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International School of Bologna

Professional Association

Council of International Schools (CIS)

CIS is a non-profit membership organization that provides services to both elementary and secondary schools around the world. These schools have the following in common:

  • A desire to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to pursue their lives as global citizens, and
  • A commitment to high quality education

To achieve this goal, school must infuse international and intercultural perspective into their programmes so students can move forward with the attitudes and understanding that will provide them with a solid base wherever their studies or work may take them. Schools must commit to undertaking an ongoing quality assurance process to enhance student learning.

This is encapsulated in the process of school improvement through CIS Accreditation.

The main purpose of the CIS programme of Evaluation and Accreditation is to support international schools in their pursuit of educational excellence by providing a system for periodic self examination combined with external appraisal.  The award of Accreditation also assures both a school’s own parents and the community at large, that the school so has achieved high standards of professional performance, and has a continuing commitment to their maintenance and to institutional improvement.

The International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student.

The IB Mission Statement:The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The International Baccalaureate offers three programmes of international education for students aged 3 to 19.

AIBWSI

In 2013, IB Schools in Italy met together at Luiss University, Rome, to discuss the possibility of forming an IB Association.  It was agreed that this was an exciting way to bring schools together and to share expertise across Italy, whilst creating a stronger campaign for the growth of IB Schools across the country.

From this point, the Association of IB World Schools in Italy (AIBWSI) was formed.  AIBWSI is recognised by the International Baccalaureate through a license and cooperation agreement and was constituted to achieve the following aims:

  • Support and share best practices between IB World Schools;
  • Assist and advise candidate schools on authorization matters;
  • Raise the profile of the IB in Italy;
  • Coordinate professional development opportunities;
  • Help coordinate the Regional Conference for IB Schools in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The Association, which is non-profit, provides a forum where member schools can collaborate and share best practice. The Association is a critical resource for schools who are going through the IB authorisation process for one or more IB programmes.

IS Bologna is a full member of the AIBWSI.  Denise Walsh (our former head of school) chaired the original committee charged with the task of establishing the Association.

To find out more about the Association visit:  http://www.aibwsi.it/

To date AIBWSI has achieved the following:

  • Registration of 22 schools to the Association
  • Held 2 AGMs both of which were held at IS Bologna
  • Presentation through a stand at the IB Regional Conference in Rome
  • Led a Coordinator’s Day for IB Coordinators hosted by IS Turin
  • Led 2 MYP Best Practice Days hosted by IS Bologna and IS Como
  • Led 2 MYP and DP Italian Language and Literature days hosted by IS Bologna
  • Prepared formal responses to the IB relating to IB matters
  • Produced publications for Italian education journals
  • IS Bologna has also worked with Association Schools and formed support networks with a range of schools across the Association
  • IS Bologna collaborated with 4 other schools in the Student Performance of the IB Regional Conference in Rome: http://www.ibo.org/ibaem/conferences/past/ibaem_rome_2014.cfm
  • Attendance from IBAEN staff members at our meetings has ensured AIBWSI are constantly updated on IB developments