John Cannings

  John is an Australian who taught IBDP Geography, TOK and MYP Humanities at the Intercommunity School in Zurich for 19 years. In addition to teaching he has also acted as a DP and CAS coordinator. He has also taught in the Australian, UK and Swiss national curriculum. Since 1998 John has been an examiner for IB Geography  In addition, he has also been an examiner for the Extended Essay in Geography since 2004. He has been a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society since 2007. Currently, he works as a independent educational consultant He is an experienced IB Educator and Chartered Geographer (Royal Geographical Society), who has been an IB workshop leader for the last twenty years in both IBAEM and IBA regions and, online workshops. John has faciltated a range of IBDP workshops :Geography (the 2017 guide), CAS, TOK and CAS, The Extended Essay, Development of the Core, Experiential Education and Concepts and Inquiry as well as "Service Learning in the CP.  John has been involved with curriculum reviews for CAS in 2007 and 2015. He has written (including co-authoring two books) and presented extensively on this part of the DP Core. In 2022 he produced CAS Coordinators handbook for Toddle and gave a masterclass on this part of the DP Core . In 2019 he has had published two blogs on Service Learning  for tracker apps and contributed a chapter, "The Cohesive Power of the IB Diploma Core" in "Perspectives of the IB Diploma Core" Edited by Fabian, Hayden and Thompson. In 2020 and 2021 he has had a number of blogs published by Kognity on the impact of Covid on Education. He also has contributed to Kognity textbooks on Geography and TOK.  He was a  board member of Duke University’s International Centre for Service Learning in Education between 2011 and 2016, presenting at their conferences in Galway and Durham (North Carolina). Prior to that he was a board member for Clemson University's International Service Learning Committee between 2009 and 2011.   Most recently John has focused on  Education for Sustainable Development. Facilitating an online IB workshop on Sustainability highlighted a need to consider how this can be better integrated into school life.  To that end he has become a member of Sused and was engaged with their conferences in  Berlin and Jerusalem. Along with Alexander Catallo he has hosted a series of webinars on "Case Studies for Change" that have show cased leaders of change in schools. In addition to this, John has been contributing to "Curriculum for Life" which is involved in co creating a new curriculum of life skills.