MSDWT GOES BACK TO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, AS FULLY AUTHORIZED INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE WORLD SCHOOL DISTRICT
And the Supt. Deploys Central Office Staff into the Schools
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 1, 2014) – On Monday, MSDWT Central Office staff will leave their desks to go out into the schools to assist during student arrival and dismissal. For the fourth year in a row, Supt. Dr. Nikki Woodson is deploying all Central Office staff, into the buildings to provide extra support during student arrival and dismissal every day, for the first week of school (8/4-8/8).
In addition the district will begin an historic year as a fully authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School district. Washington Township is the first in Indiana to become a fully IB authorized district (and one of only 6 nationwide), delivering curriculum through the IB framework, for every student.
The IB vision is to create a better world through education. The IB mission to help create a more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect is sadly right in line with the headlines of today. But the vision and effort to begin those conversations with young students early, through their education so that it becomes a part of who they are, is invaluable.
“It has been a five year journey to become a fully authorized International Baccalaureate World School district,” said Washington Township Superintendent Dr. Nikki Woodson. “ We could not be more excited to be starting our 2014-15 school year with each of our elementary, middle schools, and North Central High School fully authorized IB World Schools.”
The district learned this past June that the final authorization of its three middle schools and North Central High School was complete. The district’s 7 elementary schools completed authorization during the 2012-13 school year. In addition to the Primary Years Program (K-5) and the Middle Years Program (grades 6-10), the highly regarded IB Diploma program at North Central continues its long standing legacy of rigor.
Funding for IB implementation comes largely in part from The Washington Township Schools Foundation, who raised more than $800,000 (private dollars) for this initiative.
Please visit this link, to understand more about IB and why it is such a robust program, especially for a large metro district like MSDWT. http://www.ibo.org/general/who.cfm
IB Mission Statement:
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
What is International Baccalaureate?
“The IB continuum of international education for 5 to 19 year olds is unique because of its academic and personal rigor. Students are challenged to excel in their studies and in their personal growth. The IB aspires to help schools develop well rounded students with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real world, complex and unpredictable situations. The IB offers high quality programs of international education that share a powerful vision. ” -from www.ibo.org