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    International Baccalaureate Conference at the Head of the Class
    Miami Beach Schools are in the Process of Implementing IB Programs

    Quality schools are essential to the fabric of the community. In Miami Beach, the community is committed to supporting and investing in excellence in their public schools.

    Last year, the City of Miami Beach Commission entered into an education compact  with Miami-Dade County Public Schools that supports enhancing education for the Miami Beach community. One of the initiatives of the compact is to implement the International Baccalaureate (IB) program throughout Miami Beach feeder schools. As part of this implementation and acceptance, instructional staff training is required.

    On March 27 and 28, over 600 teachers, administrators and trainers from Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County and other areas nationwide will be participating in the two-day IB Conference at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

    "This is an especially exciting initiative that we hope will create a strong network of support for ALL Miami Beach schools once the workshop has concluded," said Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower.

    Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho said, "During these tough economic times, strong collaborations are needed the most and the City of Miami Beach Education Compact highlights a true partnership. Today, we are training more teachers for less money while developing the first International Baccalaureate Organization feeder pattern in the State of Florida. This wouldn’t have been possible without the City’s steadfast action on behalf of the future of the children of their community."

    The goals and objectives of the IB workshops at the conference are to introduce IB programs; to increase the ease of application and authorization; and to enable schools and teachers to be successful in early years of IB implementation. Participants will become familiar with IB application writing procedures and the philosophy of the IB program; create initial drafts of their own applications and course designs/outlines; and be able to begin implementation upon returning to school from this workshop.

    The City of Miami Beach is developing the first K-12 IB continuums in the area.  The intention is for the schools in Miami Beach to serve as continuous feeder IB program with a strong Middle Years Program/Diploma Program partnership to enhance the sixth-12 continuums. The IB program in Miami Beach schools will provide all students the same access to develop into IB diploma candidates; prepare the students to become active global citizens; be offered with equal access throughout Miami Beach; and set criteria at the high school level with standards that provide ample room to promote equity.

    In addition to the IB program implementation, the Miami Beach education compact focuses on student achievement, teacher recruitment and retention, enhanced communication of educational and community events, family involvement and support, engaged youth and community, increased health and well-being of students, improved safety and perceptions of safety in the schools, and improved access to technology.

    The City of Miami Beach has continuously demonstrated commitment and support for public education and its youth through the years. Funds are allocated to Parks & Recreation programs to provide reading, social skills, and snacks. Additionally, school patrol liaisons, agenda books for each student in each school in the feeder pattern are supported. Other City programs provide access to City facilities and golf course usage, grant funds, computer discounts, and tickets to performances at the Fillmore Miami Beach through Live Nation.

    For more information, contact Dr. Leslie Rosenfeld at 305.673.7000, extension 6923.


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