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IB Teacher Award News

October 2011

Teacher Award Initiative Reaches Exciting Milestone

Still in its infancy, the teacher award initiative has reached a milestone—its 100th recipient of the Level 1 IB teacher award. Launched in 2007, the teacher award’s momentum and awareness are growing steadily. As each new student completes an IB-recognized university course and registers for the teacher award, we add one more lifelong learner to the education community.

Teacher award recipients have several things in common, including a shared understanding of IB programmes and the knowledge and skills to work in IB World Schools. They also enjoy a competitive advantage in the international school market, receive access to the rich resources of the IB community and are able to confirm to prospective employers in the international education community that they are ready to teach in IB World Schools.

This 100th award milestone demonstrates that teachers and schools around the world are increasingly recognizing the valuable benefits of the award. The IB is committed to expanding this initiative and continuing to help educators have a positive influence on learners and schools. By handing out the application forms at the beginning of the course, universities can help us to communicate with students who are enrolled in IB-recognized courses of study. With the support of our teacher award universities, we are able to keep in touch with graduates and follow up on the processing of their IB teacher award certificates.  Encouraging students to register for the award helps to increase the value of the IB teacher award and raises its profile in the education community.

Our focus this year has been on communications to increase awareness of the teacher award among teachers and the wider education community.  Together, we can make the IB teacher award the credential of choice among international educators in the school sector.

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IB Research Update

Jeff Thompson Research Award - Call for Applications
The IB Research Department is currently accepting applications for the 2011 Jeff Thompson Research Award. This award provides IB World School faculty and staff with incentive funding to support research conducted on IB programmes. Individual awards will be granted up to a maximum of US$5,000 each. The award was created in honor of Professor Thompson’s efforts to establish the research profile of the organization through his work as the IB’s director of international education and academic director. The application deadline for Round 1 is 31 October 2011. To access the application, policy and procedures as well as terms and conditions, please visit the Jeff Thompson Research Award pages . Questions and applications can be sent to

New Learner Profile Literature Review Available
A literature review by Dr. Kate Bullock that explores the IB Learner Profile is now available on the OCC, in the cross-programme publications section. The review attempts to examine learning theories from different educational and psychological paradigms, and consequently to indicate the relationship between the 10 attributes and stages of development of cognitive, affective and psychosocial dimensions of learning. It also explores how the IB learner profile reflects transdisciplinary, interdisciplinary and disciplinary approaches to learning.

Help Wanted: Research Department Seeks Spring Semester Interns
The IB’s global research department undertakes projects to analyze and assess the impact of our programmes, assure the quality of our professional development and school services activities, inform the development of our curriculum and programmes, and to stay abreast of current research on the IB and international education more broadly. To these ends, we are seeking part-time research interns to provide support to the global research department. We would like to tailor each individual experience to the skills and interest of the student, and provide the opportunity to explore personal areas of interest in relation to research on the IB and international education. Interns could play a role in researching and writing literature reviews, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, maintenance of the IB’s International Education Research Database, survey design and implementation, research report writing, editing and synthesizing, and other activities.

We are keen to partner with students who are able to apply their internship experience towards course credit in their programs.  As requirements of interning for credit varies between universities, please consult with your advisor.  Details of the internship will be tailored to accommodate different program requirements. For a full description of the opportunity, or to apply, please contact

For more information on the IB research department, including the latest studies on the impact of IB programmes, please visit:, or contact

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Coming Soon: The IB Journal of Teaching Practice

The IB is pleased to announce the development of the IB Journal of Teaching Practice, an online journal of peer-reviewed research and commentary on teaching and learning. We are excited to offer this forum for educators to exchange ideas, and we believe that stakeholders involved in the IB Teacher Award will be some of its key contributors and readers. The journal will welcome submissions that:
• have a clear applicability to the IB programmes
• address a relevant issue in classroom practice or school organization
• support and describe collaborative learning
• use written or multimedia formats (such as video or audio).

We encourage IB Teacher Award participants to submit their work for consideration; stay tuned for an official call for submissions in the coming months. We would like to thank Moosung Lee, a professor at the University of Hong Kong, who is a member of the inaugural board of editors.  If you have any questions about the journal, please contact Allie McKay at

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Out and About at IB Annual Regional Conferences

This year, Teacher Education Services attended the IB Annual Regional Conference of the Americas Region in San Antonio, Texas. It was an excellent opportunity for us to share information about the teacher award initiative with IB educators, coordinators and heads of school. It also proved to be a great way to begin to form a learning community among university educators and IB educators.

