December 2009 Newsletter by Pat Prather

Coordinators and Administrators
In closing out this busy, challenging 2009 year, on behalf of the CAWS Board of Directors, I express our thanks for your continued support and extend to all of you our best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season. Let's all hope for better times in 2010 and come together as an Association to make a difference in students' lives.


The final proofs have been made on the 2010 IB Diploma and MYP/PYP Teacher Training workshops to be held again at the Granlibakken Resort and Conference Center in Lake Tahoe. Some major changes have taken place this year as we looked at the economic climate generally and the state of schools specifically. In the past our Diploma workshops have spanned three and ½ days and four nights, offering more learning time than any other provider scheduled venue including New York. Over time, this has proved to be expensive for the Association and for the participants. Therefore, in an effort to trim lodging costs we negotiated with Granlibakken to eliminate one day and one night from the Diploma workshop making it comparable in length to that of all the other providers – two and 1/2 days and three nights. Please note that the revised 2010 workshop dates for the Diploma are June 26-29. Those of you who went to the Fall Forum have flyers that are now incorrect, so be sure to look at the CAWS website where the registration details will be listed within the next week and the new flyers available to download.


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


The MYP/PYP workshops were set up as three and ½ days to begin with last year so there is no change to them except for the dates, June 29-July 2, 2010 immediately following those of the Diploma, June 26-29. This is another cost saving measure and we hope that the new dates are more convenient for teachers this year. No changes were made to the MYP workshop offerings. PYP Level 1 was expanded to two parts:

MYP Levels 1 & 2

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

PYP Level 1

1A – An introduction to the IB Standards for administrators new to the PYP
1B – An introduction to the PYP curriculum model

We are excited about this new direction that we have taken and we are pleased with the number of courses that we are offering – new additions to the Diploma and an expanded PYP curriculum framework. Mark the dates on your calendars and check the CAWS website upcoming events for registration details available in the next two weeks. Support your Association in its endeavors to train our teachers in the IB curriculum and share with colleagues a great experience at Granlibakken next summer. We are providing a well rounded venue of courses for you and as always the greatest trainers
Registrations are open for the CAWS Spring Seminar February 21-22, 2010 at the Horton Grand Hotel in San Diego. Dr. Jerry Chris, Former IB Diploma TOK teacher and author, is featured as the keynote speaker. He will talk about "Differentiation, Brain Research and the Learner Profile" which continues the CAWS 2009-10 theme of "The IB Vision 2020", new ways of thinking in a new world. His presentation will follow up on the last activity of the Fall Forum where the Learner Profile was a featured activity. Come yourself and send your teachers. This day will focus on the Learner Profile as a vibrant set of critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in tomorrow's world. Learn how to actuate it in your courses K-12, and not just see it as words on a document filed away in a notebook. There will be working breakouts for all three IB Programmes. A special rate has been set aside at the Horton for guest rooms. Conference and hotel registration information for the Spring Seminar can be found on our website
PYP Roundtable # 1 was a great success according to Pam Imbach from Mt. George Elementary School. Thanks so much for your efforts. Our second PYP round table for the 2010 school year will take place March 17th in Los Gatos, California hosted by the Lexington School. Save the date! All details for registration will be posted on the CAWS website when they become available. Please let me know if your school would like to host a roundtable. How about one for MYP or DP?
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. Here are the contacts for each of the above organizations should you consider partnering with them.

People to People – Joe Osborne
Kids Can Make A difference – Neil Wollman
The deadline for sending CAWS scholarship applications to Anne Evans, our committee chairperson, has been extended to December 1. Please pay your CAWS membership dues to our treasurer and be eligible to submit the names of deserving teachers and students.
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.
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 it on the website for you.
Registration has already started for the IB World Student Conference in Corvallis, Oregon, August 9-13, 2010.
Visit the conference website at
The San Diego Union Tribune November 17th issue, featured an article which gave recognition to Jaime Enochs a California IB teacher at San Diego High School. Jaime received $25,000 as the recipient of the Milken Educator Award, a national award. Lowell Milken is a philanthropist and businessman who believes that "teachers and principals have the most important job in the country". He said that Jaime was chosen because she is not only an outstanding teacher but that her students were performing at high levels. Jaime teaches IB English to 12th graders, 99% of whom pass the IB exams. The same percentage of her ninth-grade students ace the state high school exit exams. Congratulations Jaime!
I received this message from Chris Coey, IB coordinator at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, and wanted to share it with you especially if you do not get IB World. This is an interview with IB student Anh Do and author Bao Ninh. The article appears on page 18 of the September 2009 issue of IB World and it continues on the IB website. Chris remarks that "Anh's journey exemplifies the qualities of an IB learner, and she has inspired so many of us to take risks as well". Click on this link for part of Anh's interview.
Enjoy every minute with your family and friends during the upcoming holidays and may 2010 be filled with joy, good health, and good fortune. Remember to share your humanity and be kind to each other.

Best regards,

Pat Prather – Executive Director

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