As the International Baccalaureate coordinator/instructional coach at Hubbell Elementary in Des Moines, Jamie Page has a variety of responsibilities.
Her duties include serving as a liaison between teachers and the school district, as well as between teachers and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization. Page is also involved with Hubbell’s “collaboration teams,” which are broken down by grade level and works with teachers and administrators to lead professional development.
The International Baccalaureate Organization is a nonprofit educational foundation offering four programs for students ages 3 to 19. The IB has an international framework, and Hubbell has taken its educational standards to fit that framework, Page says. There are four elementary schools in the Des Moines school district that follow the IB program.
The IB’s focus is “to create students who are 21st century leaders,” she says. One of its central tenets is a “guided inquiry — students discover for themselves their learning.”
The IB philosophy and program teaches students how to be learners and thinkers, versus filling students with facts and knowledge, Page explains. They learn how to ask questions and come to understand how they’re connected with people around the world.
The philosophy is one that Page believes in not only as a teacher, but also as a parent. She plans to have all three of her children attend Hubbell and stay in the IB track, even though they live in Carlisle.
Along with being IB coordinator, Page is an instructional coach, helping to promote best teaching practices. The two aspects of her job are very intertwined, she says, with the coaching piece involving things such co-teaching, one-on-one planning of instructional lessons with teachers and covering a class so a teacher is able to observe another class.
Page previously taught special education and second grade at Hubbell. When the IB coordinator position unexpectedly became open, she filled the spot.
While she enjoys what she’s doing now and learning from other teachers, Page hopes to eventually have her own class again.
“I love teaching and miss it immensely,” she says. “I’m excited to get back into my own classroom and have my own core group of students and implement all the things I’ve learned from the teachers.”