March Newsletter by Pat Prather


GREETINGS FROM PAT PRATHER

I have not written as many newsletters this school year as I would have liked. As you know the issues with our website occupied most of my time at the beginning of 2015. Thankfully we now have a new webmaster who is extremely cooperative and fast on document turnarounds. He works hard to see that postings are correct and that the look of the website does not change. Thanks to all of you for being patient with the glitches we had to fix. Please know that we are still working to improve the site.

UPCOMING CAWS EVENTS

GRANLIBAKKEN TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOPS LAKE TAHOE CATEGORY 1, 2 and 3 WORKSHOPS
 
DIPLOMA JUNE 25-28, 2015
MYP/PYP JUNE 28-JULY 1, 2015

Seats are still available, especially in PYP, at our CAWS workshops in Granlibakken Lodge at Lake Tahoe. The meals are still terrific, the trainers excellent, and the lodge welcoming and friendly. Come and share your experiences with other colleagues from the US and around the world. Go to the CAWS website, www.c-aws.org, and register Everything you need to know is there, including the list of courses available, the daily schedules and the bio of our featured speaker at each workshop, Matt Cuccaro.. You won’t find a better venue for your IB professional development.

CAWS BOARD MEETING

Our summer CAWS board meeting will take place in San Diego at the Horton Grand Hotel on May 30th, 9:30am – 4:00pm

ANNUAL REGIONAL CONFERENCE-JULY 23-26

Caws will again be a sponsor of the IBA Annual Regional Conference in Chicago,Illinois, July 23-26, 2015 and have a booth in the hotel conference hall. Educating For Life is the theme of the conference and great speakers are on the agenda. If you are planning to attend, stop by our booth and say “Hi”.

FALL FORUM OCTOBER 2015

October 26th is the tentative date set for our Fall forum in Sacramento at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Chris Overhoff and Lou Marchesano, are the co- keynote speakers who will examine Approaches To Learning, part of every IB curriculum in 2016. Chris and Lou were speakers at our Spring Seminar in San Diego and presented Teaching,Learning, and Assessing for Understanding. Both are IB teachers, consultants, trainers and examiners. They were enthusiastically received and their evaluations were excellent because of their engaging presentation involving all participants. Put the date on your calendar and watch for the registration details on the website probably in August. is the tentative date set for our Fall forum in Sacramento at the Sheraton

COLLEGE FAIR

In September the annual CIS College Fair will be held at the French International School in San Francisco. This is a great event for teachers and students to attend. When I have all the details I will post them on the website. Support your schools!

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS 2014

  • Superintendent of the Year - San Jose Unified School District – Dr. Vincent Matthews
  • Community Service Award - DP - Sequoia HS – Samuel Medrano
  • Life Long Learner - DP - Tracy HS – Ameryl Loi
  • Outstanding Student - DP - Tracy HS - Joshua Abraham
  • Outstanding Student - PYP - Amelia Earhart School of International Studies – Caleb Saltz
  • Exemplary Educator - DP - Sequoia HS – Justine Rutigliano
  • Exemplary Educator - MYP - John Glenn Middle School of International Studies – Kimberly Ussery
  • Exemplary Educator - PYP - McKinley Elementary – Danielle Zdunich
  • Teacher Training Award - DP - Blair HS – Michele Manzanares
  • Teacher Training Award - MYP - John Glenn MS – Chelly Basto
  • Teacher Training Award - PYP - Park Side School – Shari Conradson

CAWS NEWSROOM

SERVICES YOUR ASSOCIATION PROVIDES TO SUPPORT IB SCHOOLS

  • Awarding scholarships to students, teachers, administrators of authorized schools that pay their yearly dues - Totaling up to $20,000 since 2009
  • Sending newsletters every few months to inform all schools of the activities of the Association and of upcoming events
  • Sending e-blasts to schools with reminders of deadline dates, current stories or events not covered in the newsletters
  • Maintaining a website c-aws.org to provide information about the Association, calendars of events, registrations for conferences, articles from IBA, legislative updates on school funding, news on government and university recognition
  • Maintaining a database of all DP, MYP,PYP, IBCC authorized schools including addresses, locations, Coordinators and Heads of Schools contact information
  • Providing professional development at our bi-annual conferences featuring speakers who are specialists in their fields
  • Providing each summer authorized IB Teacher Training Workshops in Lake Tahoe for DP/MYP/PYP teachers
  • Providing protocols for schools wishing to host round table gatherings
  • Collaborating with IBA to provide the best services to our schools and teachers

E-MAIL/ADMINISTRATOR NAME CHANGES

Be sure to let me know if you have e-mail or school administrator changes. It is so helpful since it lets us keep the flow of information going to your schools I send a newsletter or e-blast every month or so and your correct e-mail is my way to keep you up to date on the latest in CAWS events. The turnaround time is fast now.

LINKS TO ARTICLES OF INTEREST

If you have an article or newsworthy event that you think would be of benefit to your colleagues, send it to me so that we can post it on the website. If your school has done a great project or had its name in the newspaper for outstanding service let me know. We need to publicize all the good things our IB students do for their schools and community.

FINALLY

“The most successful people are those who are good at Plan B” – James Yorke

Happy Spring Break to All!



Pat

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