Jennifer Lebron of George Mason University, Dr Carolyn O’Mahony of Oakland University, Dr Carol Van Vooren of California State University San Marcos and Sue Richards, IB Teacher Education Services manager, delivered a panel presentation on “What does it mean to be an internationally minded educator?” This well-attended session sparked interesting discussions and offered a way for the university representatives to share information about their universities and courses of study.

In addition, we promoted the universities and courses of study in the exhibition hall. We spoke to hundreds of educators and were able to distribute information about the teacher award courses of study directly to educators. George Mason University had its own booth and also ran an advertisement in the conference program. Oakland University and California State University San Marcos shared a booth with Teacher Education Services.

Currently, we are preparing to exhibit at the IB Africa, Europe and Middle East Annual Regional Conference in The Hague on 27-30 October 2011. With support from IB, Dr Mary Hayden of the University of Bath, Robin Martin of Bilkent University and Mary Langford of ECIS will conduct a panel presentation on developing reflective practice. If you are attending the conference, please attend the panel presentation and be sure to stop by the exhibit hall and talk to Catherine Jacobs, our teacher award representative at the conference. 

The IB Asia Pacific Annual Regional Conference will be held in Singapore in March 2012. We would like to coordinate a panel presentation and will staff a booth during the conference.  Please contact  if you are interested in presenting with other teacher award universities and having a presence at our booth.

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Relaxed Requirements, More Flexibility Improve Teacher Award

The IB has relaxed the eligibility requirements by eliminating the necessity that all educators possess a teaching license/qualification for the level 1 award and offering educators more flexibility in obtaining the Level 2 award.

Level 1 Change
Many teachers working within IB World Schools have never gained or do not hold a current teaching license/qualification, but are expert teachers in their fields. Therefore, the IB now accepts a specified amount of experience as a professional teacher as a replacement for possessing a current teaching license/qualification.

Students in a Graduate Continuing Professional Development course of study, for example a graduate certificate, diploma or masters programme, must successfully complete an IB-recognized course of study and either hold a national teaching qualification/license or have a minimum of three years full-time professional teaching experience in a government-approved/registered school in the subject or age domain in which they intend to register for the award. This experience can be within an independent or private school providing the school is registered by the relevant national education authority.  (Note: Italicized text indicates new requirements)

Level 2 Change
Some prospective teacher award students are interested in completing a master’s or doctoral qualification linked to the Level 2 teacher award but  do not necessarily  want to complete taught units that focus on introducing and developing understanding about IB principles and practice.

To try to better meet these students’ needs, the IB has made the eligibility requirements for the Level 2 teacher award more flexible.  Master’s or doctoral programme students must successfully complete an IB-recognized master’s or higher level course of study, demonstrate a level of understanding of an IB programme commensurate with the Level 1 award as evidenced by successful completion of a Level 1 course of study, an IB-recognized Level 1 professional portfolio, or participation at two IB workshops AND the submission of testimonials from one school head and one IB coordinator targeting all of the essential questions underpinning the Level 1 award.

They must also have a minimum of:
• five years full-time professional teaching experience in a government-registered school in the subject or age domain in which they intend to register for the award and
• three years full-time professional experience teaching the specific IB programme in which they have registered for the award, which can be included within the five years of professional teaching experience outlined above.

This change does not lead to eligibility for the Level 1 award. The Level 1 award is formal recognition of proven understanding and commitment to professional learning, as demonstrated by completing the recognized course of study or through developing and critiquing a portfolio of evidence. Therefore, the option is only available to those experienced IB practitioners who are interested in completing a course of study that leads to the Level 2 award.  

Contact teacher education services department at if you have any questions about these improvements to the teacher award initiative.

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Pilot Universities Needed for Leadership and Management Development

The IB is developing an IB Level 1 leadership and management recognition framework to extend and enrich the professional development needs of potential and current IB leaders.

We are seeking expressions of interest from universities that would like to partner with the IB to align current courses of study in leadership and management development to IB requirements.  The context of the IB leadership and management framework is leadership in an IB World School, more specifically the authorization and evaluation processes and the implementation of IB programmes.  The leadership and management processes in this context include school review, sustainability, improvement and innovation. 

Much like we do with the IB teacher award, we ask universities to align courses of study by addressing a series of key questions arising from areas of inquiry.  The four areas of inquiry in the leadership and management framework include IB students and their learning, professionals within the IB school, the IB school as an organization and the wider IB community.

We would like to pilot the framework over the next two to three years.  If you are interested in finding out more about the framework or contributing to this pilot, please contact

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