Minnesota Association of IB World Schools (MNIB)

PYP Exhibition Workshop

Our PYP Exhibition Workshop is off to a great start with 40 teachers, coordinators and media specialists attending day one on January 12th at Peter Hobart Elementary in St. Louis Park.

The workshop is led by Kirstin Wickman on the afternoons of January 12th and Jan 26th - noon to 4:00 PM both days.


Each session begins at noon and ends at 4:00 PM with box lunches provided beginning at 11:45. CEU's will be available.

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.

Check out this School Leaders Bootcamp from our friends at Toddle

Toddle has been working on a very special event designed specifically for school leaders called the School Leaders Bootcamp .


It's happening virtually on March 3rd and 4th and we've got some amazing speakers lined up: Seth Godin, George Couros, Stephen Covey, Holly Ransom, and Diane Tavenner.


We've got a ton of great stuff planned - interactive keynotes, networking, masterclasses, and case studies by experienced educators and leadership experts. And best of all…it's completely free!


Over 5,000 school leaders from 100+ countries have already registered, and we would love for the school leaders from MNIB to join us as well. We can assure you that the learning and takeaways will be unparalleled.


Interested folks can register using this link


Hope to see you at this amazing and free event!

Be sure to check out the latest IB Associations Newsletter for great examples of integrating IB in regions around the world. Open the newsletter here.

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.

Remaining 2022-23 Association meetings are scheduled for March 2, and May 24.

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

Our 2022 MNIB Leadership Award goes to...

John Leininger

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.

John has been the principal of Matoska International since their initial candidacy and authorization in 2010. His was the voice that made the case for including IB in his northeast metro suburb, and he consistently represents the IB perspective as the administrator of the sole IB program in District 624.

As a building leader, John sincerely supports the staff in the pursuit of lifelong learning and a balance of professional and personal development and he models this in super cool international explorations that he pursues with his own family.


He is a strong advocate for all students and diligently works to make Matoska International School a community of globally minded life long learners.

Do you have an outstanding Administrator/leader in your IB school or district office? Someone who promotes and helps sustain your program(s)?

It's time to nominate them for this prestigious award!

Use this link to complete the form. Nominations are due March 15th, 2023

Check out past awardees on our Leadership Award page

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.

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

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.

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!

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

Treasurer - Jon Eversoll - Park Center High School

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.

Looking for a past article or minutes from a past meeting?

Go to the Web archive page.