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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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From Farm to Cup at Metropolis Coffee Company

By Hiu To / April 11, 2019
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Freshman in the Food For Thought class went to Metropolis Coffee Company’s roastery to learn about the life of the Coffee plant. Students were welcomed into the state-of-the-art roastery where they got a behind-the-scenes look at each step of the process. Metropolis is dedicated to serving a stellar cup of coffee, but what’s even more…

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Thank you Cider Provider, Violet Crime, and Thom Perry!

By GCE Lab School / November 17, 2018

Truly ecstatic to kick off our GCE Tiny Concert Music Series where we host musicians and bands at our Lincoln Park Campus. Huge thanks to Jed and the guys from Cider Provider, Violet Crime, and Thom Perry – Andersonville folk-artist, street performer and chef, crooning traditional folk tunes accompanied with his own banjo playing. Also,…

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We Say Enough!

By Hiu To / May 3, 2018

291 schools across the country have suffered horrific gun violence since 2012, the year of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. 7,000 kids have been gunned down. More than 187,000 students have been traumatized. Enough is enough. In March, GCE students held a Soapbox Speakout in Washington Square Park, aka Bughouse Square, ground zero to Chicago’s…

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From Bean to Cup @ Metropolis Coffee Company

By Hiu To / May 1, 2018
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Freshmen in the Food For Thought class went to Metropolis Coffee Company’s roastery to learn about the life of the Coffee plant. Students were welcomed into the state-of-the art roastery where they got a behind-the-scenes look at each step of the process. Metropolis is dedicated to serving a stellar cup of coffee, but what’s even…

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The Walls As Canvas

By Hiu To / April 26, 2018
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This Spring term, the students in Art are planning and installing an orginal mural inside the school. Before the muralists begin work on the walls, they must understand why and how murals are created. As a part of this investigation, students vistied muralist, Jeff Zimmermann at his studio in Humboldt Park. Jeff talked about the…

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Listen to the Poem!

By Hiu To / March 14, 2017
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Our poets left their hearts on the stage during this year’s Louder Than A Bomb Poetry Slam Festival. Louder Than A Bomb or better known as LTAB is an annual event organized by one of our City2Classroom partners, Young Chicago Authors, which invites thousands of young poets to speak their truths on stage. LTAB was…

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GCE Featured on tastytrade’s Bootstrapping in America

By GCE Lab School / January 20, 2016

Huge thanks to the guys at tastytrade! tastytrade is a real financial network, producing 8.5 hours of live programming every weekday, Monday – Friday. Follow along as our experts navigate the markets, provide actionable trading insights, and teach you how to trade. With over 50 original segments, and over 20 personalities, we’ll help you take…

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Project-based instruction

Summer Learning…We’re At it Again

By Hiu To / August 13, 2015
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Each time a GCE course is taught, it’s subjected to the rigor, standards, and feedback of students, teachers, and community partners. Our summer professional development sessions are key to the iterative process that makes our courses innovative and relevant. The process of improving and creating new integrated, project-based curriculum is extensive. It requires our teachers…

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The End… or just the Beginning?

By GCE Lab School / May 28, 2014
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Dear Friends & Families: The 2013-14 school year draws to a close, and while we celebrate closure and the significant experiences of this year, we also set an eye on the 2014-15 journey. Thus we look at four+ items in this news blast: Final Presentations & Graduation  Summer Programs  GCE Lab School’s New Website 2014-15…

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By GCE Lab School / May 6, 2014
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Dear GCE Friends & Families: GCE Lab School students will present project based learning ideas at the May 19 #TutorMentor Conference in Chicago. See http://www.tutormentorconference.org. This conference is intended to connect leaders and supporters of volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs along with people who support them. I’ve attended Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference often in the past. The next is…

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June 4. RSVP NOW for FPs & Graduation

By GCE Lab School / April 30, 2014
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      RSVP: Kim Campos by email, [email protected] Visit Online: http://www.midwestbuddhisttemple.org/

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PBL + CCSS + MDGs + C2C = OnIn

By GCE Lab School / April 16, 2014
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GCEVoices Blog Recently, GCE was visited by a group of foreign delegates and one of the women asked me how we are different? Her challenge provoked a different response than my typical elevator speech because she did not speak much English, and I had to provide the simplest answer possible.  My response: “The education GCE…

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Spring Term & Hybrid Pilot

By GCE Lab School / April 5, 2014
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Dear Families: Welcome to 2014 Spring Term, the final phase of this school-year (holy cow!). Students, we’ll see you at 8:45 on Tuesday morning, April 8. In this news-blast you’ll find information about a few things: Courses Key Dates Hybrid Model Pilot Program Global Health: CURE (home page) Spring Term Courses — STEM then Humanities: Freshman:…

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Graduation, 2014-15 Enrollment, & Civic Immersion

By GCE Lab School / March 19, 2014
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Dear GCE Friends & Families:Lots of information in this news blast.  Featured stories include: Save the Dates!!! 2014-15 Enrollment. Paperwork & Tuition Schedule. Civic Immersion — ASL, DHH, & GCE!!! — check out the latest staff video! Hybrid Pilot for Seniors!  Mark your calendars! Graduation: Move over 2013 Graduates! It’s YOUR turn, GCE seniors!  June…

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Immerse Yourself

By GCE Lab School / March 3, 2014
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Dear Families, Please review this post to learn about Experiential Term and the latest student Online Installations. Thank you. Dear Students: You are about to immerse yourselves in a month-long Civic Engagement unit. The focus of the 2014 Experiential Term is to set the stage for meaningful, long-term engagement with the DHH (Deaf & Hard…

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Final Presentations & Albany Park Theater Project

By GCE Lab School / February 15, 2014
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Dear Friends: Two exciting events to schedule on your calendars! Final Presentations 2.27.14 @ 10:30am. FEBRUARY 27, 10:30-noon. RSVP to Kim Campos please or by phone: 312.643.0991.Watch the video from spring 2012 to get a sense of how Final Presentations became such a profound activity for our students. GCE Student, Justin Martinez, and the Albany Park Theater…

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Dynamic & Reflective Student Work

By GCE Lab School / February 9, 2014
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Dear GCE family & friends: One simple and surprising way to warm up from this frigid cold is to learn about GCE by visiting GCE Voices, our Online Installations (OnIn) of student work. Each post features a guiding question, real-world scenario, and common core standards reference. Our students tell the story of their learning through scaffolded…

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Bioneers, Time to Reflect…

By Carlos Pitella / October 31, 2013

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Bioneers Youth Event (11/1)

By Carlos Pitella / October 31, 2013
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Hello, Youth of All Ages! In 2 weeks, the Bioneers event is happening with a program dedicated to Youth (High School & College)! The theme is community resilience inspired by nature. GCE will be attending as a school, and we would love to see the place packed with youth. So, please spread the word to…

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