Minnesota Association of IB World Schools (MNIB)

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Some of the resources available to Champlin Park CP students included amazing welding, machining and CNC equipment, along with aviation simulators and medical training facilities.

We had a great visit to the Anoka schools STEP Center

About 10 MNIB Career-related Programme coordinators and their DP colleagues toured the Champlin Park CP offerings at the Anoka-Hennepin District tech education center known as STEP. We began with a roundtable of CP coordinators at Champlin Park HS before traveling to STEP to see welding, nursing assistant, aviation, and EMT classes in action. Champlin offers 8 CTE pathways and serves as a great model for other CP (and aspiring CP) schools.

Use the fillable form to become eligible to apply for teacher training and exam fees.

These are due April 30th!

More information on the MDE website.

The MDE 'Application for reimbursement' forms are now available for download here

Our latest MNIB Meeting was Wednesday, March 2

We are met at the Baker Center, 209 W Page Street St. Paul, MN 55107

Please check out the agenda/minutes linked here

Pictured: Jon Peterson (MNIB director), Ashley Brown (DP Coordinator), Michael George, Chris Baker-Raivo (CP Coordinator)

Photo credit: Tim Evans

Champlin Park Principal, Michael George, earns MNIB Leadership Award

Principal Mike George was recognized by the Minnesota Association of IB World Schools (MNIB) for his outstanding leadership in a Minnesota IB school.

George was surprised with the award during an administrators meeting at CPHS Feb. 8 when MNIB executive director Jon Peterson presented him with the award in front of his leadership team at the school.

Full story here

Nominations are now open for the 2022 MNIB Leadership Award

Please use this form to nominate an outstanding administrator in an IB school who sets an example for how to support the IB programme(s) in their school. This may include personal engagement with the programme(s), supporting those who lead the programme(s), or building long-term sustainability of the IB in their school.

Special consideration will be given for administrators demonstrating continued support for IB programs while dealing with distance learning and other effects of the COVID-19 restrictions.

Submissions are due by June 15, 2022

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Nearly 60 coordinators met together in the morning and then broke out into PYP, MYP, DP and CP Programmes groups.

Our recent Association meeting was held December 1st

Minutes from 12.1.21

Did you attend? You may receive 5 CEU credits for your time.

Link to CEU document for your participation

(You will be asked to make a copy and you can insert your own name into the document.)

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It was a beautiful fall day in St. Paul, Minnesota with about 60 members in attendance.

We enjoyed gathering together in person for the first time since March 2020 with presentations and discussion in the morning. Then, we broke into Programme (PYP, MYP, DP, CP) groups after taking our lunches outside in Baker Park.

Our fall MNIB Association meeting took place Wednesday, September 29 at the Baker Community Center

Slide deck from meeting

Link to agenda - includes links out to discussion slides and padlets we created

Did you attend? You may receive 5 CEU credits for your time.

Link to CEU document for your participation

(You will be asked to make a copy and you can insert your own name into the document.)

New Board positions for the 2021-23 terms

VP positions (CP, DP, MYP, PYP)

  • CP - Christopher Baker-Raivo (Champlin Park)

  • DP - Ashley Brown (Champlin Park)

  • MYP - Kate Andrews van Horne (Olson Middle School)

  • PYP - Anne LaLonde Laux - Peter Hobart Elementary (continuing)


Secretary - Jennifer Poncelet - Hopkins West Junior High


President - Sarah Wernimont - Anwatin Middle School

Congratulations to the two most recent MNIB schools

to be authorized as IB World Schools

Fridley Preschool

Now an authorized Primary Years Programme

(the only authorized IB preschool in Minnesota)

Rockford High School

Now authorized as both a Diploma and Career-related Programme school

The IB is excited to announce that the IB Virtual Conference will be coming to the Americas, Africa, Europe and the Middle East from 18-22 October 2021. Gear up for a full week of learning, as we continue Unlocking the next paradigm in education together. We will be announcing more details about this conference in the coming weeks.

New resource: IB 101

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were forced to cancel our popular Summer Conference this year. Some of the most highly attended sessions were those introducing the IB Programmes to new teachers and other staff members just hired into IB schools.

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.

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.

Please listen to this podcast featuring four outstanding MNIB voices of compassion and support as they share their feelings after the killing of George Floyd in our community here in Minnesota.

Anne Lalonde Laux, Chad Owen, Jenny Magdal, and Angela Wilcox speak of how they hope to help students and teachers make lasting changes in schools after the terrible events of the past weeks.

We recorded several podcasts related to online learning in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Please contact us at IBMatters@mnibschools.org if you have something about online teaching to contribute on the podcast.

Click the icon to access these episodes.