KMS Achieves IB World School Authorization
TBAISD regional project gains third Middle Years Programme authorization in northern Michigan
Traverse City, MI --- 2016 has been a successful year for regional schools who have earned International Baccalaureate World School status. Kalkaska Middle School is the most recent district to successfully capture the district’s first International Baccalaureate World School authorization. After three years of training and aligning teaching and learning with the International Baccalaureate education model, Kalkaska becomes the third middle school to gain the IB title for a Middle Years Programme (PYP) for northern Michigan. The work was accomplished with support from a regional project coordinated by the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) through grant funding from W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Superintendent Kalkaska Public Schools Karen Sherwood says, “I extend congratulations to all the staff and students at Kalkaska Middle School for their hard work to achieve this great accomplishment. Our Board of Education and I are very proud of the middle school’s accomplishment of earning International Baccalaureate World School status and the many opportunities students will be awarded through this rigorous, international program.”
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme is a curriculum framework designed for students’ ages 3 to 12. It supports schools and teachers through intense professional development and ongoing reflection on best practices for teaching and learning. IB programmes aim to increase access to the curriculum and engagement in learning. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom. IB programmes work to help children recognize their potential and become responsible members of local, national and global communities.
Funding for this project has been provided by a three year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation received by Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District and the TBAISD general fund allocated to partnering school districts for program development and support. Kalkaska Middle School joins Elk Rapids and Leland elementary and middle schools in attaining the distinguished title of International Baccalaureate World School.
TBAISD Superintendent Mike Hill adds, “The entire Traverse Bay Area region is very proud of the students, staff and school community of Kalkaska. It is an honor to be recognized as an International Baccalaureate World School and the district’s collective efforts are commended. The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District is proud to be a collaborative partner with Kalkaska in receiving this recognition.”
Through collaboration and support from Northsky Nonprofit Network and Rotary Charities, TBAISD and four local districts worked to attain grant funding from W.K. Kellogg Foundation to implement the highly successful, rigorous academic IB programs.
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Quick Facts that promote understanding of IB programs:
· IB programs encourage international-mindedness in students and educators.
· IB stimulates curiosity and inquiry to foster the spirit of discovery, helping individuals to become “doers,” not watchers.
· IB is a framework, not a curriculum.
· IB encourages diversity and flexibility in teaching methods.
· IB programs serve all students, not a chosen few.