AGC and The Plant Help Vittum Park Celebrate Earth Day this Saturday

17 Apr

Our neighbors at Vittum Park (located at 5010 W. 50th Street) have invited AGC and the Plant to share our mission, vision and approach to fostering environmental stewardship at their Earth Day Event. Please join us this Saturday if you are in the area!

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The Mindful Brain

13 Mar
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“Chapter 3: How Deep Breaths Help Your Brain”

AGC’s 1st and 2nd graders have been enjoying a taste of Neuroscience 101! In a Wellness unit about mindfulness and the brain, students have learned important skills to care for their brains.

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2nd Grader Joshua drew a cross-section of the brain!

Students learned the role that the hippocampus, amygdala and pre-frontal cortex play in their social and emotional functioning, how neurons send messages in the brain, and how they can gain better control over emotional responses using mindful breathing and meditation.

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“[Deep breathing] gets oxygen to your brain. It calms your amygdala”

Students made non-fiction chapter books to share what they’ve learned with their peers and families. Just like an understanding of nutrition and energy helps us feed ourselves better, demystifying brain activity is helpful for people of all ages to develop better self-control and master emotional responses that might interfere with learning, play, and work. Teachers and families have noticed students using these tools and their new vocabulary when they find themselves getting frustrated, angry, or overwhelmed.

This understanding can help people of any age gain important control over their reactions, helping them to become better students, friends, colleagues and global citizens.

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AGC Seeking Passionate Educators for 2015-2016

11 Mar

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.
Teaching at AGC means:

  • Thriving in a dynamic, changing, and growing environment
  • Engaging in significant curriculum development work
  • Being challenged to examine your practice to increase student achievement
  • Having high academic expectations for every student in the school everyday
  • Participating in at least 22 professional development days in addition to out-of-state International Baccalaureate training
  • Being encouraged and supported to travel abroad
  • Teaching an 8-hour school day and extended year with approximately 125 minutes of prep time per day
  • Having access to an organic breakfast and lunch made from scratch
  • Trying things again and again and again until we get it right
  • Getting your hands dirty in our school garden
  • Welcoming visitors who are interested in learning about our school
  • Working hard and thinking outside of the box to do what is best for our students

To view and apply for jobs online, click here.


Chicago Tribune’s Phil Vettel Announces Chefs Rick Bayless, Lee Wolen, Tony Mantuano and More for the 3rd Annual Chefs’ Playground

9 Mar

On June 4th, Chef Tony Mantuano will host some of our nation’s finest chefs  at Terzo Piano in the Art Institute of Chicago to prepare dishes inspired by childhood favorites in the 3rd annual Chefs’ Playground gala to benefit the Academy for Global Citizenship.

 Chicago Tribune food critic Phil Vettel announced our first participating chefs this morning. Click here to read Vittel’s piece on the Tribune’s website and see below for a full list of participating chefs. More chefs will be announced as the event date nears. Click here to purchase tickets.

Johnny Anderes of The Kitchen

Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, XOCO & Frontera Gourmet Foods

Thai Dang of Embeya

John Hogan of River Roast

Bill Kim of bellyQ, Urbanbelly & Belly Shack

Chris Marchino of Spiaggia

Jeff Mauro Host of Food Network’s “Sandwich King” & “The Kitchen”

Megan Neubeck of Terzo Piano

Rick Ortiz of Antique Taco

Tony Quartaro of Formento’s

Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish & Oyster

Lee Wolen of Boka

Matt Rice of Little Goat & Little Goat Bakery

with Host Chef Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia, Terzo Piano, Bar Toma and River Roast

We will announce more chefs as June 4th approaches.


Watch a video recap of our inaugural event in 2013 at

Watch a video recap of our inaugural event in 2013.

AGC Heads to the Good Food Fest, March 19-21, 2015

5 Mar

In two weeks, students, families and staff at the Academy for Global Citizenship, will all gather at the Good Food Festival this year to celebrate and collaborate on good food movements. There, members of our school community will join a vibrant local community committed to good food, including hundreds of family farms, artizans, and innovative sustainable food companies like Artizone and FarmedHere! Most recently, the Good Food Festival has expanded to include Localicious, a party featuring local chefs, breweries, distilleries and a stellar bluegrass band!. This year’s lineup features The Kitchen, Farmhouse, LYFE Kitchen, Begyle Brewing, Death’s Door Spirits, Forbidden Root, and so much more.

The Good Food Festival, produced by FamilyFarmed, a local foods advocacy organization, plays a crucial role in connecting local food producers with partners, investors, consumers, and each other. Over the last decade, the Good Food Festival has grown into a multifaceted three day event, featuring chef demonstrations, workshops, keynote speeches, panels, and a bustling vendor fair.

