Shanghai United International School to Visit Tomorrow’s Schoolyard Market

24 Jul

Tomorrow, our student-run schoolyard farmers’ market will welcome some very special guests from around the world for a cultural exchange. 

A group of 26 students ranging from 8-14 years of age travelled to Chicago from the Shanghai United International School (SUIS) to participate in an international camp experience. Like AGC, SUIS is an International Baccalaureate school offering the Primary Years Programme, bilingual learning, and an opportunity for students to become citizens of the world through education. SUIS has partnered with the Windy City American Culture Camp, which focuses on immersion in American culture for international students.

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SUIS students explore the earth from their classroom

 

SUIS students will visit AGC’s summer camp tomorrow to exchange cultural experiences. This incredible global exchange will consist of sharing food cooked by our incredible Chef Heriberto, playing traditional American sports together, enjoying a tour of our garden from young AGC ambassadors. The day will conclude with a cross-cultural collaboration, as AGC campers and WCAC campers co-facilitate AGC’s Schoolyard Market. 

Please join us in welcoming the WCAC campers from Shanghai tomorrow. We encourage you to attend the market and share in this cultural experience. AGC and SUIS students will be selling produce, treats, and homemade crafts.

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AGC students study the same world through a different lens

 

AGC Seeks After-School Coordinator and Site Supervisor

22 Jul

We are seeking to hire two individuals to assist with development and implementation of our after-school program. Our after-school program is focused on expanding upon and enriching our students experiences in arts, athletics, academics as well as environmental, entrepreneurial and social-justice learning. 

Please share these job descriptions below to help us find an ideal match.  

 

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After-School Coordinator

The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) is a non-profit Chicago public charter school, located on the underserved Southwest side of Chicago. Our innovative and holistic approach to education aims to foster systemic change and inspire the way society educates our future generations. We are producing a replicable model for learning in the 21st century, including the construction of a net-positive energy campus.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The After-School Coordinator ensures the safety and wellbeing of AGC students beyond the school day hours. He/She is tasked with building collaborative relationships with AGC families, non-profit partners and local instructors to offer creative, academic, and athletic enrichment for students after the school day.

After-School Coordination

  • Coordinate 3 trimesters of academic, athletic, and creative enrichment opportunities for AGC students in collaboration with the AGC Instructional Leadership Team (ILT)
  • Oversee registration and fee collection cycle in collaboration with ILT
  • Take an assets-based approach to building partnerships with local non-profits, highs schools, colleges and community-based instructors to staff the program
  • Build collaborative, empathic relationships with AGC families and teachers
  • Identify, apply, and secure relevant grant and sponsorship opportunities on an ongoing basis
  • Manage database of participants and hold families accountable for fee schedule
  • Manage supplies and equipment budget per trimester
  • Solicit regular feedback, evaluate, and analyze program performance in collaboration with ILT 

After-School Management

  • Oversee day-to-day operations of after-school snack, programming and dismissal
  • Ensure a safe, inclusive environment for all
  • Support teachers with behavior management and administrative needs
  • Be willing to jump in and sub for any class as needed
  • Take attendance and oversee smooth, safe dismissal procedure
  • Communicate regularly with teachers with parents regarding student behavior and performance
  • Communicate and collaborate with the other school’s site manager on a daily basis

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Entrepreneurial thinker with a desire to support the vision and mission of the Academy for Global Citizenship
  • Willingness and enthusiasm for doing whatever it takes to ensure the safety and well-being of the children and families.
  • Bachelor Degree in Psychology, Education, Social Work or related field
  • 1 to 2 years’ experience ideally in a school or after-school program
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

HOURS:

  • 25 hours/week: M-F, 1:00 pm-6:00 pm

TO APPLY:

  • Please submit your cover letter and resume to careers@agcchicago.org.

 

 

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After-School Site Supervisor

The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) is a non-profit Chicago public charter school, located on the underserved Southwest side of Chicago. Our innovative and holistic approach to education aims to foster systemic change and inspire the way society educates our future generations. We are producing a replicable model for learning in the 21st century, including the construction of a net-positive energy campus.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The After-School Site Supervisor ensures the safety and well being of AGC students beyond the school day hours. He/She is tasked with overseeing the smooth operations of after-school snack, programming, and dismissal on a daily basis.

