We Call BS!

On March 14th, high school students across the nation walked out in solidarity to protest Congress’ inaction to do more in response to the violence that plagues our schools and neighborhoods. The members of GCE’s Student Council organized a walkout in which they read off the names of the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting and reflected on the tragic loss of life.

Photo Gallery

First of Many

We completed our first service project with St. Vincent de Paul Center, whose students we will work with this school year through the Blessings in a Backpack program. Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.

For our first Community Day, Nicole from St. Vincent’s explained the impact of our partnership and guided us in creating motivation cards that will go in the backpacks that families receive. While we did not meet any of the students from St. Vincent’s today, the significance of the work was felt and we look forward to our partnership this school year.

Final Presentations Photo Gallery

2015 Graduation & Final Presentations

GCE staff and students invite you to join us for 2015 Graduation & Spring Term Final Presentations at Goodman Theatre on June 4th, from noon-2pm.

Experience what our students have been learning this term, and join us in seeing our 2015 graduates off into their next adventures.

Many thanks to Goodman Theatre for their partnership and support as well as Amazing Edibles for food and beverage.

RSVP for Spring Term Final Presentations & Graduation
Art Museum FE

Mark Your Calendars for Winter Term Final Presentations

Join us for another opportunity to learn with our students on Thursday, March 26th at 10:30am at GCE Lab School. Final Presentations are both fun and inspiring. They are led by our students, who guide us through the courses they study and the transformation their lives undergo in a matter of weeks.

RSVP Today for Final Presentations on March 26th!

We hope that you’ll stay connected with GCE Lab School through the activities below.


Donations for GCE’s Student Zone

GCE Lab School is working to carve out a better designated space for students to hang out and complete their work during their down time and after school. It may sound archaic, but we would greatly appreciate your donations in the form of desktop computers. If you have any questions or donations, please email Stephanie ([email protected]).


It’s not too late to register for GCE’s Summer Immersion Courses!

Are you interested in learning about issues that are important to you? Would you like to work with passionate teachers and students from around Chicago? Join us this summer for a three-week course to experience life in a new way!

Participants sample our Model for Learning — inquiry & project-based courses featuring integrated curriculum, differentiated instruction, field experiences, the creation of digital portfolios, and a focus on global citizenship. For rising 7th to 12th grade students, the Summer Immersion is a great way to infuse your learning experience with a jolt of purpose and inspiration. You may even decide that GCE Lab School is the best high school for you!

Please note that all Summer Immersion courses are open to all prospective and current GCE students.

Learn more and register for a Summer Immersion course


Help Grow GCE Lab School

We invite you to nominate students who are creative and independent thinkers and who care about learning in and beyond school. We would greatly appreciate if you would take a few minutes to put us in touch with any prospective students who are currently attending middle or high school, and who you believe would be receptive to our approach.

Nominate a student here

Looking Forward to the new school year

Looking Forward: 2015

Holiday happenings turn our eyes toward 2015, but they are also a great time to reflect on the year.

Most importantly, we want to say thank you for supporting GCE Lab School as students, families, partners, and sponsors. We hope that you enjoy meaningful down-time with family and friends. We wish you a healthy, joyful, and loving holiday season and look forward to seeing you at Final Presentations in the new year.

RSVP for Elective Term Final Presentations on January 22, 2015, and reserve your spot today at GCE’s Summer Immersion.

RSVP for Elective Term Final Presentations Here!

 


 

Elective Term Final Presentations:

January 22, 2015
Plan ahead and mark your calendar to attend Final Presentations on January 22nd, 2-3pm, at Thalia Hall in Pilsen. Experience our unique Elective Term courses through the lens of our students, who will guide us through the courses they study and the transformation their lives undergo in a matter of weeks.

At Elective Term Final Presentations, students will showcase their learnings from courses including Ollywood, FARE, Five Faces, and Stage Chemistry. Here are some brief descriptions of the courses:


Ollywood focuses on film critique through the study of pre-, post- and production.

FARE/Eatalian approaches Italian language and culture through the lens of what we eat.

Five Faces of Genius brings Firemark’s original content to GCE, calling on students to discover and reveal their creative genius.

Designed in partnership with the Goodman Theatre, Stage Chemistry features the STEAM magician’s tools that are used to create theater.

RSVP Today!

