Why the IB?
Teaching and Learning
IB Learner Profile
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?
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
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
What World Languages are offered?
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or 531.299.8980. You can also check out www.ibo.org.
Teaching and learning in the MYP is
underpinned by the following concepts:
Understanding: Key and Related Concepts
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.
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:
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.
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.
and Learning Diversity in MYP
International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) is made of eight
Arts Assessment Criteria
Design Assessment Criteria
Individuals and Societies Assessment Criteria
Language Acquisition Assessment Criteria
Language and Literature Assessment Criteria
Mathematics Assessment Criteria
Physical and Health Education Assessment Criteria
Sciences Assessment Criteria
profile is the IB’s mission in action. It requires IB learners to strive to
MYP Language Policy
MYP Assessment Policy
MYP Academic Integrity Policy
MYP Inclusion & Special Needs Policy