Letter from the President


July 25, 2008

Greetings IB Colleagues!

Welcome to another exciting school year! It has been another successful year for the California Association of IB World Schools (Note the new name!), but one that has been filled with the unwelcome stress of budgetary woes. Across the state, educators have had to stretch our dollars even further than before, and unfortunately, some of our schools faced the possibility of losing their highly valued IB Programmes. It is my hope that as we “manage” the budget, we remain focused on our students and their great potential.

As Director General Jeffrey Beard moves IB towards his 2020 vision, our local Association is also moving forward to meet the needs of our growing members. With the new IB licensing agreement that you approved at our spring meeting, we are in the process of updating our mission statement, our By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation to reflect our new association name, California Association of IB World Schools. I am also pleased to announce that you will see some dramatic changes to our website. With our growth, it is important that our website become a valuable resource for our members. Watch for these exciting changes in the near future. We continue to work with IB North America to offer a Teacher Training Workshop at Ganlibakken during the summer. It is a wonderful training opportunity that is held at the beautiful Granlibakken Resort in Lake Tahoe. We also offer two conferences, one in the fall and the other in the spring - Pat’s letter will give you specifics on these.

One of our priorities is to continue to push legislative action which will improve funding for IB World PYP, MYP and Diploma Schools. Even though the budget is less than promising, our lobbyist and board felt that we needed to be proactive and inform legislators about IB and its value. Last January, our lobbyist, Pam Bachilla, organized an informational meeting for Legislative Leaders and their staffs at the Capitol. We invited local students, IB coordinators and administrators from all three programmes to share their IB experience and the quality education that it provides. My heartfelt thanks to Mira Loma and their students, to Guy Roberts, Ed Marquez, Dave Matthews, Marcos Aguilar, Marlyn Bussey, Marcine Solarez, Anne Evans, Pat Prather, Sandra Wade Pauley from IB Vancouver and Marjorie McConnell from the California Department of Education who joined me as we spread the news. In addition to the meeting, we also visited the offices of key legislators and their staffs and provided them with a folder of IB information. Pam Bachilla felt that this process was valuable and urged us to continue this activity. If anyone is interested in being a part of this year’s legislative action, please let our Legislative Chair, Ed Marquez know.

Our Board is proud to share a couple of new endeavors. First, our new Scholarship Committee, comprised of Stephen Gasca, Anne Adelgais, Dave Crawford and chaired by Marlyn Bussey, has developed the process and protocol for awarding several scholarships for students, teachers and schools. We believe that we should recognize the dedication of our members and their students who exemplify the characteristics of the IB Learner Profile in all three programmes. Please look for this application information and deadlines this fall on our website. Secondly, our Board is moving forward with an idea to bring our community closer together. We have selected Bones That Float by Kari Grossman to read as an IB community this year. We felt that the book’s message is one that fits closely with IB and its mission. We thought that it would be powerful if IB schools across California, Hawaii, and Nevada would read this book and develop creative projects to raise money to adopt Cambodian schools. We would like to encourage all PYP, MYP and Diploma schools to join us as we try to make a difference “One child at a time, - One school at a time”. It is also our hope that schools will join us at our spring conference where Kari Grossman will be our Keynote Speaker! It will be gratifying to share the impact of this book and the projects that it inspired. Please be aware that we are currently looking at a number of books for the following year. If you have any suggested titles, please email me.

Our Board is losing one of our dedicated appointed members. Lisa Nicholson, our MYP Representative, has submitted her resignation in order to focus on her growing IB Consulting business and her family. She has volunteered countless hours to our board, California schools and teachers sharing with them her unmatched knowledge of the MYP. In addition, she stepped up and did an outstanding job of Co-Directing this past summer’s Granlibakken conference. Our sincere thanks Lisa for all that you’ve brought to our association! We wish you all the best! The Board is currently looking for her replacement. Please look for an announcement soon.

As you know, our Association’s success is directly related to each and every one of our members. We are diverse, but unified in our strong desire to deliver a quality IB Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programme to the students of our schools. Your California Association of IB World Schools’ Board welcomes your ideas and suggestions. We are here to serve you and your IB communities.

Sincerely,

Diana Cinatl, President
California Association of IB World Schools

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