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Perseverance pays off

The International School of Düsseldorf was one of the first schools to offer the Diploma Programme. Some 40 years later, the school continues to believe in the IB pedagogy. When the International School of Düsseldorf (ISD) began to offer the Diploma Programme (DP) in 1977, one obstacle arose immediately: The local state government authorities did not recognize the programme […]


Strategies for developing caring young people

By Emily VanderKamp and Lori Mack Lessons for international schools from new research An international school setting comes with its own unique challenges and opportunities. The diverse cultures and language profiles of students and staff can add an extra layer of complexity to all aspects of education, but these same factors can also set the stage […]

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MYP approaches to learning skills in action

By Lucia Capasso Working at the IB is always exciting, but meeting IB teachers, students and coordinators always gives me a clearer purpose for the work I do every day in the office. Last week I visited a beautiful IB World School in the south of Germany, Munich International School (MIS). Video director Mikael Brain […]


What makes a successful PYP leader?

By Emily Vanderkamp New research explores the roles of principals and coordinators in schools offering the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). A recent study conducted by researchers at The University of Nottingham explored the links between school leadership and the implementation of the PYP. Using staff surveys and in-depth interviews, the researchers conducted case studies […]