Our first- and fifth-graders recently collaborated on a Field Study that had the younger students releasing trout into Lake Michigan and the older ones recording the release with a special underwater “remote operated vehicle.”
Peg Keiner, the technology and innovation leader at GEMS World Academy Chicago, has been selected as one of this year’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. This is a fantastic opportunity for Ms. Keiner and an honor for both her and the GEMS faculty as a whole.
The eighth-graders at GEMS World Academy Chicago recently explored the notion of conflict within the context of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, an inquiry that culminated in a classroom rap battle.
GEMS World Academy–Chicago believes in providing students with extracurricular offerings that allow them to explore outside interests and passions. One of those offerings is our Photography Club, which has just starting posting photos on the school’s Instagram account.
Carol Moseley Braun, a former U.S. ambassador and the only African-American woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate, spent a day at GEMS World Academy Chicago talking to students in our Lower and Middle schools. It was a great opportunity for students to learn from an accomplished leader.
GEMS Education and the Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab (CREATE Lab) at Carnegie Mellon University have joined together to empower students through the development of a STEM-based learning laboratory and the integration of innovative robotics programs into school curricula.
GEMS World Academy Chicago's striking vertical school building has received the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Citation of Merit for Innovation from the Illinois chapter of the American Institute of Architects. It is one of several accolades the building has received from the architectural community.
GEMS World Academy Chicago will launch its Upper School program in the fall of 2017 — an important step in the school’s efforts to create a preschool-through-Grade-12 learning community at our downtown Chicago campus.
Students at GEMS World Academy-Chicago have been recording their stories and posting them as podcasts on the new GEMS Soundlab site. The podcasting effort offers students a chance to explore different types of technology, examine how stories are constructed and hone their active-listening skills.
Seventh-graders at GEMS World Academy-Chicago recently sent a portfolio of online content to a school in Malawi that has little access to the Internet. The transmission is part of Project Empathy, a global service project that got under way earlier this year.
Palestinian educator Hanan Al Hroub has won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize for 2016. She received the award, which is handed out each year by the Varkey Foundation, at the annual Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai.
A group of architects and leaders from GEMS Education Americas led a presentation about the GEMS World Academy – Chicago school building during the annual National Association of Independent Schools Conference in San Francisco.
Geoffrey Jones, the founding head of school at GEMS World Academy – Chicago, recently announced that he will retire at the end of the current school year. Kim Wargo, a distinguished educator with more than 20 years of experience in education and school leadership, has been appointed to succeed Jones as the new head of school.
At GEMS World Academy – Chicago, the study of a world language is seen as a way to access another culture. Our fourth-grade Spanish students and teacher Katie Hellerman recently spoke via Skype with a former Peace Corps volunteer who created a fair-trade co-op for female artists in Ecuador.
In keeping with our mission to inspire intercultural learners, GEMS World Academy – Chicago is launching an innovative global technology course this semester that encourages seventh-grade students to explore connections between technology and worldwide service.
Student clubs are key components of the extracurricular offerings at GEMS World Academy – Chicago. The Breakfast Book Club, which includes more than 30 third- and fourth-graders, is one of the clubs giving students an important social and intellectual outlet outside of the classroom.
GEMS World Academy – Chicago students make use of the city of Chicago’s resources to learn from various experts in their fields. A Field Study to StoryCorps helped first-grade students learn the answer to one big question: What makes a good interview?
As part of its endeavors to keep students involved with the shaping of school culture, GEMS World Academy – Chicago hosted its second-annual yearbook cover contest. GEMS students showed off their school spirit and flexed their artistic muscles. All students of all grades were invited to participate.
As part of its mission to promote global citizenship, GEMS World Academy – Chicago plans to partner with e-NABLE, an organization that provides prosthetic hands for those in need. The effort would involve creating prosthetics in our Design and Innovation Lab, which is equipped with a 3D printer and other design tools. School leaders built a prototype hand in the lab last year.
GEMS World Academy – Chicago this week joined businesses, civic organizations and individuals around the world in raising awareness about the new Sustainable Development Goals recently approved by the United Nations.
Art can elicit strong, and very different, reactions in people. That's why the fifth-graders at GEMS World Academy – Chicago discussed works of art as part of an inquiry into conflict and how to resolve it.
GEMS World Academy – Chicago, a leader in integrating technology into education, shared information about its innovative program at the Techweek Chicago event on June 25 and 26 at the Merchandise Mart.
GEMS World Academy – Chicago’s own Thomas Steele-Maley, the school’s director of technology and innovation, recently appeared on the list of 100 Most Social K-12 Tech Leaders on Twitter, as compiled by the Huffington Post.
Using social media, the web and old-fashioned pavement-pounding, the sixth grade at GEMS World Academy – Chicago has raised more than $4,300 for Water for South Sudan, a nonprofit organization that drills wells in villages with little or no access to clean water.
The first-graders at GEMS World Academy – Chicago continued their exploration of accessibility and disability by talking recently to Michelle Friedman, a Chicago-area writer who has been visually impaired for most of her life.
First-graders at GEMS World Academy – Chicago have recently been exploring the concept of accessibility, focusing on how people with disabilities navigate the world. That inquiry was the basis for two recent Field Studies, one to Maggie Daley Park and one to CTA headquarters.