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List of 10 news stories.

  • GEMS teacher explores mobile learning in the Badlands

    Peg Keiner, director of innovation at GEMS World Academy Chicago, spent four days in the Badlands of South Dakota this summer on a professional development session about learning in the field.

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  • Explore a Unit: Public Art (Grade 1)

    The world-famous Picasso statue. Wall murals in the Pilsen neighborhood. The Fountain of the Great Lakes. First-graders at GEMS World Academy Chicago explored these and other examples of public art in Chicago and considered how such works affect, and are affected by, the community.

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  • Explore a Unit: Scientific Exploration & Innovation (Grade 5)

    The fifth-graders at GEMS World Academy Chicago became authors and builders during their recent Scientific Exploration and Innovation unit — a great example of the transdisciplinary approach taken at GEMS.
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  • GEMS third-graders create positivity through art

    The International Baccalaureate program in place at GEMS World Academy Chicago calls upon students to take action. Two of our third-graders answered the call by starting a club designed to brighten people's lives.

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  • GEMS student heads to national math competition

    Varun, a fifth-grader at GEMS World Academy Chicago, soon will take his math talents to Texas A&M University.
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  • Providing girls with STEAM mentors

    GEMS World Academy Chicago makes it a point to provide our female-identifying students with multiple opportunities to engage with women who work in STEAM fields.

    These experiences are designed to inspire female students to enter science, technology, engineering, art/design and math fields, which traditionally have been dominated by men.

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  • GEMS teachers earn National Geographic honor

    GEMS Grade 5 teacher Taneal Sanders has been named a National Geographic Certified Educator. She is the third GEMS World Academy Chicago faculty member to earn this honor.

    The National Geographic Educator program recognizes preschool-through-12 educators who are “committed to inspiring the next generation of explorers, conservationists, and change makers.” Teachers in the United States and Canada are eligible for certification.

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  • Explore a Unit: Healthy Bodies (Junior Kindergarten)

    The junior kindergartners at GEMS World Academy Chicago hit the gym, created homemade mucus and shopped for nutritious foods during the rich and fascinating Human Bodies unit this school year.

    The central idea of the unit is that the health of our minds and bodies affects how we function. Our junior kindergarten teachers say the unit is a highlight of the year.

    “It’s fun to teach because you see the students develop a sense of themselves,” said teacher Erica Holman. “They become more confident about their bodies, the strength they have. And they become more aware of the connections they have to other human beings.”

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  • GEMS faculty member named an Apple Distinguished Educator

    Peg Keiner, the director of innovation at GEMS World Academy Chicago, has been named a 2019 Apple Distinguished Educator.
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  • Explore a Unit: A More Perfect Union (Grade 8)

    Mark Zuckerberg, the U.S. Constitution and rap music each played a part in an innovative unit recently completed by the eighth-graders at GEMS World Academy Chicago.

    The unit, called “A More Perfect Union,” started with a close reading of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. It ended with live rap battles in which students delivered rhymes that debated or commented on current social issues.

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