SMA Prep became authorized as an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP) in March 2017 and is recognized as an IB World School. As a learning community, we are very proud of this accomplishment!
WHY IB MYP?
Research-based best practice in education.
“Much research is being conducted on how students learn today and how to prepare them for an ever-changing world. We believe that every child can be motivated to learn the skills needed to be successful.” (ibo.org)
Dr. Tony Wagner*, through Harvard University, is a researcher and expert in the field of 21st-century education. He has identified the 7 essential skills that students need to possess to be college and career ready:
- Critical thinking
- Agility and adaptability
- Initiative and entrepreneurialism
- Effective oral and written communication
- Accessing and analyzing information
- Curiosity and imagination
These represent a shift in the focus of teaching and learning from strictly content knowledge to the mastery of skills and processes. In the IB MYP framework, these skills are identified as Approaches to Learning or ATL skills. “It’s not what you know but what you can do with what you know.” (Tony Wagner)
The IB chief academic officer, David Hawley works with Harvard, MIT and Stanford education researchers among others to further refine and develop the most current best practices especially for the Middle Years Program. SMA Prep is committed to fulfilling the criteria of what it means to be an IB World School with fidelity. As the IB MYP becomes more cohesive and better understood by all stakeholders, cadets will be heading to high school and college already possessing skill sets that place them ahead of the curve and allow them to make positive differences in their lives and the lives of others.
* Tony Wagner currently serves as an Expert In Residence at Harvard University’s new Innovation Lab and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, founded by Linda Darling-Hammond in 2015. Prior to these appointments, Tony was the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, and the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade.
APPROACH TO TEACHING
Student-centered learning in active learning environments.
1. based on inquiry 2. focused on conceptual understanding 3. developed in local and global contexts 4. focused on effective teamwork and collaboration 5. differentiated to meet the needs of all learners 6. informed by formative and summative assessment.