Academy for Global Citizenship

The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) is a Chicago Public Charter School located on the city’s underserved southwest side. AGC’s mission is to develop mindful leaders who take action both now and in the future to positively impact their communities and the world beyond. AGC is committed to fostering environmental stewardship, nutrition and wellness, and an international perspective. AGC aims to inspire the way society educates by creating a replicable model for learning in the 21st century, including the construction of Chicago’s first net-positive energy school campus. AGC will ignite a movement to create a better world. We will transform our educational systems by being an incubator of innovation. Using a foundation of academic knowledge and global-mindedness each student will create a life of possibility and contribute to a more peaceful and just society. AGC is committed to serving the whole child, modeling academic excellence, developing inquirers, cultivating international awareness, fostering environmental stewardship and facilitating collaboration within the community. The Academy for Global Citizenship offers a relevant, engaging and challenging educational program for all children. Every child is held accountable for achieving rigorous academic standards. Our inquiry-based learning curriculum provides an opportunity for learners to construct meaning through concept-driven units of study. Students become environmentally and internationally minded by learning how their choices impact their community and ultimately the world. The Academy for Global Citizenship places an emphasis on the total growth of the developing child by addressing social, physical, linguistic, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development. As a community of learners; professionals, families, and teachers work collaboratively to ensure the learning environment supports high achievement. AGC respects and embraces the innate curiosity of children, the natural systems of the world and the responsibility to make positive change.

  • Industry: Education
  • Year Started: 2008
  • Organization Type: Non-Profit
  • # of Employees: 34 ( as of Dec 31, 2013)

Sarah Elizabeth Ippel

Founder & Executive Director

Sarah Elizabeth's life mission is education reform. Throughout her career, she has traveled to over 80 different countries across 6 continents, extensively examining educational philosophies and creating international alliances that have contributed to the design and culture of the Academy for Global Citizenship. In addition to studying the application of the International Baccalaureate approach in various cultural contexts across the globe, her earlier initiatives included the development and implementation of globally cooperative literacy programs for orphan children in northern Tanzania. Throughout her five-year term as Vice President of Education on the governing board of the United Nations Association, Sarah Elizabeth fostered broader implementation of The Growing Connection, a globally collaborative organic gardening initiative established to cross-culturally connect children and educators. In 2010, Sarah Elizabeth was recognized with Chicago Magazine's Green Award and was selected as a United States Delegate to Terra Madre, where she met with representatives from over 60 nations to discuss the sustainability of our local and global food systems.

  • Age: 36
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian

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