May Newsletter by Pat Prather


GREETINGS FROM PAT PRATHER

Spring Breaks have come and gone and summer 2014 is not far from our thoughts. Now it is time to clear the mental and physical clutter from our lives that has accumulated over this school year and look to the future. Congratulate your students and teachers on a job well done and hugs all around to sending another class of graduates on their way to success and happiness. Have a great summer!

UPCOMING CAWS EVENTS

GRANLIBAKKEN TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOPS – LAKE TAHOE
CATEGORY 1, 2 and 3 WORKSHOPS
DIPLOMA JUNE 25-28, 2014
MYP/PYP JUNE 28-JULY 1, 2014

There are still seats available at our CAWS workshops at Granlibakken Lodge in Lake Tahoe. Enjoy working with excellent trainers, eating terrific food, sharing time with other teachers, and enjoying the hospitality of Lake Tahoe. Go to the CAWS website, www.c-aws.org, and register! Everything you need is there, including flyers to download for your convenience. You won’t find a better venue for your IB professional development.

SPRING ROUNDTABLE

Ellen Ahlquist will be the facilitator at the Bel Aire Park Magnet School in Napa Valley roundtable May 23, 2014 from 8:30am-2:30pm Details, directions to the school, registration form, and the day’s agenda are all on the CAWS website

CAWS BOARD MEETING

Our summer board meeting will take place in San Diego at the Horton Grand Hotel on May 31st, 9:30am – 4:00pm

ANNUAL REGIONAL CONFERENCE-JULY 10-13

Caws will again be a sponsor of the Annual Regional Conference in Washington D.C July 10-13, 2014. Ways of Knowing is the theme of the conference and great speakers are on the agenda. If you are planning to attend, stop by our booth and say “Hi”.

FALL FORUM OCTOBER 2014

October 27th is the date set for our Fall forum in Sacramento at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Bob Poole, Regional Specialist from IBA Vancouver, and Rob Gira, Executve Vice President National Programs for AVID, are co- keynote speakers as we look at College and Career Readiness: Where IB, Common Core, and AVID meet. Plus: Bonus track for administrators: IB LCFF, and LCAP . Save the date and watch for the registration details on the website as soon as all details are finalized.

COLLEGE FAIR

Save September 14th for the annual CIS College Fair to be held at the French International School in San Francisco. This is a great event for teachers and students to attend. Details are on the website and a flyer there to download. Support your schools!

CAWS NEWSROOM

SERVICES YOUR ASSOCIATION PROVIDES TO SUPPORT IB SCHOOLS

  • Awarding scholarships to students, teachers, administrators - Totaling up to $17,500 since 2009
  • Sending newsletters every two months to inform all schools of the activities of the Association and of upcoming events
  • Sending e-blasts to schools with reminders of deadline dates, current stories or events not covered in the newsletters
  • Maintaining a website c-aws.org to provide information about the Association, calendars of events, registrations for conferences, articles from IBA, legislative updates on school funding, news on government and university recognition
  • Maintaining a database of all DP, MYP,PYP, IBCC authorized schools including addresses, locations, Coordinators and Heads of Schools contact information
  • Providing professional development at our bi-annual conferences featuring speakers who are specialists in their fields
  • Providing each summer authorized IB Teacher Training Workshops in Lake Tahoe for DP/MYP/PYP teachers
  • Providing protocols for schools wishing to host round table gatherings
  • Collaborating with IBA to provide the best services to our schools and teachers

E-MAIL/ADMINISTRATOR NAME CHANGES

Be sure to let us know if you have e-mail or school administrator changes. It is so helpful since it lets us keep the flow of information going to your schools I send a newsletter or e-blast every month or so and your correct e-mail is my way to keep you up to date on the latest in CAWS events.

LINKS TO ARTICLES OF INTEREST

From Laura Sellers
I have been working as a curriculum designer for a company from the Sacramento area called Sombrero Time for the last 6 years. We have developed a complete elementary age curriculum aligned to CA World Language Standards and have been pairing with local IB schools with great success. We have heard that many IB schools are having trouble fulfilling the foreign language requisite at the elementary level. I have included the link to our website if you would like to find out more about us. Thank you very much for your time and please feel free to contact me with questions.
www.sombrerotime.com

From Dot Battenfeld – CAWS UC Liaison
Here's a good article on IB film at Montgomery; more good press for value of IB (CCSS, college and career focus)
http://santarosa.towns.pressdemocrat.com/2014/04/news/young-filmmakers-showcase-works-may-1-3/

From Andy Culley - IB source
The IB Source Sample Center supports educators by providing three easy options to preview textbooks:
1. Digital sample chapters viewable by subject of interest
2. Individual examination copies available on request.
3. Subject-specific Sample Sets that can be borrowed.

Please visit http://myibsource.com/samples/digital-samples.html and you can preview all IB textbooks in PDF format. It also gives you links if you wish to order full sample copies and sample loan sets.

FINALLY

“Toleration… is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle” Helen Keller

Best Regards,
Pat

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