 


 

Summer Immersion courses

Summer Immersion

Are you a rising 7th through 12th grader interested in learning about issues that are important to you? Would you like to work with passionate teachers and students from around Chicago? Pre-register for one of GCE’s Summer Immersion courses.

Participants sample our Model for Learning — purpose driven, integrated curriculum, differentiated instruction, field experience, digital portfolios, and a focus on global citizenship. For rising freshmen and transfer students, the Summer Immersion is a great way to infuse your learning experience with a jolt of purpose and inspiration and to determine if GCE Lab School is an appropriate high school choice.

Pre-register for a Summer Immersion course

GCE Summer Immersion Classes

Summer Immersion Courses for Creative and Independent Thinkers

With temperatures already dropping into the teens, let’s dream on warmer weather and summer plans.
Please consider GCE’s Summer Immersion courses for rising 7th-12th grade students. Specifically, we aim to enroll students who are creative and independent thinkers, who care about learning in and beyond school, and who want to experience a vibrant and experiential summer program.

See below for more information on Summer Immersion, and be sure to RSVP for Elective Term Final Presentations on January 22, 2015.

RSVP for Elective Term Final Presentations Here!


Summer Immersion

Are you interested in learning about issues that are important to you? Would you like to work with passionate teachers and students from around Chicago? Pre-register for one of GCE’s Summer Immersion courses.

Participants sample our Model for Learning — purpose driven, integrated curriculum, differentiated instruction, field experience, digital portfolios, and a focus on global citizenship. For rising freshmen and transfer students, the Summer Immersion is a great way to infuse your learning experience with a jolt of purpose and inspiration and to determine if GCE Lab School is an appropriate high school choice.

Pre-register for a Summer Immersion course


Elective Term Final Presentations:
January 22, 2015

Plan ahead and mark your calendar to attend Final Presentations on January 22nd, 2-3pm, at Thalia Hall in Pilsen. Experience our unique Elective Term courses through the lens of our students, who will guide us through the courses they study and the transformation their lives undergo in a matter of weeks.

At Elective Term Final Presentations, students will showcase their learnings from courses including Ollywood, FARE, Five Faces, and Stage Chemistry. Here are some brief descriptions of the courses:


Ollywood focuses on film critique through the study of pre-, post- and production.

FARE/Eatalian approaches Italian language and culture through the lens of what we eat.

Five Faces of Genius brings Firemark’s original content to GCE, calling on students to discover and reveal their creative genius.

Designed in partnership with the Goodman Theatre, Stage Chemistry features the STEAM magician’s tools that are used to create theater.

RSVP Today!


Online Installations

GCE's Integrated Curriculum Digital Portfolios
Animal Exhibit:
A Population Online Installation
Check out GCE Voices

GCE Voices (our school blog) is a series of “Online Installations” which artistically reveals student work in interactive ways. We hope you dive into the installations and feel inspired by our motto: “Reinvent Possibility.”

Check Out GCE Voices

 

Happy Thanksgiving
We hope that you eat well, drink well, rest well, and enjoy the bounty of love, family, and friends.


Fall Term Reflection

On Thursday, October 30th GCE Lab School students and staff hosted Fall Term Final Presentations. Nearly 80 friends of GCE from across the city came together to learn with students about their discoveries from the past term. Attendees experienced a range of student-planned and led activities including: engaging guests in key rhetorical elements through a variety of media, creating bike models with an empathetic approach to design, calculating the impact of our water usage, and investigating the economics of mass transit in our city.Please take a few moments to view a brief video reflection of the event.

Check out photos from the event


We hope that you’ll stay connected with
GCE Lab School through the activities below.


Help Grow GCE Lab School

We invite you to nominate students who you believe are creative and independent thinkers, those who care about learning in and beyond school. We would greatly appreciate if you would take a few minutes to put us in touch with any prospective students who are currently attending middle or high school, and who you believe would be receptive to our approach.

Nominate a student here


Save the Date:
Elective Term Final Presentations

Join us for a second opportunity to learn with our students on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Final Presentations are both fun and inspiring. They are led by our students, who guide us through the courses they study and the transformation their lives undergo in a matter of weeks.

At Elective Term Final Presentations, students will showcase their learnings from courses including Ollywood, FARE, Five Faces, and Stage Chemistry. Here are some brief descriptions of the courses:


Ollywood focuses on film critique through the study of pre-, post- and production.

