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Charles Fadel: hard choices for Four-Dimensional Education

On 19 January, we had the pleasure of hosting Charles Fadel at the IB Global Centre in The Hague. Charles, a well-known global education thought leader, is also an author and inventor, and the founder and chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign. He visited the IB following the launch of his new book, Four-Dimensional Education, […]

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Stop, start, continue: Conceptual understanding meets applied problem solving

By David Hawley, originally published by Edutopia in November 2015. I recently became the Chief Academic Officer for the IB after more than two decades of working in and leading IB schools. In IB World Schools, we endeavour to create internationally-minded young people who, recognizing our common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help make a […]


Approaches to open-mindedness

By Neil Bunting ‘Open’ is a word with positive connotations in most languages. However, the term ‘open-mindedness’ is not always embraced positively by all cultures. It can be associated with things being lost, watered down, or ideals being sold out. In this post, I’m going to look at open-mindedness in the context of international students, […]

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Challenging the definition of “play”

The expression “learning through play” seems so common in early years education, and yet the verb’s definition found through a quick online search states that “to play” is to “engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.” In this post, we look at the theme of learning through play […]

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Latest trends on bridging the equity gap

SRI International recently published research entitled National Trends for Low-Income Students 2008-2014 that examines the impact of an IB education on post-secondary success for low-income students in the US. SRI is an American non-profit research institute in California and received funding from the IB’s Bridging the Equity Gap Project to conduct the study. The research findings […]