International Baccalaureate Director General Siva Kumari to Serve as Kent State’s Gerald H. Read Distinguished Lecturer
By Austin Bennett
Siva Kumari, Ph.D., director general of International Baccalaureate® (IB) World Schools in Geneva, Switzerland, will present a Gerald H. Read Distinguished Lecture at Kent State University on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Her presentation, titled "Creating Critical Learners Worldwide: Why?," is being hosted at the Kent Student Center Kiva by Kent State's College of Education, Health and Human Services and its Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education. The lecture is free and open to the public.
More than 4,000 schools teach the International Baccalaureate program, which includes a unique academic rigor that emphasizes students’ personal development.
Nearly 50 Ohio schools have been authorized as International Baccalaureate world schools. At Kent State University, the Transfer Center accepts International Baccalaureate Diploma Programs, and graduates from the Early Childhood Education program are licensed as Primary Years Program teachers for International Baccalaureate schools. Kent State’s Child Development Center and the Middle Years program are currently candidate schools for authorization by International Baccalaureate. Kent State is the only university in the world to offer graduate credit to all International Baccalaureate professional development workshops.
“Like any long term collaboration, the IB-Kent State partnership is constantly evolving,” says Linda Robertson, director of Kent State’s Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education. “Such dynamic partnerships are to be treasured.”
Kumari assumed leadership of the International Baccalaureate in 2014 and has been associated with the educational foundation in various positions since 2009. Prior to her involvement with International Baccalaureate, she was the associate provost at Rice University in Texas.
In efforts to be inclusive to all Kent State community members, the Gerald H. Read Center will provide sign language interpreters for the event.
Kumari's lecture takes place during International Education Week 2015, which Kent State celebrates Nov. 15-20. Learn more about International Education Week at Kent State.