As many schools return from summer break this week, we take a moment to reflect on some of the joyful first moments of our 9th year!
During the first week of August, we welcomed some very exciting new team members this year, including six classroom educators with a combined 56 years of teaching experience across five countries. To read about each member of the AGC team on our website, click here!
The rest of AGC’s now 54-person staff returned on August 3rd and began our year with an all-staff camping retreat in Wisconson. During those 36 hours, we formed strong bonds sealed with heat, sweat and bug spray. We played kickball, made chilli, meditated, and set our intentions for the year. One colleague described the experience as “the big ice melter,” because we didn’t so much break as melt the proverbial ice. Principal Jenn Moore says of the experience, “I’ve never started a school year so calm and so energetic. It’s crucial that we all have strong relationships with each other on which to build our work with kids.”
Our students also begin the year with an intentional mindset. Students enjoyed mini-units on mindfulness and design thinking to kick off the school year. In mindfulness units, students learned or refreshed skills to self-calm through mindful breathing, yoga, or focusing excess energy on “fidget” tools.
Papers, Posters, Presentations Oh My.
Over the past 5 weeks the 5th grade, students have taken a leap into the deep end of the inquiry process. The IB PYP ends in 5th grade. As a way to showcase all that the students have learned over the past 6 years, they engage in a 6-week self-guided unit of inquiry, which culminates in a public Exhibition.
Students are working in groups researching a topic of their choice. They then use this research to write a research essay, to create 2 different presentations to inform others of their findings, and to design and complete an action based on their new understanding of their area of study.
This year’s topics include:
- US/Mexico Border
- Food Production
- Sports Violence
- Obesity in America
- Child Abduction
- Factory Farming
- Food Waste
- Nuclear Power and Control
- Syrian Refugee Crisis
It has been amazing to see our students take this challenging task by the horns and showcase their skills and talents.
On May 10th, students will be presenting their work to their peers at the AGC Exhibition Fair during the school day. Then on May 12th at 6pm students will present their work at Hancock High School auditorium to the larger school community. We would love to see you at either of these events.
As we reflect and celebrate the past 6 years of these young people’s lives it is clear that they have been supported, challenged and encouraged to become lifelong learners and active citizens both locally and globally. Thank you to all of the parents, teachers, support staff and family who have helped make these young people they are today.
Please join us in celebrating our students and their work.
AGC is hiring for the 2016-2017 school year. Please share the opportunities below to help us identify the best match!
We are recruiting for the following positions for the 2016-2017 school year. Please submit an application through the links below before April 1.
- Bilingual Special Education Teacher
- We are looking for a passionate Special Education teacher to support three students in a K-2 self-contained
- Candidate must be certified for bilingual education.
- Candidate must be certified to support diverse learners in a self-contained special education classroom.
- Candidate will work alongside a paraprofessional with a small group of three high-need students in a self-contained class.
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- Dual Language Elementary School Teacher
- Dual Language is a two-way immersion method wherein lessons are conducted both in Spanish and English in a class where 50% of students are native English speakers and 50% are native Spanish speakers.
- Candidates should be fluent and bi-literate in English and Spanish and have strong experience in dual language learning.
- Ideal candidates are also experienced in International Baccalaureate education
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- We seek educators with:
- 5+ years experience as an educator
- Spanish-English bi-literacy (ideal)
- Familiarity with IB program
- Familiarity with inquiry-based teaching and Responsive Classroom
- Believer in culturally relevant teaching
- Strong leadership, initiative, communication skills and personal drive
- Ability to maintain a safe, orderly environment
- Proven ability to play a lead role in their grade level
- Experience with RTI process and accommodating students with IEPs in the classroom
- The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) is a Chicago Public Charter School located on the city’s industrial and underserved Southwest side. Our mission is to develop mindful leaders who take action both now and in the future to positively impact their communities and the world beyond. Our larger goal is to inspire the way society educates our future by fostering both local and global systemic change through the development and extension of AGC’s model within our local and national public education systems by scaling our innovation.
In service of this mission, we are committed to serving the whole child, modeling academic excellence, developing inquirers, cultivating international awareness, fostering environmental stewardship and facilitating collaboration within the community.Working at AGC means:
- Being surrounded by extraordinary, inquisitive students and hard-working, like-minded colleagues
- Thriving in a dynamic, changing, and growing environment
- Being held to high standards for continuous personal and school improvement
- Having high academic expectations for every student in the school everyday
- Getting your hands dirty in our school garden
- Working in a culture of sustainability and wellness
- Working hard and thinking outside of the box to do what is best for our students
- Participating in a democratic school structure where everyone has a voice
- Contributing to a scalable new vision for public education
Read more about AGC on http://www.agcchicago.org
“The Academy for Global Citizenship is a jewel nestled amid urban blight. A nonprofit Chicago public charter school, the Academy for Global Citizenship is making waves in elementary education, working to create a class of scholars that care about their community as much as their grades.” – Jessica Suss for Make it Better Magazine
As the winner of the Make it Better Philanthropy Award for Education, our unique school and vision was featured in an article and video published yesterday on Make It Better. Click here to read the feature article by Jessica Suss.
