IBSOM Spring Symposium

March 12, 2018

IB Schools of Michigan Spring Symposium Sessions

DP: Extended Essay


  • This session is designed as an overview of how to implement the Extended Essay curriculum at your school. We will take a quick look at the logistics, the assessment criteria and what resources students need to be successful at writing the Extended Essay. We will discuss the foundational skills that students should have in terms of research skills. The EE Coordinator and subject area teachers need a good grasp of IB Command Terms in order to be able to successfully help their students with viable research questions. This is a good introductory seminar to school librarians, EE Coordinators and IB Coordinators if you are just starting the EE at your school or have been doing it for a few years.

  • Workshop leader Klaudia Janek is the International Academy School Librarian, Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) President, AASL Affiliate Assembly Delegate, Extended Essay Coordinator, Personal Project Co-Coordinator and IB Workshop Leader (Librarians, Extended Essay). Klaudia was involved in the redevelopment of the Extended Essay curriculum and wrote the current Extended Essay IB workshop being taught globally to teachers.


Evaluating MYP Unit Plans to Prepare for the Building Quality Curriculum Requirements


  • This session is designed for experienced MYP Teachers, Coordinators and Administrators. IB workshop leaders will guide you through how to prepare your MYP units for MYP Building Quality Curriculum requirements. During the session, an overview of the MYP unit planning process will be reviewed, and time will be dedicated to giving feedback and fine tuning existing unit planners for the formal IB review process.


  • Participants should bring at least three current planners and blank copies of the MYP unit planner along with important IB documents like the MYP: Principles into Practice and Evaluating MYP Unit Plans. A laptop with the documents and planners would also be beneficial.


  • Workshop facilitators Jenifer Zywcki from Leland Public Schools and Jason Rubel from Bloomfield Hills Schools are experienced IB educators and leaders for the IB Americas region.


PYP: Strengthening the Written Curriculum.


  • This session is designed for experienced PYP teachers, coordinators, and administrators. IB Workshop leaders and site visitors will guide you through policy and practices to strengthen the written curriculum and meet IB requirements.


  • Participants should bring 6 copies of their program of inquiry and have access to unit planners. This session will utilize web resources so please bring a laptop or tablet that enables you to interact with virtual resources.


  • Workshop facilitators Robin Long from Let Them Learn LLC, and Jean Ramsayer from JRam Consultancy, are experienced IB educators and leaders for the IB Americas region.


Introduction to IB Programs: DP, CP, MYP, PYP


  • This half-day roundtable session is designed for administrators and school leaders who wish to explore the philosophy and features of IB programmes. Learn about requirements, costs, and benefits of becoming an IB world school with experienced IB educators and school leaders who will facilitate discussions and share resources. This informational session is provided at no cost to participants.

IBSOM Spring Symposium

Monday, March 12th, 7:30am-3pm

44001 Garfield Road

Charter Township of Clinton, MI

7:30 - 8:00: Breakfast Provided

8:00 - 8:15: Introduction

8:15 - 11:45: AM session and Half-day Intro to IB Programmes

11:45 - 12:30: Lunch (provided for full day participants)

12:30 - 2:45: PM session

3:00: IBSOM Board Meeting (All are invited)