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    Charter Oak and Trewyn K-8 work toward IB PYP authorization

    When students in two Trewyn K-8 4th-grade classrooms were discussing healthy choices, one class focused on food options and another on exercise, dance and movement. Unlike many schools, the different focus was not the choice of the teachers, but was guided by questions the students were asking. In the language of International Baccalaureate (IB), the students were being “Inquirers,” one of ten attributes in the IB learner profile, and says Trewyn IB coordinator, Stacy Krei , the foundation of the IB programme. Trewyn K-8 and Charter Oak Primary School are in the final phase of the multi-year authorization process for the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). The two schools submitted their applications on October 1. Following a three-day visit by an authorization committee next spring, final authorization may be granted in the summer of 2015. Currently, over 400 schools in the U.S. offer the IB PYP. In Illinois, there are nine IB PYP schools, eight in Chicago and one in Springfield. District 150 offers the IB diploma, a two-year high school program, through Richwoods High School, and Mark Bills and Sterling Middle Schools are authorized IB middle schools (MYP - Middle Years Programmes).

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    Focusing on STEM throughout the District

    Jobs. Jobs that pay enough to raise a family. Jobs with stability and staying power to survive shifting economic winds. Jobs with potential for future raises and promotions. Jobs that are careers – enjoyable, challenging, rewarding. Jobs like that are what educators want for their students, what parents want for their children and what mayors want for their cities. In the 21st century, many jobs like that require STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. The U.S. Department of Commerce predicts that STEM jobs will grow 17 percent to 1.2 million jobs by 2018, the year today’s high school freshmen graduate. According to The American Solar Energy Society, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry may create more than 37 million jobs by 2030. Locally, the industries with the highest job-creation potential are health care, agricultural, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and scientific and technical services. District 150 is focusing energy and resources on STEM education at all grade levels. If you drill down in each of those careers, science, technology, engineering and math are all integrated together. Middle school students in District 150 are exposed to STEM in the Growing Up Ready (GUR) Labs, the STEM Action Labs and in Science Fusion. The District has made expanding these middle school STEM labs a priority for the 2014-15 school year. STEM Action Labs consist of 12 – 15 computer workstations, each of which represents a module.The GUR labs consist of 16 modules that include Science in the Kitchen, math in the Kitchen and Food Science and Nutrition. In these modules there is a strong focus on how science, engineering and math interact. The Action Labs allow the students to explore different areas of STEM. There are 22 modules and each module consists of 10 integrated instructional units which are completed in 10 days. As the school year progresses, students move through the modules, working in teams.

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