The aim of all International Baccalaureate programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.  The IB explains that the Learner Profile “is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose”.

Inquirers. They develop their natural curiosity.  They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning.  They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable. They explore concepts, ideas, and issues that have local and global significance.  In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Thinkers. They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators. They understand and express ideas and information confidently and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication.  They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Principled. They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities.  They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded. They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.  They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring. They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others.  They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers. They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies.  They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced. They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective. They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience.  They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

At Canadian Academy, we simultaneously use the IB Learner Profile alongside our own Core Values.  We see these as linked.  The chart below shows how the Core Values and Learner Profile traits are similar.

Core Value Learner Profile traits associated with the Core Values
Embracing human diversity provides opportunities for enrichment. Open-minded
The health of our planet depends on the actions of each individual. Caring
Compassionate actions benefit communities. Caring
What we envision can be achieved through knowledge, creativity, and passion. Knowledgeable
Critical inquiry is an essential component of more profound learning. Inquirers and Thinkers
Leading by example is the essence of integrity. Principled
Open, respectful, and inclusive communication builds trust. Communicators
Challenging experiences are opportunities for learning and growth. Risk-taker
Lifelong learning leads to self discovery and personal meaning. Reflective
Flexibility is necessary for success in a world of accelerating change. Balanced

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