The feature is acompanied by a video produced by Adam Ruben, founder of SureCan Productions for Make it Better. We were lucky to work with Adam on a video for 2013 Make it Better Philanthropy Award winner, Bernie’s Book Bank. Bernie’s Book Bank brings new and gently used books to students at AGC and dozens of other schools twice a year to fuel active reading habits outside of school. Click here to watch the video featuring Bernie’s Book Bank’s visit to AGC.
The feature and video focus on our work with Studio Gang Architects to develop a sustainable school campus that we hope will serve as a model for school construciton in the 21st century. For questions regarding our future campus, contact Katherine.
Now, without further ado, please enjoy this lovely snapshot of our work, featuring our brilliant architects from Studio Gang as well as AGC students, parents, staff, and members of our board.
Please mark your calendars for our 4th annual Chefs’ Playground gala on May 19. 20 of the city’s most sought-after chefs and mixologists will gather at Terzo Piano for the 4th annual Chefs’ Playground, an intimate and unique gala experience. Terzo Piano Chef/Partner Tony Mantuano, alongside hosts Bon Appétit Management Company, curates this experience to benefit our school.
Tickets and details are available on http://www.chefsplayground.org, and limited group rate tickets are on sale now.
On Thursday, May 19th from 7p.m. – 10p.m. at Terzo Piano (159 East Monroe), guests will enjoy tastings of childhood favorites from participating chefs. Past participants have included local legends like Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and Xoco), and Paul Kahan (Avec, Big Star, Blackbird, The Publican and Publican Quality Meats), Chris Pandel (The Bristol, Balena, Swift and Sons), and Lee Wolen (BOKA), Erling Wu-Bower (Nico Osteria), alongside food television favorites like Iron Chef Jose Garces (Mercat/Garces Group), Food Network host Jeff Mauro (Pork and Mindy’s,) Marcela Valladolid (Author and Host, Food Network’s “Mexican Made Easy” and “The Kitchen”), and Top Chef’s Sarah Grueneberg (Monteverde) and Stephanie Izard (Top Chef, Girl & the Goat, Little Goat). A ratio of 25 guests per chef allows every ticket holder to feel like an industry insider.
In addition to a star-studded chef lineup, celebrity hosts and guests have included Kathy Hart from Eric and Kathy in the Morning, Billy Dec from the Today Show, Windy City Live and more, and Actor/Advocate Adrian Grenier from HBO’s Entourage.
Chicago’s hottest restaurant groups and innovators in the food scene gather behind Academy for Global Citizenship’s model, which promotes positive nutrition and student wellness are integral to achieving strong academic results. “What AGC does is nothing short of amazing,” said Fedele Bauccio, CEO of Bon Appétit Management Company, leaders in local sourcing and the Art Institute’s sustainable food service partners. “We too believe that you’re never too young to start learning how to protect the planet. We’re proud to be part of this team effort.”
As an international learning laboratory and incubator of scalable innovation, AGC is dedicated to transforming systems of education, including the construction of a renewable energy prototype campus on an urban farm. At last year’s gala, AGC announced the selection of Studio Gang Architects to design this sustainable new campus, which will serve as a new model for thoughtful school construction.
General Admission is $250 per person and includes a grazing-style dinner from celebrity chefs, signature cocktails from celebrated mixologists in addition to an open bar. VIP tickets are available at $375 per person, which includes an intimate pre-party from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. with exclusive chefs and mixologists.
Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and additional details may be found at http://www.chefsplayground.org
On Tuesday, Tameka Walton, mother of two AGC students and founder of Restored Hope shared with the AGC community her plans to pack her car with bottled water and drive down to Flint, Michigan to help distribute much-needed potable water to undocumented families who might not be able to access support from the Red Cross.
By Thursday afternoon, it was clear that Tameka was going to need a bigger car.
As soon as the word was out, AGC students, families and staff were immediately inspired to help, each in their own way. Amy Burns, mother of three AGC students and accomplished graphic designer design an eye-catching campaign. Maribel Ortega, co-president of the AGC Community Council (ACC) engaged her own design skills and the ACC’s networks to spread informational posters throughout social media, our parent website, and school buildings.
Teachers incorporated lessons of water security into packed days. Faculty, staff and parents took time throughout the day to answer our young students’ many questions about the growing collection of water bottles lining the hallways. Our next-door neighbors at UHaul, one of whom happens to be from Flint, provided a discounted rate for the rental of a moving truck. Students from our 1st graduating 8th grade class volunteered to load water into the truck.
AGC’s mission is to develop mindful leaders who take action to positively impact their communities and the world beyond, and this mission is something that unites our curriculum, culture and operations and drives the daily work of our students, staff and families. Empathy and positive impact are not limited to one’s immediate community.
Each member of the AGC community has their own personal understanding of what it means to be a “global citizen.” Whether your global citizenship is focused on protecting the earth, embracing multiculturalism, kindness, or community service, we can all agree that global citizenship is rooted in empathy.
From our community in Chicago to Flint, Michigan, Happy Friday.
Thanks to Middle School educator Jacob Deems for putting together this video of today’s load-up!