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"Curriculum, School Culture, and Equity

In this webinar recording, join Dr. Ashley Rogers Berner, Director of the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Education Policy, as she shares rich insights into the way school culture contributes to positive academic and civic outcomes – including elevating the learning experience for all students in a school.

Click here to download the presentation.

"Curriculum, School Culture and Equity" was originally presented on March 24, 2021. Click here for more resources on growing IB participation in your school.

The findings presented in the session come from the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Education Policy tool: School Culture 360. For more information, please contact Dr. Berner.

Additional resources


In the above session, Dr. Berner mentioned how the IB Diploma Programme positively impacted school culture for students, specifically in terms of their identity formation, relationships with their teachers and peers, exposure to content rich curriculum, and their preparedness for university and beyond. This research was titled Working to My Potential: Experiences of CPS Students in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and was conducted by UChicago Consortium on School Research (download full report or the research summary).

IB Excellence and Equity framework

Read more about the IB's Excellence and Equity Initiative and download the E2 framework. Also, access case studies and webinars for cultivating a school culture for growth and equity.

For additional case studies on schools that have experienced substantial growth in their IB programmes through shifting school culture, read more in the IB Digital Toolkit. The two schools featured in the presentation were Tonbridge Grammar School (UK) and Robinson Secondary School (USA).

Content richness and taboo subject matter

Dr. Berner also speaks on topics that students feel are not discussed or explored in school. One of the most challenging topics is politics. Here is a research-based resource written by Dr. Diana Hess, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Education. Her research, book, and additional resources on the Political Classroom provides great insights into strategies educators can use to moderate tough subject matter.

Continue the discussion

If you are an existing IB school, please continue the discussion in our IB Programme Communities: Strategies for broadening DP participation group.

If you would like help in supporting growth and removing cultural barriers in your IB programme(s), please complete the above form, or reach out to your IB World Schools manager.

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