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How we embraced the IB Learner Profile, and access and equity for all (Part I)

By Marion Halberg Dobbs Ferry High School (DFHS) is a small public high school just north of New York City. The high school has approximately 440 students. Of these students, 13% receive special education services, over 3% are currently below English proficiency and receive ESOL services (English for speakers of other languages), a larger percentage […]

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Challenged to succeed

Case study: Diploma Programme (DP) Eighty-five percent of the students at Robinson Secondary School take at least one DP class. That has not always been the case. The coordinators and teachers who make that possible believe in their students and the IB philosophy—and they work hard to support both. The international flavor at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia, in the […]

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Access to IB programmes in the US increases for low-income students

By Kyra Caspary and Katrina Woodworth, originally published by SRI International in March 2016  Since it was established in 1968 to provide high schools students with qualifications that are recognized by universities around the world, the IB Diploma Programme (DP) has developed a reputation for rigorous academic standards. Students who score well enough on individual IB exams can […]

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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 […]

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Developing student agency improves equity and access

By Rhonda Broussard In the summer of 2006, I moved my family from Brooklyn, New York, to St. Louis, Missouri, and began searching for the right learning community for my children and myself. On the heels of teaching in Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP), I found that most urban schools were expecting […]

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U.S. Department of Education recognizes Seattle-area IB schools for equity and rigor

The Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) at the US Department of Education recognized Renton High School for providing broad access to IB programmes for low-income communities in the Seattle area. In a news release, “A Focus on Equity and Rigor in Seattle-Area Schools,” OII praised Renton for its success improving access to education and […]

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Johns Hopkins Institute examines IB programme success within Chicago Public Schools

The Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy recently analyzed research about the successful implementation of the IB Diploma Programme in Chicago Public Schools. After reviewing the research, the institute’s director David Steiner and deputy director Ashley Berner call the results “striking” and “more rigorous than previous work on the IB effect.”

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Challenging courses, not SAT prep, will produce better outcomes

This engaging and thought-provoking article was recently written by Cindy Harcum, Principle at Baltimore City College and published by The Baltimore Sun on 8 September 2015. Asheesh Misra—the IB’s Programme Manager for the ‘Bridging the Equity Gap’ project in the US—was compelled to share the story with the IB community as part of the E2 Excellence and Equity […]

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Taking action to address exclusion and marginalization

By Jayne Pletser I arrived home from the 2015 Inclusive and supportive education congress (ISEC) in Lisbon, feeling energised with new knowledge and proud to have represented the IB at such an important forum for the discussion of all things “inclusion.” The congress concluded with the issuing of The Lisbon Educational Equity Statement, July 2015 (LEES, […]

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Increasing access to the IB for low-income and minority students

Approximately 45% of children under the age of 18 in the United States are from low-income families. Furthermore, the percentage of children living in poverty appears to be on the rise1. With this growing number of low-income students, it is critical that US educational programs make targeted efforts to ensure that low-income students are provided with […]

Los participantes se reúnen en un evento de difusión comunitaria en el Rainier Beach High School de Seattle. Colin Pierce declaró que los eventos ofrecen un espacio para discutir los problemas de la comunidad, incluido el impacto nacional de la violencia racial. (Fotografía cedida por Mike Fritz)

How Marvin Gaye and Nikki Giovanni help my students discuss racial violence

This engaging and thought-provoking article was recently written by Colin Pierce, a Language arts teacher and IB Diploma Programme Coordinator at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle. It was published by PBS.org in their Teachers’ Lounge on 25 June 2015. Asheesh Misra—the IB’s Programme Manager for the ‘Bridging the Equity Gap’ project in the US—was […]

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“Mr. Quinn, no one wants to eat that cheeseburger …”

This post is part of Excellence and Equity, a dialogue among IB educators and school leaders around empowering under-represented students for success in life-long learning. Subscribe to E2 updates or write to us directly to share your access success story. Our project’s E2 (Excellence and Equity) framework aims to provide an image of what an equitable […]