Promoting awareness and providing support to

IB World Schools in Minnesota


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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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.

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.  

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Registration for our 
2018 Summer Conference 
is open!
Dates: August 14 - 15

Our third annual Summer Conference features keynote speaker, Dr. Nikki Woodson. She is superintendent of Washington Township Schools in Indiana. Washington Township is a K-12 public International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools District with over 12,000 students.
Her keynote is: Inquire & Inspire - Out of the box thinking about IB schools.

Our second day keynote speaker is Dr. Charlie Miller. He is the co-founder and chief design officer of Flipgrid. He is also a U of MN professor in design. 
His keynote: Everyone is a Designer
You can view his Ted Talk here.

Cost will be the same as last year. Two day registration $100 (groups of 7 or more - $85 each). One day registration will be $80 (group - $65 each)

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.

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. 

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!