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IB World Schools in Minnesota

MNIB is partnering with Kognity

MNIB is joining a growing group of associations partnering with Kognity to bring lower prices and greater access to intelligent textbooks. MNIB teachers will be receiving information in the coming days to explain the partnership and to learn how they can access the discounts available. 

Check out our IB Matters podcast with Kognity's Karin Bjerde 
explaining the Kognity platform (link elsewhere on this site)
This partnership will benefit both schools that are new to Kognity and those already using their excellent resources for DP groups 3,4 and 5 as well as TOK.

Our first MNIB Association meeting of the year helped us make some new connections
The new meeting location at SPPS District offices was a great space to work together and make the collaborative connections which make the MNIB a successful IB-supporting organization.  
SPPS headquarters 360 Colborne St, St. Paul
The highlight was Angela Wilcox' wonderful presentation on Restorative Justice in an IB Context. 

MNIB coordinators in Circle during Angela's presentation
It was a (much) shorter version of a presentation she did at the MNIB Summer Conference and at the IB Global Conference in New Orleans.

Here are the minutes.

The MNIB Summer 
Conference wraps up! 
Almost 400 MNIB educators gathered for two days of speakers, workshops and back to school collaboration. 

Dr. Anjali Goel and Julie Stern delivering their keynotes each day

Thanks to the almost 40 presenters who shared their expertise with hundreds of MNIB teachers and school leaders. Many presenters created shared folders for those who attended. You can access those folders here.

A survey was sent to all who attended on Friday, August 16th with links to a feedback survey and to CEU documents which are personalized for each participant. 

If you did not receive the email (sent around 3:00 PM) please check your spam or junk folders. You may also contact us at to get the link.

We Help Two 
partners with MNIB at the Summer Conference 
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.
Visit with them at the Summer Conference where they will be our featured service project.

The final MNIB meeting of the year featured students

We heard from continuum students talking about their IB Projects, Extended Essays and podcasts. 

Andrea Tieku from Fridley HS showed her CP reflective project; a webpage on women in technology fields and the discrimination they face

 Daphne Crandall, Amelia Ley, and Talia Sachs from St. Paul Central HS talked about their MYP 
Personal Projects which included a family history quilt, learning to play the ukulele, and making medical illustrations.
There was also a presentation from the Advocates for Human Rights' Madeline Lohman demonstrating the role they can play across the continuum for IB students and teachers. 
Madeline Lohman
Next year we will be moving to a new location for our meetings - 360 Colborne - which is the St. Paul Schools' headquarters. As a group we brainstormed ideas for our new podcast (IB Matters - link) which, thanks to the great networking of our MNIB members, has already been heard in over 25 countries. We are looking for more podcast ideas on twitter #IBMattersideas and follow the podcast @mattersIB

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

 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.  

Our "IB Matters" podcast 
Scroll down for all available episode links
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MNIB Blogs and cool links
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Announcing our new Podcast:
IB Matters

Last Spring, MNIB began a podcast to reach out to IB-interested parents, teachers and students across Minnesota and around the world. 

We are now available on all the major podcast platforms including Apple podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher and we have already been played in over 80 countries. 
We have thousands of listens of our 30+ episodes published including a series of Programme introductions for the PYP, MYP, DP, and the CP. 

Check them out using the links above and let us know what you think or if you have any ideas for future podcasts. We are looking for more podcast ideas on twitter #IBMattersideas. Follow the podcast @MattersIB and subscribe to get future episodes as they are released. 

2019-20 MNIB Membership 

price drops and is open now!

With the move to a new meeting venue we are returning to our old annual membership cost - $250.


For those who want to get the 2019-20 MNIB membership taken care of before the fiscal year ends, we have opened registration early. You may register here.


Congratulations to IB World School, Rice Elementary!
Rice Elementary, in the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District (ISD #47), has just been authorized as the newest PYP school in MinnesotaCongratulations to coordinator Nancy Davis, Principal Sue Paasch, and the entire staff at Rice for their hard work and dedication to their students in bringing PYP to their community.

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"!

    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.