Synopsis of Upcoming Events

2015 Teacher Training Workshops


Category 1 workshops focus of IB philosophy and implementation. They provide professional development and assistance for schools that have decided to apply for IB authorization. They are also relevant for educators who are new to an IB school with an existing IB programme and those interested in joining an IB school. Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • the basic philosophy and curricular model of the programme
  • programme standards and practices appropriate to the participants’ role
  • the appropriate programme framework (PYP,MYP,DP)

Category 1 workshops will only spend 1-2 sessions on the course designs/outlines.

Category 2 workshops focus on programme delivery. They emphasize assessment, teaching and learning methodologies, and exploring best practices in the classroom. The goals of these workshops are to enhance the understanding of the IB philosophy and programme model and improve the quality of programme delivery. Participants will:

  • Make connections between the progranmme framework and practice
  • Enhance their understanding of the role of assessment in the IB programmes
  • Discuss and analyze standards and practices appropriate to their role
  • Engage in discussion and activities aimed at sharing pedagogical techniques Such as best practices in the classroom; teaching and learning methodologies; and finding, sharing, developing and using resources

Category 2 workshops assume participants have been teaching their particular IB programme

Category 3 workshops shift from implementation and programme delivery to impact and influence. The overall purpose of workshops in this category is to provide a forum for experienced educators to build on and enhance their professional development portfolios. Participants will engage in detailed discussions around topics such as learning theory, pedagogy, assessment, subject-specific content, administrative and pedagogical leadership.

Category 3 workshops assume that the educator has several years of experience in an IB School and wants to delve more deeply into an area of interest.

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2012 - 2013 CONFERENCES

Fall Forum
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This session will focus on how/why a heightened knowledge and understanding of IB will increase its value and lead to contributed funds, whether from government, corporations or individuals. Brenna Bolger and Bill Kugler will provide five keys that each of us can undertake to “turn up the volume” on IB’s profile.

Spring Seminar
Judith will talk about recent developments in the alignment of IB’s 4 programmes, focusing on the alignment of the core elements of each programme as presented in What is an IB education, recently published by the IB. There will be an emphasis on developments in approaches to teaching and learning, and participants will be invited to reflect on the importance of pedagogy in developing an internationally minded school community.

2010 - 2011 CONFERENCES
Theme of From Principles to Practice - Performance Based Assessments

October 24-25, 2010 – Fall Forum
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CAWS will revisit the Horton Grand Hotel in San Diego for our annual Fall Forum October 24-25. Early registration will commence the evening of the 24th at 5:30 pm with beverages available in the hotel lounge. Many fine restaurants are close by in the gaslamp quarter for those early birds who wish to enjoy a great meal. Accommodations at the Horton are available at a reduced rate the night of the 24th. The conference begins at 7am on the 25th with registration and breakfast. Tom Krucli, The Diploma Coordinator from Mission Viejo High School, will be the keynote speaker. His presentation will focus on authentic assessment, one of the unique features of all three IB Programmes, and its relationship to Learning Theory. IB teachers encourage students to solve problems, show creativity and resourcefulness, and demonstrate learning just as they would in real life. Mr. Krucli will explore strategies for success in implementation of this type assessment in relationship to learning. He will be assisted by a panel of Diploma Examiners, and assessment experts from the Middle and Primary Years Programmes. Their overall goal is to help IB teachers improve their own authentic assessment strategies and have greater success with their students.

February 27-28, 2011 – Spring Seminar
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The CAWS Spring Seminar on February 28, 2011 will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Irvine California approximately 1 mile from the John Wayne Airport. Bob Poole, Regional Development Specialist from the Vancouver IB office will give the keynote address regarding “IB Recognition – taking the message to government, an Alternative Pathway “ to California graduation requirements. Due to recent developments, Bob will explore the concepts of alignment of the IB with the Common Core, and Recognition of the International Baccalaureate Diploma for California high school graduation requirements. Two studies are currently being conducted looking at the alignment of IB, the state standards in MA, CA, and TX, and KSUS against the common core. Additionally, a working group has been convened from California schools, districts and the Department of Education to review IB-DP requirements, align them with current state graduation requirements and draft a document for use in proposing policy (or legislation should it be needed). Marjorie Mc Connell, curriculum specialist and consultant from the California Department of Education will attend and assist Bob in the Diploma breakout sessions. MYP and PYP teachers will have their own special breakout sessions tailored to their IB Programmes. Check the website for details of the day’s agenda.

2009 - 2010 CONFERENCES
Theme of "The IB Vision 2020 – Preparing Today's IB for Tomorrow’s Future"

November 1-2, 2009 – Fall Forum
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Our CAWS fall conference on November 2, 2009 takes place at the Sheraton Suites Hotel in downtown San Diego beginning at 7am. Early registration is available November 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, with time to meet and greet old friends and explore downtown San Diego. We are very pleased to feature Drew Deutsch, Regional Director IB Americas, as our keynote speaker. His remarks will focus on the ways the IB will be structured and the strategies it will need to employ in order to expand access and opportunity fit for 21st Century global needs. There is a Q &A session and then time for an informal discussion with him of IB Programme Issues of concern to teachers and administrators. Breakout groups for each of the three Programmes will allow teachers to share their concerns with the Regional Director who will visit each session. In the afternoon we will preview the spring conference as we start to focus on sharing teachers’ best practices of making the Learner Profile a working document. We have changed the CAWS business meeting to the afternoon based on your suggestions. After making considerable revisions to update our Bylaws, they are ready for a membership vote and we will present new members of the Board of Directors.

