August Newsletter by Pat Prather

Coordinators and Administrators

This newsletter is a bit late getting to you because I had knee replacement surgery mid-July. My recovery is going well but the process takes lots of time and energy. Because of this, some of our other website documents like dues notices and conference registrations will also be late getting up on the website. However, since school start times are so spread out all through August, perhaps this is not too big a problem. Some teachers went back the first week of August and some are going back the last week. So whatever your status, Welcome back! Remember to check the website regularly to stay up with all the deadlines, updates on legislation, news from IBA, and to stay current on all developments, dates, and upcoming events in CAWS, We have some great events planned for you this coming school year. .

Calendar Dates for Fall 2014

September 14 Council of International Schools Annual College Fair – French American International School San Francisco, CA 1-3pm (flyer on website)
September 25-26 Providers’ Meeting in Bethesda
October 15 Authorized schools yearly dues payment
October 25 Board Meeting – Strategic Planning – Sheraton Hotel - Sacramento
October 26 Board Meeting – Sheraton Hotel - Sacramento
October 27 CAWS Fall Forum - Sacramento, CA, Sheraton Grand Hotel “College and Career Readiness – Where IB, Common Core, and AVID Meet” Keynoters - Bob Poole IBA Vancouver, and Rob Gira, Executive Director, AVID
October 28 IBCC Orientation Seminar hosted by IBA and CAWS– Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento,CA (Natasha DeFlorian – IBA Presenter)

Registration for the conferences on Oct. 27-28 will be up on the website the second week of September. Save your place! They should be popular events.

CAWS Spring Seminar 2015 – March 2, San Diego

Teaching, Learning and Assessing for Understanding, a 21st Century Concept-Based Curriculum. Chris Overhoff and Lou Marchesano will present this seminar, They are both MYP/PYP teachers, trainers, and consultants with over 20 years experience. This is professional development designed to bring together Lynn Erickson’s work on Concept-Based Curriculum, the Teaching for Understanding Framework, Understanding by Design, and IB Curriculum Frameworks. More details regarding the hotel and registration will be coming as soon as those are finalized.


Start making plans to register for our summer 2014 TTW’s in Granlibakken! There was an excellent turnout for DP/MYP/PYP offerings this year and participants had a great time working with colleagues from schools around the globe. They also enjoyed outdoor patio dining with delectable meals every day prepared by the incomparable chef from Granlibakken. The dates for our workshops in 2015 are identical to 2014 – DIPLOMA June 25-28 and MYP/PYP June 28-July 1. Online registration for the 2014 workshops will be available on our website October 7. Start checking for details of the course offerings in late September and register for a great experience!


Any School interested in hosting a roundtable please contact me. Roundtables are a great way to share best practices and to make connections with colleagues from other schools. CAWS pays a school $500 for hosting.


Authorized IB schools in California become members of CAWS by paying their yearly dues. These monies support the Association which is dedicated to the interests and needs of your IB World School and program. Your dues entitle you to a $50 discount on your registrations to our bi-annual conferences. They help to provide monies for our CAWS yearly scholarships for which only dues-paying member schools can apply. Schools that have paid their 2013-14 dues are listed with an asterisk by their name on our schools section of the website. The CAWS treasurer’s letter and dues invoice are on the website. Download it and submit your payment to Tom Krucli by the October 15 deadline. Scholarship applications will be on the website in September. Become active! Submit applications to help your students and your school!


Jude Kreissman, PYP Coordinator from Park Side School in Sebastopol shared this information with me:

“I want to share some good news with you. We recently applied for the Jack London Award, for innovation in education, from Sonoma State University, using our IB program as the basis for the application. We were visited by a team from SSU, and we won! Their comments about our IB program and what they saw at Park Side were very gratifying. Part of the requirement was creating a video to share at the awards ceremony. Here is a link to the video

We have enjoyed some nice articles in the local paper about both the award and our Exhibition this year. A great way to end the year!”
Jude Kreissman


Opportunities don’t happen, you create them. Chris Grosser

Best regards,


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