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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
K - 8
Blended Grades

Implementation Q & A

When you first implemented blended learning, why did you choose that particular model? (has your model changed? why?)

We need to get every child deeply engaged every day in work and learning that matters to them. This is an ongoing work in progress- we will do anything to promote student agency, engagement, activism, and success.

What was one of your biggest challenges when going blended, and how did you overcome it?

Continuing to come back to students who would rather school be a bunch of teacher hoops to jump through rather than think for themselves what they need and need to do to be successful.

What's the one piece of advice you'd give to emerging blended-learning programs?

Don't confuse the tool with the child. Sometimes no tool and an honest conversation is as important and effective as an elegant digital interaction.

Select up to two focus areas you feel that you demonstrate leadership in, and tell us why here:

In summer of 2016, our latest iteration and enhancement of blended learning has to do with paying attention to how we are paying attention. We refer to this suite of protocols as our "Sweet School Tools" which involve individualized and quick documentation of interactions and positive, growth-oriented work that is happening in these highly personalized learning environments. Teachers feel swamped "keeping track" so we have developed these protocols and resources to streamline processes and keep it very positive - asset and strength-based rather than deficit-based. It has turned the focus on discrete skills and competencies (gaps) inside out and instead focused on the strengths of the learner.

Program Focus

English Language Learners
Special Education

School Partners

LEAP Innovations

Blended Subjects

English Language Arts
Social Studies
World Languages
Computer Programming

School Overview

Wildwood IB World Magnet Schoolis a wall-to-wall International Baccalaureate authorized school that emphasizes inquiry and project-based learning. The school's initial focus on the personalization of curriculum, instruction, and assessment and 21st-century learning skills led naturally to the development of a student-driven, inquiry-based learning culture. Wildwood uses a number of different strategies to leverage technology tools and resources within an IB context, including emphasizing student choice, voice and ownership of learning. Wildwood's blended-learning models support engagement with and expression of learning across a wide array of learning styles, preferences, and passions.

School Contact

Contact: Dr. Mary Beth Cunat

Contact Title: Principal

Wildwood IB World Magnet School
6950 N Hiawatha Ave
Chicago, Illinois
United States

Telephone: (773)-534-1188

Wildwood IB World Magnet School's Website


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Blended Program Launched 2013