After-School Management

  • Oversee day-to-day operations of after-school programing
  • Ensure a safe, inclusive environment for all
  • Support teachers with behavior management and administrative needs
  • Be willing to jump in and sub for any class as needed
  • Take attendance and oversee smooth, safe dismissal procedure
  • Communicate regularly with teachers with parents regarding student behavior and performance
  • Communicate and collaborate with the After-School Coordinator on a daily basis
  • Manage database of participants and hold families accountable for fee schedule
  • Manage supplies and equipment per trimester
  • In collaboration with the After-School Coordinator, market programming to AGC families.

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Entrepreneurial thinker with a desire to support the vision and mission of the Academy for Global Citizenship
  • Willingness and enthusiasm for doing whatever it takes to ensure the safety and well-being of the children and families.
  • Associates Degree
  • 1 to 2 years’ experience ideally in a school or after-school program
  • Bilingual in English & Spanish

HOURS:

  • 10+ hours/wk: M-F, 3:45 pm – 6:00 pm

TO APPLY:

  • Please submit your cover letter and resume to careers@agcchicago.org.

End of year Frandy & Matteo with eggs

5 Reasons to Visit Today’s Schoolyard Market at AGC

18 Jul

This week’s Schoolyard Market doubles in size, as AGC’s summer campers just pulled in a giant harvest from our schoolyard gardens. Come shop today between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm at 4941 W. 46th Street! We’ve come up with 5 reasons you should attend today’s market.

 

1. “$1 For How Many You Want” – Affordable Prices

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As part of their lessons in entrepreneurship and business development, we ask our campers, including incoming Kindergarteners, to set their own prices. These social entrepreneurs opted to keep prices low to make their goods accessible. Last week’s market featured such steals as “$1 dollar for how many you want” on parsley, $1.50 for hand decorated re-usable produce bags, and 50 cent eggplants.

 

2. “Mr. Pickle Was A Good Man” – Food Prepared With Love

Mr. Pickle Was a Good ManMaybe it’s the pride of having watched their garden blossom over the past few months, or maybe it’s the Humane Education from H.E.A.R.T, but our campers have so much love for their produce and products. In addition to freshly harvested produce, our campers will be selling homemade pickles (made with garden-grown dill and cucumbers), healthy popsicles and various crafts.

 

 

 

 

3. “We Eat Our Garden” – Local Produce from Chicago’s Southwest Sidesummer 2014 market 6

Everything sold today is hyper local. Local foods are better for the environment, saving fossil fuels from transportation, better for local economies, as funds can go directly to the farmer and better for you, as produce shipped across the country or the world is picked green and ripened in transit or in a warehouse, depriving the product of important nutrients, flavors, and textures.

 

4. “I Was Sent With a List” – Varied and Limited-Time Offeringssummer 2014 market 5

Many of the customers that joined us at last week’s inaugural market left with bags full of produce. Based on the harvest schedule, we will have different produce to sell each week. This week we have an abundance of the following delicious ingredients (click the links for a recipe suggestion):

 

 

Lettuces

Kale

Rainbow Chard

Carrots

Beets

Green Onions

Green and Purple Beans

Cucumbers

Eggplants

Chili Peppers

Herbs: Green and Purple Basil, Dill, and more.

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AGC Schoolyard Marketplace | Fridays at 1:30pm

7 Jul

At the Academy for Global Citizenship, Summer Camp is an opportunity for new students to get acclimated to our unique culture, returning students to keep up with academic and social skills over the break, and for everyone to explore their entrepreneurial sides through the development of a weekly schoolyard farmers’ market.

We invite you to join our summer campers at their weekly market at our Annex location, 4941 W. 46th St. on the following dates:

- Friday, July 11th from 1:30-3:30
– Friday, July 18th from 1:30-3:30
– Friday, July 25th from 1:30-3:30
– Friday, August 1st from 1:30-3:30

During the week, summer campers, aged 5-12 will enjoy an array of activities, including field trips, sports workshops, Hip Hop dance lessons, collaborative games, Humane Education and some time to “Read, Write and Relax.”

