February 2009 Newsletter

Coordinators and Administrators
As the second semester of the 2008-2009 school year moves into full swing, our schools are facing very difficult financial and emotional challenges which are testing the mettle of all IB Coordinators and school administrators. Distress, confusion and annoyance are three words that come to mind immediately to describe the overall mood of most teachers with whom I have spoken. You’re working harder, maybe for less money and less job security. Regrettably, change may be slow to come but you, being the risk takers that you are, have always been able to ride out the lean years with grace and courage. You can be sad and angry but don’t give up. With time and effort, most problems are solvable. As an association we need to make the effort to come together to support each other and continue to make a difference in the lives of our students.
Orientation Seminar - February 20-21
Spring Conference - February 22-23

CAWS is experiencing the pinch of the dismal economic situation. Our registration numbers are down but we plan to go ahead with both conferences slated for February. The Orientation Seminar is for schools or districts interested in obtaining information about the IB Programme to see if it is something they would like to explore further. Please encourage schools or districts in this process to register for the seminar. The CAWS Spring Conference features Kari Grady Grossman, author of the book Bones That Float, her story about adopting a Cambodian boy and then founding a school in Cambodia. Our breakout sessions with experienced practitioners will focus on service learning in all three IB Programmes.
Annual Regional Association Conference January 29-31, 2009
Your president, Diana Cinatl, and I represented CAWS at this conference in Vancouver on the above dates. The purpose of this meeting is to have the associations, now numbering 28, come together in one place to share concerns, goals, best practices, and to receive updates on the organization as a whole. The Director General, Jeffrey Beard, and the Regional Director, Drew Deutsch, attended and gave reports on the state of the IB worldwide and in the United States. The IB is doubling in size every five years. Coping with and managing growth successfully are of primary concern to the directors with the overall vision of having a more customer service oriented organization of uppermost importance. Work continues in the Vancouver office with university recognition. Workshops will be offered more and more by the associations with the NY offerings remaining static. Work on the Online Diploma Programme continues so as to make IB courses available to students who cannot or do not attend IB World Schools but want to take IB courses. Currently the process is limited to certain course providers and certain classes and is in the experimental stage.
Pacific Beach Middle School in San Diego was our featured school in the December CAWS Newsletter and also in the IB Fan page on Facebook. Anna Borba Fundamental Elementary School in Chino Hills is next in line to go up on the CAWS website and Facebook. Please let me know if you would like me to feature your school – just send a short blurb about something exciting or different that your school is doing along with some photos. Let’s show everyone what California schools are doing. The link to IB Fan Page on Facebook is listed below.
ISTA (International Schools Theatre Association)
The dates for the ISTA/TAPS workshop in San Diego are October 15-17, 2009. Seema Sueko, Artistic Director of Mo`olelo and Kiyoko Sims from the Childrens Theatre Company in Minneapolis will teach the master classes. Come and greet Sally Robertson from Cornwall UK, the Chief Executive Director of ISTA, who is excited to be able to come to San Diego to meet with our teachers. TAPS will use the 10th Avenue Theatre as its venue, and within walking distance are the hotel accommodations at the Horton Grand Hotel on Three Eleven Island Avenue in the Gaslamp District of San Diego. When the registration details become finalized, the information will be on our website, www.C-ibo.org, and I will keep you updated in my next newsletter.
The first article regarding California state legislation posted on the website contained the names of all the newly elected legislators in your area and I hope you were able to contact them with your concerns. There have been many recent memos from our legislative consultants – too may to post so I am placing here and on the website a link to the latest from Sacramento. You can read the article in its entirety.
Today the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released their budget analysis of "Proposition 98 Education Programs". The report can be viewed by going to www.lao.ca.gov
Our Diploma roundtable down south in Vista is planned for March 14th. Save the date! The Coordinators are working out the final arrangements and these will be posted on the website as soon as they are completed.

On January 12th Steve Gasca from Chino Valley Unified School District hosted CAWS first ever PYP teacher roundtable at the Hampton Inn in Chino Hills. Anne Evans facilitated the day guiding teachers as they explored their best classroom practices. I attended and it was a great learning experience for me and an unqualified success by the comments I heard from the participants. About thirty-five PYP teachers and administrators attended.

On April 20th Cynthia Brown from Sierra Elementary in Rocklin will host CAWS second PYP roundtable in northern California. The event will take place at the District Office of the Rocklin Unified School District with the tentative times of 8am to 3pm. Anne Evans will facilitate the day. Hotel accommodations will be available to anyone choosing to stay overnight. Cynthia is working out the details which should be on our website soon.
Contact Cynthia Brown, PYP Coordinator, Sierra Elementary
Tel: 916.788.7141 or e-mail cbrown@rocklin.k12.ca.us

How about someone hosting a roundtable for MYP teachers? Let me know how I can help you.

A reminder - The American Museum of Natural History in NY is sponsoring online Professional Teacher Development by offering Seminars on Science, a course which is recognized by the IB. Check our website for details and how to register.


The online registration and housing details for this new CAWS teacher training workshop to be held in Lake Tahoe August 14-17 of 2009 are almost finalized. We are proofing all of the documents right now to be sure that the information is correct and complete. It is exciting for us to be able to offer this much needed training to teachers and administrators here in California as well as in other states and we want it to be successful. Within the next two weeks everything should be up on the website so you can start to register your teachers.


This is to remind you that our annual Diploma teacher training workshops will take place in Lake Tahoe, June 26-30, 2009. Online registration forms and lodging at Granlibakken are posted on the CAWS website including the flyer for you to download. Registration began November 3, 2008. Teachers come from all over the world to attend these classes and they fill up rather quickly, so be sure to register your teachers as soon as possible.
Psychologist Dacher Keltner of the University of California, Berkeley has written that anger is associated with a desire to "change a situation for the better". Whatever it takes, let’s try to do that.

Best regards,

Pat Prather – Executive Director

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