Hudson K-8 School teacher Heather Mills recently earned a research award from the International Baccalau-reate (IB) college preparation system.
Mills is the first person in the United States to receive this award, which comes with $700 to help her complete her doctoral research. She will study the impact of U.S. educational policy on the implementation of the rigorous IB Primary Years Program.
The International Baccalaureate Organization was established in the 1960s to provide curriculum for children of ambassadors worldwide so they might receive uniform, high-quality preparation for college. IB has since grown and has been offered at selected public and private schools in 140 countries.
Long Beach first began offering IB in 1992 at Jordan High School, where students can earn the International Diploma, a designation that is recognized by the world’s leading universities. Hudson began offering IB in 2008. Lindsey Academy (grades 6-8) earned the designation in 2010, and Dooley Elementary School earned the IB designation in 2011.
The recent award is part of IB’s efforts to support independent, school-based research to better inform the IB community.