Minnesota Association of IB World Schools (MNIB)
Our MNIB mission statement:
"We are courageous leaders supporting those in the IB community who are implementing IB programs, building connections, removing barriers, and creating systems that increase access for all.
By doing this, young people, families, and educators in the IB community will have a voice, engage in meaningful learning, cultivate their geniuses, and celebrate their successes."
Our most recent Association meeting was December 5th at the Baker Center in St. Paul.
Our focus was on 'Action across the IB continuum' and how we could better honor the IB mission to create a better and more peaceful world through our use of 'Action in the curriculum'.
209 Page St West
St. Paul, MN
Mark your calendars!
Our remaining regular Association meetings will be December 5th, March 7th, and May 22nd
Meetings will be at the Baker Center in St. Paul from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM with coffee and treats at 8:30.
But that's not all!
This year, we feature 'Celebrate Successes' with teacher leaders and students who are doing great things in their schools and communities!
The first of these was an IB Matters Podcast with four IB DP candidates from Champlin Park HS. They spoke about their CAS (Creativity, Activity & Service) projects and how CAS has made a difference in their perspectives and even their future plans!
The big news at our September meeting was that, thanks to a new partnership with the MN Department of Education (MDE), all our events are sponsored by MDE and are offered free to MNIB members!
Our 2022-23 MNIB Leadership Award goes to
Dr. Winston Tucker of Highland Park Senior High
Dr. Winston Tucker receiving his MNIB Leadership award
Pictured: HPHS MYP coordinator Marissa Bonk, DP Coordinator Lee Stagg, MNIB Director Jon Peterson, and Principal, Dr. Winston Tucker
Excerpt from Dr. Tucker's nomination:
"When it comes to supporting the IB in St. Paul, Dr. Winston Tucker takes a lead, not only at Highland Park, but in the three IB high schools in our district. He has been a long-time advocate for our teachers at Highland and is dedicated to promoting our IB program with students, teachers, support staff, and our larger family community. Dr Tucker communicates regularly with our partner school (Highland Park Middle School) to promote a fluid 6-12 program. He really understands that as an international IB school, we don’t put our program ‘on the back burner,’ but showcase this valuable asset as much as possible."
Our spring meeting was May 24th
We heard from amazing students as they talked about their projects, CAS and service work. We also reacted to our latest mission draft and celebrated our own successes as we completed another year of supporting our students - and each other.
PYP Early Years roundtable tour
PYP Music teachers' roundtable
We hosted two
The first session was for PYP music educators April 12
The second was for Early childhood educators looking to see the Early years PYP in action at the Fridley Community Center April 19th.
Michael Clifton in a Q & A with MNIB members
MYP Coordinators in their afternoon programme meeting
Our March Association meeting was Thursday, March 2nd
We heard from Beth Barsness from MDE and from Michael Clifton of the IB Americas office. We'll also looked at an early draft of our MNIB mission document.
Our last MNIB 2022-23 Association meeting will be May 24.
We meet at the Baker Center, 209 W Page Street St. Paul, MN 55107
PYP Exhibition Workshop
Our PYP Exhibition Workshop included 40 teachers, coordinators and media specialists attending two days at Peter Hobart Elementary in St. Louis Park.
The workshop was led by Kirstin Wickman on the afternoons of January 12th and Jan 26th.
Are you wondering what makes International Baccalaureate education unique?
Check out this video to hear from students and teachers in all four programmes about their experiences in the IB.
Our winter Association meeting was December 6th
We featured Dr. Dave Webb who helped us look at better decision making.We also looked at how to help our IB school leadership make the most of our existing IB programmes. Thanks to MNIB Secretary, Jennifer Poncelet, for the thorough set of minutes linked below.
Our 2022 MNIB Leadership Award goes to...
Principal of Matoska International School
From his nomination letter:
John Leininger was chosen for the MNIB Leadership Award because of his outstanding and longstanding advocacy for the International Baccalaureate in his school district and community.
Our first Association meeting was September 28th and it was wonderful to see you all!
Thanks to Phil Evans, a long-time friend of MNIB and an IBO staff member, for coming to Minnesota and introducing the IB for all initiative he is spearheading.
Did you attend the September meeting? You may download a copy of the CEU document here. You will be asked to 'make a copy'. Just add your own name to the document.
Back-to-school resources for new and experienced staff
Listen to our new series of podcasts featuring the
IB Approaches to Learning (ATL) Skills
In this 8-part series we are exploring the IB Approaches to Learning Skills known as the ATL’s that are at the core of all four International Baccalaureate Programmes.
With John Harvey, we will try to give you a coherent, sustainable, values aligned strategy to implement ATL Skills in your school. We want to help you build your team of coordinators, teachers, librarians, and support staff. All ATL episodes are available now!
New IB teacher resource: IB 101
When returning to school each year one of the most important jobs in an IB school is getting new teachers up to speed with the nature of the IB Programme(s) featured in their school. We also want to support the important relationships that IB Coordinators form with all the teachers in their building.
With that in mind we developed brief introductions in the form of self-guided tours of the basic elements of the IB and all four Programmes.
If you are a coordinator looking for a resource where your new teachers can learn the basics, send them to "Intro to the IB Programmes". They will be exposed to the common elements of all IB Programmes and then be directed to the specific Programme(s) in your school.
They are encouraged to complete a Reflection Journal along the way and to reach out to the coordinator for more resources.
Congratulations to the most recent MNIB school
to be authorized as an IB World School
is now an authorized MYP School!
Congratulations to their entire staff for this well-deserved accomplishment!
We had a great time celebrating with you at your pre-school workshop on August 15th!
IB is making it easier to schedule online workshops that are specific to your school's needs
From the IBO.org website:
"Wherever you are in the world, you can participate in an online workshop for a high-quality learning experience and the same teaching concepts that you would explore in a face-to-face workshop. Participation in our cost-effective online workshops will also contribute to your school’s authorization or evaluation process to become an IB World School."
There are more than 400 online workshops to choose from and these are offered throughout the year. If you are not available when your choice of online workshop is scheduled, you can complete the request form linked on the website above. Schools have the option to request workshops to be delivered as part of a global cohort or exclusively to their own school. Online workshops delivered exclusively to one school have more real time interaction and therefore, resemble a virtual in-school experience. If you would like to know more about online professional development (PD) and how it works, please visit our page.