Our students attend an urban public elementary school in the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest school district in the US, and serves more than seven hundred fifty children, many of which are international refugees from more than fifteen countries around the world, speaking at least 19 different languages. Our entire school is 100% free breakfast and lunch, and 87% are economically disadvantaged and/or at-risk. Despite these obstacles, these kids still enjoy coming to school and learning every day.
Walnut Bend Elementary is a newly designated candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Funding of this project would allow me to further my understanding of the standards and practices of the progamme, as well as develop best practices of inquiry-based learning through professional development and webinar opportunities.
Our journey in the development of the programme requires much training, and while attending previous sessions, I have found myself at a disadvantage by not having the necessary equipment to access the interactive components that were required.
This process requires complete campus buy-in and vertical collaboration. Building my own capacity will then allow me to share this knowledge through school-wide professional development with other teachers which will ultimately impact all students at our school.
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