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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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Explore the big ideas around complex, interconnected systems

Jane Drake, Head of Curriculum Innovation and Alignment, asks “how might education hope to solve the complex problems surrounding us? How can education tackle environmental issues, disease, social media, conflict, food security or financial crisis?” Complexity advisor Roland Kupers adds: “Deeply interconnected systems behave in ways that surprise. Whether it‘s the economy, social norms, the […]

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Is practice important?

Practice makes perfect, the popular saying goes. But can hours on the football field transform a student with two left feet into the next Pelé? Or must we accept that people are restricted by their natural attributes? Author and childhood development expert Ellen Booth Church says young children naturally practice when developing skills. For example, […]

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Next Generation Girls

A collaborative effort between teachers and parents can help highlight the amazing opportunities a STEM career can offer female students, Trudy Norris-Grey tells IB World magazine at the everywoman Forum 2015: Advancing women in Technology event

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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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Why every school should care about inclusive education

Jayne Pletser, Curriculum Manager for inclusive education, and Kala Parasuram, Assessment access and Inclusion Manager at the IB, talk to Sophie-Marie Odum about how schools can help remove barriers to learning The IB believes that an inclusive education is something every IB World School should embrace and work towards. Students should be prepared to exercise […]