The Academy for Global Citizenship is an innovative Chicago Public Charter School, located on the underserved Southwest side of Chicago. Their holistic approach to education aims to foster systemic change and inspire the way society educates our future generations.
We sat down with Sarah Elizabeth Ippel, the Founder and Executive Director to see how her vision has manifested itself in terms of creating young global citizens in a rough urban environment.-Hello Sarah and thanks for participating in ASAC’s blog here. Since ASAC was developed to assist International Schools design and implement their own Social Action Strategies, can you briefly summarize AGC Chicago’s approach? What are the guiding principles and how is it put into action?
- A lot of economic studies show that the “American dream” of easily climbing the socio-economic ladder is no longer a feasible reality. How did your students react to their White House visit and do you think students in the inner-city of Chicago still feel they could be President one day?
- The vast majority of your students are low-income minority students that are inmany ways marginalized socio-economically. How has your educational approach capitalized upon (or suffered from) this reality?
- With our focus on International Schools, I am curious what sort of feedback you received from your foreign visitors and whether they are now trying to emulate any of the innovative approaches implemented by AGC Chicago.
- What is the most effective way to schools around the world to “foster international awareness” amongst students that each live in their own little corner of the world?
- I notice you use video chats to communicate with schools in other countries. How did you find these partner schools? What is the framework of your sister school program? ASAC works with many International Schools, so is AGC Chicago interested in adding partner schools or participating in collaborative projects in the future?
-For an International School looking to improve their Social Action Strategy, what do you see as the most important first step or guiding principle?