How to contribute

Want to submit, but need an idea?

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

  • Assessment – developing success criteria with students
  • Approaches to learning – how students reflect of 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 a five-year plan
  • Feedback to students – how to support students 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 effective and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Submissions should reflect the global nature and educational philosophy of the IB PYP, and highlight best practice in the implementation of the PYP curriculum framework.

Please use our template to submit your article (see submission pack below); send it to together with your photo, short bio-blurb and the forms. In your blurb, 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We retain final decision rights over headlines and we do not publish pieces that come across as promotional.

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


Written submissions: 

  • should reflect the dialogue/thinking around 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  • should be original and exclusive to the SharingPYP blog (not be published elsewhere); however, a new take on an existing article is a possibility – please provide a link to the original article;
  • length can vary between 500-750 words;
  • may include supporting high resolution images/video clips*;
  • may be edited by our quality assurance team and, therefore, should be submitted in a Word format (not PDF); you may be asked to do multiple rounds of revisions, as we have a thorough editorial process.

Video* submissions:

  • should be high quality;
  • preferably no more than 8 minutes;
  • should include a written summary of about 50 words.

* 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 below).  We understand that schools already ask parents to sign a consent form on the use of student images/videos; however, we do need a separate consent form specifically for use on the SharingPYP blog.

Tips to consider

  • Reflect personal experiences or school stories, including pivotal moments in understanding the PYP framework.
  • Illustrate both effective and innovative approaches to learning and teaching.
  • Share evidence-based practice.
  • Describe what did not work so well as well as what worked well 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.
  • Refrain from using acronyms such as POI, UOI, TD, CCSS, etc.
  • Reference a central idea, if applicable.


Below are sample submission forms completed by PYP teachers:

Sample written article submission
Sample video 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)

 Submission process

  1. Manuscript submission (author)
  2. Quality assurance review (PYP development team)
  3. Review & sign off (author)
  4. Copyediting & proofreading (PYP development team)
  5. Obtaining copyright permission (author)
  6. Publishing online (PYP development team)

24 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

    We look forward to reading your article!

    PYP developmen team

    • Cindy 17 January 2018 at 5:26 am #


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


  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 #


    Could I send something in Spanish?

  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 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 #

    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
    Queries on curriculum development and programme implementation can be sent to IB Answers (

    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 (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

      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 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?


    • 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. 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.

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