Robin Ye is a recent graduate and former Student Body President of the International School of Beaverton. He will be attending the University of Chicago in the fall, where he plans to study Economics and Political Science. As a member of the Oregon Department of Education Youth Advisory Council in 2011-2012, Robin participated in education public policy discussions and discovered his passion for education reform.
“IB For All.” That is the motto at the International School of Beaverton (ISB). The teachers swear to it, parents buy into it; the students live it day in and day out. ISB is a unique school, in theory and in practice. The “I” in ISB comes from its unprecedented goal: to fully immerse every ISB student in the full International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
For five grateful years I attended ISB, graduating this past June with the fruits of my labor: the IB Diploma. Comparable to its American Collegeboard mainstream counterpart – Advanced Placement (AP), the IB Diploma Program is a rigorous, standardized worldwide curriculum offered in more than 140 countries. The IB Program is a balanced and challenging two-year foray into six subject areas – Literature and Language, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, Math and Computer Science, the Arts – and three other “core requirements,” otherwise known as the bane of IB kids’ existence. (more…)
The recent congressional passage of the “edujobs” bill was positive news this week as were the recent federal I3 – Investing in Innovation grants also just announced. We are pleased that some of Oregon’s revenue shortfall can be offset with federal funds but still very concerned about building a long-term and stable funding system for our public schools.
We are also strongly supportive of federal dollars incentivizing “innovations” across the country and want to applaud the Beaverton School District for their successful I3 application for the Arts of Learning Lessons Project in the amount of $4 million. Beaverton has partnered with Young Audiences of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Young Audiences Arts for Learning National Office, and the University of Washington, to develop, implement, and evaluate the Arts for Learning Lessons program (A4L) - an academic program that integrates standards-focused, text-based content and arts strategies to improve students’ achievement in literacy, learning, and life skills. The purpose of the grant is to: (1) develop and enhance A4L for students in grades 3-5, (2) implement A4L in grades 3-5 across the district, and (3) conduct comprehensive evaluations – both formative and summative — to continuously monitor the implementation of the program as well to rigorously evaluate the impact of A4L on student achievement.
Next we hope that Chalkboard receives good news on behalf of its CLASS districts in our pursuit of federal TIF (Teacher Incentive Fund) grant to implement CLASS in six school districts in Oregon. Educational leaders in Bend-La Pine, Redmond, Crook County, Lebanon, Oregon City and Salem-Keizer school districts want to move forward with designing and implementing new career models in their districts that offer career ladders, strong professional development, effective evaluations and alternatives to seniority-based compensation. Chalkboard is competing against 15 other applications from across the country for federal dollars to both implement and evaluate these locally-developed new models. Stay tuned for what we hope is a great outcome for Oregon!