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Astrophysicist Erin Macdonald on real science and fictional role models

This February marks the fifth annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science. We hear from astrophysicist and science advisor Erin Macdonald, who tells us about her role as a science advisor in the Star Trek franchise, the real (and fictional) role models that influenced her career and how she landed in Glasgow for her PhD. She is a Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) graduate based in the United States.

Building transferable skills through the personal and professional skills course

The personal and professional skills course (PPS) is a core component of the Career-related Programme (CP) and each school designs and develops it around five themes: personal development, intercultural understanding, effective communication, thinking processes and applied ethics. IB Voices sat down with Chris Baker-Raivo, CP coordinator and Lori Brumbaugh, personal and professional skills teacher at Champlin Park High School to hear how the programme is bridging students to career pathways and ways to foster student agency through the PPS course.

IB leaders discuss working closely together to support each other in the new landscape

IB leaders from across the globe gathered for a roundtable discussion on working more closely together to support each other in the new landscape they are all facing and the new PSP focus on school culture to improve learning environments.

IB leaders discuss the development of agency

IB leaders from across the globe gathered for a roundtable discussion on developing agency for all leaders, teachers, students, and parents so that resilience, flexibility, responsibility, self-assessment, and adjustment are part of everyday learning.

IB leaders discuss the importance of assessment, global context and international mindedness in the Asia-Pacific region (Part II)

IB leaders from India and Singapore gathered for a roundtable discussion on innovating assessment to better serve the needs of students, focusing on how schools are responding to the changing rules and the knock-on effect for end of year exams at all levels.

IB leaders discuss the importance of assessment, global context and international mindedness in the Asia-Pacific region (Part I)

IB leaders from India and Singapore gathered for a roundtable discussion on the importance of feedback across different grade levels; as students have been more responsible for evaluating their own work, how can schools continue to build skills for students and teachers in using assessment 'for' and 'as' learning.

IB leaders discuss teaching for the future in the Asia-Pacific region

IB leaders from India, Singapore and Belgium gathered for a roundtable discussion on the employability of graduates and preparedness for the 4th industrial revolution.

Creating authentic language development experiences

Language development, which is one of the four components of the Career-related Progamme (CP) core, can be nurtured using diverse approaches. How can educators embrace this flexibility and support students to expand their own horizons? In the third episode of a series focused entirely on the CP, IB Voices sat down with Chad Lower, CP coordinator at North Kansas City High School (and member of the IB Educator Network (IBEN) whose roles include site visit team leader, consultant and workshop leader), to understand how language development works in his school and how educators can create meaningful learning experiences, also in the current context of distance, online or blended learning and teaching.

Guiding students through the reflective project

Understanding the Career-related Programme (CP) reflective project criteria is beneficial for supervisors because they can provide concrete advice and lead students through this exciting journey. IB Voices recently sat down with Wilma Shen, CP coordinator at Renaissance College in Hong Kong, who shared her schools’ strategies for the reflective project, supervisor training, and marking standardization in the second episode of a series focused entirely on the CP.

IB leaders discuss building a positive community culture that cares

IB leaders from across the globe gathered for a roundtable discussion on building positive community cultures and placing a higher priority on looking after the well-being of individuals across the community, including staff, students, parents, the school board and themselves.

IB leaders discuss the impact of current issues on schools and markets

IB leaders from across the globe gathered for a roundtable discussion on what can be done to address current issues – the impacts on schools and whether the differences are regional or global. They also look at how markets are changing due to the extended changes in student and teacher movement and the impact on the IB’s preparation for university placement.

Navigating the CP reflective project

The reflective project is one of the four core components of the IB Career-related Programme (CP). It is an in-depth exploration of an ethical dilemma related to students’ career interests. Produced over an extended period of time, it’s designed to draw together key elements of the students’ CP experience, including their career-related study, Diploma Programme courses, and the other components of the CP core. This episode of IB Voices features Rebecca Austin Pickard, a former CP Coordinator, IBEN workshop leader, and author of the textbook “CP Reflective Project” (Hodder, 2019). Join us as she shares her insight and advice for reflective project supervisors about how they can proactively support students as they complete the CP reflective project.

IB leaders discuss changes to the recruitment and preparation of teachers due to evolving times

IB leaders from across the globe gathered for a roundtable discussion on how leaders can build professional capacity, motivate, maintain and develop new and current teachers. They will also discuss the changes in recruitment and what measures should be put in place to ensure the needs of the school community are met.

IB leaders discuss the impact of remote learning on future student learning in the Asia-Pacific region

IB leaders from across the globe gathered for a roundtable discussion on how the experience of remote learning will impact how students learn in the future, with an emphasis on independent and collaborative learning and a variety of technologies.

IB leaders discuss the pros and cons of remote learning in the Asia-Pacific region (Part I)

IB leaders from Southeast Asia and India gathered for a roundtable discussion on the positives of remote learning for staff, students, parents and leaders.

IB leaders discuss the pros and cons of remote learning in the Asia-Pacific region (Part II)

IB leaders from Southeast Asia and India gathered for a roundtable discussion on the challenges of remote learning for the school community and reflect on how these can be managed, minimised or overcome.

