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AGC is Hiring!

4 Oct

The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) is a non-profit Chicago public charter school, located on the Southwest side. Our mission is to develop mindful leaders who take action now and in the future to positively impact their communities and the world beyond. Our innovative and holistic approach aims to foster systemic change and inspire the way society educates future generations. AGC values:

AGC Values

The Academy for Global Citizenship is currently interviewing for several roles. AGC is an internationally recognized laboratory of innovation in education, with a Dual Language program, an International Baccalaureate MYP and PYP program, and a progressive approach to multi-stakeholder collaboration. Please help us identify good-fit candidates for the following roles! Click the links below for full job descriptions.

+ School Social Worker (Part Time)

+ Middle School Special Education Teacher

+ English as a Second Language Teacher

+ Director of Development

 

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
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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
  • 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

    To view up-to-date grade level vacancies and to submit an online application, please visit:

    http://www.applitrack.com/agcchicago/onlineapp/

    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age national origin, or disability.

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What Does Peace Mean to You?

20 Sep

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Tomorrow, AGC’s community will come together once again for a Peace Parade through our neighborhood to celebrate International Peace Day. Click here to read about last year’s Peace Parade in a student article published on Education Post.

Our Third graders at the Academy for Global Citizenship have been helping to plan this event. They have been putting various communication skills into practice to understand and celebrate peace.  Our Third graders are in the middle of a six week study on communication as a tool to connect and impact the world around them.  The classes have been immersed in discussions and explorations of verbal and nonverbal communication, human innovations in communication, as well as expressing themselves through symbols and various written languages.  Throughout the day, teachers model and provide opportunities for students to develop a common understanding of the skills needed to be an effective communicator.

A goal for each unit in the IB Primary Years Program is for students to take some kind of action, whether small or large, local or global. This gives students a purpose in exercising what they have learned and helps to develop leaders looking to stand up for change and make an impact.  The third grade has taken on the task of planning a peace celebration at AGC in honor of the UN’s International Day of Peace on Thursday September 21, 2017.  They are planning an assembly, a march with chants and signs throughout the neighborhood and some appreciation circles to spread peace in our own school community.

To start the conversation and to put their listening, writing and speaking skills to practice, students were tasked with conducting “man on the street” interviews.  Students, visitors and staff were all asked the question: “What does peace mean to you?” They recorded and transcribed these quotes and took photos that represent peace to them and are eager to share these reports across AGC’s social media in a “peaceful” takeover of school communication with the world at large.

“What Does Peace Mean to You?”
“I think peace means everybody agrees with each other and nobody
fights with each other. You can have disagreements but instead of
fighting you can talk it out with people. You shouldent hurt other
people.” -Delilah, seventh grade
Peace means to me evrything and evryone gets along and evry one
appreciates each other and nobody means aney harm to each other.
Evreybody has agreements and disagreements but it also ends up not
harsh.” -Lucy, seventh grade
Peace to me feels like when I’m free to do what I like to do and I
also feel safe in doing it.” -Patrick, international visitor
Peace means respect from one person to another, respect towards the
things that everybody has, respect to every bodys beliefs.” -Mr. Bryan
Soto, wellness teacher
“It means that everyone can be calm and no more fighting.” -Valentina, first grade
“To me peace means you get to be free and give the same respect to
everyone else and how you want to be treated. And it means to be calm
and keep the peace.” -Bella, fifth grade

Peace means to be kind to each other or you are being kind to the
world.” -Sofia, fifth grade

Peace means that the country should be free and that everyone should
be welcome.” -Violeta, fifth grade
“I think peace means everyone being with each other and no
discrimination. That means where no one is being rude to each other.”
Mimi, sixth grade
Peace means to me a happy, joyful feeling.  People being together in harmony and helping each other.”
-Richie, sixth grade
“Paz significa para mi no hay nada malo tambien no pelear con alguien.
Siempre estar feliz y tener emaptia. Tambien solo ayundando a las
personas y tambien respetarlos, no enorjarte con ellos y si te enojas
can ellos hace una estrategia.” – Angel, fifth grade dual language
Peace means being helpful and stuff and not polluting or anything.
It means being nice and not doing bad stuff.” -Oscar, fifth grade
Peace means no wars, no violence.  Peace means friendship.” -Judas,
sixth grade

AGC Wellness Program Shared as Best Practice by Illinois State Board of Education

1 Jun

We are thrilled to announce a collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) the Illinois Principals Association and the Education Leaders Network. INCS selected AGC from among Illinois charter schools as a prime example of innovation and what is possible in education. ISBE is helping to share AGC’s innovative approach to whole-child wellness by hosting best-practice workshops with school leaders and developing a webinar which will reach thousands through the Education Leaders Network and ISBE.

