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Feature Friday

May 29, 2015


  • Importing non-IB students: Administrators can now bulk import non-IB students. Navigate to Users > Students > Import Students, write ‘Custom’ as the program under column I of the CSV template.
  • Export Homeroom Advisors: Homeroom Advisors can now export Advisory comments across all terms to Excel by navigating to Dashboard > Homeroom > click Export all Advisory Comments to Excel.
  • TurnItIn Similarity index: For schools who integrate with TurnItIn, Students and Teachers can now upload multiple files to the Task/Assignment dropbox and a TurnItIn similarity index will appear for each upload.
  • Export starred CAS Reflections:  CAS Coordinators can now filter which reflections appear on the PDF export. Navigate to a student’s CAS worksheet, click View all Reflections & Evidence > Export Starred Reflections. (Note this is most critical for schools in IB Americas.)
Middle Years
  • Whole-School Curriculum Export: The Excel export of the whole-school curriculum now includes the subject level of each unit. Navigate to Dashboard > Curriculum > Middle Years > click Export to Excel.
  • Analytics > Key Concepts: IBO-recommended Key Concepts are now bolded in the Curriculum > Analytics view. These same Key Concepts are underlined in the unit planners under the Inquiry & Purpose tab.


  • Parents Filter: Administrators can now filter parents similarly to how students are filtered. From the Admin panel, navigate to Students > Parents and filter parents by key applicant information (eg. program and grade, status, gender, customised tags, location, and checklist). From there, you can export parents, activate parent accounts, enable notifications, and re-send welcome e-mails in bulk, as well as see a list of all orphaned parents.
  • Parent Notifications: Schools can now automatically enable email notifications for parents when they create an account. This is done by ticking the Receive Email Notification checkbox in the form editor. If this checkbox is left unchecked, it will appear on the application form for parents to choose whether or not to receive email notifications.
  • Parent Notification Note: The parent notification notes have been revised to the following generic format: “A note has been left for $applicant.” A link to view the note is also included. Parent first names are no longer used.


Registration Now Open: ManageBac User Group Conference in The Hague

May 25, 2015

Registration is now open for the second annual ManageBac User Group Conference in Europe! The conference will be held on February 26-27, 2016 at The International School of the Hague.

We will be offering four different tracks at the conference:

  • Diploma Programme
  • Middle Years Programme
  • Primary Years Programme
  • Technology

Sessions will be tightly focused on practical, actionable tips and strategies for implementing ManageBac and improving International Baccalaureate programme management, led by experienced school administrators. This year, sessions will be followed by workshops and Jobs-a-like.

If you are interested in speaking or facilitating at the conference, please send a brief proposal to Kevin Piersialla at

Conference Registration Fees

Early bird registration fee: $349 USD
Early bird registration fees apply to each participant who registers before December 18, 2015.

Registration fee: $499 USD
The regular registration fee applies to all participants who register between December 18, 2015 and February 5, 2016.

We thank The International School of the Hague for their gracious hosting of the event, and look forward to welcoming participants from around the globe to the conference.

Read about the last user group conference in Munich here.

Save the Date: Third Annual Admissions Conference in Singapore

May 21, 2015


We are pleased to announce that the third annual OpenApply Admissions Conference in Asia-Pacific will be held on January 29 and January 30, 2016 at GEMS World Academy (Singapore)!

The conference provides an opportunity for admissions officers to network and learn from each other. Discover best admissions practices at leading international schools in Asia-Pacific and beyond and discuss common challenges facing admissions professionals in an international school environment.

Conference registration will open on August 15, 2015. More details to be announced soon.

If you are interested in speaking or facilitating at this admissions conference please send a brief proposal to Angelica Nierras at

We thank GEMS World Academy (Singapore) for graciously hosting the event, and look forward to welcoming participants from around the globe to the conference.

Read about the last admissions conference in Bangkok here.

Last Chance to Join Next Week’s Socials!

May 15, 2015

Don’t miss the following ManageBac and OpenApply Socials next week, all of which are free of charge. We hope to see you there!


The ManageBac Social in London will take place on May 19, 2015 at International School of London (London) from 4PM to 7PM and will include:





The ManageBac Social in Montreal will take place on May 20, 2015 at LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School from 4PM to 7PM and will include:




The OpenApply Admissions Social in London will take place on May 21, 2015 at International School of London (London) from 4PM to 6PM and will include:

  • A short presentation from OpenApply staff including upcoming developments in 2015
  • A featured speaker from International School of London discussing best admissions practices and OpenApply implementation
  • Light refreshments and networking

Pruebe a ManageBac en Español en nuestra cuenta demo

May 12, 2015

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We’re happy to announce that our ManageBac demo account is now available to view in Spanish!

To enable the switch, click “ES” on the top navigation bar.

With three fully bilingual members of our team, we’re looking forward to supporting ManageBac in Spanish-speaking IB schools around the world. Read more about our company updates here. The Spanish version is available here.

Click here to schedule a demonstration with us in Spanish!

¡Nos enorgullece anunciar que la cuenta de prueba de ManageBac ahora esta disponible en Español!

Para cambiar la interfaz de usuario a Español, seleccione “ES” en la barra de navegación en la parte superior de la pagina.

