October 2009 Newsletter by Pat Prather

Pat Prather – Executive Director
Registrations are still open for the CAWS Fall Forum November 2nd at the Sheraton Suites Hotel at Symphony Hall in San Diego featuring Drew Deutsch, Regional Director of IB Americas, as the keynote speaker. He will talk about Preparing Today's IB for Tomorrow's Future kicking off CAWS 2009-10 theme of "The IB Vision 2020". This is Drew's first visit to one of our association meetings, so let's give him a warm welcome, and show him our support. This is your chance to talk to him, ask him questions, and voice your concerns. A special rate has been set aside at the hotel for rooms which are still available. Conference and hotel registration information for the Fall Forum can be found on our website www.C-ibo.org.
Our first PYP round table for the 2009 school year will by hosted by Pam Imbach, PYP Coordinator at Mt George Elementary School in Napa Valley California. The event will be held at the Cakebread Cellars Winery on October 21st. Come and enjoy a great day with colleagues and maybe get to do some wine tasting as well. All details for registration are on the CAWS website. Thanks and congratulations to Mt. George which has been chosen as our spotlight school for October and November. Please let me know if your school would like to host a roundtable.
Our IB Teacher Training workshops for DP/MYP/PYP will be held during back to back sessions in June 2010. We hope this will be much more convenient for teachers when they make their summer vacation plans. The locale will again be the Granlibakken Resort and Conference Center in Lake Tahoe, a favorite with participants. The Diploma will take place from June 25-29 and MYP/PYP from June 29 to July 2. The registration details will be on the website around the first of November and flyers available to download. For now, here are the details about the sections we plan to offer:


Levels 1 and 2 – English, History Route 2-Americas, Music
Level 1 – Spanish B, Math HL, Math SL, Biology, Physics, Psychology, TOK, CAS, Coordination, Administration, Counseling

MYP Levels 1 & 2

Drama, Heads of Schools/Coordinators, Math, Spanish B

PYP Level 1

Introduction to the PYP – Level 1 covers Part B of the application Process

Mark the dates on your calendars and check the CAWS website for registration details next month.
Two organizations, People to People, and Kids Can Make a Difference have contacted me regarding possible partnerships with CAWS. People to People was founded in 1956 as a way to bring the people of the world closer together, and today its student ambassadors (grades 5-12) travel around the globe each summer enjoying hands-on experiences while connecting with their peers in other countries. Kids Can Make a Difference is an educational program for middle and high school students. It helps them understand the root causes of hunger and poverty and how they as individuals can take action. I have explained to the advisors of these two groups that CAWS as an association does not endorse individual groups or organizations to its schools. However, I have also explained that individual schools in the CAWS Association might possibly choose to work with them and that I would make mention of that in the October Newsletter. With that in mind, here are the contacts for each of the above organizations should you consider partnering with them.

People to People – Joe Osborne joe.osborne@peopletopeople.com
Kids Can Make A difference – Neil Wollman NWollman@bentley.edu
Congratulations to David Crawford, DP Coordinator from Scotts Valley HS in Scotts Valley, and Michael Winsatt, DP Coordinator from Andrew P. Hill HS in San Jose who are our newest Board Members. Both are members at large. Come to meet and greet them at the Fall Forum and offer to help them in their new positions.
We are still looking for someone to fill the Vice President position vacated by Marlyn Bussey. If you know of a potential candidate, or if you are interested in serving yourself, please send the information to Steve Rockenbach, our Past President in charge of recruitment, who will then make contact with you.

562.423.1471 ext. 2114
This feature on our CAWS website has been quite popular of late. It is a great service for our schools seeking to hire teachers, and our teachers seeking jobs in California. Please let me know if your school is hiring or if you know of an IB teacher who needs a job. We will be glad to post for you.
We receive regularly updated legislative bulletins from Peter Birdsall our state lobbyist from School Innovations. These notices are put on the website right away for you to read, digest, and react if necessary. This is a service meant to keep you up to date about state affairs regarding education. Please read them and stay informed. You can read past legislative articles from the legislative analyst's office by going to http://www.lao.ca.gov.
Registration has already started for the IB World Student Conference in Corvallis, Oregon, August 9-13, 2010. Visit the conference website at http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/ibwsc
The IB Community theme is "Sharing our Humanity" If you have some stories about what your students are doing with this theme and would like to share them with colleagues, send them to me and we will put them on the website. You can find out more information about what others are doing and how you can contribute by going to this link on the IBO website.

Be kind to each other!

Best regards,

Pat Prather – Executive Director

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