How to contribute

Want to submit, but need an idea?

All articles are welcome, however we are specifically interested in the following:

  • Flexible framework – how your school adapted to local needs/context
  • Parents as mentors – the involvement of parents in the PYP exhibition
  • Assessment – developing learning goals and success criteria with students
  • Approaches to learning – how students monitor and document on the development of the skills
  • Collaborative planning – unique ways that your school finds the time to collaborate
  • Continuous school improvement – how your school supports and reflects on your five-year plan
  • Feedback to students – how you feedback to students and support them to feedback to their peers
  • Leadership – how your school builds leadership in a learning community
  • Learning spaces – how do you involve students in the design of learning spaces
  • Well-being – how you build well-being into the units of inquiry

Submission guidelines

PYP practitioners are known to be dedicated and innovative teachers. Why not share your expertise and help other PYP educators learn from your experience?

The SharingPYP blog is your space to share tips, advice, strategies, experience and reflections for successful learner-centred practices for use inside the classroom and beyond.

We are looking for articles that illustrate both authentic and innovative approaches to learning and approaches to teaching. Submissions should reflect the global nature and educational philosophy of the IB PYP, and highlight effective practice in the implementation of the revised PYP curriculum framework.

Please use our template to submit your article (see submission pack below); send it to pyp.curriculum@ibo.org together with your photo, short biography (maximum 50 words) and all required consent forms. In your biography, mention your Twitter handle and/or own blog link, if applicable. We promote all articles via Twitter (@IBPYP) to drive traffic to the blog.

We retain final decision rights over headlines and we do not publish pieces that come across as promotional or are inaccurate.

Our goal is to have balanced global representation within our selection process.

At this moment, we accept articles written in English only. We will be adding French and Spanish translations in the near future.

Format

Written submissions: 

  • should be written as a learning story (quotes allowed, student to teacher conversation discouraged)
  • should reflect the dialogue/thinking around current IB PYP principles and practice
  • should be original and exclusive to the SharingPYP blog (not be published elsewhere); however, a new take on an existing article is a possibility – please provide a link to the original article
  • should be between 500-1100 words – longer articles will be directly returned to author for editing
  • must include references in article which are added to a bibliography at the end (if applicable)
  • may include supporting high resolution images
  • will be edited by our quality assurance team and, therefore, should be submitted in a Word format (not PDF) Note: you may be asked to do multiple rounds of revisions, as we have a thorough editorial process
  • should avoid reference to Making the PYP happen
  • should avoid reference to staff names (staff positions such as the art teacher are acceptable)
  • avoid using ‘thank you’ to learning community members
  • refrain from using acronyms such as POI, UOI, TD, EAL, CCSS, etc.

Tips to consider

  • Reflect personal experiences or school stories, including pivotal moments in understanding and implementing the PYP framework.
  • Share evidence-based practice.
  • Describe what did not work as well as what worked to support learner outcomes.
  • Describe what you would do differently next time (lessons learned).
  • Describe how your school investigated certain aspects of the PYP – and what you will apply from these experiences.
  • Reference a central idea, if applicable.

Samples

Below are sample submission forms completed by PYP teachers:

Sample written article submission

Submission pack

Template for article submission (submit your article in this format)
Check list
Copyright permission form (this form is required)
Video & image consent form* (only when submitting videos and/or photos/images of minors or adults)

* Our PYP community loves to see students and educators in action. However, note that for all students featured in the photo and video submissions, parents will need to sign a consent form (forms are available above).  We understand that schools already ask parents to sign a consent form on the use of student images/videos; however, we require a separate consent form specifically for use on the SharingPYP blog.

 Submission process

  1. Manuscript submission (author)
  2. Quality assurance review (PYP development team)
  3. Initial edits (PYP development team); return to author for further work if needed
  4. Review & sign off (author)
  5. Final copyediting & proofreading (PYP development team)
  6. Obtain copyright permission (author)
  7. Publish on SharingPYP blog (PYP development team)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28 Responses to How to contribute

  1. Shailja 23 June 2015 at 10:28 am #

    I would like to know if and how we can submit the article digitally

  2. PYP development team 13 July 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    Dear Shailja,

    Please send it to pyp.curriculum@ibo.org

    We look forward to reading your article!

    PYP developmen team

    • Cindy 17 January 2018 at 5:26 am #

      Hello,

      I am receiving an error message when I try to send an email to the provided email address. Has it changed?

      Thanks!

  3. Mahendra KANCHAN 19 April 2016 at 7:48 pm #

    It good to share each one of us idea – teacher Librarian in India

  4. Tania Doro 27 July 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    Hello!

    Could I send something in Spanish?
    Thanks!

