Fall IB: Making the PYP happen in the classroom, Category 1

Category 1 workshops are designed to provide training and assistance for schools that have decided to apply for IB authorization. They are equally relevant for educators who are new to a school with an existing IB programme and those interested in joining an IB World School.

This workshop assists teachers who are currently in an IB World School offering the PYP but did not have the opportunity to receive Category 1 training before commencing their responsibilities. It assumes a familiarity with the planning process and the philosophy of the PYP. Participants will develop their personal knowledge and understanding of the essential elements of the programme; deepen their understanding of international mindedness and the learner profile; prepare themselves for planning, teaching and assessing students; and develop skills to analyze and refine the school’s programme of inquiry. The workshop environment supports educators as life-long learners through reading and discussing current pedagogy and research.  It supports teachers with their insights and questions on their journey to implement the PYP.

Conceptual Understandings of Workshop
+ Individual teachers’ beliefs and experiences related to teaching affect the way they perform.
+ International-mindedness is encompassed in the IB Learner Profile.  It is further developed by practices under PYP standards.
+ In the PYP, the school’s curriculum includes all those student activities, academic and non-academic, for which the school takes responsibility, since they all have an impact on student learning.
+ At the heart of the curriculum cycle is the learner constructing meaning.
+ The five essential elements resonate throughout the entire curriculum.
+ The PYP curriculum is concept-driven and transdisciplinary.
+ Teaching and learning takes place when a range and balance of teaching strategies are selected appropriately to meet particular learning needs.
+ Assessment is integral to planning, teaching and learning, and needs to be varied and purposeful.
+ Responsibility for learning is shared within a learning community through collaborative and reflective planning.
+ The programme of inquiry and the subject scope and sequences are components of the curriculum, which when used together, define a coherent curriculum.
+ Units of inquiry must illuminate the transdisciplinary theme under which they are placed.
+ There is a range of IB professional development available to support implementation of the PYP.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42199 Lesa Roecker On-campus 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday and Monday; 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday Sunday, October 8, 2017

Term: Fall 2017

Start Date: Oct. 08, 2017

End Date: Oct. 10, 2017

Schedule: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday and Monday; 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday

Length: Sunday-Tuesday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $880

Early Registration: $830 (until July 8)

Late Registration: $930 (after September 24)

  • Laptop or tablet is beneficial
  • Pen and paper
  • Highlighter
  • Participants should have the following materials available electronically or in print depending on their learning preference:
    • The school’s programme of inquiry
    • A completed unit planner on which the participant collaborated