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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work| Case Study

Wildwood IB World Magnet School

Grades K-8 | Chicago, IL

Developing Student Ownership and Agency

By embracing inquiry-based learning and encouraging students to help shape their own classroom experiences, Wildwood IB World Magnet School has created an atmosphere that grooms students to be life-long learners.
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What This School Is Achieving

As an International Baccalaureate school, Wildwood was already using inquiry-based strategies. But after an "inquiry fair" inspired the staff about where this could lead, the school embraced inquiry as one of its core values and now guides students toward driving their own learning. 

  • Outperformed state in reading, math, and science since 2003
  • #1 rating on Effective Leaders and Involved Families (University of Chicago 5 Essentials Frameworks)
  • 2014 Breakthrough Schools Grant Recipient (Next Generation Learning Challenges)

How They Do It

Inquiry-Based Learning: Developing Student-Driven Questions

Inquiry-Based Learning: Developing Student-Driven Questions

Wildwood IB World Magnet School uses the inquiry-based model to put students in charge of their learning, with lessons that stem from student questions and harness the power of curiosity.

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Student-Led Conferences: Empowerment and Ownership

Student-Led Conferences: Empowerment and Ownership

Putting students in the driver's seat of their parent-teacher conferences creates opportunities for reflection, engagement, and agency.

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Teacher Collaboration: Spreading Best Practices School-Wide

Teacher Collaboration: Matching Complementary Strengths

At Wildwood IB World Magnet School, teacher collaboration fosters a supportive professional culture, lessens teacher conflict, and provides students with schoolwide best practices.

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Voices From the School

Prioritizing Student Learning: Rethinking Time, Space, and Money

Mary Beth Cunat
Principal of Wildwood IB World Magnet, Chicago Public Schools

Inquiry-Based Learning: The Power of Asking the Right Questions

Georgia K. Mathis
4th Grade Teacher and PYP Curriculum Chair at Wildwood IB World Magnet School in Chicago, Illinois.

International Baccalaureate: Identifying and Encouraging Genius

Monica Balen
Wildwood IB Coordinator for Primary and Middle Year Programs

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