinators should have received an email in recent days outlining the procedures for training and exam reimbursement. We have linked the recent MDE memo which has the link to the reimbursement application here. At this time all that is required is an estimate of the projected trainings your staff will be attending for the 2018-19 school year. Also, DP/CP schools need to give their numbers of exams along with the free and reduced lunch numbers of their exam-takers. Final numbers for training and exams will be due in June.

Join the IB Global community by presenting in New Orleans

Once again MNIB will be sponsoring Minnesota IB teachers/leaders who wish to present at the Global Conference. This year it will be held July 18-21, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. We will be offering two scholarships. Each will include conference registration and an additional $1000 toward travel expenses.
The deadline to submit applications to MNIB is January 25 and the winning applications will need to be submitted to IB by their deadline of February first. The MNIB application can be found here and it includes a link to submit to IB.

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. Look for a link to those posters here soon.

The minutes 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 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.


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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 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.

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. 

 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
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!

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.