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The STaiRS TO The TOp: Shaker Schools Adopt Ib district-Wide The Shaker schools have become the eighth school district in the country, and the first in Greater Cleveland, to offer the International Baccalaureate Programme to every student. What will this mean for Shaker? by Jennifer proe When the Shaker schools became authorized for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme this past June, the District completed the last step in the process to provide a full continuum of IB Programmes to every The IB journey, which began more than seven years ago, has required considerable effort and collaboration. Here are just a few examples: n Teachers, administrators, staff, and students have embraced a new learning 44 ShAKerONLINE.COM | FALL 2015 framework and vocabulary, which includes the 10 attributes of the IB Learner Profile (see sidebar for a primer on IB). n Teachers engage in more common planning time to create engaging inter-disciplinary units of study. n Elementary students begin learning Mandarin Chinese in first grade, in order to expose them to another world language and culture. n All fourth graders participate in a capstone group project, called IB Exhibition, to demonstrate deep knowledge and community action on a topic of their choosing. Woodbury students connect art with service in a program called “Woodbury Creates Change,” selling their handmade wares to benefit global and local causes. n Middle School students are designing technology-based solutions to make the world a better place. n And High School students have more options than ever for rigorous study, adding the elective Diploma Programme to an already extensive list of Advanced Placement offerings. student in grades Pre-K through 12. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr., superintendent of the Shaker schools, sees the implementation of IB throughout the District as a natural continuation of Shaker’s mission: “IB really complements and enhances what the Shaker community has always believed in and supported: the arts, world languages, international travel, and critical thinking,” he says. “Extraordinary work takes extraordinary effort” – Superintendent Nikki Woodson Washington Township, Indianapolis, Indiana


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