  5. PYP development team 28 July 2016 at 8:57 am #

    Dear Tania,

    Thank you for your interest.

    Yes, you can. Please send us your article in Spanish to pyp.curriculum@ibo.org. We have published articles in languages different than English in the past.

    We look forward to reading your article. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Kind regards,

    PYP development team

  6. Talat Siddiqui 2 August 2016 at 7:09 pm #

    Hello,
    Can anyone one guide me where to post my queries regarding PYP?

  7. PYP development team 4 August 2016 at 8:50 am #

    Dear Talat,

    You can submit your article to pyp.curriculum@ibo.org.
    Queries on curriculum development and programme implementation can be sent to IB Answers (https://ibanswers.ibo.org/).

    Kind regards,

    PYP development team

  8. Anitha 27 September 2016 at 9:28 am #

    Hi can any tell me how to do self assessment and peer assessment …..

    • PYP development team 21 December 2016 at 9:08 am #

      Dear Anitha,

      Have you read our blog articles on assessment? If that is not helpful, you can either post your question on our LinkedIn page http://ow.ly/RkbK307ki0W (it’s a sub group of International Baccalaureate), post it on Twitter (if you add @IBPYP to your message, we will see it and retweet) or send your question to IB Answers https://ibanswers.ibo.org.

      Kind regards,
      PYP development team

  9. Susy Lisken 20 December 2016 at 7:18 pm #

    I would like to share what I am doing in Ecuador. I´d like to contribute.

  10. PYP development team 21 December 2016 at 9:12 am #

    Dear Susy,

    Please submit your article to pyp.curriculum@ibo.org. Above (How to contribute page) you can find more information about the format, criteria, process as well as a template you can use, samples and forms.

    We look forward to reading your article.

    Kind regards,
    PYP development team

  11. Alejandra Lopez Fabregas 23 February 2017 at 5:12 pm #

    Where it says “handwritten” for the signature… I don’t know how to do that. Also, the permission forms won’t download, just save as online editing.

    • PYP development team 28 February 2017 at 11:54 am #

      Dear Alejandra,

      Thank you for your message.

      You need to print out the copyright forms first, then sign and return a scanned copy.

      Kind regards,

      PYP development team

  12. Catarina 16 March 2017 at 6:32 am #

    Hello there,

    Is there a deadline or it’s an ongoing possibility?

    Cheers,
    Catarina

    • PYP development team 16 March 2017 at 9:47 am #

      Dear Catarina,

      There is no deadline.

      PYP development team

  13. ib elite tutor 4 April 2017 at 9:23 pm #

    How long will it take for an article to get approved and publish if it is up to your requirement?

    • PYP development team 6 April 2017 at 8:28 am #

      Our team reviews the articles within a week or two. The articles usually get published within half a year from the submission date – this is how long our publishing list is at the moment.

  14. Jade 12 July 2017 at 6:40 am #

    I’m a former PYP teacher who now teaches in an inquiry based (but non IB school). Our school experimented with doing a couple of 2 week whole school inquiries (one of the uses of our collaboration time). Would this be of interest?

    • PYP development team 17 January 2018 at 8:52 am #

      Dear Jade,
      Sorry for the late reply!
      At the moment we are interested in themes mentioned at the top of this page.
      PYP development team

  15. Joanne 19 October 2017 at 4:05 pm #

    Do you translate the articles into other languages? I would like to share the articles with my Spanish speaking staff

    • PYP development team 17 January 2018 at 8:50 am #

      Dear Joanne,

      At the moment we only accept articles in English.

      PYP development team

  16. Bindoo 16 November 2017 at 8:12 pm #

    Hi. I am Bindoo from Clavis International Primary School in Mauritius. http://www.clavis.mu We follow the PYP programme too.

    I am a class teacher and the Section Coordinator for the Upper Primary. I have recently started my studies in MA Education from the Middlesex university in UK.

    I hope to learn more from your school and share my knowledge with you too:)

    • PYP development team 17 January 2018 at 8:49 am #

      Welcome, Bindoo! We hope the articles are beneficial to you and your school.

  17. shweta jain 22 June 2018 at 3:07 pm #

    Hi, I’m a non teaching PYPC… Can I write n submit the article or only grade 5 mentors have to write… Plz let me know,

    Warm regards,
    Shweta

    • PYP development team 26 November 2018 at 9:32 am #

      Hi Shweta,
      All PYP educators are welcome to submit a blog post.
      For the topics, please have a look at our suggestions above.

  18. Jyoti 24 November 2018 at 3:15 pm #

    Hello,
    We work as a collaborative team. Can two of us write an article on our learning and teaching?

    • PYP development team 26 November 2018 at 9:30 am #

      Hi Jyoti,
      Yes, you can. An article can have more than one authors.

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