Minnesota Association of IB World Schools (MNIB)

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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.

Here is a link Phil provided to learn more information about IB for all in the DP and CP.

Remaining 2022-23 Association meetings are scheduled for December 6, March 2, and May 24. Each meeting will begin at 9:00 AM and end about 3:00 PM. Coffee, tea, and light continental breakfast at 8:30.

We will continue to meet at the Baker Center, 209 W Page Street St. Paul, MN 55107

MNIB membership for 2022-23 now available

Your membership registration helps to sustain our organization.

If possible, please complete your membership enrollment before our meeting on the 28th. It helps us plan for lunch and to ensure dietary prefences are respected.

Click the bar below to register and pay by credit card using our Square account.

You may also choose to be billed.

Registration for DP and CP roundtables is now open

Roundtables begin October 3rd so register now!

Direct links are on the Roundtable Registration page

Back-to-school resources for new and experienced staff

The ATL series was published in the summer of 2022. Use this link or search IB Matters wherever you get your podcasts.

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

Sejong Academy

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!

Our latest MNIB Meeting was Tuesday May 24th

It featured project presentations in-person, and by video, of students in all IB Programmes and a wrap-up of our year-long work together.

Please check out the web agenda linked here

Nominations are now closed 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 were due by June 15, 2022

Use the fillable form to request partial reimbursement for teacher training and exam fees.

These were due July 15th!

More information on the MDE website.

The MDE form 'for teacher training' now available for download here

The MDE form 'for DP exams' now available for download here


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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.

Congratulations to Rockford High School !

Now authorized as an MYP, DP, and CP IB World School after adding MYP this Spring

MNIB Meeting 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

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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

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.