KFF-IB Collaboration


PROJECT HISTORY

In 2007, the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the King Faisal Foundation (KFF) met to discuss collaboration between the two organizations in order to promote access to an international education experience in Saudi Arabia and the Arabic speaking world.

PHASE 1

In the course of 2008, the IB and KFF formulated a plan to implement the initial phase of this collaboration, and in January 2009, the first phase of the IB-KFF Project was begun.

Phase 1 of the IB-KFF Project focused on the King Faisal School (KFS), with the school serving as a “pilot” for developing and delivering of local-specific modules for training for primary school teachers and school.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

On-Site Support at King Faisal School through the following initiatives:

November 2008 to May 2010

Developing clear standards of practice related to pedagogy and leadership that is sensitive and relevant to the Arab and Islamic context

Training of Teachers The foundational training support was focused on interactive learner-centered methods and philosophy

PYP and MYP Support to KFS

Translation of Materials

May 2009 to August 2011

16 publications were translated into Arabic during 2010

17 other publications were translated into Arabic during 2011

All translated publications have been published to the IB’s OCC, and became available to all IB member schools free of charge

Preliminary Development of a teacher-training model for the IB

Pilot project provided valuable developmental information prior to the wider project planning

Phase 2

In April 2014, The King Faisal Foundation (KFF) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) announced an extended partnership whereby a formalized educational project would bring the holistic IB educational programmes to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Funded through the generosity of KFF, this initiative plans towards the future of the kingdom whilst honoring the present and the past.

The cooperation between the IB and KFF intends to lay strong foundations for future leaders, innovators, professionals, and experts in their chosen field who will be able to bring their vision and talents to bear on the Kingdom’s economy, issues and initiatives.

The aim of the IB-KFF Project (Phase 2) is to support teachers within Saudi schools that will enable the development of a more student-centered learning style as well as guide teachers and learners to become more internationally minded. The desire is for greater connections and networking to be made for Saudi students in the global arena for learning and business. In addition, the project is designed to develop a network of trainers that can conduct teacher professional development in Saudi Arabia and the Arabic-speaking world.

With this aim and motivation, The “Developing learners, leaders and teachers for the future of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” initiative was commenced. The primary objective is to have a long-term, transformative effect on schooling and teacher professional development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the wider region.

In line with The King Faisal Foundation mission, and with an investment of more than SAR (20) million from the Foundation to date, this initiative aims to gradually transform education in Saudi Arabia and the Arabic-speaking world to rival those of other leading nations.

GOALS

  • 1
  • Grow the support for the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) so that there can be substantially more programmes offered in Arabic throughout the Arab-speaking world

  • 2
  • Augment the professional development of teachers within the state system in Saudi Arabia

  • 3
  • Provide support for existing IB Diploma Programme (DP) students in Arabic

ENVISIONED OUTCOMES

Local

Expanding Access to the IB Programs
and Quality Education in Saudi Arabia


240

new online and face to face PYP and MYP workshops on international education, educational change, leadership, pedagogy and classroom practice, and a range of relevant in class topics will be available for schools in the project

“Learning, leading and teaching for the 21st century” workshops will include:
  • 3
    X
  • 2-day leadership workshops with online activities for both PYP and MYP. Four members of the school leadership team will attend the workshops in addition to two officials from the local district education office.

  • 5
    X
  • 2-day teacher workshops with online activities for both PYP and MYP in teaching and learning. Each school will send 18 teachers and 4 school leaders, to attend the workshops. Two officials from the local district education office will also participate in the training.





A total of 396 school leaders and teachers from 18 selected primary schools and 22 officials from the Ministry of Education will receive preliminary professional development


Regional

Accommodating for
the Arabic World



  • Translation of documents and supporting materials for PYP and MYP
  • The translation of Arabic language A1 documents for the IB Diploma Programme
  • New suite of online Diploma courses in Arabic
  • Translation of a number of IB Diploma Programme courses in Arabic so that those selected courses may be taught and assessed in Arabic
  • Relevant subject guides, publications and workshop materials translated and available in Arabic
  • New communications materials and resources in English and Arabic for stakeholder engagement with regard to the KFF-IB Project.

IB in the world

1 million
IB students aged 3-19
147
Countries
4,600
Programs
70,000
Teachers trained per year
  • There are currently 11 IB World schools providing 20 IB programmes within the KSA. An additional 36 IB Candidate Schools in PYP and in MYP will begin implementing new IB programmes in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years.

