May Newsletter by Pat Prather

Coordinators and Administrators

A few more weeks remain in this school year and I know all of you are looking forward to summer and enjoying your free time with family and friends. Again the year has been full of challenges, some easy, some hard. When I saw this quote from Joshua J. Marine, I thought of all IB Administrators, Coordinators and teachers: “Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful”. On behalf of the CAWS Board of Directors, thank you for continuing to stay steady and on course despite overwhelming obstacles. The little things you do every day for your students are what provide direction to them as they move toward their dreams and the ultimate gift of possibility.


Spaces are available in all our workshops in Lake Tahoe. 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 – 1 A: An Introduction to the IB Standards for Administrators new to the PYP 1 B: An Introduction to the PYP Curriculum Model


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 has partnered with PRx Communication Strategists in San Jose and we are in Phase 1 which will focus on research and planning. Brenna Bolger, founder and CEO of PRx has agreed to be our keynote speaker in October. Online registration for this conference will be available in late June. Put the date on your calendars! Watch the website for details!

The 2013 Spring Seminar, February 25th will take place in San Diego at the Horton Grand Hotel in the Gas lamp District. The overriding theme of the conference will be the “core” elements of all three IB Programmes – the changes coming and the effects of those changes.


Your Association will again be a sponsor at the summer conference to be held in Cancun, Mexico, July 12-14. This is a great way for us to promote CAWS, show our commitment to the IB and meet with colleagues from around the world. A highlight of that conference will be “Connecting with the Common Core” We hope to be able to see you there.


Both PYP roundtables held this spring were successful with good attendance. One comment from the first one held in Stockton was “best roundtable I have ever attended”. Another 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.


Barrett Snyder of SIA, our lobbying firm, continues to keep us informed on the happenings in the state legislature and I post each update on the website. We hope 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 hold its college fair at the French American International School on 150 Oak Street in San Francisco on September 16th from 1 to 3pm. This is a great event for your students. A flyer is now available on our website. The contact for this event is Ashley Rochman,


1. The Vista Unified School District is pursuing the “Alternative Pathway to Graduation” following in the footsteps of Desert Sands. Anne Green, Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction, 6- 12 has been working with the Diploma schools to have the IB Diploma officially declared an “Alternative Pathway to Graduation.” She has already presented to most of the stakeholders, and the Associate Superintendent will finalize a request to the Vista Board later this month to formally endorse the IB Diploma as a graduation pathway. Who will be next?

2. 24 IB World Schools make U.S. News & World Report's Top 100

IB Features Prominently in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best High Schools” 2012
Bethesda, MD, 9 May, 2012 -- The International Baccalaureate® (IB), a non-profit educational organization with 1346 IB World Schools in the United States and 774 U.S. high schools offering the Diploma Programme, is proud to announce that 24 IB World Schools, nearly one in four, have been named to the U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the top 100 high schools in America. IB’s challenging program helps focus students on a goal and creates a mindset that inspires achievement.

The 2012 rankings include data on nearly 22,000 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia. Considering that the IB Diploma Programme is offered in approximately three percent of all 22,000 public high schools, the IB enjoys an outsized representation among the Top 25. Fully 44 percent of the top 25 Public High Schools in the U.S. are IB World Schools, including the No. 1 magnet school in the country, Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy (CIBA). Link to the full listing:

3. United States Results — 2011 IB Diploma Programme Graduate Destinations Survey

Dear IB Heads and Coordinators,
In 2011, the IB Global Recognition Department conducted the IB Diploma Programme (DP) Graduate Destination Survey in the seven countries with the most IB World Schools offering the Diploma Programme: the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK, Spain, India and Australia. We are pleased to announce the release of the US results for the 2011 IB Diploma Programme Graduate Destination Survey, available online at:
Some important findings* include:

  • The average SAT score of DP candidates’ survey respondents is 1953 and Certificate candidate is 1794. The national average of SAT score is 1500.
  • The average acceptance rate of DP students into university/college is 22 percentage points higher than the average acceptance rate of the total population.
  • 97% of respondents feel very well or well prepared for future studies.
  • Approximately 70% of all respondents would either actively encourage or encourage others to undertake the IB Diploma Programme.
  • 65% of DP students plan to study abroad during university years, and 51% intend to pursue a career in another country.

Thank you for all schools who have participated in this study — you will receive your individual, confidential summary report shortly. A full global report will be available in June 2012. For any questions or concerns, please contact us at

4. Call for submissions: Global High School Prize 2012

Over the past 4 years, through the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the United Arab Emirates has been honoring those who are committed to advancing renewable energy and sustainable technologies globally. One of the greatest unifying challenges in the world today is addressing climate change, promoting sustainable development and encouraging innovation in renewable energy technologies.

In 2012, the Zayed Future Energy Prize announced the creation of the Global High School Prize. It aims to encourage future generations to think outside the box, develop their sense of innovation and in the process – understand the practicalities of living a sustainable life.

The Global High School Prize awards USD 100 000 to each of the five high schools selected from different regions (Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania).

High schools from around the world are invited to submit a business case for how they plan to utilise the prize for the purpose of raising awareness of sustainability and reducing the school’s environmental footprint. High schools are asked to submit projects based on one or more of the three objectives of the UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative: Energy Access, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

The deadline for submissions is 16 July 2012.

If you have any questions, please consult the web site at, or contact Dalal Yassin at (+971-2-653-6012).


Think good thoughts and enjoy a refreshing summer! “Every thought is as seed. If you plant crabapples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious” Bill Meyer

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