IBSOM Spring Symposium 2023

Join us March 13, 2023 at Macomb ISD

Learn with Local IBSOM Colleagues

Join us for our annual Spring Symposium

Create professional collaborations that can continue locally!

IBSOM Spring Symposium 2023

Monday, March 13th, 8am-2:30pm

44001 Garfield Road

Clinton Township, MI

IBSOM will be hosting the following sessions:

  • MYP: Unit Planning and Reflection, 6-10th Grades
  • PYP: The PYP Planning Process in the Enhanced Era.

Cost: $200 per participant

Monday, March13, 2023 (tentative agenda)

7:45am Registration

8:00am - Welcome

8:30am - Sessions Begin

11:45am - Lunch

12:30pm - Sessions Resume

2:45pm - Symposium Concludes with Reflection

3:00pm - IBSOM Board Mtg (all welcome to attend)

Registration Details

Cost: $200 per participant

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2023

COVID-19 Guidelines:

Guidelines for IB professional development workshop host schools:

  • Participants/school staff must not attend the workshops should they fall ill before the event.

  • Participants/school staff must respect national/state/local/venue COVID-19 guidelines during their attendance of the PD event.

  • Participants/school staff must remove themselves, and immediately inform the workshop leader and on-site school/district coordinator, if they fall ill during the event.

  • Please see the event website as well for more information and guidelines pertaining to COVID-19.


CLICK HERE to register for this workshop.

MYP: Unit Planning and Reflection, 6-10th Grades

Join a valuable day-long workshop to collaboratively design or reimagine a unit of inquiry (6-10th grade). Prepare to have fun and think creatively as we use a conceptual framework that heightens relevance, authenticity, and student inquiry. As a professional learning community, we will grow together through active engagement, peer feedback, and reflection throughout the workshop experience. Ideal for PLCs, individuals and coordinators/instructional leaders.

About the workshop leader: Olivia Howe-Espinosa is an International Baccalaureate Coach at Des Moines Public Schools. Olivia started her MYP journey in Mexico City as a teacher of Individuals and Societies, Language and Literature, and Language Acquisition. She served as the coordinator for the first MYP World School partnership in the state of Iowa, the district’s IB coordinator, and now supports teachers and building leaders through professional development, primarily coaching. Olivia is passionate about disrupting systems of education inequity and supporting students to thrive intellectually, emotionally, and ethically. When not working with students and educators, she is active in community causes and enjoys adventuring with her husband and two elementary-aged daughters. She looks forward to learning together, activating courage, curiosity, and creativity to create a better, more peaceful world through education.

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The PYP Planning Process in the Enhanced Era

This session is designed to facilitate inquiry into the PYP planning process in the enhanced PYP. We will have the opportunity to share best practices in planning protocols as well as explore various models of planners and associated strategies that facilitate authentic planning and reflection. Coordinators and teacher leaders who are working on programme development plans to enhance planning and collaboration would benefit from this session.
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Robin Long is the founder of Let Them Learn LLC. Her educational experience encompasses a variety of roles in education including; teacher, literacy specialist, curriculum director, curriculum development, IB Primary Years Programme coordinator, workshop leader, site visitor/evaluator, and consultant. Robin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education for the Hearing Impaired, earned a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Development, and an Education Specialist's Degree in School Administration. Robin has taught a variety of primary year levels, served in several school leadership positions, and led university-level courses. She has designed professional development in a variety of contexts including leadership, literacy, social-emotional education, learning diversity and inclusion, inquiry, transdisciplinary learning, curriculum design, and assessment. Robin is a certified consultant and workshop leader for Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction through the H. Lynn Erickson Institute and a member of the board for IB Schools of Michigan.​


CLICK HERE to register for this workshop.