The International Baccalaureate (IB) and BHP share a common focus on student inquiry and interdisciplinary learning. Several IB schools from around the world have adopted the Big History Project course and found it to be a natural fit within the IB framework. To make it even easier for IB schools to adopt BHP, the two organizations have established a formal partnership aimed at sharing best practices and integrating resources. If you’re already teaching in an IB school, check out BHP’s curriculum, professional development, and BHP Teacher Community offerings. If you’re already teaching BHP and want to expand the approach across the curriculum, the IB is a natural next step.
Learning Story: Koel Ray, Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad, India
Learn how Koel Ray introduced and expanded the BHP course offering, now in its third year. She’s even adapted activities to connect it to Ajanta and Ellora, two local cave sites. Download Koel’s learning story.
“[BHP] does answer some questions but those answers lead to further questions, and I thought that was really beautiful considering it was coming from Grade 8.” – Koel Ray
Learning Story: Thomas Stabb, Dwight School, New York City
Thomas Stabb is the type of teacher that is always looking for new angles. Drawing from the insights of multiple disciplines, BHP is aligned with the way Thomas likes to teach. Download Thomas’s learning story.
“BHP provides students with an enormous worldview.” – Thomas Stabb
Scope and sequence
To help IB teachers see how BHP fits into the IB framework, Koel Ray from Aga Khan Academy and Chris Steussy from San Diego International High School developed this scope and sequence that reflects their classrooms. Download the BHP Scope and Sequence.
Learn more about the IB’s Middle Years Programme
Watch a brief narrated slide presentation in which Emanuele Pestoli, curriculum manager for the IB, gives a quick overview of the Middle Years Programme.