June Newsletter by Pat Prather

Coordinators and Administrators

Here we are at the end of May and the beginning of June with this school year coming to a close. Testing is over, finals are finished, projects presented, and commencement exercises are beginning in schools all over California and Nevada. Good news finally to end the year is that The TV stations last night reported a balanced budget is on the horizon for California and more money for schools will be available. So many of our schools are hurting financially and this gives hope for a better future for education in the state. The CAWS Board of Directors and I thank you for all your hard work on behalf of your students and hope your summer holidays are restful and filled with happy times with family and friends.

DIPLOMA - June 25 to June 28, 2013 MYP/PYP - June 28 to July 1, 2013

You can still Sign up for our teacher training workshops in Lake Tahoe. We have extensive offerings in all three IB Programmes. Directions for registration are available on the CAWS website, www.c-aws.org 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 2013. They are very reasonably priced and are items you can wear anywhere with anything. Money from these sales goes toward CAWS yearly scholarships.


Our 2013 Fall Forum will be held October 28th in downtown Sacramento at the The Sheraton Grand Sacramento. The agenda for the day will center around The IB and the Common Core, a topic of great interest to all educators in the state. Dr. David Conley, who co-chaired the Common Core State Standards Validation Committee and was one of the architects of the Standard and Practices of the IB, will be our keynote speaker. His bio is on our website as well as a head shot. We are so excited that he can come to our conference and provide our teachers with accurate information about the Common Core. His new book. Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core: What Every Educator Needs to Know, will be coming out in early October. Hopefully he will have some copies with him that day. Online registration will be available in July. Put the date on your calendars! Watch the website for more details!

The 2014 Spring Seminar, will probably take place in San Diego. Although the program is not yet set, it is possible that we may go back and take another look at the IBCC, the IB’s fourth programme. The last time this was offered was in northern California and it might be a good time to do a repeat in the southern part.


Your Association will again be a sponsor at the 2013 summer conference to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, July18-21. This is a great way for us to promote CAWS, show our commitment to the IB and meet with colleagues from around the world. The theme of this year’s gathering is “Educate, Innovate, Create” We hope to be able to see you there. Come and visit the CAWS booth in the convention hall.


Let me know if your school would like to host a roundtable this coming school year.


Your CAWS representatives visited legislators in Sacramento after the Fall Forum in 2012 and again in March of this year. Both visits were successful and good discussions were held with both groups along with Capitol Advisors, our lobbying firm. Obviously the goal was to obtain more money and recognition for IB Programmes around the state. We think that the more we make ourselves known to legislators and the more they know about the IB, the better results we will obtain. I asked Capitol Advisors for an update from the governor for this newsletter and I will try to summarize that for you. At the May Revision press conference Governor Jerry Brown emphasized two main priorities for the 2013-1014 budget:

  • The first is to develop a balanced budget that pays down the “Wall of Debt” and maintains a healthy reserve.
  • The second emphasis is on school finance reform. He is focused on reasserting his Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) proposal which will create greater equity in base funding and oversight on the funding generated by the supplemental and concentration grants. Under this revised plan, districts will be required to spend the extra funds on the studenst who generate those additional dollars.
  • His budget proposes a one-time investment of $1 billion for Common Core implementation allocated to all schools on an ADA basis (about $170 per student)


For some time CAWS has wanted to arrange a face to face meeting with UC directors so as to clarify their policies and be able to provide them the documentation they need for recognition of our IB students entering the UC universities. Of concern to us especially is that certain universities are saying that they are not going to give credit for IB or AP exams within a few years. There have also been rumors that the 30 point diploma will not be honored at the UC’s either. Fortunately, On April 18th, 2013, a meeting was held in Oakland with three UC groups: The President’s Office, Student Affairs, and Admissions, plus the IBA, and CAWS representatives. Marie Vivas, the liaison for university recognition with IBA, arranged the meeting to review UC policies and practices regarding credit review and the 30 unit award policy which is governed by the Board of Regents. The following are the major points addressed:

  • Weighting IB SL courses as well as first year of HL courses should be revisited.
  • The IB will provide the UC system with more information on the content of the exams so they can determine which credits to grant.
  • IB will send to UC a comprehensive exam list, current and historical as well as current exam codes.
  • Recognition of the Diploma and certificates requires more follow-up. This has to be taken to the Board of Regents for action.
  • The IB is given consideration in the admissions process as a strong academic program.
  • Course to examination articulation has to be accomplished by each campus and by each school and faculty. Therefore it is a long term goal that has to be worked on by the individual campuses and faculties.

An important point for students is that they need to speak about their IB program in their personal statement as this will flag the applicant for consideration in that context. In many cases, IB courses do not stand out in the rest of the application, so it behooves siudents to address this in their essays. Associate Director, Shawn Brick will try to get the question of IB recognition onto the agenda for the fall meeting of the Board of Regents. CAWS looks forward to more productive meetings and follow-up with the UC directors this coming year.


The College of International Studies will hold its college fair at the French American International School on 150 Oak Street in San Francisco on Sunday, September 15th from 1 to 3pm. This is a great event for your students. A flyer is will be available on our website. The contact for this event is Ashley Rochman, ashleyr@frenchamericansf.org.


GOING GREEN – remember there will be no more bulk mailings to schools, so in August you will need to check the website for all information and materials that pertain to the 2013-2014 school year:

  • Letters from the Executive Director, President of the Board, dues notifications from the treasurer
  • Scholarship applications that will be due January 1 in 2014
  • Fall Forum and Spring Seminar updates
  • Calendar for the year
  • Granlibakken workshop dates and offerings for 2014
  • General articles of interest and IBA announcements

Stay up to date with the happenings in CAWS – Check the website and be sure to let me know of any changes in Coordinators or Head of Schools so that we can keep our schools information current.


Advice for the class of 2013

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So sail away from the safe harbor! Catch the trade winds in your sails! Explore! Dream! Discover! Mark Twain

Happy summer to all!


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