Five Faces of Genius brings Firemark’s original content to GCE, calling on students to discover and reveal their creative genius.

Designed in partnership with the Goodman Theatre,Stage Chemistry features the STEAM magician’s tools that are used to create theater.

Please save the date!

January 22, 2015

The End… or just the Beginning?

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:

  1. Final Presentations & Graduation 
  2. Summer Programs 
  3. GCE Lab School’s New Website
  4. 2014-15 Enrollment 
  5. Bonus: Beachstravaganza

1. Final Presentations & Graduation (June 4 @ 4pm, at the Midwest Buddhist Temple)




2. Summer Programs (Monday June 23 – Wednesday July 30, 9:30am-1pm; no classes Friday) 

Hiu To, GCE instructor extraordinaire is teaching Public Art & Its Social Impact. This course will lead you on an investigation of famous and not-so-famous public artworks in Chicago and how they tell the History of our city. We will be out in the field examining sculptures and murals in order to replicate their artistic styles and techniques. You will re-tell historical events from your own perspective using wire sculptures, paintings, or mosaics.

BEGIN registration by emailing us today. Credits: 0.75. Cost: $1,000 (Financial Aid available)




3. GCE Lab School’s New Website Officially Unveiled at Final Presentations
A new website which more accurately reflects our innovative program is available for sneak peaks now, and it officially goes live at Final Presentations & Graduation on June 4th. Please take a look at two key pages and scroll from there:

4. 2014-15 Enrollment 
Enrollment happens, and there are just a few spots remaining for 2014-15. Apply now if you’re interested, or tell a friend so they don’t miss out.


Thank you. Warm regards and enjoy the gorgeous weather! We hope to see you at Final Presentations!
p.s. if you made it this far … a couple photographic treats from the Beachstravaganza 5/28
       –not as warm as we would have wished 🙁



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 May 19th at Metcalfe Federal Building, and I (Eric) along with 3 students from GCE Lab School will be sharing information during a mid day presentation.  

Visit http://www.tutormentorconference.org to learn about the conference or register.

PBL + CCSS + MDGs + C2C = OnIn

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 offers is real, relevant, and it changes lives. We break down the walls of school and subjects, exposing students to the lessons that come from life itself.” 
Since then, I’ve thought a lot about our City2Classroom design as a key differentiator between GCE and other schools. Our students are themselves the examples of City2Classroom learning — their courses are dynamic, relevant, and their learning is transparent. They immerse themselves in skill development, exposures that test credibility and doubt, and they demonstrate mastery which they share through digital portfolios. 
We are the lucky ones. Each GCE student will experience upwards of 150 exposures in their 4 year high school career. But every student cannot attend GCE, so how does this model scale? How may students in other schools and other programs achieve similar experiences that result in similar gains — 100% college enrollment, 71% merit aid, and more importantly, purpose-driven ownership of their education and their lives.
GCE produces a blog that features Online Installations (OnIns) of student work. Each installation (blog post) is structured to include the course title, guiding question, problem scenario, samples of student work, CCSS & MDG alignment. In sum, we are demonstrating how inquiry and project-based learning may be showcased and highlight student education and quality of life standards without dumbing down student work or creative curriculum.
In our presentation at the Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference on May 19th (click the link to register), Eric Davis (Executive Director) and 3 GCE students will provide the lunchtime keynote. Hear directly from them why our Model is designed this particular way, how it impacts student desire to learn, and what we do to showcase their inquiry and project based discoveries. The workshop will include 3 distinct stages: an introduction to GCE and our model for learning (why we do what we do); 3 student presentations of individual work that is work representative of the whole; and we will close with Q & A.

By sharing what we do at GCE we hope that others working with youth, in non-school, volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs, or in other schools in the Chicago region, will look for ways to add project based learning into their own learning activities and that at some point we’ll be getting new ideas from some of them just as we hope we’re inspiring them with our ideas.

Lastly, we hope that you will have some fun in the session which turns acronym-heavy education conversations into real-world discussions and opportunities for improving your programs: after all, PBL + CCSS + MDGs + C2C = OnIn.
Thank you.