Rise and Shine Sports Academy provides a mix of athletic training, leadership development, and life skill education enabling youth to take daily action towards attaining their goals. Campers will develop as teammates, peers and individual leaders throughout their athletic journey.

The Kids Golf Foundation has generously donated clubs and golf pro Matt Haskamp will be donating his time to teach the Snag Golf Curriculum to our campers.

Matli Dance Academy will provide our campers Hip-Hop dance lessons and the opportunity to explore self-expression through movement.

Our partners at H.E.A.R.T (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers) will lead daily Humane Education lessons, focused on inspiring awe and appreciation for animals and nature. The goal of Humane Education is to help campers to develop reverence and respect for the non-human world, leading ultimately to positive action.

Finally, Campers will spend a significant portion of the week preparing for Friday’s Schoolyard Marketplace, a student-designed craft and farmers’ market. Campers will harvest, price, market and sell produce with the help of Corenna Roozeboom, our school garden coordinator. Students will also produce value-added sustainable and organic crafts and treats to sell alongside produce. Those who visited our Schoolyard Markets in 2012 and 2013 may remember a company founded by two 2nd graders who recycled broken crayons into beautiful Color Creations. Other craft favorites have included homemade bath and beauty products and a line of healthy frozen treats.

To inform their market development, campers will study the history of markets in different cultures and visit some of our city-run farmers’ markets. We invite you to visit the market on Fridays and join in supporting entrepreneurship education and celebrate the hard work of our campers.

Summer Camp is made possible in large part by Camp Out for Kids, an incredible Chicago-based charity committed to providing youth the opportunity to attend a camp of their choice. Camp Out for Kids allows summer camps like ours to provide scholarships to campers who would not otherwise be able to attend. Please consider attending or sponsoring a Camp Out for Kids event to support the great work they do for Chicago’s children.

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Saying Goodbye to Another Incredible School Year

26 Jun

The last weeks of the 2013-2014 school year were filled to the brim with last hurrahs, proud presentations, and bittersweet goodbyes. We would love to share with you some snapshots from AGC’s 6th season finalé, with stories and photographs collected by our incredible parents and teachers.

Our students soaked up sun and each other’s company on their last field trips of the year. Our current Kindergarteners took their last field trip of the year to the Department of Natural Resources, where they learned to build structures, explored the natural environment and practiced fishing!

Our current 2nd graders took their last field trip of the year to the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center to wrap up their unit on ecosystems.

Each of our 350 students participated in a field day, playing active games together and enjoying the company of their siblings and friends in another building. Being split between two facilities, our students don’t often get to gather as an entire school, so field day is a special treat.

Students in all grades presented learning to excited parents and peers: students of all ages made poster boards. This was great practice for our youngest students in collecting sources, identifying and addressing central questions and presenting their knowledge in a clear and organized fashion. Students presented their research on ecosystems, healthy habits, and important historical figures, to name a few.

And, of course, our students shared their extracurricular talents in our talent show, which featured singing, dancing, gymnastics, sign language, and karate!

Some grade levels enjoyed special end of year rituals. Kindergarten held a Celebration of Learning ceremony, where they presented (in English and Spanish) some of the things they learned this year in the form of a leaf for our tree of knowledge.

end of year kinder celebration of learning

This year’s 2nd graders will be moving from our K-2 building, a former barrel factory on 47th street, to our 3-7 building, the Annex building on the campus of Hearst Elementary school a few blocks away. Parents, teachers, and their peers orchestrated a send off and welcoming ceremony with a high-five train on both ends. Our rising 3rd graders spent the afternoon at the Annex building, exploring the gardens and checking out their new classrooms.

5th grade marks the end of the Primary Years Program in our International Baccalaureate Framework, so the outgoing 5th grade class held a special exhibition in May, during which they presented months of research conducted in small groups with the help of a mentor on globally relevant social issues like mining, cyber bullying and and celebrated their graduation to the Middle Years Program with a pinning ceremony and individual awards.

6th grade, our oldest students and first cohort of 1st graders, spent a day exploring their origins at AGC with a visit to a Kindergarten classroom and walk down memory lane with Ms. Helma, who made an appearance at their request as her alter-ego, Ms. Green. Our incoming 7th graders also spent a portion of their last week in strategic planning sessions, helping to shape their 7th grade experience with Principal Gillespie.

