San Jose Hosts CAWS Annual Fall Forum Oct 29

Friday, October 26, 2012 — IB Experts from Throughout Americas Focus on Fundraising and Recognition

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 29, 2012 - The California Association of International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools (CAWS) kicks off its 2012 Fall Forum today at the Sainte Claire Hotel in San Jose. During the Forum, CAWS President Robin Oliver will charge CAWS members and other participants with the task of better marketing IB’s tremendous value in their local communities and throughout the state.

Many of the Bay Area IB schools have a high proportion of socioeconomically disadvantaged students, and the schools need greater financial support from California businesses and other sources due to the state budget crisis.

The San Jose area is home to six public schools with IB programs, including San Jose High, Andrew P. Hill High, Scotts Valley High, Horace Mann Elementary, Burnett Middle, and Lexington Elementary schools. The Bay Area is home to another 18 schools with IB programmes, including the Primary Years Program for elementary schools, the Middle Years Program spanning middle school and part of high school, and the Diploma Programme for high school students.

When: Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: The Sainte Claire Hotel, 302 South Market Street, San Jose

Who: Robin Oliver, Board President of CAWS. Bob Poole, International Baccalaureate (IB) Regional Development Specialist for the Americas Region. IB Programme Coordinators from throughout California. (Interviews available on request)

“The California Association of IB World Schools believes that there are many stories to be told about how International Baccalaureate programmes throughout California prepare a very diverse student population for success in college and career,” said Robin Oliver, CAWS President. “We hope that after this conference our members are empowered and motivated to share those stories in their communities and with businesses in their communities that have the power to ensure that IB is available to all students.”

Underlying the message of the San Jose forum is the need for increased fundraising to protect IB programmes throughout the state that are threatened by dramatic cuts to their funding due to the California budget crisis. Bob Poole, International Baccalaureate (IB) Regional Development Specialist for the Americas Region, will also address the need for California universities to formally recognize the rigor of the IB high school-level Diploma Programme.

Facts About IB in California

  • Fifty-seven percent of IB programs in California are housed at socioeconomically disadvantaged schools where more than 30 percent of students qualify for free or reduced price lunches.
  • Fifty-eight percent of the California high schools that have IB programs are among the top 400 high schools nationwide, according to US News & World Report research.
  • Eighty-six percent of California high schools with IB programs scored above the nationwide median for college readiness, 16.3 on a 100-point index, according to US News & World Report research.

Lobbying Sacramento Oct 30

The day after the conference, CAWS members will descend on Sacramento for a day of lobbying legislators and state education administrators about the IB programme and the challenges it faces. Currently, CAWS is seeking California Academic Senate—which governs the University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges—recognition of the IB high school-level Diploma Programme as satisfying the A-G requirements and as equivalent to a California high school diploma.

“Across California, schools are facing a serious threat to their programmes because too little funding is available for exams and teacher training,” said Bob Poole, International Baccalaureate (IB) Regional Development Specialist for the Americas Region. “I’m very pleased to see the energy and motivation at this Fall Forum dedicated to ensuring that the public, businesses and the state government understand the value of IB.”

About the California Association of IB World Schools

The mission of the California Association of International Baccalaureate World Schools (CAWS) is to promote access to an International Baccalaureate education for all students. The aim of CAWS is to facilitate and encourage professional exchange among IB Primary, Middle and Diploma schools and to support their unique needs. For more information, visit

About the International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. Our four programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Founded in 1968, we currently work with 3,482 schools in 144 countries to develop and offer four challenging programmes to over 1,056,000 students aged 3 to 19 years. For more information, visit


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