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Consortium for Policy Research in Education
Past Project: 2009-2012
In the fall of 2009, the International Baccalaureate (IB) initiated a three-year project to demonstrate the feasibility of increasing the participation of minority students and students in poverty in its Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) in selected school districts in the United States. “Expanding Access, Participation and Success in IB Programmes” or the "IB Access Project," as it came to be known, has utilized multi-faceted technical assistance, professional development, and materials development strategies to strengthen IB programs and broaden access for students previously excluded from schools.
On-site support was one of the strategies used to help teachers meet the project’s goals and was led by CPRE-TC. Each school was visited three or four times during the school year and, in a few instances, faculties from all the pilot schools in a district met. Additional technical assistance visits were also conducted.
Site visits typically included classroom observations and feedback, after school peer coaching sessions, and cohort learning sessions. CPRE-TC staff led walk-throughs with the district IB coordinators and school administrators, and planning sessions with the district IB coordinators. Summer Institutes were also conducted in each district. These lasted two to three days, and had a common agenda. They focused on the elements of the MYP, how to conduct classroom observations, high-impact practices, how to diagnose students' needs, and how to engage students.