Texas Council for International Studies is not directly affiliated with the International Baccalaureate® Organization.
The tremendous growth in Texas of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) and of Texas IB Schools (TIBS), the regional IB association, created the need for a TIBS partner organization. As a result, the Texas Council for International Studies (TCIS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was established to support the general improvement of education for Texas IB students and schools.
TCIS was founded by experienced IB educators and community leaders. The Executive Director of Texas IB Schools (TIBS) is a permanent, voting member of the Board of TCIS.
TCIS facilitates implementation of IB programs through partnership agreements with IB schools and districts. TCIS then provides IB program development, IB professional training, curriculum planning, marketing campaigns and scholarship programs.
TCIS and partner schools commit to:
- Ensure a continuity and commitment to the standards of performance espoused by the International Baccalaureate®;
- Facilitate program development, professional development, curriculum planning and scholarship programs at IB World Schools;
- Provide authorized IB professional development;
- Operate and manage schools by providing campus autonomy with expert school leadership support.
The mission of TCIS aligns with the International Baccalaureate® mission statement:
The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. (Source: International Baccalaureate®)
TCIS schools share the mission of building a better world by cultivating young people who are caring and innovative in their approach to learning, both inside and outside of the classroom. Students are encouraged to ask questions and are taught the necessary skills to research, collaborate and communicate their findings to both school stakeholders and the broader community. These skills prepare IB students for success at university and beyond.