Head of School Blog

IB Programme: A Global Context for Teaching and Learning

Jill Singleton | Volume: 7 Issue: 6 | Jan. 31, 2018
There are many reasons All Saints is applying to become a recognized International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme school. I will be sharing some of these reasons in a series of blogs over the next few months.

One of the most telling and compelling aspects of the IB Programme is its Learner Profile, which I shared at our Annual Forum a few weeks ago. IB Learners are inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. What’s especially exciting for us is that the characteristics in this profile are very closely aligned with our school’s mission, philosophy, vision and values. Central to this commitment is the development of globally-literate students who are prepared and poised to make a difference in the world. The stated aim of all IB programmes is to “develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, and help to create a better and more peaceful world.”

The IB global context for teaching and learning provides the perfect framework for education in our modern world, and is well aligned with many aspects of our current programming, most especially with our Eighth Grade Student Exchange Program with Ecuador. I think all would agree that preparation for fulfillment and success in today’s world requires an appreciation for cultural differences and a diversity of perspectives. IB students engage in collaborative opportunities of inquiry, action and reflection as they explore real-world global challenges. Students develop skills for making informed and balanced decisions and for taking responsible and appropriate action. Coming to understand one’s values and listening to those of others helps students to make ethical, informed decisions and to take responsible action. In Ecuador, our students are able to experience daily life in a culture other than their own, and to share their own in a spirit of mutual respect and appreciation.

The IB Programme will enhance the work we already do in the development of strong academics, ethical leadership and compassionate service in our students. We look forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead as we seek official candidacy as an IB Middle Years Programme this year.

You can read more about IB global context for teaching and learning and other important concepts here:

Questions? Comments? Ideas? I’d love to hear them! Email me: jsingleton@allsaintsdayschool.org