January 28, 2016 8:32 AM
Ten teachers from Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan visited Mid-Pacific Institute on January 27 to learn more about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. They were able to see project-based learning happening in the classes they observed, including Integrated Science, English Language Development, Mid-Pacific Exploratory Program (MPX), Dance V, and IB Global Politics.
As the first school in Hawaii to offer the IB program 29 years ago, Mid-Pacific Institute has the largest selection of IB courses in the nation and designed the IB Dance curriculum. Mid-Pacific continues to be a pioneer with the start of IB Global Politics this year. For more information about the IB program, click here.
The teachers from Hiroshima were interested in the requirements and assessment practices in the U.S. IB courses tend to have a greater focus on critical thinking in a global context, and allow students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways such as original projects, oral presentations, investigations, and portfolios.