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News and updates from the Asia Pacific region, IBAP Regional office. December 2012

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  • China - all led in mother tongue. The IB is only able to deliver high-quality professional development and authorization visits because it partners with inspiring educators who share their best practice with others. With growing interest in an IB education, we have trained over one hundred and forty new IB educators at locations across the region. It is noteworthy that thirty of these are Japanese-English bilingual Workshop Leaders who will be essential in our project with the MEXT, Japan. To facilitate further access into the IB Educator Network (IBEN), the organisation has agreed to bear all costs, including travel, thus enabling educators to attend our IB educator training and become workshop leaders and site visitors. We want to ensure that educators come from the widest backgrounds and represent the most experienced and passionate classroom practitioners.

    As an organisation and as educators we have exciting challenges ahead of us in 2013. For now, it is time to rest and take stock of another successful year for the IB and schools in IBAP. On behalf of the IB, I would like to thank you for your support, contribution and dedication you have given throughout 2012. May you have a wonderful break and I look forward to meeting many of you at our Regional Conference in Kuala Lumpur.

    Warm Regards,Ian ChambersDirector, IB Asia Pacific

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    IB Asia Pacific eNewsletter December 2012

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    Dear Colleagues,

    2012 represents a milestone in IBAP as the Regional Office moves forward with its mission to improve the world through leadership in international education.

    The IB is increasingly responding to government initiatives across Asia that seek to develop the skills and attributes inherent in an IB education into their national system. We are working with the Japanese government (MEXT) to widen access to the IB Diploma by translating and assessing a selected group of DP courses. In Malaysia, we will be working with ten schools to introduce MYP after a period of sustained and intensive professional development support for leaders, administrators and teachers. These projects are visible ways of how the IB is becoming involved in educational transformation in the region and are at the heart of why the organisation was founded. Along with these projects, growth of programmes is surging as more schools seek candidacy and authorisation. It is important to remember that these governments and schools come to us because of the exemplary model that IB World Schools and educators demonstrate, day in day out.

    In 2012 we have delivered workshops for over thirteen thousand educators. In August, three hundred and sixty teachers attended workshops in

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    The annual conferences provide an excellent opportunity for educational leaders and decision makers to engage with their colleagues in the IB community. Dont miss the chance to present on topics that you are most passionate about, share best practices, and focus on an IB education continuum that cultivates students abilities.

    IB ANNUAL REGIONAL CONFERENCES 2013

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    IB Asia Pacific Regional CouncilJames MacDonald, Chair of Regional Council, Asia Pacific

    Dear Colleagues,

    International education means somewhat different things to different people, but one thing I think most people agree with is that it is a growing field which continues to evolve in many exciting ways. The IB, as an organization, reflects much of this change and as it

    attempts to plot a course in a complex international context it has created a number of external groups to inform its decision-making.

    One of these groups is the Asia Pacific Regional Council which acts in an advisory capacity to the Regional Director (Ian Chambers). The Regional Council meets twice a year to discuss topics related to the work of the IB that affects us here in Asia Pacific. The Regional Council is made up of a diverse mix of heads of IB Schools and external members. The school heads on the council are: Anne Fowles (Suzhou Singapore International School - China), Anuradha Monga (Bangalore International School - India), Richard Tangye (International School Dhaka Bangladesh), Deidre Fischer (Cebu International School - Philippines), and Julian Whiteley (UWCSEA - Singapore). External members of the council are: Sonny Lim (Singapore), Eddy Henry (Indonesia), Jan Keightley (Australia), and Mark Wang (China). I would also like to welcome our newest external member of the council, Ms. Bea Tsuboya-Newell (Japan).

    Our most recent meeting took place in the new regional office in Singapore on November 16 and 17. The meeting covered a number of topics. Some of the highlights included: a summary of various initiatives happening in different countries throughout the region (Japan and Malaysia have

    been particularly active places for the IB recently); an outline of professional development trends in Asia Pacific; a look at some of the IBs global branding communications projects; and a very interesting overview of current and future research projects. This generated considerable discussion among members as we provided feedback on these different topics.

    We also conducted an in-depth case-study examining pre and post authorization services with the council exploring and debating the merit of different types and levels of service that the IB may want to consider offering to schools. Another topic of discussion was the upcoming regional conference in Kuala Lumpur, where there will be a pre-conference workshop specifically tailored for Heads of School as well another session just for those heads who are new to the IB. Also, as we did last year, there will be Heads-to-Heads session hosted by members of the Regional Council and the global Heads Council. At this session, we are seeking feedback and input to help shape the agenda for our next Regional Council meeting in May 2013.

    As I conclude this update on behalf of the Regional Council, I would also like to thank Eddy Henry, Jan Keightley, and Julian Whitely for their contributions to the Regional Council, as they are all stepping down from the group when their terms finish at the end of this calendar year. As we say goodbye to these individuals, it also reminds me of how one of the defining features of the IB is that practitioners play a central role in the organization and how this allows all of us to play a small role in helping to shape international education both now and into the future.

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    Head of School, Yokohama

    International School

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    This year 140 new IB Educators have joined the IB Educator Network (IBEN) in our region. We now have 950 passionate IB Educators who so generously give their time and expertise to support the IBEN activities in the Asia Pacific. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all our IB Educators who have dedicated countless hours to support more than 1000 IBEN activities in 2012. Being a part of the IBEN provides our IB Educators a range of experiences such as delivering IB workshops, conducting school visits and working as consultants to support candidate schools beginning their IB journey. It is pleasing to hear from many of our IB Educators that they find their collaboration with the IB very enriching both personally and professionally. Ongoing professional development:As part of the ongoing professional development of our IB Educators, we have provided online trainings to update our DP Languages, Math, TOK and Visual Arts, MYP Language B and Humanities workshop leaders in the new subject guides. As a new initiative we organized refresher workshops for workshop leaders based in India and Indonesia. These workshops covered a range of topics from contextual challenges, adult education to specifically looking at category 1, 2 and 3 workshops. This was a great opportunity for the workshop leaders to come together, network, share and learn from each other. IBEN Trainings in 2013We are very pleased to announce that from January 2013 onwards the IB will cover both the accommodation and travel costs for participants who are selected to attend IBEN trainings. Being a part of the IBEN offers a wide range of experiences. The regional office will be organizing a number of training events in 2013 for those interested in acquiring the following IBEN roles:

    School Services Roles Application Reader (PYP, MYP, DP) - Application

    readers will analyse, evaluate and report to the regional office on documented evidence submitted by schools with the application of candidacy and/or authorization.

    School Visits Team Member (PYP, MYP, DP) - School visits team members will participate in

    programme verification and evaluation visits representing the IB. They will be responsible for conducting the visit and contributing to a final report and recommendation for the regional office.

    School Visits Team Leader (PYP, MYP, DP) - Team leaders are responsible for liaising with the regional office and the school prior to and after the visit as well as for leadi