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CAWS 2024 Spring Seminar

CAWS 2024 Spring Seminar

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Monday, February 26, 2024

The Horton Grand, San Diego, CA



Facilitating Transfer of Learning in IB Education


Keynote Speaker

Rick Barlow

Sonoma County Office of Education

Project Coordinator - Math



Dear Colleagues,


In response to the success of our Fall Forum and numerous requests from participants for more time to collaborate, we are happy to announce that the theme of our Spring Seminar will be Facilitating Transfer of Learning in IB Education. Rick Barlow, CAWS MYP Representative and Sonoma County Office of Education Project Coordinator - Math, will lead our focus on the transformative power of the IB Framework.


Keynote synopsis: At the heart of the IB framework lies a profound commitment to meaningful learning and teaching. This keynote centers on the human dimension of that work, emphasizing our collective mission as IB educators to nurture students' cognitive independence through the transfer of learning. This keynote is also a rallying cry for dedicated time and school/district support for this work, recognizing that empowering teachers to design concept-based units demands both.


Rick will lead two or our Featured Sessions: Unlocking Learning Potential: The Art of Concept-Based Unit Planning." While concept-based unit planning holds the key to enabling students to transfer their learning in diverse settings, the reality is that many schools are stuck with lower-level curricular materials, limiting teachers' ability to design powerful learning experiences. Acknowledging the complexity of concept-based unit planning, the first part of this session presents a structured framework to transition from a standards-based unit to a concept-based unit. In the second part of this session, we will dedicate time to hands-on collaboration as teachers work on a unit, benefiting from the collective expertise of their colleagues and the facilitator.


In addition to Rick's Featured Sessions there will be alternative options for PYP, MYP, DP/CP.

Bring a team from your campus or district and use this time together to support your lessons and team building.



I hope you will share the enthusiasm and support generated by joining our network of IB Educators during the CAWS 2024 Spring Seminar.


Looking forward to seeing you in San Diego!


Warm regards,


Robin Oliver

CAWS Executive Director

[email protected]


Registration Information


Spring Seminar Price includes Monday breakfast, refreshments and lunch along with conference materials.


Schools that have paid CAWS membership for 2023-2024 are eligible for a 20% discount. 


*Schools that have not completed payment for membership are not eligible for the discount and should select the $200 registration fee. 


2023-2024 Member School Registrants: $160

Non-Member School Registrants: $200

Conference Vendors: Contact Robin Oliver


Advance payment is required. If payment is not received prior to the conference, please be prepared to present a Visa or Mastercard credit card or personal check. 


Registrations closes Friday, February 16, 2024

No refunds after Friday, February 16, 2024

February 26, 2024 Agenda

7:00 - 8:30     Registration and Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00     Welcome, Introduction, Minutes and Budget approved, CAWS Board

9:00 - 10:00   Keynote - Rick Barlow

10:00 - 10:15  Break

12:00 - 1:00    Featured Sessions #1 

      • Unlocking Learning Potential: The Art of Concept-Based Unit Planning Part 1, Rick Barlow
      • Programme Level Sessions Part 1

1:00 - 2:30      Featured Sessions #2

      • Unlocking Learning Potential: The Art of Concept-Based Unit Planning Part 1, Rick Barlow
      • Programme Level Sessions Part 1
2:30 - 3:00      CAWS Teacher Award Presentation
3:00 - 3:15     Closing, Mike Winsatt, CAWS President 



Additional Information for CAWS Spring Seminar and Hotel Reservations


CAWS 2023 Spring Seminar                       INVOICE # 102824

Conference Registration                            CAWS Tax ID #94-3381716 

CAWS is a non-profit organization                                 


Horton Grand Hotel Reservations


Contact The Horton Grand for a King Room at the CAWS Block rate of $252.00 for Friday and Saturday February 23/24 and $202 on Sunday, February 25 per night plus taxes and feesat: 619-374-6018 or make hotel reservations via the booking link, The Horton Grand. The hotel has overnight valet parking for $54.00 per night, and day only parking is available. Parking structures close to the hotel are available. The Horton is approximately 3 miles from the San Diego airport.