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June 20, 2014

International Baccalaureate workshop comes to TC

TRAVERSE CITY — Teachers and school administrators from across the state will gather at Cherryland Middle School in Elk Rapids for a three-day International Baccalaureate workshop.

About 300 educators from authorized IB World Schools and schools working toward the designation will hear from IB leaders from around the world starting Monday. The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District is hosting the conference.

IB programs champion curriculum intended to promote independent and critical thinking, as well as multicultural understanding and awareness.

All teachers and administrators must participate in IB training before a school can become an authorized IB World School, said Terri Sheldon, TBAISD's IB coordinator.

The Kellogg Foundation gave TBAISD a $3.3 million grant last year for developing IB programming in Elk Rapids, Kalkaska, Leland and Traverse City public districts. All districts reached IB candidacy status in May and will work toward IB World School designation over the next two years.

IB leaders with international experience in 19 countries will run the training, and nine schools from across the state will join local school districts at the workshop, Sheldon said.

"Our teachers here can collaborate with teachers around the state and also collaborate with these leaders who have so much experience from other states and other countries," she said.

Teachers can start using the IB instructional model in the classroom once the workshop is complete.

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