Minnesota Association of IB World Schools (MNIB)

Note: our upcoming Association meetings will be Thursday, March 3rd and Tuesday, May 24th. Save the dates!

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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.)

Renew your membership for 2021 - 2022 to the MN Association of IB World Schools (MNIB) by completing the form linked here.

You may pay immediately using our Square account (link in form) or you may be sent an invoice which can be paid online via credit card or by check. Thank you!

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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

Roundtable registration is open!

Check out the link to details for fees, times, formats and locations

or go to the 'Roundtable Registration' page

Most roundtables will begin with two online sessions in the fall that are about an hour long. Then we are planning on having 1/2 day sessions in-person just after the new year.

Cost for these will be $80. Facilitators register for free and are paid a stipend.

A few roundtables will be shorter and have a different schedule.

All roundtable facilitators will survey their participants to adjust times and dates once they meet the first time.

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.