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Jeff Thompson Award recipient: Samantha Cook

This interview was conducted with Samantha (Sam) Cook, recipient of the 2015 Jeff Thompson Award* for her study entitled Perceptions of International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme teachers on factors influencing their development as PYP educators (the executive summary is available here ). This study was completed as part of a dissertation for her graduate studies at the University of Bath. Sam is currently the Elementary Vice Principal at the International School of Tanganyika in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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An exciting new step for the MYP

In the biggest transformation to the MYP since its launch, 2016 will see the IB externally assess MYP Year 5 students. But not in the traditional pen and paper format. The eAssessment will use on-screen examinations – including multimedia and interactive activities – and ePortfolios to test students, bringing assessments in line with 21st-century learning.

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IB English for all

Carol Burris and John Murphy tell us about their approach to having as many students as possible participate in IB courses. South Side High School has detracked classes at each grade level and in all subject areas. The IB curriculum informs their 9th and 10th grade courses so that all students will be prepared for IB courses in grades 11 and 12.

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Asheesh Misra on excellence and equity for all students regardless of circumstance

Asheesh Misra, IB Program Manager for the Bridging the Equity Gap project, aims to create a dialogue among IB educators and school leaders around empowering underrepresented students for success in life-long learning and college graduation through successful participation in the IB Diploma Programme in public schools. All of the related posts will be available on blogs.ibo.org under e2: Excellence and Equity.

16 university scholarships to share with IB students

Finally finished with those university applications? Check out these 16 scholarship opportunities, from across six different countries, for IB students to see if any of your top choice schools are offerings awards. Planning ahead for next year? Check back periodically for up to date scholarship listings through the year. CANADA 1. The University of Alberta [...]

Does personality trump intelligence?

What can guarantee academic success? This is a question that students, teachers and parents have been asking for years, but the answer remains inconclusive. Many studies have examined the multiple factors that could be considered, but mainly focusing on intelligence levels. Latest research takes a different approach that teachers may want to consider. Any teacher [...]

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