August Newsletter by Pat Prather


Coordinators and Administrators

The first week of August signals the end of summer vacation for teachers, administrators, students, and the beginning of school. I hope you were able to enjoy time with you families and friends and renew your energies for the upcoming 2012-13 year. It’s time to go “back to school” to begin another round of student activities – academic and non-academic. It’s time to inspire and motivate your students to focus on learning and discovery. So welcome back! Have fun and start out with a great opening day.

CAWS welcomes two new officers to the Board of Directors. Robin Oliver from Sonora High School will assume the duties of President, and Tom Krucli from Mission Viejo High School becomes our Treasurer. We thank Diana Cinatl from La Quinta High School and Bill Redding from Capistrano Valley High School for their many years of commitment to the Association in those positions respectively.

The CAWS first mailing of the year will take place the week of August 13th. The packet will contain all of the updated happenings for 2012-13. Most of those documents will be posted on the website as well, so be sure and check our website www.c-aws.org often to stay aware of the latest information from IBA and keep current on all developments, dates, and upcoming events in CAWS.

We have an exciting professional development year planned for you. Our bi-annual conferences will take place in San Jose in October and in San Diego in February. The Fall Forum will concentrate on Fundraising and Marketing the IB in California. The Spring Seminar will explore the changes taking place within the core areas of all four of the IB Programmes. Here are the details:

CAWS FALL FORUM, OCTOBER 29, 2012
“ FUNDING AND MARKETING THE IB IN THE 21ST CENTURY”
THE SAINTE CLAIRE HOTEL, SAN JOSE

CAWS has hired PRx Communication Strategists, located in San Jose, to launch a campaign to raise funds for our IB Schools. Brenna Bolger, CEO and founder of the group and Bill Kugler, Senior Vice Preident of PRx will give the keynote address followed by a corporate executive and a local Head of School sharing their strategies. Breakout groups will explore how to locally market the IB and fundraise. Bob Poole from IBA Vancouver and Marjorie McConnell will bring us up to date on government and university recognition policies. Online registration will be available on the CAWS website the end of August.

CAWS SPRING SEMINAR, FEBRUARY 25, 2013
“APPROACHES TO TEACHING AND LERNING, THE HEART OF IB PROGRAMMES”
THE HORTON GRAND HOTEL, SAN DIEGO

Judith Fabian, the Chief Academic Officer of the IBO from The Hague will provide participants with an overview of new developments in Approaches to Learning and Teaching in all four of the IB Programmes. Breakout groups will focus on ways to implement these developments in their repective areas. Online registration will commence in November. You won’t want to miss these two conferences.
BOOK THE DATES NOW!

GRANLIBAKKEN TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOPS
SUMMER 2013

Our workshops in 2012 were very successful and our participants had good times working and learning together as well as enjoying festive gatherings with colleagues before and after dinner each day. We look forward to another great summer in Lake Tahoe. The dates for our workshops in 2013 are DIPLOMA June 25-28 and MYP/PYP June 28-July 1. Check out the approved course offerings on a separate sheet and plan to send your teachers to the best provider workshops available. Hotel and workshops registrations are done online on the CAWS website. Start checking for these details in September.

ALTERNATIVE PATHWAYS

The good news is that Vista Unified School District is working toward adopting the Alternative Pathways concept (accepting the IB Diploma as meeting CA graduation standards). This would be the second school district in CA after Desert Sands to adopt this beneficial policy both for students and schools. Have any other districts pursued this strategy? Please let me know since this is an important issue for CAWS. Let me hear from you.

ROUNDTABLES

Draft protocols for CAWS roundtables have been given to the Board of Directors. We want to ensure that these events provide a high quality of professional development to our IB teachers and adhere to a similar format. As soon as these are formalized and approved by the Board, they will be put on the website and given to host schools. Any schools interested in hosting a roundtable, please contact me at pkprather@sbcglobal.net.

LEGISLATION

Legislative updates are provided to CAWS by Barrett Snider of the advocacy firm, Capitol Advisors Group LLD and are posted on our website. You can help us promote the IB and its impact on students by contacting your local legislator and having that person come to your school to observe the program and its value to our schools.

CAWS WEBSITE DOCUMENTS TO VIEW

Check out the latest research document from IBA, Key Findings on the Impact of IB Programmes in the Americas Region that shows recent data on our IB students and schools. This is a very good way to present parents, school boards, Chambers of Commerce, etc. with facts and figures to support your claims about the value of the IB. There are many documents from IBA on our website which can help you in presentations to various groups.

IB ANSWERS

IB Answers is the IB’s information desk and offers a first point of contact for inquiries to the IB. The service also includes a self-help tool granting access to frequently asked questions. The purpose of IB answers is to enhance the service that the IB offers to its stakeholders, including school leaders, coordinators, teachers, students and parents. The IB answers team is equipped to handle inquiries or manage a smooth escalation to the relevant expert within the IB. The IB is committed to ensuring that stakeholders are satisfied with the response they receive from the organization. Staff members are on hand to help 24 hours a day, 5 days a week. Weekend assistance is available at peak times such as during examination periods. Assistance is available in English, French and Spanish. How to contact IB answers:
      Click on the IB Answers on the IB website: http://www.ibo.org
      Search for your answer at http://ibanswers.ibo.org/
      Email us at ibid@ibo.org

CAWS YEARLY DUES AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Authorized IB schools in California become members of CAWS by paying their yearly dues. These monies support the Association which is dedicated to the interests and needs of your IB World School and program. Your dues also go toward our ever expanding scholarship program. However, to apply for these scholarships, authorized schools must have paid dues by the deadline of October 1, 2013. Dues Invoices are on the website. Scholarship applications are due Dec. 1st.

FINALLY,

“One of the things that may get in the way of people being lifelong learners is that they’re not in touch with their passion. If you’re passionate about what it is you do, then you’re going to be looking for everything you can to get better at it”. Jack Canfield.

Best regards,
Pat

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