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February 14, 2008
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PEI Island Teachers Begin Training to Deliver the International Baccalaureate Program


Prince Edward Island will host a major learning event this Friday and Saturday for more than 40 Prince Edward Island teachers and 100 teachers from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick who deliver the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program.

The IB program will be introduced in September 2008 at Charlottetown Rural High School and Colonel Gray High School. The Western School Board plans to offer the program in the near future.

The IB Diploma program is a challenging two-year curriculum for students aged 16 to 19. It is a liberal arts and science program that is based on rigorous international standards and assessment. The program emphasizes critical thinking, inter-cultural understanding and exposure to a variety of points of view. It is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities.

Education Minister Gerard Greenan says the weekend training sessions at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel will be facilitated by a group of 13 IB instructors from across Canada and the United States. “Rather than having to send our teachers out-of-province for training, the International Baccalaureate Organization has agreed to send the instructors to us. This will enable more Island teachers and administrators to participate in this excellent learning opportunity and it will help with training costs,” he said.

Charlottetown Rural High School and Colonel Gray Senior High School are in the first year of a four-year authorization program to become IB schools. IB preparatory courses will be offered at both schools in 2008-2009 for interested Grade 10 students. It is hoped that 30 students in each school will take the official IB diploma program in Grades 11 and 12.

Minister Greenan says the program is designed for well rounded students with a strong work ethic who are looking for a challenge. “While past academic achievement is important, the IB program is for all students who want to work hard and achieve in a variety of areas,” he said. “The establishment of this program responds to a recommendation from the Task Force on Student Achievement for more enrichment opportunities for Island students.”

The program is funded by the Department of Education.

Students will be accepted into the program based on their academic standing, other achievements and the recommendations of their teachers.

Information sessions will be held for students and parents who want to know more about the program on March 5 at 7 p.m. at Colonel Gray Senior High School.

More information is available by contacting the program coordinator, Dr. Kevin MacLeod at the Eastern School District, or by visiting the International Baccalaureate Organization website at

Media Contact: Jean Doherty
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