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2/1/19: Exploring IB Visual Arts in the DP with a focus on assessment with Susan Tadlock. (9:30-2:30) Details and registration 

2/11/19: The Ohio Association of IB Schools presents Living on $1 a Day: Innovation and Inspiration from the Forgotten Billions with Zach Ingrasci, Upper Arlington High School (10:00-11:00 AM) Details and Registration

As a co-founder of Living on One, Zach Ingrasci havs received widespread acclaim as a bold storyteller and compassionate leader of social justice — honoured with the 2016 Muslim Public Affairs Council Annual Media Award, and recognized alongside Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie as two of the top 100 visionary leaders of 2015 by YPO’s Real Leaders Magazine. He has been called upon to share his expertise at TEDx, the United Nations, and the World Humanitarian Summit, and has been featured on CBS This Morning, as well as in major publications including The New York TimesWall Street JournalThe Atlantic and Variety.

BIOGRAPHY: Zach Ingrasci, Co-Founder of Living on One | Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker

From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as a radish farmer and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, Zach Ingrasci is an award-winning humanitarian, activist, and filmmaker. On stage, he demystifies some of the world’s most complex situations, leaving audiences feeling more connected and empowered to make a difference.

As a co-founder of Living on One, Zach has received widespread acclaim as a bold storyteller and compassionate leader in the fight for global equality — honored with the 2016 Muslim Public Affairs Council Annual Media Award, and recognized alongside Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie as one of the top 100 visionary leaders of 2015 by YPO’s Real Leaders Magazine. He has shared his expertise at TEDx, the United Nations, and the World Humanitarian Summit, and has been featured on CBS This Morning, as well as in major publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and Variety.

Zach began as an accidental filmmaker in college, when he spent two months living on $1 a day in a rural Guatemalan village. While there, he fought starvation and parasites, saw microfinance in action with local businesswomen, made incredible friends and, fortunately, captured the whole experience on film. In 2012, he released Living on One Dollar and set off on a cross-country tour in a renovated school bus. The film was #1 on iTunes for documentaries, highlighted on the homepage banner of Netflix, and called “A Must Watch” by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus.

His second feature documentary, Salam Neighbor, provides an intimate look into the lives of Syrian refugees, through his lens as the first filmmaker ever given a tent and registered inside of a refugee camp. Among its accolades, the film has been endorsed by Queen Rania of Jordan and was accepted into the 2016 American Film Showcase by the U.S. State Department. Both films can be found on Netflix.

Most recently, Zach collaborated with the UN Refugee Agency and Google to create Searching for Syria, an immersive online hub that answers the world’s top searched questions about Syria. In the first few days, the project received 25 million page views and resulted in over 8,000+ press articles to raise awareness about the crisis. 

Equal parts filmmaker and humanitarian, Zach has been on the front lines fighting for human rights, and has raised over 1.3 million dollars to directly empower disenfranchised communities through microfinance, education, and refugee resettlement - including providing direct aid to beloved film characters and friends like Rosa and Ismail. 

He’s evolved from a college student on a mission to an internationally recognized filmmaker. As a true example of his belief that everyone has the power to make a difference, Zach is inspiring others to do the same.


2/12/19: 2019 OhioIB AGM at the Graf Center with Iris Lazarus, our IB Relationship Manager from the Bethesda Global Centre. (9:30-2:30) Details and Registration

During this session the participants will be able to learn the strategies needed for a successful programme evaluation and, consequently, successful programme development– from updating the action plan, revising the policies, completing the self-study, coordinating the evaluation visit (if applicable), leading teams, to immersing in a reflective process. In doing so, the schools will be able to view the evaluation process not as an event but as a way to improve implementation. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to ask some of the most burning questions about the evaluation process that they may have and better manage stressors that come along. Besides the evaluation process, programmes updates will be shared about all four IB programmes. For specific questions about the implementation of IB programmes at your school, please feel free to reach out to Iris and schedule a time to talk with her.  

Iris is the IBWS Manager for all the US Public Schools in the State of Ohio along with nine other states and manages a portfolio of 300+ schools in the US. Iris’s journey with the IB began in 2004. She has years of experience as an IB DP coordinator and Psychology teachers, as well as in other IB roles; a senior examiner and Team Leader. Throughout the years she has remained committed to the IB philosophy and is very pleased to be able to help pedagogical leaders implement IB programmes and to use her experience and expertise toward the ultimate goal of students' success and delivery of quality IB education.

Email: iris.lazarus@ibo.org.

Phone: 301 202 3084

Notes from September 2018 association meeting 

Handouts from September 2018 association meeting

Notes from April 2018 association meeting   

Link for information on the structure of the IB

​Documents from 2017 opening association meeting  Candidate schools in Ohio and Summary of IB in Ohio