Hear from AGC’s phenomenal teachers and students in this video, which shines a light on our unique approach to whole child education through the Wellness Wheel:

Implementing Educational Innovation from ISBE Video on Vimeo.

Our wellness program is just one example of innovation in action at AGC. As a laboratory of innovation in education, AGC shares this work open-source through initiatives like this collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education. Through this unique vision of scale, including a School Sustainability Handbook and 100% Organic school food pilot, AGC has impacted over 950,000 students around the world. As a Chicago public charter school, AGC relies on philanthropy for 25% of our operating budget, and we needs your help to continue to share best practices open-source.

Click here to make a one-time or recurring gift to support innovation in action at AGC.

Join Our Team!

19 Apr

AGC offers a fundamentally unique approach to public education. Hallmarks of our model include serving the whole child, including mindfulness and yoga, sustainability, including a 100% organic, scratch-made food program, community collaboration, including educator autonomy and robust parent engagement. We are an extremely mission-driven International Baccalaureate school with a Dual Language strand.

We are developing global citizens – students who care for themselves, their communities, and the earth. Within our majority minority, majority low-income community on the southwest side, AGC seeks to serve as a model for what’s possible in public education. Will you join us?

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We are seeking passionate, experienced, bilingual educators to join our team for the 2017-2018 school year. The ideal candidate has more than three years of experience, including experience with or training in the International Baccalaureate Programme and Dual Language. Bilingual certification is important, as 30% of our students are English Language Learners.

Click here for a job description for K-2nd grade teacher roles

Click here for a job description for 3-5th grade teacher roles.

We encourage applicants to learn more about our school online at agcchicago.org.

Click here to submit an application!

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AGC and the Lonely Whale Foundation Panel at Soho House

2 Mar

 

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Dr. Liszt with Shedd’s Bridget Couglin and Hip Hop Caucus’s Liz Havstad.

 

This weekend, our friends at the Lonely Whale Foundation invited Dr. Amy Liszt to speak on a panel about sustainability and urban communities. To a packed house in the Music Room at Soho House

The panel featured Bridget Coughlin from the Shedd Aquarium, Leslie Pappas from The Common Ground Foundation, Jessica Yagan from Impact Engine, and Liz Havstad from the Hip Hop Caucus alongside AGC’s Dr. Amy Liszt. Emma Riley, of the Lonely Whale Foundation, who led the conversation didn’t intend to curate an all-female panel but the celebrated the coincidence nonetheless. Lonely Whale Foundation co-founder and AGC advocate Adrian Grenier introduced the event remotely, as he is in Bali working on ocean advocacy.

The discussion focused largely on the importance of fostering environmental stewardship within communities through schools, youth organizations, and community organizing groups. Ms. Havstad, of the Hip Hop Caucus, discussed the particular relevance of environmental issues within marginalized communities, reminding the audience that Flint, Michigan is still without safe drinking water, over a year after AGC families organized to send bottled water to Michigan.

We are grateful to the Lonely Whale Foundation for including us amongst such an inspiring group of leaders! We are honored to partner with the foundation on a dual-language marine science curriculum for K-5th grade.

Click here to learn about the Lonely Whale’s advocacy initiatives, including a campaign to remove 500 million straws from our ocean in 2017. 

Seeking Exemplary 5th-Grade Educator

8 Feb
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Look at these inquirers exploring the garden! Is it you they’re looking for?

You have the best taste. More than Craigslist, Indeed, Idealist, and any of the recruitment tools around, the people who know and love AGC are the best recruiting tool. Can you help us find an exemplary 5th-grade educator? We are looking for a bilingual (Spanish-English) educator who shares our passion for dual language and IB education and exemplifies global citizenship. Our dual language program currently extends to 4th grade, so we are looking for a teacher to finish the year with our monolingual students and jump into dual language next year. Please share far and wide!

