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Discovering Found Object Puppetry with Rough House Theater

By Hiu To / February 22, 2021

Throughout history and around the world, humans have used puppets to pass down stories, share cultural practices, and revolt against censorship. A Show of Hands is a course in which students…

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From the Pulpit to the People: Standing Up for Your Community—with Father Bill Corcoran

By GCE Lab School / February 17, 2021

Father Bill Corcoran stepped up to the virtual Soapbox to speak out on speaking up. He shared with us reactions to his decision to speak out against former President Trump…

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How Art is Getting Us Through the Pandemic—with Cortney Lederer

By GCE Lab School / February 11, 2021

Can you imagine enduring the pandemic without music, without film, without art? This week, curator and educator Cortney Lederer challenged us to think about how art is essential and how…

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Exciting things to come for GCE Lab School and Dreams For Kids

By GCE Lab School / February 5, 2021

GCE is incredibly honored and thrilled to help Dreams For Kids keep the dream alive. For 31 years, Dreams For Kids has touched the lives of over 75,000 kids and…

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Investigating Budō with Jason Bender

By Brent Mix / January 27, 2021

Students in Who Am I? took a virtual introductory jiu-jitsu class with Jason Bender of Bender Fitness. While the study of martial arts might seem miles away from our course on…

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The Gift of Snow

By GCE Lab School / January 27, 2021
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On Monday evening, Chicago received its first major winter storm of the season. The first significant snow is an occasion to observe the calm of slowed traffic and muffled sounds. So…

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Light/No Light: Experimenting with Pinhole Cameras

By Adam Cohen-Leadholm / January 27, 2021

The Juniors in Light, Sound, and Time investigated the guiding question: What would life look like without light?. They studied camera exposure to better understand how the human eye reacts…

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Implicit Bias—with Tiffany Harper

By GCE Lab School / January 26, 2021

A corporate lawyer by day and nonprofit founder by night, Tiffany brought great energy to the virtual Soapbox. As the granddaughter of a cotton picker who graduated from an Ivy…

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Social Impact Entertainment—with Michael Dolan

By GCE Lab School / January 19, 2021

On Tuesday, January 16, we welcomed award-winning producer and creative development director Michael Dolan to the virtual Soapbox. Michael joined us to talk about “Social Impact Entertainment” and how young…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Civic Term

November 29, 2021 - December 17, 2021

First Day of Civic Term

November 29, 2021

SAT

December 4, 2021

High School Information Session for Grades 9-12

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December 8, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm CST
1535 North Dayton Street
Chicago, IL 60642 United States

High School Information Session for Grades 9-12

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December 8, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm CST
1535 North Dayton Street
Chicago, IL 60642 United States

ACT (recommended for seniors)

December 11, 2021

Last Day of Civic Term; Civic Term Final Presentations

December 17, 2021

Winter Break – NO SCHOOL

December 20, 2021 - December 31, 2021

Faculty In-Service [No School]

January 3, 2022

Winter Term

January 4, 2022 - March 18, 2022