The IDEA Lab at Stratford Hall

In this episode of IB Voices, two incredible teachers from Stratford Hall School in Vancouver, Canada, Andrea Ryan and Meg Penafiel, talk about their school’s IDEA Lab (which stands for Innovation Design, Engineering and Arts) and how it seamlessly fits into their school’s IB framework - particularly in their implementation of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP).

How IB networks and associations support IB educators in Asia-Pacific with staying connected (Part 3)

IB educators from Australasia and Southeast Asia discuss the benefits of being a member of the IB networks and associations and the importance of being connected with other schools across the globe.

How IB networks and associations support IB educators in Asia-Pacific with staying connected (Part 2)

IB educators from Australia and New Zealand discuss the many roles that the networks, IB Associations, principal and school groups play in maintaining connection, sharing strong practice and promoting collective and ongoing school improvement.

Health and well-being in the PYP with Anthony de Giorgio

Today we’ll be exploring health and well-being with educator Anthony de Giorgio. Anthony has a wealth of experience in the field of physical and health education from the PYP all the way through to the diploma programme. He’s also a member of the IB educator network, a workshop leader and is currently studying for a Masters in Professional Kinesiology in Toronto. We recorded our conversation at the PYP subject symposium in 2019 where Anthony joined us to lend his experience and expertise to the review of the PYP scope and sequences with a focus on personal, social and physical education. We started our conversation by considering the current focus on health and well-being in the media and the wealth of research on leading happier, healthier lives and the opportunities this offers for learning in the primary years.

Art, agency and activism

Today’s guest is Mark Shillitoe, a PYP teacher at the International School of Delft in the Netherlands. He’s held various roles in PYP schools across Europe including that of PYP coordinator, and digital learning coach, but now he’s back in the classroom alongside pursuing a Masters in Art Education. Mark is a thoughtful, reflective and provocative practitioner who isn’t afraid to break down barriers in the pursuit of learning. Our conversation explored art, activism and a touch of magic, but we started out by considering learner and teacher agency and how teachers can start to introduce the concept into their practice. A note: this interview was recorded in 2019.

Language learning in the IB

In this episode of IB Voices, we’ll be exploring the world of language learning with educator Lorna Caputo. Lorna is based in Switzerland and the International School of Zug and Luzern where she holds the position of coordinator for first language and English as an additional language across the IB continuum. A self-confessed lover of languages she’s currently trilingual speaking English, German and Italian. Join us as we explore opportunities for celebrating and enhancing linguistic diversity throughout your school through practical ideas and examples from Lorna’s own experience. A note: this conversation was recorded in 2019.

How IB networks and associations support IB educators in Asia-Pacific with staying connected (Part 1)

IB educators from Australia and Vietnam as well as the IB’s PYP Authorisation Manager discuss the many roles that programme networks, IB Associations, principal groups and other organisations play in Australasia and across the Asia Pacific region. This panel of speakers will share insights on where educators can go for support and how can schools and educators can connect with networks and Associations.

Agency in the PYP with Heidi Bachman

At a PYP workshop with educators from Europe and the Middle East in 2019, lower school principal at the International School of Ulm in South Germany, Heidi Bachman was learning all about agency in the PYP. Although somewhat new to the school, Heidi is not new to the concept of agency, having started her career in early childhood progressive education in the United States. As a keen advocate for voice and choice, Heidi talked to us about the value of scaffolding, and the important of a safe and collaborative culture in finding the space for risk-taking. A note: this conversation was recorded in 2019.

The Big Understanding: Concept-based inquiry in the PYP

In this re-release of an original PYP Voices podcast episode, Melanie Smith from the International School of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, joins us to talk about her passion for concept-based inquiry, sharing some magical moments of PYP learning along the way and some practical tips for supporting both students and educators with the ‘concept‘–of concepts!

Becoming an IB World School in the Asia-Pacific region

The IB Authorization team from the Global Centre, Singapore, share how schools are supported from application for candidacy to authorization and reveal some key indicators for a successful authorization process.

The transition from MYP to CP with Jason Reagin

While the IB Diploma and Career-related Programme go hand-in-hand since they are designed for students of the same age group, some schools – or rather, one school in particular – is connecting the dots between the Career-related Programme and the Middle Years Programme in some really cool ways. Building a transition plan between the two programmes is Jason Reagin, the CP coordinator at Chadwick International School in South Korea. Listen in as IB Voices talks with Jason about the similarities between the two programmes, the shared skill set they develop in students, and more.

Supporting student well-being starting at home in the Asia-Pacific region

Psychology experts from Australasia discuss strategies to support students’ well-being – at home and in school, and to ensure an effective transition back to school.

Physical well-being during COVID-19 with Dr Adam Carey

When normal, physical routines are disrupted through unexpected events, students often find it hard to stay motivated and develop new routines. Of course, some of us are more conscious of this now, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. To speak to this, IB Voices met with Dr Adam Carey, a doctor, nutritionist and leading commentator on all areas of sports nutrition and human performance. In our conversation, Dr Carey shares the importance of physical activity on our well-being and motivation, how to find motivation to get active, and what types of physical activity is beneficial and feasible while stuck at home.

Crisis and collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region (Part II)

IB educators from three IB World Schools in Australia discuss the importance of using collaboration and collaborative planning techniques to support the effective transition back to school.

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