The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) is a non-profit Chicago public charter school, located on the Southwest side. Our mission is to develop mindful leaders who take action now and in the future to positively impact their communities and the world beyond. Our innovative and holistic approach aims to foster systemic change and inspire the way society educates future generations. AGC values:

AGC Values

5th Grade Teacher (Spanish/English) – Immediate Opening

The Academy for Global Citizenship seeks an exemplary bilingual and biliterate (Spanish/English) elementary school teacher to lead students through a holistic interdisciplinary International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. We are looking for someone who can start immediately. For the remainder of this year, this teacher will teach 5th grade in English. Next year, the position will switch to a dual language 5th-grade position. The dual language teacher leads students through a two-way immersion program, where about 50% of students are native English speakers, 50% are native Spanish speakers. Instruction occurs in Spanish and English. This position is ideal for a passionate bilingual/biliterate educator seeking a collaborative, open environment for whole-student learning.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Teaching: Uses various modes of learning to accommodate different learning styles: real-life experiences, current events, technology, arts and more.

○    Exhibition: Unique to the 5th grade IB program, teachers will lead students through an independent inquiry where students will be investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems.

  • Instructional Strategies: Uses many types of instructional strategies including teaching through inquiry, differentiating instruction and using data to guide planning
  • Technology Integration: Incorporates technology across all disciplines as much as possible, where appropriate
  • Professional Development: Participates in coaching cycle, stays abreast of latest techniques and demonstrates an eagerness to learn new skills and share experiences with others
  • Curriculum Development: Works closely with coach, other teachers to align curriculum with Common

Core Learning Standards, the IB PYP, and achieving the goals of the school

  • Performance Assessment: Sets high and measurable goals for student achievement and evaluates student progress using summative and formative assessments
  • Community: Encourages the use of community resources, cooperates with families in welcoming them to our community, and maintains solid communication with all community members

 

We are looking for staff who…

  • Have a big heart to match a big brain
  • 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
  • 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 every day
  • Getting your hands dirty in our school garden while working in an environmentally sustainable school culture
  • Enjoying 100% organic, scratch made meals prepared by our on-site chef

Required Skills and Experience:

  • 5+ years experience as an educator
  • Bilingual and biliterate (English/Spanish)
  • Familiarity with IB program, 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

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor Degree in Education
  • Master’s Degree in Education or related fields (ideal)
  • State of Illinois Teaching Certificate
  • Endorsement or extensive experience in ELL instruction

Compensation:

Competitive salary based on experience and level of education. Full benefits, free breakfast and lunch, wellness fund, and professional development funds offered.

Application:

To view up-to-date grade level vacancies and to submit an online application, please visit:

http://www.applitrack.com/agcchicago/onlineapp/

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age national origin, or disability.

AGC 7th Grader Selected as Youth Ambassador for Women’s March on Washington, Profiled in Local and National Press

17 Jan

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7th grader Cora Haworth, 13, was selected to serve as a youth ambassador for the Women’s March on Washington this weekend. She will be joined by her sister, in 6th grade, her mother, and her grandmother, as well as many of her teachers, and AGC board members.

Cora was among a small group of teenagers selected from 300 applicants to serve as official advocates for the march, taking place this Saturday in Washington DC. For her application, Cora wrote an essay about what it means to her to be an advocate for causes in her community and beyond. She has been civically engaged “since she was a baby,” says her mother, Tricia Fitzgerald.


Click here to watch a profile of Cora and her mother on NBC 5. 

In this role, Cora will be a representative within the student body for the march. This week, she is visiting classrooms to educate students about the march and the power of their voice. She will continue to encourage youth advocacy and share her experiences after the march. Cora and her family will ride 10 hours each way on a bus this weekend with other advocates to attend the march.

The Haworths are used to a long commute. Since 2010, Cora and her three siblings have traveled to AGC every day from Beverly, spending as much as two hours in transit to attend a school that shares their commitment to civic engagement.  AGC’s mission is to develop mindful leaders who take action now and in the future to positively impact their communities and the world beyond. Students are given opportunities to practice civic engagement and advocacy throughout AGC’s interdisciplinary International Baccalaureate inquiry program.

We are humbled and inspired to see the mission of AGC shine through students like Cora. Click to read about Christina, Martha, and Katie, just a few of the AGC Middle Schoolers who have used their voice for good this year. If you know a Middle Schooler or Elementary schooler who would be a good fit for AGC, direct them to our admissions page. AGC is a tuition-free, open enrollment public charter school.

 

We are particularly excited to share this news so soon after Martin Luther King day. For all of us at AGC, MLK day is a time to reflect on our individual and collective responsibility to be advocates for good. As Dr. King said, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable.”

Read about Cora on DNA Info and Teen Vogue here.

CLICK HERE to watch Cora, Tricia, and AGC’s Aaron Fischer on NBC 5. 

[Consider a donation to help AGC support the next generation of mindful leaders.]

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