The IB Global Conference, Hong Kong 2019 took place from 24th to 26th March at AsiaWorld-Expo.
The annual IB Global Conference 2019 took place in Hong Kong. Around 2000 educational professionals from all over the world attended the conference. Boston International School also sent school management team along with teachers to attend the conference: Executive President Ms. Sue Su, Executive Principal Mr. Rob Stewart, Secondary Principal Ms. Ann Wagner, Director of Pedagogy Ms.Carol (BIPS), DP Coordinator and Science Teacher Mr. Matthew Kirk and MYP Coordinator and M1 Homeroom Teacher Mr. Robert Young.
This year’s conference, themed IB Generation, was divided into several different sub-themes. Attenders shared their theoretical and practical experiences on topics of IB programmes, development of students and teachers, as well as school management.
Our Executive Principal Mr. Rob Stewart offered his options on the conference:
“Boston Team makes its presence at the IB Global Conference in Hong Kong.
The IB Global Conference in Hong Kong was a great chance for our team to hear from outstanding world leading educators and futurists who shared their latest research and trends in today’s education community.
I was particularly taken with a common theme in all presentations that knowing your students and the complexities that challenge them in today’s world and what their future holds is critical. To understand as a community here in Boston International School that we need to prepare our students for a world we don’t know yet with skills and knowledge that is still to be invented, means that we together can provide the right environment for our students to strive and flourish.
Parents and educators need each other’s support to not only share research trends and educational developments, but also the complexities and challenges we face in nurturing our students and providing them with the concepts, skills and character to not understand global developments and issue but to participate effectively and actively lead the work needed to be undertaken to ensure our future is positive, safe and sustainable.
Here at Boston International School our team are rethinking the way we do things for our students, parents and staff to ensure we are better prepared to meet these challenges together.”
Boston International School is the ONLY international school in Wuxi that has been authorized by IBO to offer courses from kindergarten to high school. With a solid education foundation, BIS fosters elites who are recognized and given priority acceptance by global universities.
Courses ranging from kindergarten to pre-university are offered to global students, which provide 3 to 18-year-old students with intellectual, psychological, personal development, and necessary social skills to be a life-long learner. Students are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations.
BIS teachers apply innovative and diverse education frameworks to their unit plans, teaching resources and evaluation tools. They put emphasis on a pedagogy that motivates students’ inquiry and lifelong learning, beyond school study.
Sticking to IB concept, Students in BIS are encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning. They take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world.
Research shows that students in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) performed better than non-IB students in a global International Schools’ Assessment study that ran from 2009-2011.
Further research indicates that Diploma Programme (DP) graduates complete college faster than their peers, feel more prepared for college-level coursework involving research, and are better able to cope with demanding workloads and time-management challenges.
BIS also focus on students’ personal and social skills development to prepare them for future challenges.
Through our teaching programmes, the development of a second even third language and colorful extra curriculum activities, students can become more culturally aware and engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.
We will do our best to make sure students are developed with strong academic, social and emotional characteristics!