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Capitol Hill

For the Promise of Our Nation

By GCE Lab School / January 8, 2021

We are saddened by the events of January 6th, 2021. We condemn both the sedition that led to the incursion on Capitol Hill and the assault itself. The imbalance of response by authorities to a siege on our government and the demonstrations for social justice in the Spring of 2020 is a clear expression of…

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Women & Work with Suzanne Muchin

By GCE Lab School / January 14, 2021

Suzanne brought with her a meaty list of accomplishments and experiences to the Soapbox. Speaking out on workplace equality, her pointy point of view posited that: The Future of Work is Human The only way out is through (must make the change from the inside out) We must connect with conversations bigger than ourselves Furthermore,…

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The Patriotism We Need with Benjamin Railton

By GCE Lab School / January 8, 2021

Just a day after the assault on our capitol, we welcomed to our first Soapbox of 2021 professor and author Benjamin Railton. Benjamin has written extensively about the identity of America, Americans, and the concept of patriotism. His Soapbox, titled “The Patriotism We Need,” helped us understand “critical patriotism,” which insists we challenge ideas, policy, and culture…

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Spring High School Open House for Grades 9-12

By GCE Lab School / January 3, 2021
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A Chicago high school experience that makes a world of difference. At Global Citizenship Experience Lab School, we’re preparing students to respond to the world’s biggest challenges through real-world, project-based learning that is engaging and relevant. What does that look like? We’re hosting students and families on April 3 to show you how. Join our…

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GCE’s P.I.E. Program Connects Students to Professional Opportunities

By GCE Lab School / December 21, 2020

GCE’s Professional Immersion Experience (PIE) program allows students to experience a work environment aligned with their interests over a three-week intensive placement period. The program gives students an opportunity for exposure to work environments, to learn business etiquette, to gain experience and skills in a professional working environment, and to make real connections with people…

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How can music make a positive impact on my neighborhood?

By GCE Lab School / December 21, 2020

Students in the Music That Matters course investigated music as a language and how it’s attachment to people, history, and politics can teach, inspire, and ignite us. Throughout the course, they produced, arranged, and sampled music across genres to understand the themes, emotions, and movements of the cultures in which they were created. This understanding…

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What does peace look like in your community?

By GCE Lab School / December 19, 2020

In Global Peace, students investigate Gandhi’s four principles of nonviolent movement building and their place in our society today. Through conflict mapping, historical analysis, film critiquing, and evaluating nonviolent protest techniques, students learn about the philosophy, economy, politics, and tools of nonviolence. As the saying goes, “knowing is half the battle,” so students in the…

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How can puppets change the way we communicate?

By GCE Lab School / December 18, 2020

The stories that shape our lives and understanding of the world manifest themselves in a variety of forms. For the Civic Term of the 2020-21 school year, the A Show of Hands class challenged students to bring to life stories and issues meaningful to them using the medium of puppetry. So, in addition to the…

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Discovering the Art of the Shadow with Manual Cinema

By Hiu To / December 15, 2020

In this workshop, students in the A Show of Hands class explored the possibilities and craft of performant storytelling. Artists from Manual Cinema exposed the multitude of layers that go into their work and how light, shadow, sound, music, and time work together to create a story-telling experience that has a lasting impression … all without…

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Discovering a Community of Puppets at Nasty, Brutish & Short

By Hiu To / December 15, 2020

The students in the A Show of Hands class are taking a deep dive into the world of puppetry. They are investigating how puppets have been used to pass down stories and cultural practices, address taboo topics, and communicate under censorship. But, why puppets? The budding puppeteers attended Nasty, Brutish, and Short, the puppet cabaret…

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January High School Open House for Grades 9-12

By GCE Lab School / December 14, 2020
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A Chicago high school experience that makes a world of difference. At Global Citizenship Experience Lab School, we’re preparing students to respond to the world’s biggest challenges through real-world, project-based learning that is engaging and relevant. What does that look like? We’re hosting students and families on January 28 to show you how. Join our…

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Fall Term Final Presentations

By GCE Lab School / December 7, 2020

The conclusion of the Fall Term serves as a reminder of why teaching academics through relevant, real-world experiences is an important step forward into an uncertain future. With the freshness of a presidential election and global pandemic in their minds, students were challenged to use what they have learned in Fall Term courses and what…

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Civic Term

By GCE Lab School / November 30, 2020

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Electrifying Bikes at Earth Rider Cycling

By Adam Cohen-Leadholm / November 2, 2020

Juniors in Design & Engineering visited Earth Rider, a full-service, woman-owned bike shop to learn from store-owner and bike expert, Sharon. Sharon is a League Cycling Instructor and a certified Bicycle Technician from the United Bicycle Institute. She shared a wealth of knowledge about different types of bikes and how they have evolved to meet…

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Experiencing Visual Rhetoric at the Living Memorial in Marquette Park

By Brent Mix / November 2, 2020

Juniors in the Rhetoric class have been pursuing the guiding question, How does rhetoric inspire and mobilize?. Specifically, students are asked to consider how original artwork can speak out on issues and inspire collective action. In order to contextualize such a statement and experience it in person, the students journeyed to Marquette Park to see…

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Better Design with Greater Good Studio

By Adam Cohen-Leadholm / October 27, 2020

Juniors in Design & Engineering are pursuing the guiding question, How does the design process impact product and experience?. The students are investigating the design of gardening tools, and the importance of empathy in design to promote inclusivity and equity. They are challenged to redesign gardening tools to better suit the needs of senior citizens.…

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Investigating the Language of Resistance with Ugo Okere

By Brent Mix / October 22, 2020

I first became aware of Ugo Okere when he was a candidate for Alderman in my Ward, the 40th. In the fall of 2018, Ugo ran as a very young (22) Democratic Socialist, whose campaign attempted to shift the political conversation in Chicago away from the “strong mayor” concept and toward a “power of the people”…

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December High School Open House for Grades 9-12

By admin / October 22, 2020
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A Chicago high school experience that makes a world of difference. At Global Citizenship Experience Lab School, we’re preparing students to respond to the world’s biggest challenges through real-world, project-based learning that is engaging and relevant. What does that look like? We’re hosting students and families on December 10 to show you how. Join our…

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Rapid Prototyping with The James Dyson Foundation

By Adam Cohen-Leadholm / October 20, 2020

Students in Design & Engineering received a virtual visit from a couple of experts from the James Dyson Foundation. We have a longstanding partnership with the Dyson Foundation, and we are so grateful we get to learn from their experts every year. This year, students were tasked with answering the prompt, “How does design solve…

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Physics in the Garden at Home Depot

By Adam Cohen-Leadholm / October 4, 2020

Juniors in the Design & Engineering class talked to experts from the gardening department at Home Depot to investigate the physics of gardening tools. In the first unit of this STEAM course, students have been pursuing the guiding question, what lies at the heart of our fundamental drive to create tools?. In their pursuit of…

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