We are honored to have the opportunity to on a Good Food Festival panel “Farm to School 101: Introducing Farm to School Programs and Priorities” alongside representatives from Seven Generations Ahead, the USDA Farm to School Program, HandCut Foods, and the National Farm to School Network.

Each year, AGC, alongside thousands of friends of Good Food look forward to this spectacular event. We hope you will join us there.

Join Us! AGC is Hiring a Middle School English/Language Arts Teacher and a Long-Term Spanish Language Substitute

5 Feb

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.

Middle School English Language Arts and Humanities Teacher

The Academy for Global Citizenship is seeking to hire a English/Language Arts and Humanities Teacher to finish the 2014-2015 school year with our 7th grade students and possibly lead them through their final year at AGC in 8th grade. This position is ideal for a passionate middle school educator seeking a collaborative and open environment for whole-student learning. Bilingual (English/Spanish) candidates and those with International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme experience are strongly encouraged to apply.


Maternity Leave Spanish Teacher and Instructional Interventionist: 3rd-4th Grade

The Academy for Global Citizenship is seeking a long term substitute for a Third and Fourth Spanish Teacher/Instructional Interventionist from April 8 until the end of the 2014-2015 school year.  Currently duties are split between teaching Spanish and working with classroom teachers as an Instructional Interventionist. Instructional Interventionists provide small group instruction for students in kindergarten through fifth grade based on student needs. Instructional Interventionists receive training to implement data-based interventions.



We are looking for staff who…

  • Have a big heart to match a big brain
  • Are bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Want their work to define best practice
  • Respect and thrive in a dynamic, changing, and growing environment
  • Know extraordinary things can happen when people work hard together
  • Want to participate in a laboratory for innovation in education

Working at AGC means…

  • Being surrounded by thoughtful, inquisitive students and hard-working, like-minded colleagues
  • Thinking outside of the box to do what is best for our students
  • Being held to high standards for continuous personal and school improvement, and being given the time and support to do so–AGC teachers receive twice as many professional development hours as their peers, and coaching from an Instructional Leadership Team with a combined experience of 13 advanced degrees and 78 years in 26 schools
  • Promoting student profile qualities of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP): inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk takers, knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, well-balanced, and reflective.
  • Gaining experience with interdisciplinary International Baccalaureate Units of Inquiry, balanced literacy, arts integration, and TERC Investigations Math
  • Having high academic expectations for every student in the school everyday
  • Getting your hands dirty in our school garden
  • Enjoying 100% organic, scratch made meals prepared by our on-site chef
  • Working in an environmentally sustainable school culture


AGC Sixth Grader Invited to Represent Illinois at FCB Tournament in Barcelona, Spain

26 Jan

For a child who lives to play soccer, this is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Since he was 7 years old, Stanley P. has dreamed of playing professional soccer for FC Barcelona in Spain. The sport has been a huge driving force for Stan, who is now a 6th grader at the Academy for Global Citizenship.

Along with his brothers, Giovanni,13 and Isaiah, 6, Stanley is very active leagues around the Chicagoland area. Mom Sandra, who works at AGC as an Instructional Interventionist, devotes nights and weekends to the boys’ active soccer schedule. Sandra says the soccer was infectious in her family: Stanley started playing after watching Gio, and Isaiah got hooked in Kindergarten. Far from a distraction, Sandra says soccer has inspired her sons to focus and work harder, on and off the field. When Stanley struggled in school, he was motivated to improve by his desire to play soccer in college.

Stan Soccer

At age 11, Stanley has been selected to attend the FCBEscola Tournament in Barcelona, Spain this spring. As one of the top two players from the Illinois FCB Program, Stanley was honored with the opportunity to travel and compete with players from Dubai, Japan, South Korea, Egypt, Poland, India, and more. Participating in FCBEscola Tournament will give Stanley a window into the world of professional soccer, the opportunity to train with the best young soccer players around the globe, and a chance to represent his country and community at an international competition. “Travel is great for young global citizens” says AGC founding teacher Meredith McNamara “this will help Stanley develop a broader understanding of and perspective on the world.”

However, for Stanley and a chaperone to travel from the Southwest side of Chicago to Barcelona to participate of this one-week long tournament will cost $5,850. Says Sandra “as a single mom with three children, this is not something we can afford right now.” With help from her colleagues at AGC, Sandra has launched a crowd-funding page to help raise funds to take Stanley to Barcelona. To contribute, click here.

Stanley says: “My dream is to play in Barcelona. I have worked really hard and will love the opportunity to play in Barcelona. It will be a great experience and I appreciate all the support.”


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