International Baccalaureate Program Training Underway for Teachers

Nova Scotia’s most ambitious students are a step closer to benefiting from one of the world’s most respected pre-university high-school diploma programs.

Instructors with International Baccalaureate North America (IBNA) are in Halifax this week, Dec. 8-10, to train 128 teachers, who will deliver the program to students at 10 Nova Scotia high schools, beginning in September 2007. This will bring the total number of high schools offering two-year diploma and certificate courses to 12. Park View Education Centre in Bridgewater and Sydney Academy already have International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

This is the first time IBNA has held it’s level 1 teacher training away from one of its designated training venues.

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The IB program is a universally recognized, advanced liberal arts diploma designed for high-achieving students in grades 11 and 12. Pre-IB courses will also be offered in Grade 10.

“Instead of bringing the teachers to the training, we have decided to bring our training to the teachers,” said Anthony Tait, manager of professional development for IBNA in New York.

No other province or state has launched the IB diploma program in so many schools at one time.

“It is very impressive,” said Mr. Tait.

Hosting the three-day training session in Halifax will save the province significant travel costs.

“We are very pleased that International Baccalaureate North America has broken with tradition to help Nova Scotia bring this valuable program to more of our students,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir.

He said the program will be a huge benefit to students who do well in school and are looking for a challenge.

The program is open to any student, but standards are high. To succeed, students must be highly motivated. In addition to classroom time, students can expect an extensive home work load, a heavy reading requirement, a 4,000-word research essay, a final exam that can last two days, and a minimum of 150 hours of participation in athletics and community service.

“This is for the academically ambitious student. Very average students can do well, if they are prepared to work hard,” said John Messenger, provincial co-ordinator for the program. “It’s the best university preparation program there is.”

IB graduates are highly sought after by universities eager for students who have met an international standard of excellence. They are also near the front of the line for scholarships and can often get advanced credit for their high-school courses.

The diploma program emphasizes critical thinking and analysis, writing and oral communication, philosophy, community service, athletics, and internationalism.

There are more than 1,330 IB schools in 120 countries. Canada has about 100 schools offering the program.

The 10 high schools applying for IB designation are: Avon View, Windsor; Cobequid Education Centre, Truro; Charles P. Allen, Bedford; Citadel, Halifax; Prince Andrew, Dartmouth; Cole Harbour District, Cole Harbour; Halifax West, Halifax; Dr. John Hugh Gillis, Antigonish; Yarmouth Consolidated, Yarmouth; and Northumberland Regional, Westville.

stop loss divx movie online The Department of Education promised expansion of the IB program to all school boards in Learning For Life II, the province’s plan for improving education.

The first diploma students will graduate in the spring of 2009.

The province has given school boards $250,000 in funding for IB training.

10 Replies to “International Baccalaureate Program Training Underway for Teachers”

  1. Dear IB team

    I am writing to inquire about IB training for teachers.

    I hope to teach in Japan next year march or September 2006. I will be moving there with my wife and 3 year old daughter ( both Japanese ) to live.

    I am presently a high school math teacher; however I wish to be certified with an IB.

    Could you please send some websites that offer the IB training as well as information about teaching at international schools in Japan.

    Thankyou for your time.


    Douglas Simpson

  2. I suggest you contact the following department:

    Nova Scotia Department of Education
    P.O. Box 578
    2021 Brunswick Street
    Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
    Phone: (902) 424-5168
    Fax: (902) 424-0511

  3. Dear IB team,

    I wish to teach in an International school for an IB program either in Japan or in Vancouver,Canada.
    At present i reside in India.Please suggest me the best way to get the certification from India.


  4. I wish to teach in an International school for an IB program either in Japan or in Vancouver,Canada.
    At present i reside in Nigeria.Please suggest me the best way to get the certification from Nigeria.
    i hope to teach english language in any of this country and i just graduated from the university of lagos akoka nigeria with a B.A degree.
    i will be very glad if a job can be given to while in Nigeria and some percentages given to you if provided the job is sure.
    thanks and hope to hear from you soonest.


    Imoroa samuel ekundayo

  5. How many high schools offer English IB in British Columbia? Where can I find the names of the high schools that offer Enlish IB? Where can I find French IB programs in High Schools in BC?

    Thanks in advance.

  6. I am very much interested in learning more about the IB program and would like to get certification as an IB teacher. Can you please let me know how I can get certified in Shanghai? Thank you.

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