Participant
project schools

Riyadh

Al Tarbiyah
AlIslamyah Schools

Jeddah

Al Andalus Schools

Eastern Province

Al Hussan
National School

Project timeline
(KFF-IB project plan)

  • Signing off the Cooperation Agreement between KFF & IB

    Start of communication with primary schools about the Project and the participation criteria for the initiative

    18 PYP schools confirm participation in the project

    Potential universities identified for the International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate (IBECs) for PYP and MYP

  • 3 tertiary institutions complete a detailed application form and demonstrate course alignment with academic requirements and consistency of delivery

    Delivery of PYP Leadership Workshops and Teaching and Learning Workshops

    14 PYP Schools submit their IB Application for Candidacy

    18 MYP schools confirm participation in the project

    Consultation with schools on the need and demand for online PD modules in Arabic and for Dual-Language DP whereby selected courses or subject groups will be taught and assessed in Arabic.

    Tertiary institutions (HEIs) conduct promotion activities for course for 100 pre-service teachers

  • Delivery of MYP Leadership Workshops and Teaching and Learning Workshops

    IB consultancy support to tertiary institutions for the 'development' of their (IBECs) (PYP) and (MYP)

    Tertiary institutions commence course delivery to pre-service and in-service teachers

    4 PYP Schools submit their IB Application for Candidacy

    Goal 3. Hibernated for further project phase

  • 18 MYP Schools submit their IB Application for Candidacy

    Tertiary institutions begin offering International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate course for 100 pre-service teachers and in-service

    Tertiary institutions (HEIs) have conducted promotion activities for course for 100 in-service teachers

    Tertiary institutions commence course delivery to in-service teachers

    Tertiary institutions (HEIs) conduct promotion activities for course for 100 pre-service teachers

  • Institutions continue PYP course delivery to in-service teachers

    Institutions commence course delivery to MYP in-service teachers

    Tertiary institutions (HEIs) begin offering course for 100 pre-service teachers at start of academic year following IB verification.

    Successful schools begin to receive IBPYP Authorization

  • Dual Language IB DP, Saudi Arabia 'Go Live' - First Teaching

    Beginning of 1st Semester, Year 1 IBDP

    Beginning of 2nd Semester, Year 1 IBDP

    Institutions continue MYP course delivery to in-service teachers

    Successful schools begin to receive IBMYP Authorization

  • Beginning of 1st Semester, Year 2 IBDP

    Beginning of 2nd Semester, Year 2 IBDP

    Successful schools receive IBMYP Authorization

Project timeline
(KFF-IB project plan)

Year

2014-2015

Details

  • Signing off the Cooperation Agreement between KFF & IB
  • Start of communication with primary schools about the Project and the participation criteria for the initiative
  • 18 PYP schools confirm participation in the project
  • Potential universities identified for the International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate (IBECs) for PYP and MYP

Year

2015-2016

Details

  • 3 tertiary institutions complete a detailed application form and demonstrate course alignment with academic requirements and consistency of delivery
  • Delivery of PYP Leadership Workshops and Teaching and Learning Workshops
  • 15 PYP Schools submit their IB Application for Candidacy
  • 18 MYP schools confirm participation in the project
  • Consultation with schools on the need and demand for online PD modules in Arabic and for Dual-Language DP whereby selected courses or subject groups will be taught and assessed in Arabic.
  • Tertiary institutions (HEIs) conduct promotion activities for course for 100 pre-service teachers

Year

2016-2017

Details

  • Delivery of MYP Leadership Workshops and Teaching and Learning Workshops
  • IB consultancy support to tertiary institutions for the 'development' of their (IBECs) (PYP) and (MYP)
  • Tertiary institutions commence course delivery to pre-service and in-service teachers

Year

2017-2018

Details

  • 18 MYP Schools submit their IB Application for Candidacy
  • Tertiary institutions begin offering International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate course for 100 pre-service teachers and in-service
  • Tertiary institutions (HEIs) have conducted promotion activities for course for 100 in-service teachers
  • Identify initial potential cohort of schools and communicates details to the IB.
  • Meetings and discussion with Saudi schools to explain the IB-KFF collaboration to implement the Dual Language IBDP
  • Tertiary institutions commence course delivery to in-service teachers.
  • Tertiary institutions (HEIs) conduct promotion activities for course for 100 pre-service teachers
  • Saudi schools submit Application for IBDP Candidacy.
  • IBDP schools commence offering online DP modules in Arabic

Year

2018-2019

Details

  • Dual Language IB DP, Saudi Arabia 'Go Live' - First Teaching beginning of 1st Semester, Year 1 IBDP
  • Institutions commence course delivery to in-service teachers.
  • Institutions commence course delivery to MYP in-service teachers
  • Tertiary institutions (HEIs) begin offering course for 100 pre-service teachers at start of academic year following IB verification.
  • Successful schools receive IBDP Authorization

Year

2019-2020

Details

  • Dual Language IB DP, Saudi Arabia 'Go Live' - First Teaching
  • Beginning of 1st Semester, Year 1 IBDP
  • Beginning of 2nd Semester, Year 1 IBDP

Year

2020-2021

Details

  • Beginning of 1st Semester, Year 2 IBDP
  • Beginning of 2nd Semester, Year 2 IBDP
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