Spring Term & Hybrid Pilot

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:

  1. Courses
  2. Key Dates
  3. Hybrid Model Pilot Program

    Global Health: CURE (home page)
    Spring Term Courses — STEM then Humanities:
    • Freshman: Food & Food for Thought
    • Sophomores: Cure & Drama
    • Juniors: Urban Planning & Policy
    • Seniors: Enterprise & Endurance
    KEY DATES

    • Graduation: June 4, 5:30-7pm. Location & agenda TBD and info shared in early April. Information about Final Presentations, also likely to be held on June 4th, will be sent in the coming weeks.
    • Parent Event: April 16, 6pm @ Amazing Edibles. More details coming soon. 
    • Enrollment Paperwork will be sent to families the week of 4/8. Please also check the 2014-15 school calendar so that you may begin scheduling your family activities. 


    Hybrid Model Pilot Program (seniors only)
    Courageous as always, our students beta test the cutting edge educational programming that we design! And thank you! This term, the seniors will be piloting our new Hybrid Model which is intended to serve both juniors and seniors beginning in the fall of 2014. What follows are a few essential pieces of information:
    • This is a tame pilot. For the most part, the schedule for seniors is business as usual: Monday-Friday, 8:50am-3:30pm. 
    • One significant change: classes meet 3 days/week instead of 5.
      • Monday & Thursday are regular classes (Tuesday 4/8 and 5/27 run Monday schedules)
      • Wednesday focuses on Field Experiences, although seniors have several inspiring exposures scheduled for other days.
      • Tuesday & Friday mornings are scheduled time for each student to meet individually with teachers (think college professor office hours!).
        • As seniors demonstrate autonomy & accountability they may earn their way into remote work during the Tuesday & Friday morning sessions.
    • Apprenticeship Classes take place on Tuesdays and Friday afternoons. We are piloting the first term of a 2-year apprenticeship program, so much of it focuses on preparation. Among other topics, specific Tuesday and Friday afternoon sessions will focus on:
      • Student interests & career research
      • Resume building
      • Cover Letter drafting
      • Interview prep & practice
      • Anticipating and dealing with challenges in the workplace
      • Job Shadowing/Apprenticeships (TBD for each student)
        • A FEW Tuesday & Friday afternoons (specific dates shared directly with students on 4/11) will be open for students who already have apprenticeships to pursue these positions in place of the Apprenticeship Course, and students will complete their course-work remotely and asynchronously. 
    As always, these news-blasts are just the tip of the iceberg and there’s much more happening below the surface at GCE. We invite you to visit and to inquire for details specific to your family.

    Many thanks. Best wishes. And Happy Spring!

    Graduation, 2014-15 Enrollment, & Civic Immersion

    Dear GCE Friends & Families:

    Lots of information in this news blast.  Featured stories include:

    1. Save the Dates!!!
    2. 2014-15 Enrollment. Paperwork & Tuition Schedule.
    3. Civic Immersion — ASL, DHH, & GCE!!! — check out the latest staff video!
    4. Hybrid Pilot for Seniors! 

    Mark your calendars!

    • Graduation: Move over 2013 Graduates! It’s YOUR turn, GCE seniors! 
      • June 4, 5:30-7pm. Location & agenda TBD and info shared in early April.
    • Spring Break: Friday March 28th – Monday April 7th. 
      • Spring Term begins Tuesday April 8 at 8:50am.
    • Students only Experiential Term Final Presentations — sorry. 
      • However, the micromentaries will be shared publicly as Online Installations.
      • Select students will represent at Spring Term Final Presentations (likely June 4th — TBD).
    • Parent Event: April 16, 6pm @ Amazing Edibles. More details coming soon. 


    2014-15 Enrollment, Tuition & Financial Aid.

    • Please see the Admissions website for greater detail. However, key information is noted below and re-enrollment paperwork will be sent by mail in early April:
      • Tuition for the 2014-15 school year is $18,000. 
      • Deposit of $1,500 is due April 15, 2014.
      • Installments may be paid in 1, 2, or 4 payments. 
        • 1 payment of $18,000 by July 1, 2014
        • 2 payments of $9,000 by July 1 and September 1, 2014 
        • 4 payments of $4,515 ($60 fee) by the first of July, August, September, & October
      • Financial Assistance awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis. Click HERE for more info.
    Why ASL @ GCE?

