International Baccalaureate

 


Lewis and Clark Middle School

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

 

The IB MYP

At the center of international education, the IB MYP at Lewis and Clark Middle School, are students with their own learning styles, strengths and limitations. Our students come to school with combinations of unique and shared values, knowledge and experience of the world and their place in it.  We harness these differences by promoting open communication based on understanding and respect. The IB MYP, at Lewis and Clark Middle School, encourages students to become active, compassionate lifelong learners.

An IB education at Lewis and Clark Middle School is holistic in nature—it is concerned with the development of the whole student. Along with cognitive development, the IB MYP addresses students’ social, emotional and physical well-being. The IB MYP values and offer opportunities for students to become active and caring members of local, national and global communities; it focuses attention on the processes and the outcomes of internationally minded learning.

 What is the IB education?

An IB education is the result of a dynamic interaction between IB learners (who), teaching and learning in the IB (how), global contexts for teaching and learning (why) and the pursuit of significant knowledge and understanding (what). The IB MYP provides a framework of academic challenges that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, while becoming critical and reflective thinkers.

 

How are IB MYP classes different At Lewis and Clark?

Teachers collaboratively plan units of study that begin with a Statement of Inquiry. This statement is derived from Key Concepts (big ideas), which are set in a real world context. This statement is the driving force behind the unit, as it leads to the development of a real-world, authentic assessment, through which students can connect their learning to the world outside of the classroom. IB MYP students ask challenging questions, learn how to learn, develop a strong sense of their own identify and culture, and develop the ability to communicate with, and understand people from other cultures.

 

How do I enroll my child at the IB MYP at Lewis and Clark?

All Lewis and Clark Middle School students are part of the IB MYP.

 

How are teachers prepared to teach using the IB MYP philosophy?

The IB trains and supports teachers through both traditional face-to-face workshops and online trainings. Lewis and Clark teachers also take part in regular collaborative professional development and work with an onsite IB MYP Coordinator.

What World Languages are offered?

Students may take Spanish or French as their second language (Language Acquisition). Once students decide on a World Language, the goal is to continue it through the 4 years of the programme.

 

How is the International Baccalaureate structured in the Omaha Public Schools?

There are two IB programs: the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for 6th – 10th graders, and the Diploma Programme for 11th and 12th grade students. The MYP develops skills and knowledge necessary for success in the DP.  MYP students are academically challenged through a balanced curriculum. Students at Lewis and Clark are required to complete a course for each subject area, including a world language, the Arts (performing/visual), and design. The DP is rigorous and intended to prepare students for success at the university level and requires students in the 9th and 10th grade to complete a range of honors classes. 

 

How is the IB MYP a four year programme at Lewis and Clark? 

Lewis and Clark Middle School and Central High School have established a path for students who choose to continue the IB MYP track as they move from middle school to high school. Students who choose to finish the IB MYP at Central and complete the Personal Project in 10th grade will have a spot at Central, as long as they maintain a “C” or higher in all 8 academic disciplines. A commitment form is mailed home during the 8th grade year. 

 

If I want to find out more information, what should I do?

If you want to find out more about the IB MYP, please contact Mrs. Lisa Tingelhoff at lisa.tingelhoff@ops.org or 531.299.8980. You can also check out www.ibo.org.



 

Why the IB MYP?

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at Lewis and Clark Middle School emphasizes intellectual challenge by enouraging students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and life.

What the MYP offers students?

The MYP at Lewis and Clark Middle School aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers. 

 

Our approach to teaching and learning

Using the MYP philosophy, Trailblazer Teachers aim to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community.

Teaching and learning in the MYP is underpinned by the following concepts:

Teaching and learning in context: Global Contexts

At Lewis and Clark Middle School, we know students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and the world that they have experienced.

Using global contexts, MYP students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations of:

  • identities and relationships
  • personal and cultural identity
  • orientations in space and time
  • scientific and technical innovation
  • fairness and development
  • globalization and sustainability.

