Hear from Australian International School's educators, both of whom are experienced with the International Baccalaureate programme, to find out more about this popular curriculum, its benefits, and how to tell if it’s the right fit for your child.
If you’re researching about schools and curricula in Singapore, chances are you’ve already heard about the International Baccalaureate (IB). This is a popular curriculum that’s known for its rigour, and is highly recognised by universities worldwide. The fact that it’s an international curriculum, as opposed to being a country-specific curriculum, also makes it appealing to non-Singaporean families who may have relocation plans in the near future.
Wondering if the IB is suitable for your child? Fret not, we’re here to help you get all your burning questions about the IB answered by educators from the Australian International School (AIS), both of whom are highly experienced in the curriculum!
HoneyKids Webinar: Is the International Baccalaureate curriculum the right fit for my child?
When: 14 March 2024 (Thursday), 12PM – 1PM
Panellists: Dr. J. Dianne Brederson, Head of Secondary; and James Scheib, Head of Careers from Australian International School
Moderator: Angela Neo, Chief Operating Officer of Honeycombers & HoneyKids Asia
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What you’ll learn
Our panellists from AIS will be giving you an overview of the IB curriculum, its benefits, university pathways, as well as how it’s different from other curricula. These will give you a better understanding of the programme, so you can make an informed decision on whether it’s a good fit for your child. You can also expect tips on how you can prepare your child for the IB, and information on how AIS supports its students in this programme.
Who are the panellists?
Dr. J. Dianne Brederson
Head of Secondary at Australian International School
With over 30 years of experience in education, Dr. J Dianne Brederson has been instrumental in leading various international, public, private, charter, and independent schools, spanning from Early Years to graduate and pre-service education. J Dianne has lived and worked in the US, Europe, South East Asia, and Africa. Her journey as an educator began in her early twenties when she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Rwanda, teaching English as a Foreign Language and Physical Education. She holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, a master’s degree in educational leadership, and a master’s degree in teaching foreign languages. J Dianne enjoys yoga, reading, camping, hiking, water and snow sports (like skiing, snowshoeing, paddle boarding, canoeing), and exploring the world with her spouse and two teens. She shares, “I consider my role as an educator a responsibility, a privilege, and a joy. I cannot imagine doing anything else. I voraciously explore the many challenges of serving as an educational leader with an unbridled curiosity to learn where the intersections of best educational practices lie to meet the needs of my school community, its children, parents, faculty and staff.”
Head of Careers at Australian International School
James Scheib is the Head of Careers at AIS and comes from Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Bishop’s University; and Bachelor of Education from the University of Prince Edward Island. He has been involved in education for over 20 years and teaching overseas since 2005. He joined AIS in 2018 in his present role as Head of Careers. Fun fact: he has had varied work experiences in retail, forestry, welfare, IT, banking, construction, manufacturing, and the food and beverage industry! James has also taught English as a Second Language (ESL) but his focus was in Humanities subjects including History, Geography, Economics, and a Model United Nations class he developed during the six years he was involved in that. Of late, he is predominantly an IB Business Management teacher and still examines the subject. He has worked either directly or indirectly with over 800 AIS students in his time here, and gets excited about working with each one and the wonderful possibilities that exist for them. James enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience of varying places, including having visited all Canadian provinces, 40 US states, six Australian states, and over 40 countries. He enjoys sharing those experiences with students in guiding their tertiary choices as well as discussing career possibilities. He enjoys staying active and helps organise AIS staff coed touch rugby and still plays futsal as well as ice hockey. Last but not least, James is excited about the year ahead and working with the Class of 2024 as well as others across the Secondary School.
See you at the webinar!