|State programs and funding for IB teacher training|
|Arizona||Yes. The Options for Excellence program at Arizona State University provides IB teacher mentoring and training.|
|Arkansas||Yes. An IB teacher may apply for a grant of up to $650 to cover the costs of tuition, expenses and material of approved training programs. A teacher assigned to teach more than one IB course may apply for more than one teacher training stipend. Priority for grant awards will be given teachers who have not been previously trained. An IB teacher must attend the training required by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).
In addition, a student may receive a weighted grade in an IB course only if the IB course teacher attends the training required by the IBO.
|California||Yes. The superintendent of public instruction annually allocates to each district, for each public high school or middle school offering an IB program, up to $25,000 to cover professional development costs and IB test fees. Grants must "be increased annually by a cost-of-living adjustment, based on the same percentage increase that is provided to the revenue limits of unified school districts with 2,501 or more units of average daily attendance." |
In addition, districts offering the IB diploma program must annually report to the state department of education the number of teachers in the district "attending training programs offered by the International Baccalaureate North America, Inc." and participating in pre-IB support programs, as well as the amount of money the district spent to provide or participate in such programs.
|District of Columbia||No|
|Florida||No. The Florida Partnership for Minority and Underrepresented Student Achievement is mandated to provide Advanced Placement (AP) and other advanced course teachers of minority and underrepresented students with training and professional development in content knowledge and instructional skills. However, the partnership does not offer training specific to IB.|
|Georgia||No. However, gifted students in IB courses may be counted at the gifted weight only if certain criteria are met, including that the teacher either has a gifted endorsement OR has been trained by the International Baccalaureate Program in his/her IB subject area and has fulfilled additional training on teaching gifted students.|
|Minnesota||Yes. Statute authorizes the state to "pay a portion of the tuition, room, board, and out-of-state travel costs a teacher or other interested educator incurs in participating in a training program." Teachers must apply for scholarships to participate in IB training programs. The state is also to provide support programs during the school year for IB teachers who attended the training programs and for teachers experienced in teaching IB courses. Support programs must "provide teachers with opportunities to share instructional ideas with other teachers. The state may pay the costs of participating in the support programs, including substitute teachers, if necessary, and program affiliation costs." 2007 H.F. 2245 provides that "at least $500,000 each year is for teachers to attend subject matter summer training programs and follow-up support workshops approved by the advanced placement or international baccalaureate programs." The commissioner of education must annually report to the education committees of the legislature the number of teachers in each district attending IB training programs and participating in support programs.|
State policy treats AP and IB teacher training, support programs and subsidies for exam scores the same. 2007 H.F. 2245 directs that the AP program and IB program receive 75% and 25% of the appropriation each year, respectively. "The [state] department [of education], in consultation with representatives of the advanced placement and international baccalaureate programs selected by the Advanced Placement Advisory Council and IBMN, respectively, shall determine the amounts of the expenditures each year for examination fees and training and support programs for each program."
Funds from the competitive grant program to expand AP access may be used for teacher training to better serve students, "including low-income and other disadvantaged students," participating in IB courses or programs, or to "hire appropriately licensed personnel to teach additional" IB courses or programs.
|Mississippi||Yes. Statute provides that a school offering the IB program may "participate in teacher training and program funding on the same basis as any high school offering advanced placement courses."|
|Oklahoma||Yes. Statute authorizes the state board of education to award schools subsidized training for IB courses. According to the state department of education Web site, the department trains almost 1,500 teachers and counselors annually in AP and IB instruction and provides course guidelines aligned with the state curriculum.|
|Texas||Yes. An IB or pre-IB teacher may receive a subsidy of up to $450 for teacher training endorsed or sponsored by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).|
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