President letter by Robin Oliver


On behalf of your CAWS board, I would like to welcome you all back to a year that will be filled with opportunities to inspire and educate your students. We are committed to supporting all levels of IB schools in California. Specifically, your CAWS Board is comprised of a responsive team of volunteers who represent PYP, MYP, DP and IBCC in Northern and Southern sectors of California. This inclusive Collaboration with IB schools increases Board awareness and effectiveness to specific issues facing individual schools. As always, we welcome your input on local as well as statewide issues. We know that by working together as we implement Common Core Standards and Local Control Funding Formula issues we will continue to create opportunities to inspire and educate our students.

In addition to supporting all schools, I want to share with you a recent issue that demonstrates the positive effect of working as a team. An email from the IBC at Claremont High notified CAWS in early August that draft documents from the California School Board Association, CSBA, outlining financial support for advanced programs did not mention IB. It is essential that CSBA include IB in their documents. CAWS immediately contacted our Legislative Advocate who swiftly contacted the CSBA on behalf of CAWS. CSBA has agreed to amend their draft to include IB when publishing documents regarding advanced courses of study. This type of collaboration between schools and CAWS provides vital support to local programmes as we enter year two of funding through use of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF.) and the development of Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs). For further details on LCFF I recommend a review of documents at: http://lcff.wested.org

Throughout the past year, your CAWS board has worked to further expand our service to schools as well as our presence within the Americas working with legislative and university representatives and providing expanded training and recognition.

Highlights of 2013/2014 include: meetings with UC/SCU/CC reps in Oakland, multiple meetings with Legislative representatives in Sacramento, presentation with IBA to CDE, participation in the first IB Higher Education International Symposium at Stanford University, Five-Day Theater Project, Fall Forum Sacramento, CAWS Half-Day UC Seminar, IB Association and Providers Meetings, PYP Round Table, Award of $17,000 CAWS Scholarships and Awards, Spring Forum San Diego, the Granlibakken Teacher Training, and Americas Association Meeting.

I encourage you to review the Calendar of Events and plan to participate in events planned for 2014-2015. Mark your calendars now for our CAWS Fall Forum, Monday Oct. 27th in Sacramento for a dynamic presentation on “College and Career Readiness – Where IB, Common Core, and AVID Meet” with Keynoters - Bob Poole IBA Vancouver, and Rob Gira, Executive Director, AVID. Breakout groups for PYP and MYP will be also be offered. Following that day on Oct. 28th, there will be an Orientation Seminar on the IBCC presented by IBA. Keep watching the website for registration details.

This is an exciting time of great opportunity to be involved in the shaping of the educational future of the children of California. I urge everyone to become as involved as possible as local and state agencies develop the plan for our futures.

I hope you all find sources of joy within your schools as you make positive differences in the lives of future generations.

Warm regards,

Robin Oliver
CAWS President
roliver@fjuhsd.net

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