Fuzhou Lakeside International School held an IB (MYP) program seminar on May 26th. The presentation was open to parents of grades 4 and 5 and was led by Mr. Travis Coyne, IB (MYP) Program Director.
· International Baccalaureate
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit international foundation founded in 1968 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and is recognized worldwide as a leader in international education. The IB offers four educational programmes: the IB Diploma Programme and the IB Career-related Programme for students aged 15 to 19, the IB Middle Years Programme for students aged 11 to 16, and the IB Primary Years Programme for children aged 3 to 12. 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.
IB (MYP) is a program of study for FLIS students in grades 6-10. At the beginning of the seminar, Mr. Coyne introduced himself to the parents. He who came from America has over 20 years of experience in primary and secondary education and has taught in China for the past eleven years. Mr. Coyne then shared with parents the mission statement for the FLIS MYP: FLIS MYP provides a learning environment that nurtures principled, caring, balanced leaders of today and tomorrow. We are committed to using inquiry based learning to develop awareness of self and global-mindedness that allows our students to know that they can have a positive impact on their own lives and the world around them. This coincides with the goals of the International Baccalaureate Organization.
In order to achieve these goals, FLIS MYP has set up expectations for how to best meet the needs of its students. While FLIS MYP is not going to “spoon-feed” our MYP students, because what we do is to encourage and train our students to “feed” themselves. They will learn to be responsible for themselves and their learning. The program is not focused on testing, test result-focused, or ranked. This is because assessment is designed and used to get feedback on student performance in order to set and adjust learning goals. This ultimately allows students to develop systematically academically. Therefore making mistakes is not scary or bad, they are as important to learning as success is, and we use them to further learning with an eye to the long-term development of our students.
Next, Mr. Coyne introduced parents to the comprehensive home-school support FLIS can provide to students in this program, from IB Learner Profile, ATL development, Life skills courses, Language based track placement, to MYP staff training, Parent teacher conferences, FLIS MYP parent workshops, and more.
Currently FLIS are in the Candidate phase of the IB World School accreditation for the MYP. If all goes well we should be an IB MYP World School by end of the school year 2022-23. Mr. Coyne told parents about the upcoming plans for the IB (MYP) program at FLIS and also showed our MYP Year 1 courses. We hope to provide more educational options for our students and look forward to seeing more new faces in the MYP program next year. As always, FLIS is ready to travel with you on your educational journey!
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