Category 1 – An introduction to the PYP curriculum model
Recommended for: Teachers from non-IB World Schools as well as from schools that are interested, candidate or authorized.
• do not have to be working in an IB World School
• may be in schools conducting a feasibility study with a view to implementation
• may be about to join an authorized or candidate school
• may have just commenced teaching in an authorized or candidate school.
This workshop will introduce the PYP as a systemic and all-encompassing curriculum through the study of Making the PYP happen: A curriculum framework for international primary education (January 2007, revised December 2009). You will look at the implications of the learner profile as an expression of the philosophy of the IB and its contribution to the development of international-mindedness and review the standards and practices that are crucial in preparation for verification. The workshop will present an overview of the written, taught and assessed curriculum as it pertains to concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes and action—the five essential elements of the PYP that are integral to classroom practice
Category 2 – Pedagogical leadership
Recommended for: PYP administrators and coordinators.
This workshop deepens the understanding of the transdisciplinary and inquiry-based pedagogy of the PYP. It looks at how assessing schools against the IB standards and practices supports the planning, implementation and improvement of the programme, and it explores the partnership between administrators and PYP coordinators in determining the responsibilities of the pedagogical leadership team. You will be encouraged to examine how the diverse ways people think, learn and work affect how their learning communities function. Change is complex and there are many factors that impact its effectiveness. You will learn how to manage change more effectively, particularly as it relates to the ongoing implementation of the PYP
Category 3 – The learning environment and inquiry
Recommended for: Teachers, administrators, business managers, property managers and architects who are considering changes to their physical school environment. New trends are emerging in contemporary education. Learning environments and space can have a significant impact on school improvement and student learning.
This workshop moves beyond the classroom environment and considers the “environment” as all that surrounds a student. Through case studies and research into learning environments, you will investigate alternative learning environments that support PYP practice and explore the pedagogical shifts that can occur as a result of the innovative use of spaces. The workshop will challenge you to think about current workspaces and look at how they can positively influence PYP practice.