Please mark your calendars for the Second Annual Chefs’ Playground gala. This celebrity chef-centered event at Terzo Piano brings together some of our nation’s top chefs to present their haute cuisine interpretations of on childhood and cafeteria favorites.
Thanks to generous support from Bon Appétit Management Company and other sponsors, all funds raised at Chefs’ Playground befit innovation in education at the Academy for Global Citizenship.
To learn more about this event, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, contact Katherine Elmer-DeWitt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Three educators from the Academy for Global Citizenship had an opportunity to escape the cold in Chicago and travel to San Francisco for a Learning and the Brain conference called “Teaching Self-Aware Minds: Using Brain Science to Boost Social and Emotional Education.” Learning and the Brain conferences and workshops apply the latest research findings in neuroscience to practical applications in the classroom and education philosophy. This conference focused on promoting student self-regulation and motivation to positively impact academic achievement with a focus on the unique challenges of and opportunities available in this digital age.
2nd grade lead teacher Kyla Saphir expressed the importance of bringing lessons from neuroscience research into the classroom. “I learned a lot about the research on executive functioning in children and how important social and emotional development are in planning and educating students. I am looking forward to applying these lessons in my classroom and adding them to my growing repertoire of skills gained through Professional Development opportunities.”
When they were not busy growing their brains in conference sessions, our teachers took advantage of cultural education opportunities, including the incredible Chinese New Year Parade, the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia. Thanks to Southwest Airlines, the event’s sponsor, this year’s parade attracted hundreds of thousands of people and boasted over 100 floats, including a nearly 300 foot dragon.
In addition to sponsoring cultural events like San Francisco’s Chinese New Year parade, Southwest Airlines also supports the professional development of AGC’s faculty and staff through a generous flight sponsorship. AGC’s faculty and staff are our most important asset, and we are thrilled at this opportunity that SWA has provided AGC to invest in their growth.
Join AGC in PUBLIC Chicago’s beautiful Library Lounge for a classy cocktail event. Thanks to generous support from PUBLIC Chicago, all funds raised at this event support innovation in action at AGC.
This winter, when opportunities for outdoor activity have been so limited, AGC’s Upper Elementary and Middle School students have never been so active in organized sports. Thanks in great part to our newest wellness teacher, Vanessa Mizel and a partnership with the Rise and Shine Sports Academy, AGC’s 3rd-6th graders are falling in love with fitness.
AGC students work on their “6 packs” with Coach Rishawd Watson of Rise and Shine Sports Academy
Coach Vanessa Mizel, came to AGC this winter to get our students fired up about sports and fitness and our parents, students and staff have responded with tremendous enthusiasm and support. We are so excited to have Coach Vanessa on board and invite you learn more about her through her bio on the AGC website.
During After School hours, Coach Rishawd Watson from the Rise and Shine Sports Academy works alongside parent volunteers to foster leadership and cooperative skills through sports.
Photo Credit: Jason Geil for the HSUS
Food Tank, a “Food Think Tank” addressing the flaws in our food system sat down with AGC’s Founder Sarah Elizabeth Ippel to talk about how nutrition impacts learning and interacts with curriculum at the Academy for Global Citizenship. The conversation ranges from food enhancing classroom vocabulary to helping other schools “Eat What They Grow” in their gardens.
A local produce tasting can enhance a lesson in adjectives, if the food is “fresh,” and “crisp,” and the flavors “rich,” “heavy,” “delicate” or “overpowering.” Our first graders enjoy a six week “Farm to Table” unit every year, during which they study the journey of food from the ground to their plates. We find food production is an incredibly effective way to teach sequencing. Our students are more engaged in their learning because the topics are relevant to their lives.
Read the rest of this interview on Foodtank.com
AGC’s Jenni Schneiderman and Jenn Moore will share their experiences and best practices bridging school and community during a session at EduCon, an conference addressing innovations in education, being held in Philadelphia today.
Jenn and Jenni will present alongside fellow educators participating in Ashoka’s Changemaker Schools program. The Changemaker Schools Network, a national community of leading elementary schools that serve as models for cultivating empathy, teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving. AGC collaborates a network of nearly 30 public, private and public charter model Changemaker schools.
AGC collaborates nationally as well as locally to promote social and emotional skills in service of our mission to foster mindful leaders who take action to affect positive change, as well as our commitment to scale our innovations by sharing our learnings.
Read more at the EduCon website, Ashoka’s StartEmpathy.org and on agcchicago.org.
Next week, AGC parents will gather for the Academy for Global Citizenship’s second Parent University. Parent University is an opportunity to orient new parents to AGC’s model including the International Baccalaureate program and green operations and policies, for AGC parents, teachers, and staff to share knowledge, best practices and experiences. Parent University events, in contrast to other AGC family education events, such as the Convivio community lecture series or parent workshops, is mandatory.
This Winter’s Parent University will feature forums on bullying and sharing of parenting best-practices as well as presentations on AGC’s academic growth and Net Positive campaign.