February Newsletter by Pat Prather

Coordinators and Administrators

Amazingly enough the second semester of the 2010-11 school year has already begun. You probably won’t remember what you did in the first semester but you’ll remember how many students you developed—how many you helped have a better chance in life because of your interest in them and your dedication to their development. Thank you for your hard work, patience and understanding and above all your strategies designed to make your students blossom.

CAWS SPRING SEMINAR February 28th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Irvine.

Bob Poole, IB Regional Development Specialist in Vancouver will be the keynote speaker addressing IB Recognition – taking the message to government, an Alternative Pathway. Thirteen states already recognize the IB Diploma as meeting their state graduation standards and there is now a concerted effort to have California join that group. The participants at the Fall Forum in October of 2010 voted to go forward with this effort and Bob has agreed to present to CAWS the details of the Alternative Pathway and bring us up to date on the latest developments. Marjorie McConnell from the California State Department of Education has worked on this project and she will be there to assist Bob in the breakout session. It is so important that you come to this conference and bring your Heads of Schools and Superintendents. They have to understand the ramifications of the alternative pathway and be able to make important decisions for their districts. I have scheduled special interest breakouts for our MYP and PYP teachers, and in the afternoon we will, as a group, look at shared leadership in schools and award our 2011 scholarships. Registration and hotel information are on the CAWS website www.C-aws.org . REGISTER TODAY!


This is our 10th year to offer IB Diploma Teacher Training Workshops to our California teachers as well as to those world-wide. We have had great success thus far and hope to continue to do so. Our facilities, accommodations, food, and trainers are superb and our participants have a fantastic experience. This year our DP, MYP, PYP workshops will be offered again in back to back sessions. The first for Diploma teachers will begin June 25th and end June 28th at noon. The second for MYP/PYP teachers will begin June 28th and end July 1st at noon. Register online on the CAWS website, for your choice of programme, workshop desired, and hotel accommodations. Everything you need is there, even flyers to download for your convenience.

NEW THIS SUMMER AT GRANLIBAKKEN - We are adding a new element to the workshops this year – selling caps, t-shirts, and sweatshirts, all very reasonably priced and all items you can wear anywhere with anything. The primary color is a beautiful hunter green adorned with simple, tasteful IB logos.


Offerings for Diploma: June 25-28
Levels 1 and 2 – Language A: Literature in English, History Route 2 (Option Americas), Biology, Music
Level 1 – Language B in Spanish, Mathematics HL, Mathematics SL, Physics, Visual Arts, TOK, CAS, Coordination, Administration

Offerings for MYP/PYP: June 28-July 1
MYP Levels 1 and 2 – Humanities, Heads of Schools/Coordinators, Math, Technology
PYP Level 1 – 1A An Introduction to the IB Standards for administrators new to the PYP 1B An introduction to the PYP curriculum

Please support your CAWS Association in its endeavors to train all of our teachers in the IB curriculum, and also share with colleagues an incredible social experience this coming summer.


Diana Cinatl and I attended this meeting held in the new IBA offices in Bethesda, Maryland, Jan. 27-29 right after their first blizzard of the year. It was very cold and it took me two days to get there. Nevertheless, the meeting was informative and I will send you the official notes taken when I get them. The two days were split into repeating sessions – two of which were of great interest to me. One was led by Bob Poole who will be our speaker in February on alternative Pathways to graduation, and one was with Chris Mannix, Head of the new IB Career Certificate Programme. Chris has agreed to keynote our Fall Forum in October which will focus on the IBCC and I have given more explanation of this programme in the next paragraph. In our packets at Bethesda was a flash drive with some excellent documents for Coordinators to use in maintaining and promoting their IB Programmes. I have asked our webmaster to put the following four documents on the website: Alumni Testimonials, Brochures, Curriculum Briefs, IBA Contacts. I think you will find them quite valuable.


The International Baccalaureate has developed a framework of international education that will incorporate the vision and educational principles of the IB into local programmes that address the needs of students engaged in career-related education. In this context the IB wishes to collaborate with a range of agencies, including schools, colleges, career-related providers, local or regional education authorities and national education ministries (providing organizations), to develop this qualification, known as the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). The IBCC is an academic qualification designed to support schools and colleges that offer career-related courses to their students. Chris Mannix, International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate Manager has agreed to be our keynote speaker October 24th 2011 and present the framework and background information about this programme of career-related education. The location of the conference is yet to be determined but the date is solid so put it on your calendar. I know many California schools are interested in this new IB Programme. This is your chance to come and hear the Manager give you details and answer your questions. I should have more for you in my May Newsletter.


We had success this year up north with a Diploma Round Table held at Tracy High School and down south at Albert Einstein Elementary with a PYP.MYP combination.

Please let us know if you would like to host a roundtable. The Board voted to support one roundtable up north and one in the south with a $500 stipend each to cover expenses.


Check our website for details and how to register for Seminars on Science at the American Museum of Natural History in NY.


I just received from our School Innovations and Advocacy the latest information on the legislation going forward from our lobbyists. The material is on the website. Be sure to read the news and stay abreast of new developments in California.


Congratulations to the Hawai`ian IB schools that have formed their own Regional Association, HAIBWS. Their new President is Dr. Benjamin Feinstein, bfeinstein@ipahawaii.org We wish him and his schools the best of luck and look forward to working with them in the future as in the past. We are always here to help.


Thank you to those Coordinators who call or e-mail me with name and e-mail changes for their Coordinators or Heads of Schools. We want the website which lists all authorized CA IB schools to be accurate and we also want our database to be correct so that all information goes to the correct person. Please let me know of any changes at your school.


Katya Vines, the IB Publications Manager e-mailed me with this message: “I’m currently doing research into IB publications in Spanish and Maria Hersey said you may be able to advise me on the need in your region. Would schools in your region be interested in buying IB specific textbooks and other publications in Spanish? Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated and would help us better support IB teachers.”

Let me know if there is interest out there.


Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
William James

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