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Finally, the last days of the 2013-2014 school year were full of wonder and magic, as our garden, which the students helped to design and plant from seed, has exploded in a flurry of shoots and blossoms. K-2 Wellness Teacher, Arathi Jayaram shares this interaction with a 1st grader: “The amount of passion and enthusiasm that was exhibited when telling me that there was strawberries growing in out garden was amazing. [He] was almost hyperventilating with excitement, ‘MS. JAYARAM MS. JAYARAM STRAWBERRIES! STRAWBERRIES! COOMMMME LOOK! STRAWBERRIES! Oh don’t eat them they are green.” Founder and Executive Director Sarah Elizabeth Ippel shared a similar story of wonder, as a student, upon learning that the snap peas had reached maturity and were ready to be harvested, began squealing “We eat the garden! We EAT the garden!”

 

We will miss our students creativity, energy and love for each other and the earth and look forward to seeing many of them in a few weeks for Summer Camp!

Join the Movement: The Academy for Global Citizenship is Hiring!

24 Jun

At AGC, we aim to recruit, develop, and retain individuals who embody the characteristics of a global citizen and actively promote the school’s mission in all that they do. If this describes you, we encourage you to join our community of learners. To be considered for positions not currently open send a resume to info@agcchicago.org. 

Read more below for job descriptions and application information.

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Submit your application today!

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AGC Students Slam Violence in Powerful Poem

6 Jun

Last month, the Third Rail Writers, a group of 6th graders under the guidance of Mr. Tim Bernier, took an original piece V.I.C (Violence In Chicago) to the stage with the Kuumba Lynx Half Pint Poetics event. The mission of AGC, to foster mindful leaders who take action to positively impact their communities and the world, shines brilliantly through Kaimana, Serena, Jason, Alondra, Jorge, and Fernando, as they refuse to accept the status quo of violence in their cities.  “This is our time, the future is in our hands,” they say, reminding their peers of their power and responsibility to make change. V.I.C is a collaborative piece which masterfully employs conversational, call and response and ensemble delivery, emphasizing the role of the collective and the individual in Chicago’s violence.

We’d love to share a letter from AGC teacher and Social Justice Educator, Tim Bernier, the Third Rail Writers’ coach.

The written word can be honest, beautiful, and captivating; commanding, when spoken with passion; staggering, when hit with heartfelt tone, and powerful in its true delivery. For me, hip hop is a medium that provides space for the spoken word to flow effortlessly and authentically. As a teacher, I’ve found hip hop to be a bridge that brings inner city kids closer to reading for understanding, and writing with a focus on genuine expression of self. Hip hop has provided me a venue to showcase injustices of the past and present in a way that elicits student response which is -and can be- cool, current, and critically appealing. When exploring writing in class, I am constantly working to  encourage my students to write from the heart; starting with their own individual and cultural histories. We free write, and write to be free; we brainstorm, rewrite, and get up and share our ideas –regularly. Third Rail Writers was born because, honestly, I love to write and read. As one who is wholly committed to this profession we call teaching, I teach as I live, read, write and breathe –with passion. If poetry and hip hop can turn my students on to reading, writing, and thinking critically…then, I’ve done well. As a poetry team, we will continue to explore what it means to be critically conscious, historically accurate, honest and authentic. The goal is to not only profess that which we learn and know, but to also be positive role models, culture keepers and true leaders.

I am so very proud of my Third Rail Writers. In my opinion, they sincerely represented what it means to be “risk-takers” the very moment they stepped up on the University of DePaul’s stage and stood in front of seasoned slam judges -as well as hundreds of students, teachers and activists- to read their original poetry. In the end, we walked away with memories to last a lifetime, and a killer plaque to commemorate their effort. 
​I would like to send a huge thanks to Ms. Gillespie, Mr. & Mrs. Beluso, and Ms. Amaro for coming out the day of the slam and supporting our team, real time. Last, “Where they at, Where they at, Where they at!?”, the biggest  shout-out goes out to my team, the Third Rail Writers: your courage is contagious, and your words are inspiring -never stop writing!
Peace & Praxis,
Mr. B
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