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Come to our conference sessions in Chicago!

Join the PYP team in Chicago!

Members of the PYP development team are attending the IB Conference of the Americas in Chicago, Illinois, USA, from 23 to 26 July 2015. We would like to invite all those attending the conference to join our sessions and stop by the PYP booth (open from 23 July 19:00 to 25 July 17:00) to meet the team, ask questions about the programme and make new connections with IB educators.

Conference session: Learning for life through playful ways of knowing

untitled-1881-EditDate: Friday, 24 July
Time: 11:15-12:30
Room: Huron

Description: Learning for life, what’s play got to do with it? Come discover aspects of PYP development that aim to tease out the relationship between developing the attributes of the IB Learner Profile and PYP students’ playful ways of learning and knowing. This interactive session will give you some insights on types of play and their impact on critical processes for learning. We will also discuss how IB educators might collectively form a powerful professional community of practice around the importance of learning through play.

Conference session: Learning for life – Educating the whole person

untitled-0353Date: Saturday, 25 July
Time: 14:00-15:15
Room: Chicago 9

Description: A community of learners in the PYP is built upon the attributes of the Learner profile with the aim of promoting international-mindedness and lifelong learning. Lifelong learners understand the importance of balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others. Join this interactive session to share how your school strives to achieve balance for your PYP learners in order to contribute to the learning and well-being of others.

Meet members of the team who are attending the conference

Helen Barrett Head of PYP Development Helen Barrett
Cécile Doyen Curriculum Manager Cecile Doyen
Terri Walker Curriculum Manager Terri Walker
Cloudette van der Berg Academic Officer Cloudette van der Berg


Be on the lookout for live tweets from the @ibpyp account (#IBCHI2015) and join the discussion. Tweet a comment about your favourite PYP session(s), new people you connected with or something you will take away and implement at your school.

Additionally, meet other PYP Administrators and Coordinators at the IB PYP Meet up (more information at

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

PYP development team

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2 Responses to Come to our conference sessions in Chicago!

  1. Brian Lalor 8 July 2015 at 12:05 am #

    Is this event free of charge???? Any chance? I am on holiday in America and would love to join but am planning on spending my PD budget this year to go to the AP conference as I live in China. I could speak on PLCs if you like too??? No harm in trying right?

  2. PYP development team 8 July 2015 at 9:54 am #

    Dear Brian,

    There is a charge for attandance at the IB Conference of the Americas.

    If you are from the Asia Pacific region, we encourage you to submit a proposal to present.

    For more information about both regional conferences please refer to the IBO conference website at

    Good luck and kind regards,

    PYP developmen team

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