Davis Honored to Serve in Statewide Capacity to Promote IB Education Across Texas
Today, Dallas’ Alcuin School announced that Margaret Davis, Director of International Baccalaureate, has been elected to the Board of Directors for Texas IB Schools (TIBS). In this capacity, Davis will serve TIBS in its mission to support the general improvement of education for students enrolled in IB programmes in the state of Texas.
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. The IB's four programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.
The tremendous growth of IB education in Texas has resulted in the establishment of Texas IB Schools (TIBS), which Davis has been involved with for several years in various leadership roles. Today, the state has one of the highest concentrations of IB World Schools in the world. If Texas were a country, it would be ranked 5 out of 144 in total IB World Schools, behind the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.
Davis comes to the TIBS Board with a wealth of experience. She has served as a Head of an IB School. More recently, she has worked extensively with TIBS as a Director and Coordinator for IB Programs regionally as well as with independent school districts and schools. Davis has been a consultant in setting up the IB Diploma Programme, including admissions, application, college counseling and curriculum, prior to assuming her current post as Director of IB at Alcuin School.
As a member of the school’s leadership team, Davis works with Alcuin students from admission to college counseling. She also assists with authorization of the Alcuin Upper School IB Diploma Programme. Alcuin School, which until now has served the educational needs of students in early childhood through the eighth grade, is adding a fully accredited coeducational Upper School program this fall.
Alcuin Upper School will be among only eight schools in Texas providing both the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme. “Combining the excellence of Alcuin School with the world-renowned International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme offers unprecedented opportunities for our students,” says Davis.
Davis credits her extensive experience in IB education to her valuable work with students and her participation with renowned professional organizations like TIBS. “I’m humbled and grateful for the opportunity to join the TIBS board,” says Davis. “Given my prior experience with the organization, I hope to bring continuity and commitment to the standards of performance espoused by the International Baccalaureate Organization, as well as facilitate quality program development, curriculum improvement and effective implementation to benefit students across Texas,” she adds.
Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Baylor University. She has also participated in the Doctor of Education program at. Texas A&M University-Commerce. In addition, Davis has completed post-graduate work at the University of California, Berkley Lawrence Hall of Science Great Explorations in Science and Mathematics (GEMS) and at the Harvard Graduate School of Education under the Art of Leadership and Urban Leaders Institutes.
She has been a contributor to several publications including 2003-04 Smart Teaching: Aligning Daily Curriculum and Instruction with TAKS. Davis also created the concept and guided the development of the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile Book Series. Davis has received numerous honors including 2010 International Best Practices Award for Administrators Working with At-Promise Youth 2008 Raise Your Hand Texas Harvard Principal and the National Phoebe Appears Hearst Outstanding Educator Award.
About Alcuin School
An enriched, nurturing, coeducational academic community, Alcuin School uses the Montessori and International Baccalaureate program methods to foster critical thinking and a lifelong passion for learning. With faculty support, students at Alcuin School are eager to embrace change, question the status quo, and prepare for their future as leaders in a global society. For more information, please visit www.alcuinschool.org.
About Texas IB Schools (TIBS)
TIBS, a 501(c)(3) organization, remains active in spreading the message of IB, as well as staying involved in events that play a role in shaping its future. Visit: www.texasibschools.org.