July 1, 2012, by Eric
Please enjoy a few words of feedback from our wonderful trainees. These two teachers work at CICS Northtown, and we are extremely grateful to partner with them.
June 26, 2012, by Eric
In our final training session today, we discussed evaluation. We asked and talked about the purpose of assessment and effective vs ineffective strategies. We told a few funny stories and laughed about our short-comings. But one thing that isn’t funny is that there is often a disconnect between what we evaluate, in terms of student work, and how we use the information to become better teachers, and better people.
Participants in GCE’s Educator Workshop answered the following prompt as comments to this blog:
Please feel free to share your own thoughts too.
June 25, 2012, by Eric
The purpose of our Tuesday morning session is to explore the essence of Inquiry-Based Learning and the contexts in which it is most effectively employed. Participants, educators from four schools — Global Citzenship HS, Chicago International CS Northtown, Young Women’s Leadership CS, and Glenbrook South HS — share their understanding of IBL in two ways, both of which contribute to GCE’s practice and examination of Inquiry and Project based learning, blended learning, City2Classroom* programs, and MDG & CCSS alignment:
March 10, 2012, by Eric
Every GCE course, unit, lesson, and activity is purpose driven. We ask teachers to clarify the essence of learning opportunities and to transparently communicate why each course is essential to learn.
What is the purpose of your course and why is it essential to learn?
March 7, 2012, by Eric
Student performance, beliefs, and interactions reflect who we are and what we do as educators. At GCE, we constantly strive to see our own reflection in our students’ behavior and performance and to use the data available to improve our curriculum, instruction, and social emotional support. Ultimately, it is only through consistent and direct attention to our students that we can learn what THEY truly need in order to grow as students and citizens.
How will you know if/when your students get it? What are you looking for, listening to, sensing?
March 7, 2012, by Eric
One of the greatest challenges we face as educators is that of communication; and failure to communicate clearly through directions, questions, assessment, and informal interactions quickly leads to breakdowns in trust, motivation and performance. On the flip-side, by varying communication strategies and accommodating the unique learning needs of each student, we can bridge gaps that increase love of learning, connection, and advocacy.
What patterns of communication will your course facilitate? How will students connect with themselves, others, and the world?
March 5, 2012, by Eric
Part 2: How do you want your students to be transformed in 10 weeks? How do you want them to be different?
March 5, 2012, by Eric
Dear GCE Community:
As we prepare for spring term 2012, I have designed a workshop for our staff to help catalyze even more advanced curriculum design. As always, this generative process will result in global, integrated, inquiry- and project-based blended learning curriculum (that lives online and in-person), and that is aligned with both the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals and the Common Core Standards. To learn more about our curriculum design process and outcome, please view our GCE Passport.
Please note that there are several posts on this topic; this is part 1. All feedback from staff is posted as “comments” to each post. The process starts with reflective prompts, moves into discussion, invites public sharing on the blog, grows into curriculum, and is tested through the relationship between instruction and student learning.
PART 1: What do you want your students to “feel” each day?
February 28, 2012, by Eric
Dear Students in GCE’s Org Systems & Models course:
Please respond to the following prompt: How has learning about organizational systems & models changed your understanding of self, other, and world?
February 11, 2012, by Eric
I’m pleased to share that we have had to revise the GCE Institute offerings due to increased demand — a challenge we are grateful to face. Please review the offerings below or visit the Institute web page so that you can navigate around the rest of our website; and make sure to explore GCE Voices so that you can see for yourself the amazing work that our students are doing!
Many thanks and we look forward to working with you.