International Baccalaureate Program
From IB's Head of Authorization, February 15, 2018:
Valley Vista Elementary is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org
How did we get here?
Mrs. Haugen & the teaching staff began investigating this programmatic shift in January 2017. Teachers took a field trip to an IB school in Napa and a team attended an IB conference over summer. Upon our return in August, we decided to take the plunge!
What's happening now?
The IB Learner Profile is an intergral part of classroom, playground and campus life. Mrs. O is teaching Spanish to all students once or twice weekly. Teachers are finishing up Unit 1 planning, and each grade level is jumping into its first Unit of Inquiry this spring. Our IB Coordinator, Jen Ortlinghaus, is coaching grade levels, coordinating steps toward authorization and supporting our new teachers and auxiliary staff in implementation.
What does this mean for students?
Students and staff are learning the 10 Learner Profile attributes and beginning to build them into their vocabulary on a regular basis. Teachers are turning their curriculum to a global view when possible, taking small steps toward the globally-minded, action oriented goals of IB. Inquiry is the major underpinning of IB so we are embracing what inquiry really means--guided, structured, open. Each type gives more or less guidance to students depending on the topic and age of students. All three fit in every classroom. All students will experience their first Unit of Inquiry this spring. Here we go!
The IB Mission Statement:
The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.