George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work

Wildwood IB World Magnet School

Public, Urban
Grades K-8
Chicago, IL
  • Inquiry-Based Learning

    International Baccalaureate: Identifying and Encouraging Genius

    The IB's Primary and Middle Years Programs let students pursue their interests and develop their collaborative, thinking, and problem-solving skills within a rigorous academic framework.
    Monica Balen
  • School Leadership

    Prioritizing Student Learning: Rethinking Time, Space, and Money

    Wildwood IB World Magnet School rises above extraordinary conditions and demands through creative ways to extend its resources without compromising student needs and learning outcomes.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning

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

    An inquiry-based curriculum requires both planning and flexibility, as well as a teacher knowing the students well enough to anticipate their interests and limits.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning

    Harnessing Students’ Curiosity to Drive Learning

    The inquiry-based model calls on students to develop questions to investigate and connect to other content.
  • Student Engagement

    Having Students Lead Parent Conferences

    When students guide the parent-teacher conference, they take ownership of their learning.
  • Teacher Collaboration

    Keeping the Door Open to Collaboration

    Intentional teacher collaboration creates a strong professional culture and spreads good ideas room to room.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning

    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.
  • Teacher Collaboration

    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.
  • Student Engagement

    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.