February 21-22, 2010 - Spring Seminar
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The Horton Grand Hotel in the historic Gaslamp District of San Diego will be the site of our Spring Seminar on February 22, 2010 beginning at 7am. Early registration is available February 21st from 5:30 to 6:30pm giving you ample time to explore the nearby gaslamp area and savor its atmosphere and energy. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Jerry Chris, a longtime California IB TOK teacher and published author, will present Differentiation, Brain Research, and the Learner Profile. How can we turn words on a page into actions that lead students to new ways of thinking in the 21st century? We are delighted to be able to showcase Dr. Chris as he continues the discussions we began at the Fall Forum. The three breakout sessions will focus on best practices in differentiation and then sharing those with the larger group as we make connections linking the DP, MYP, and the PYP. The day will continue with our second annual presentation of scholarships to teachers, a short business meeting and finally roundtables discussing “Gaining insight into the three IB Programmes”, (the nuts and bolts).

IB Teacher Training Workshops
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June 26 – 29, 2010 - IB Diploma Teacher Professional Development

IB Diploma Level 1 workshops are for teachers and schools new to the IB Programme. They are structured to provide a gerneral introduction to the Diploma Programme, to increase the ease of application and authorization, and to enable schools and teachers to be successful in the early years of implementation. Level 2 workshops are for teachers who have completed Level 1 training and who teach in authorized schools that have begun to implement the IB.

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June 29 – July 2, 2010 - IB MYP/PYP Teacher Professional Development

The overall purpose of the three-day workshops in this category is to provide professional development and assistance for schools that have decided to apply for IB authorization. This workshop is equally relevant for educators who are new to a school with an existing IB programme and those interested in joining an IB school.

2008 - 2009 CONFERENCES
Theme of "Access and Equity - Closing the Achievement Gap"

October 19-20, 2008 - Annual Fall Conference
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Our fall conference on October 20th takes place at the Horton Grand Hotel in the historic Gaslamp district of downtown San Diego. We are very pleased to feature Salomon Zavala, General Counsel, Semillas Sociedad Civil sharing his story of how access to good schools and programs allowed him to succeed despite his circumstances. Following a question and answer period, a panel of practitioners from all three IB Programmes will discuss the issue of access and closing the achievement gap. Breakout sessions for Diploma, MYP, and PYP will allow schools in each programme to share strategies that they find successful. Time is also allotted during the breakouts for discussion of school issues and concerns. We welcome Marjorie McConnell, the Education Programs Consultant from the California Department of Education, who has taken an active part in legislating for state funding for CAWS member schools and will convey the latest information to us. Also joining us will be Pam Bachilla, our Legislative Advocate from School Innovations and Advocacy, who will bring us up to date on legislative initiatives. Our annual business meeting will begin the day on the 20th.

February 20-21, 2009– IB Orientation Seminar
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The Sheraton Suites at Symphony Hall in San Diego will be the setting for this one day seminar on the 21st designed for school administrators and leaders who are investigating the viability of implementing the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme in their schools. Included is an introduction to the IB organization and the continuum of learning that occurs in the three different programme levels. Breakout sessions will allow participants to interact with experienced practitioners of the Diploma, Middle Years, and Primary Years Programmes. Leading the presentation will be Paul Campbell, Director of Outreach Services at IB New York.

February 22-23, 2009 - Spring Conference
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Continuing at the Sheraton Suites at Symphony Hall in San Diego on February 23rd, our organization is extremely proud to be able to showcase as our keynote speaker Kari Grady Grossman, author of the book Bones That Float, telling her story of how adopting one child led to adopting a whole country, Cambodia.. Kari and her husband created a school in Cambodia in 2001 and The Grady Grossman School now educates 500 students through sixth grade. Proceeds from her book support the school. The title of her keynote address is Sustaining Education through Economic Development. Her writing has appeared on Discovery Channel Online, including coverage of a Mount Everest expedition and the Alaskan Iditerod. Kari will entertain questions following her presentation, then visit each breakout session in the afternoon. We encourage everyone to read this inspirational book in a community effort to “make a difference”.

June 26 – June 30, 2009 – IB Diploma Teacher Professional Development
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Again we will be at the Granlibakken Resort and Conference Center in Lake Tahoe. We will offer the following teacher training sessions:

Level 1: English A1, Spanish B, History Route 2, Biology, Math Studies, Math SL, Math HL Music, Visual Arts ,TOK, CAS, Coordination, Administration, Counseling
Level 2: History Route 2

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