Contando con los tres miembros de nuestro equipo que son completamente bilingües, estamoentusiasmados de poder proveer a ManageBac a las escuelas del BI Hispanohablantes alrededor del mundo. Infórmese sobre las actualizaciones de nuestra compañía aquí en Español, o aquí en Ingles.

Haz clic aquí para programar una demostración de ManageBac en Español!


Welcome New ManageBac Schools

May 5, 2015

Welcome the following schools to ManageBac!


  1. Agoura High School
  2. Beecher Hills Elementary School
  3. Bolton Academy
  4. Carlsbad International School
  5. Cathedral and John Connon School
  6. Colegio Hebreo Monte Sinaí A.C.
  7. Damien High School
  8. Deerwood Academy
  9. E. Rivers Elementary School
  10. Esmond Elementary School
  11. European Gymnasium
  12. Frazier International Magnet School
  13. Garden Hills Elementary School
  14. Hansberry College Prep
  15. Inter-Community School Zürich
  16. International School Moshi, Arusha Campus
  17. International School Moshi, Moshi Campus
  18. Lynn-Rose Heights Private School
  19. Maynard H. Jackson High School
  20. North Atlanta High School/Sutton Middle School
  21. Portage Central High School
  22. Roots International Schools
  23. Sarah Smith Elementary School
  24. St John’s Anglican College
  25. St. Mary’s Secondary School
  26. The British School Rio de Janeiro, Urca
  27. The Regent’s School Pattaya
  28. Warren T. Jackson Elementary
  29. Wesley International Academy

We’re proud to support you this academic year and beyond!

Just Two Weeks Left to Join: ManageBac User Group Conference Mumbai

May 5, 2015

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There are only 14 days left to register for the ManageBac User Group Conference in Mumbai on Saturday, May 30!

We are grateful to be hosted at École Mondiale World School and welcome participants from:

We are privileged to host two keynote speakers:

Registration fee: $99 USD
Conference registration will close on May 19, 2015.

Sessions will be tightly focused on practical, actionable tips and strategies for implementing ManageBac and improving International Baccalaureate programme management, led by experienced school administrators. See the schedule here.

Learn more about our previous user group conferences:

ManageBac Social Beijing: Recap

April 27, 2015

On April 23, we had the pleasure of welcoming over 40 participants from 14 schools to Beijing City International School (BCIS).

The evening began with a flavourful buffet and socializing among the participants, followed by a company update presentation from Asia-Pacific’s Regional Director, RVenus Lai. We also announced our exciting partnership with iSAMS. Find out more here.

Next, Secondary School Principal Shawn Hutchinson welcomed us to BCIS and introduced Grade 12 Advisor Kevin Bradley who shared their journey implementing ManageBac at the school. They have been using the system since September 2012 to manage their Diploma and Middle Years programmes, produce term report cards, and record attendance. And earlier this year, they most recently adopted OpenApply to manage their Admissions process online.

Kevin clarified how crucial it was to have policies in place and clear expectations. Although there were bumps along the way, these related more so to the contextual complexities of the IB curriculum. ManageBac is now a key and reliable communication tool for teachers, students and parents.

Lance King, founder of the Art of Learning, closed the evening encouraging the development of an ATL skills program at their schools. He highlighted the importance of inquiry-based learning, as opposed to score-focused assessment systems schools are used to. “What if every exam was open book?” Lance asked.

For more resources on ATL from Lance, please click here.

It was a delightful evening full of conversation and a great opportunity to meet the fast-growing IB community in Beijing.

Here are some photos from the social:


ManageBac Company Update in Singapore

April 24, 2015

At our ManageBac Social in Singapore on April 22, we provided a general company update, including a review of our service in 2014 and what we have planned for 2015. The slides are now available below.

ManageBac Social Singapore: Recap

April 24, 2015

On April 22, we were delighted to welcome over 40 participants from 13 schools to ISS International School in Singapore.

The afternoon began with food, drinks, and socializing among the participants, followed by a company update & presentation. We were especially excited to announce our partnership with iSAMS. Read more about the partnership here.

Next, Technology Group Leader Michael Taylor and Assistant High School Principal Nicola Zulu shared their story behind adopting and implementing ManageBac. Michael first saw the system in 2010 in Hong Kong, and was impressed by how easily parents could access the system to see real-time information on their children’s academic progress.

At ISS, ManageBac is used for curriculum planning, and the coordinators rely heavily on the curriculum analytics to practice self-reflection. The curriculum analytics on ManageBac allow them to see the whole-school coverage of skills and concepts.

Lastly, ISS uses ManageBac to generate electronic report cards. “Generating reports is now a 30-45 minute process,” said Michael, as he shared examples from the ISS account. “The kid also can’t crumple his report card in the bottom of his backpack to hide it from mom and dad, because ManageBac automatically notifies the parents when report cards are ready to view.”

The event ended with Q&A from participants with the ISS staff, snacks, and networking.

It was great to see so many familiar faces and to welcome some new ones at our Singapore event! Thanks again to ISS for being such excellent hosts.

Michael created an awesome video for the event!

See photos from the event here:


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