February Newsletter by Pat Prather


Coordinators and Administrators

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! Amazing as it seems, we are almost into February of 2013 and the second semester of this school year. One big on-going concern for CAWS has been the governor’s new budget which hopefully has helped our schools dig out from years of receiving little or no money from the state. I have just sent a document that is a good summary of Governor Brown’s budget proposals to our webmaster to post in its entirety. Below, I have given you the first three paragraphs which give a good introduction. This document comes from Capitol Advisors Group, CAWS lobbyist firm.

Investing in Education & “Subsidiarity”

On January 10, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his State Budget proposal and underscored his proposed increase in per-student education funding levels of $2,681. The dollar amounts for per-pupil increases are eye-opening, but before you start counting your chickens it is important to note that these are targets to be met over a 7-year period - possibly longer. Knowing that schools are the overwhelming winner among many areas of the state budget next year, the Governor emphasized that increased education funding is the best place the State can invest in its future. In that respect, the Administration has rewritten and renamed their school finance reform funding formula to answers many of the concerns raised last year, including a more impressive “hold-harmless” provision.

The word that becomes the cornerstone of the Governor’s philosophy on education is “subsidiarity,” a term he described as “letting problems be solved closest to where they exist…giving the most authority to solve those problems at that closest level beginning in the classroom…” Local control, flexibility and a focus on equity capture the essence of his plan for schools.

The Administration’s proposal provides Proposition 98 funding of $56.2 billion for 2013‐14, amounting to an increase of $2.7 billion over the anticipated funding in the current fiscal year. The budget document acknowledges that the passage of Prop 30 translates into dramatically fewer cuts than would have otherwise occurred. ( Entire document on CAWS website)

More meetings will be scheduled with legislators and university representatives in the upcoming months of 2013 as CAWS continues the fight to procure funds for our IB schools, and achieve better recognition for the IB Programmes in California. Please help your CAWS Board and Capitol Advisors Group by meeting with administrators at your local university campuses, and establishing relationships with your legislators. PRx, our Fundraising firm is focusing 100% of its collective energies on fundraising for our schools including one-on-one outreach meetings and letter writing campaigns.

CAWS SPRING SEMINAR FEBRUARY 25, 2013
HORTON GRAND HOTEL – SAN DIEGO
JUDITH FABIAN – KEYNOTE SPEAKER,
CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER IBO

Judith Fabian will talk about recent developments in the alignment of IB’s 4 programmes, focusing on the alignment of the core elements of each programme as presented in What is an IB education, recently published by the IB. There will be an emphasis on developments in approaches to teaching and learning as they relate to the “cores” of the DP, MYP, PYP, IBCC Progrmmes. A copy of What Is an IB Education will be given to each participant,

Register now online at c-aws.org. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from Judith Fabian who oversees all IB curriculum

GRANLIBAKKEN TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOPS – LAKE TAHOE 2013
CATEGORY 1 AND 2 WORKSHOPS WITH EXPANDED OFFERINGS

DIPLOMA JUNE 25-28
MYP JUNE 28-JULY 1
PYP JUNE 28-JULY 1

Directions for registration are available on the CAWS website, www.c-aws.org, for your choice of programme, workshop desired, and hotel accommodations. Everything you need is there, including flyers to download for your convenience.

Please support your CAWS Association in its endeavors to train all of our teachers in the IB curriculum, and also share with colleagues an amazing professional development opportunity.

ROUNDTABLES

The PYP Roundtable held at the Cakebread Wineries in Napa sponsored by Mt George International School was very successful with more than 45 participants attending. The IB Core was the topic for the day. Anyone wanting to host a roundtable, please contact me for information.

FALL FORUM 2013

The agenda for the Fall Forum in late October of 2013 will be centered on the IB and its relationship to the Common Core Standards.. My plan is to procure one of the architects of the Common Core to be the keynote speaker and that search is underway. As soon as I have those details finalized, I will get them to you,

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS 2012-13

  • Community Service Award (DP) – Laguna Creek H.S. – Alicia Casey
  • Life Long Learner (DP) – Laguna Creek H.S. – Lloyd Chen
  • Outstanding Student (DP) – Laguna Creek H.S. - Steven Traversi
  • Outstanding Student (PYP) – Amelia Earhart Elementary – Blake Whitlock
  • Exemplary Educator (MYP) – Pacific Beach Middle School – Karla Martinez
  • Exemplary Educator (PYP) – Amelia Earhart Elementary – Kathy Beach
  • Teacher Training Award (MYP) Pacific Beach Middle School – Ernie Remillard
  • Legislative Champion of the Year – Senator Ed Hernandez
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

UC/CSU COURSE APPROVAL AND RECOGNITION OF COURSES

The latest policy coming out of these institutions is now on the CAWS website. Dot Battenfeld, your liaison with the university system, has formulated an updated, concise statement and listed the persons to contact with questions.

ASSOCIATION MEETING IN BETHESDA

Your Board President, Robin Oliver, and I will attend the annual IBA Association meeting Feb. 22nd and 23rd at the IBA offices in Bethesda. News from that meeting will be given in my next newsletter or e-blast.

5 DAY THEATRE PROJECT

Michael Winsatt, Diploma Coordinator and IB Theatre teacher at Andrew Hill High School in San Jose is instituting The 5 Day Theatre project this week. This is a new venture for him and if it is successful other schools might like to look at it as well. This event is based on the IB theater external assessment called the Practical Play Proposal and an event that takes place at theaters across the country called "24 Hour Theater." Rather than have students do a play over a 24 hour period, we have students use one of three prescribed prompts for inspiration to develop original scripts. On Wednesday, all the participating schools exchange scripts. On Thursday and Friday, students take all of the scripts and create an original performance, which takes place on Friday.

Reminder!

From now on, all documents, advisories, and miscellaneous information from your Association and the IB will be posted on the website. There will be no more mailing of documents. It is therefore very important that you check the website regularly to obtain the latest bulletins, dates and registration for events, important documents for you and your school. www.c-aws.org

FINALLY

We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.
Galileo Galilei

Hope to see you all February 25th.

Best regards,

Pat

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