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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:00 am

“Would you like to learn about women’s rights?” “Can we tell you what we learned about plastic pollution in our oceans?” Joe Michell K-8’s multipurpose room and several classrooms buzzed with questions and calls to action as students eagerly presented their Fifth Grade Exhibition on the topic, “Sharing the Planet” – a capstone project that serves as the culmination of three months of work. The projects reflect the mission of the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School to develop thoughtful and caring young people who have a stake in creating a better and more peaceful world.

In groups of three to five, students developed a central idea and lines of inquiry into the rights and responsibilities of everyone in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and living things. Groups determined their central ideas based on what they were passionate about, what they were interested in seeing change, and what they had learned about so far in their education. The central idea Women’s Rights Affect Communities Around the World was close to the hearts of those students while they developed an action plan and discussed the topic with experts. “This was something we were all passionate about before,” said one student, speaking for her group. “Working on our project gave us more information about our topic and how we could act to make changes.”

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