Conceptual understanding: Key and Related Concepts

 

At Lewis and Clark Middle School, we know that understanding the big ideas and connections between classes is essential for students learning. Concepts are big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas. MYP students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and examine knowledge holistically. The MYP prescribes sixteen key interdisciplinary concepts along with related concepts for each discipline. 

Skill Development: Approaches to learning

As a unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, Approaches to Learning (ATL) Skills provide the foundation for students to complete independent learning and encourages the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these social, thinking, research, communication and self management skills helps students learn how to learn. At Lewis and Clark Middle School, we want to ensure that we are giving students the skills for future success, so we make sure to actively plan to develop these skills.

Service as action, through community service 

Action and service have always been shared values of the IB community. Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service—making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Inclusion and learning diversity in MYP

As part of the MYP curriculum, Lewis and Clark Middle School addresses differentiation within the written, taught and assessed curriculum. This is demonstrated in the planning MYP units of student and in the teaching environment, and reviewed by the IB during programme evaluation. The MYP allows schools to continue to meet state and national legal requirements for students with access needs. Lewis and Clark Middle School has developed an inclusion/special educational needs (SEN) policy that explains assessment access arrangements, classroom accommodations and curriculum modification that meet individual student learning needs.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) is made of eight subject groups:


The IB MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group in each year of the programme. In years 3 and 4, at Omaha Central High School, students have the option to take courses from six of the eight subject groups within certain limits, to provide greater flexibility in meeting Omaha Public School requirements and individual student learning needs.

 

 

 

 

 

The learner profile is the IB’s mission in action. It requires IB learners to strive to become:

Inquirers

Knowledgeable

Thinkers

Communicators

Principled

Open-minded

Caring

Risk-takers

Balanced

Reflective

These attributes of internationally minded people represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond a concern for intellectual development and academic content. They imply a commitment to implement standards and practices that help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.


Through the Middle Years Programme (MYP) projects, students experience the responsibility of completing a significant piece of work over an extended period of time. MYP projects encourage students to reflect on their learning and the outcomes of their work – key skills that prepare them for success in further study, the workplace and the community.

Personal Project

During the tenth grade, MYP students must complete a long-term project, called the personal project, where the student decides the topic to pursue. The student identifies their prior knowledge, develops ways to discover new knowledge, creates a proposal for completing the project, and with a teacher serving as a mentor, the student completes the project. Each year Central High School hosts an IB Showcase Night, where IB MYP students present their personal projects. Completion of the Personal Project is a requirement to transition, with a guaranteed spot, from Lewis and Clark Middle School to Central High School.

What are the aims of the MYP projects?

The aims of the MYP projects are to encourage and enable students to:

  • participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context
  • generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation
  • demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time
  • communicate effectively in a variety of situations
  • demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning
  • appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments.

What will students learn through the MYP projects?

MYP projects involve students in a wide range of activities to extend their knowledge and understanding and to develop their skills and attitudes.

These student-planned learning activities include:

  • deciding what they want to learn about, identifying what they already know, and discovering what they will need to know to complete the project
  • creating proposals or criteria for their project, planning their time and materials, and recording developments of the project
  • making decisions, developing understandings and solving problems, communicating with their supervisor and others, and creating a product or developing an outcome evaluating the product/outcome and reflecting on their project and their learning.

As students become involved in the self-initiated and self-directed learning process, they will find it easier to construct in-depth knowledge on their topic, and develop an understanding of themselves as learners.

 

Why offer the MYP?

Research shows that students participating in the MYP:

 

 

 

Linking the MYP to other IB programmes

The MYP builds on the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed by the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), and prepares students for the demanding requirements of the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and IB Career-related Programme (CP).

Contact Information

 
Lisa Tingelhoff
IB MYP Coordinator
Instructional Facilitator
(531)299-8980
lisa.tingelhoff@ops.org