    Experiential Term 2014 featuring GCE students.
    Look out for STUDENT micromentaries coming soon!!!
    GCE’s Hybrid Model Being Piloted by Seniors April & May!
    • As we more deliberately prepare students for college and post-graduate life, we frame learning as an experience owned and created by each student. This means that we scaffold student learning — both in school and in the world. Seniors will pilot a program in which they begin the term business as usual (on site with their junior peers), but quickly demonstrate their ability to work remotely 2 days per week and participate in professional apprenticeships.  
    • We’ll keep you in the loop as the program unfolds. Their successes and challenges will courageously pave the way for all future juniors & seniors. Please wish them luck, and ask how it’s going!
    Thank you and best wishes — GCE staff!

    Immerse Yourself

    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 of Hearing) community.


    When we originally conceived the program, we envisioned students spending the at least 40% of the month doing direct service volunteering. However, during our planning process, we discovered that we are not yet capable of doing so. Why not? Because we don’t speak the language, we don’t understand the DHH context, and we haven’t been trained the way each organization requires.


    Hence the new goal: prepare you to engage with the DHH community for the rest of your life.


    Program Structure & Deliverables


    • Typical school day, 9-3:30.
    • Four days per week students participate in a 2-hour ASL class. Language acquisition tested on 3/10, 3/17, & 3/24.
    • Two days per week, students meet with partners representing a range of experiences and disciplines. External Investigations to be referenced in individual reflection and group micromentary.
    • In collaborative groups, students create micro-mentaries respectively focusing on the issues of Education & Health (FR & SO), Politics & Economics (JR & SR) to communicate the context of the DHH community.
    • Individually, students produce a reflective blog post featuring a video and their key interviews.


    Weekly Focus
    • March 3: Frame Experiential Term: Why DHH? Who DHH? How will we overcome the limitations for our current involvement? Which requisite preparations must we undergo in order to be of value as volunteers? What are fundraising campaigns and why are they critical to the success of civic ventures?
    • March 10 & 17: Immerse yourself in DHH language (ASL) and culture. Explore your theme.
    • March 24: Closure, reflection, and Final Presentations


    THE MIND — A DISEASE (course) ONLINE INSTALLATION…

    In case you missed Final Presentations last Thursday — they were excellent by the way — please review the latest OnIns (Online Installations). We will share more of these and photos from presentations in the next post.  Many thanks to the students for stepping up, and to our guests for braving the miserable weather to come out and support the crew!

    New posts:

    Followed by (LINK):
    • Light & Sound — pinhole cameras
    • Forbidden Books — become a gadfly
    • Journalism — meaning of life

    Final Presentations & Albany Park Theater Project

    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 Project @ the Goodman!


    We are proud to support Justin Martinez and the “Albany Park Theater Project’s ‘astonishing and exquisitely honed youth ensemble’ (Chicago Sun-Times) brings its reputation for emotional honesty and imaginative theatricality to this exploration of what it means to be human and how we learn to love.”
    Justin and company present a theater and dance show that tells a great story of how love can bloom even in a life of darkness. The story is called God’s Work and it is an original production created by the Albany Park Theater Project — the impetus behind Justin spending time out of school creating art.
    On behalf of Justin and the APTP, we ask for your support of this professional youth theater company.

    Purchase tickets from the the Goodman: http://www.goodmantheatre.org/season/Gods-Work/ 

    Something fun and suprising

    Look what happens AFTER school at GCE. Students and teachers learning together…very cool.
    Thank you

    Dynamic & Reflective Student Work

    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 projects, integrating fundamental skill development with passion and experimentation.

    Based on your preference, and your time available, please enjoy the Student Installations below; we invite you to leave comments and share with your friends!

    We are also excited to share GCE Lab School’s hybrid model that will be offered for our Juniors & Seniors beginning in the fall, 2014. There is much more to share about this innovative opportunity for students whose high school education prepares them for life beyond school. GCE families, we will be inviting students to apply to serve on the Steering Committee throughout the spring.

    Without further ado, please dive in:

    GCE Voices
    JR STEM — Light & Sound — Who says you need to buy a camera?

    SO Humanities — Forbidden Books — How may I become a gadfly?

    SR Humanities — Journalism — What’s the meaning of life… in a thousand words & 1 photo?

    Elective — 82 — Why do cities that pursue professional franchises become battlegrounds for competing interests?

    Winter Courses 2014

    Happy Thanksgiving & Other News

    Dear Families & Friends:

    We hope that you enjoy a wonderful holiday; our students prepared a fantastic pot-luck celebration last week (see image).  In case you’re thinking about GCE this week, below are a few key follow-ups. More information will certainly be coming in December.

