Minnesota Association of IB World Schools (MNIB)

Promoting awareness and providing support to

IB World Schools in Minnesota

Our Winter MNIB Association meeting

was December 5th

After a work session looking at updates to our Summer Conference and a wonderful presentation by MNIB Secretary, Jenny Magdal, we all wrote thank you notes to those who have positively impacted our IB Programmes and helped us sustain the IB in Minnesota in various ways. We dropped about 50 notes into the mail and others were mailed by coordinators themselves. #Begrateful

PYP 101

Thanks to workshop leader, Ryan Higbea, and the thirty new PYP teachers who took part in this new way for MNIB to deliver professional development. We began with an online meeting, followed with three weeks of self-paced learning of five modules, and then met December 12th as a large group.

Our first blended PYP 101 introduction workshop wrapped up with a face to face meeting and meal at the beautiful Bigelow Hall at Global Academy, a proud PYP member of MNIB.

Application to the 2020 IB Global Conference in Toronto

Each year, MNIB sponsors up to two presentations at the IB Global Conference. We do this to encourage dedicated and talented MNIB educators to not only attend the Global Conference, but to show off their leadership in the greater IB world.

To apply, use the links below to submit your presentation. Note - the scholarship is not dependent on being selected by the IB for the Conference.

Global Conference scholarships - application to IB Global Conference application agreement

Applications are due January 29, 2020

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 in the podcast page)

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.

MNIB Adminstrator Award

Use the form linked here 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. The award will be presented to the recipient at their school and at an MNIB Association meeting.

Please submit by January 31st, 2020

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.

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.

Summer Conference at Bethel University

Save the dates!

The 2020 Summer Conference

will be August 18-19