March Newsletter by Pat Prather

Coordinators and Administrators

Spring break is almost here and the end of the school year is fast approaching. Projects and assessments are coming due and IB testing begins in May. It’s a hectic time for you and for your teachers, so take some time during the upcoming holiday season to enjoy yourselves and recharge. Celebrate your accomplishments and reward yourselves and your teachers with some praise and approval of the job they do every day of the year.


Please Support your Association and enroll your teachers in our first rate IB Teacher Training Workshops in Lake Tahoe. Our facilities, accommodations, food, and trainers are the best and our participants love the experience of sharing with colleagues an amazing social and learning experience. Again, our DP, MYP, PYP workshops will be offered in back to back sessions. The first for Diploma teachers will begin June 23 and end June 26th at noon. The second for MYP/PYP teachers will begin June 26th and end June 29th at noon. Directions for registration are available on the CAWS website,, for your choice of programme, workshop desired, hotel accommodations, and flyers to download for your convenience.

Sweatshirts, t-shirts and caps are available for sale again in 2012. They are very reasonably priced and are items you can wear anywhere with anything. Money from these sales go toward CAWS scholarships.


Offerings for Diploma: June 23-26
Category 1 – Language A: Literature in English, History Route 2 Americas Biology, Math Studies, Math HL, Music, Visual Arts, TOK, CAS, Coordination, Administrators
Category 2 – Language A: Language and Literature in English, Language B in Spanish, History Route 2 Americas, Math Studies, Math HL, Music

Offerings for MYP/PYP: June 26 – June 29
MYP Category 1 – Heads of Schools/IB Coordinators, Language A, Mathematics, Sciences, Technology
MYP Category 2 – Heads of Schools/IB Coordinators, Humanities, Mathematics, Sciences
PYP Category 1 - 1A: An Introduction to the IB Standards for Administrators new to the PYP 1B : An Introduction to the PYP Curriculum Model


Our Spring Seminar Feb. 27th 2012 held in Irvine was very successful. Seventy + attendees enjoyed the lively interactive sessions on "Inquiry" presented by Ellen Alquist, International consultant on Learning Theory. Her power points are now on the website for everyone to use and enjoy.

Our 2012 Fall Forum will be held October 29th in downtown San Jose at the Sainte Claire Hotel. The overall focus of the day will be on "Promoting Access to the IB Through Fundraising", a topic of great interest to all three IB Programmes in the state. Your Association is beginning to work with PRX Fundraising which has specialized in 35 years of pairing social causes and corporate sponsors. Watch the website for details of the agenda for the 29th as they become finalized. Put the date on our calendars!


There are three roundtables currently scheduled for spring and fall of 2012. The first for PYP teachers will be held May 10th in Stockton at the University of the Pacific. The second.for PYP teachers will be in Walnut at the Quality Inn and Suites. Both registration forms and information are on the CAWS website. The final one will be held in November for MYP/PYP teachers in San Diego at Roosevelt Middle School. Details are not firm on this one but keep checking the website.


February 13th of 2012, a group of CAWS representatives went to Sacramento to participate in a legislation day set up by Barrett Snyder of SIA, our lobbying firm. We spent the day moving around the capitol from legislator to legislator explaining the merits of the IB. The day was successful. We were well received and our discussions fruitful. We want to increase our presence in Sacramento and make more legislators aware of the benefits of the IB to all students. You can help by contacting your local legislator to schedule a meeting with them or have them come to your school to see the IB Programme in action. This has to be a joint effort between the Association and the schools that teach the IB. Please help us!


The College of International Studies will again present its college fair at the French American International School on 150 Oak Street in San Francisco on September 16th from 1 to 3pm. A flyer will be available on the website soon. The contact for this event is Ashley Rochman,


1. Please share this with your schools to pass on to their students.
2012 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows (BFTF) Summer Institute
June 28-July 297, 2012 | Wake Forest University | Winston-Salem, NC

Do you know a teenager (16-18) who is interested in meeting young people from Europe, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia? Do they have an interest in learning more about transatlantic relationships, democracy and civic engagement?

The Department of Communication at Wake Forest University is offering 10 Scholarships for American students to attend the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows (BFTF) Summer Institute. These Scholarships include the following:

  • $3,500 scholarship; Designation as Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellow (covers tuition, activities, meals and lodging in WFU dorm, and partial travel funds to and from WFU
  • Participation in all Institute events, including classes on: Citizenship, Comparative Constitutionalism, Documentary Film Production, New Media, Public Advocacy, taught by Wake Forest and visiting faculty.
  • Seven day educational trip to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, PA, including a visit to the State Department, The Washington Center and several sites including the Newseum in DC; Constitution Center in Philadelphia, etc.
  • Civic engagement activities, local community service projects and workshops on public advocacy.
  • The U.S. Fellows would join about 50 Fellows on the Wake Forest campus for a month-long Institute. The international Fellows are from over 40 countries ranging from Armenia to Iceland, Denmark to Kosovo, Malta to Lithuania. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and 16-18 years old.

For more information and the application form, visit


Natasha DeFlorian from IBA in Bethesda is the Manager for the new IBCC Program which we featured in 2011 at our CAWS Fall Forum. She has sent this message for all interested parties.

In order for a school to be authorized to offer the IBCC, it must be authorized by the IB to implement it. If any of your member schools are interested in applying to become authorized to offer the IBCC, please encourage them to complete the Expression of Interest form, in order to inform the IB of their interest and to request additional information.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or require any additional assistance. I look forward to working with you throughout this process.

Kind regards,
Natasha Deflorian

If you are interested in the application timelines and any powerpoints that Natasha has for schools’ use, contact her at


Be sure to check the CAWS website often to keep current on the latest CAWS developments and upcoming events which I post all year long to keep our annual calendar current. We are in the process of updating the schools information on the website. If there have been changes at your school, let me know.

"In order to be a truly knowledgeable person one has got to be engaged in serious, systematic, lifelong learning" Benjamin Payton

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