    1. NO Public Final Presentations in December
    2. College Counseling
    3. Winter Courses
    4. Experiential Term

    1. NO Public Final Presentations in December:

    Please note & plan accordingly; we will close the Elective Term with a private event for students and staff. Unfortunately this means no in-person presentations for family & friends, but we will post online installations on the beta blog. Students will NOT have school on Thursday or Friday, Dec 19 or 20th, as those days are now reserved for faculty in-service.

    2. College Counseling:  Please click to review this ARE YOU READY FOR COLLEGE? slideshow presentation to learn key information/updates.

    3. Winter Courses:

    • Freshman: FUEL & WHO AM I? 
    • Sophomore: DISEASE & FORBIDDEN BOOKS
    • Junior: LIGHT & SOUND & A NATION’S ARGUMENT
    • Senior: USER-DESIGN EXPERIENCE & JOURNALISM
    • Health/Wellness: Martial Arts, Hip-Hop Dance, Health Ed
    • Schedule will be similar to Fall Term (same schedule Monday & Thursday alternate with Tuesday & Friday; Wednesdays will continue to be primarily field experience)

    4. Experiential Term: Please click to review this TO STAY OR GO? THAT IS THE QUESTION slideshow which serves as an FAQ for your excellent questions.

    Much love and best wishes to all. Thank you.

    November News:

    Dear GCE Students, Families, & Friends:

    Thank you for your wonderful support and positive feedback through the fall term. I’d like to share a few exciting pieces of information and resources. Please enjoy these resources and consider what we are building togther:

    1. Google Case Study on GCE
    2. GCE Facebook page & Final Presentation images (FB)
    3. Elective Courses (beta blog)
    4. Gravity Tank — a City2Classroom partner extraordinaire

    1. Google Case Study
    On GCE’s Press & Praise web page, you may find a link to this revealing Google Case Study: Global Citizenship Experience Uses Google Apps to Build Education for the Future.

    2. GCE Facebook & Final Presentation images
    Fortunately, Eric is NOT managing GCE’s Facebook page, but rather it is being developed by Hiu To, our Multi-Media Manager & Arts Instructor. Please view images from Fall Final Presentations and the many additional albums (field experiences, classes, etc.). Please make sure to “like” our page as well.

    3. Elective Courses
    We hope that you’ll view this link on our beta blog to learn about the current Elective Courses. Please use the menu bar on the left side to navigate through a series of Online Installations of student work from the fall term.



    4. Gravity Tank — a City2Classroom partner extraordinaire
    As you know, we believe that learning happens everywhere, and the city is truly our classroom. Gravity Tank is a fundamental C2C partner and they posted on their Gravity Tank blog about their experience with GCE.

    In closing, we hope that you are enjoying the changing seasons and wish you a wonderful week. Thank you.

    Get Engaged … in School

    Dear Students & Families:

    We are now five weeks into the school-year (Holy Cow!). Time to share, review, and gather some information. Thus, this newsletter focuses on 4 opportunities for engagement with several hyperlinks highlighted:

    1. Final Presentations Save-the-Date
    2. Action Project OnIns (Online Investigations)
    3. Student Survey
    4. Student & Family Site details

    1. Final Presentations take place on Thursday morning, 10/24, from 10:30-noon, at GCE.  Guests work directly with students and we need an accurate count, so PLEASE RSVP to Kim at 312.643.0991.

    2. Action Project OnIns are live!!!

    We strongly encourage you to view your children’s blogs, and we also maintain a school blog. Previously, all posts were available at gcevoices.com; and you may still find archives from the past few years.  Since we are in the midst of rebranding, we are beta testing our new blog which features the first two dynamic OnIn posts from this year: Designing Better Tools (junior D & E course) and Access Local Profiles (freshman MDGs & You course). Please check them out and let us know your thoughts by sharing comments.  


    3. Student Survey.

    As you know, we are a laboratory for learning, and we constantly seek feedback that we may use to innovate and improve.  Students, please complete this survey based on your first 5 weeks. Thank you.

    4. Student & Family Site.

    This year we have created a comprehensive site that transparently communicates pretty much everything we do and that you need to know.  Please review this site closely so that you are more aware and skilled at navigating the GCE experience.  Please also click any of the links below and they will take you directly to that specific site page (sub-pages in parentheses). Thank you.

    Thank you.