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November 24, 2016
by: Ted hamm

A Thanksgiving Reflection

A friend of mine recently reminded me of the history of the Thanksgiving holiday. In thinking about the original Thanksgiving meal I am quick to forget that the origins of the this day becoming a national holiday go back to the Civil War. I have put the original proclamation below for you to read. Putting these words in the context of the time they were written, one of the most divisive times in our national history, reminds us of the intent of the day. We are to take a day, put our differences aside, to simply gather peacefully. I hope today is a day for all of us to gather peacefully and consider those things we have to be thankful for.

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863
By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

 

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November 6, 2016
by: Susan Griffiths, ESAA Dean of School

Trimester 1 Exhibitions of Learning

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We are excited to invite you to ESAA’s Trimester 1 Exhibitions of Learning (EoLs) on Friday, November 18, 2016. EoLs are the students’ culminating presentation of projects. These exhibitions illustrate the integration academics, arts, and our Habits of Mind and Learning found in students’ projects. Students share their learning and problem solving through the creative process. Exhibitions of Learning are also an opportunity for friends and families to participate in the learning by asking questions and giving feedback to students on topics such as the process, working together as group, how the students’ thinking changed, or how might their newly gained knowledge be relevant beyond the project.

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June 3, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

ESAA World Peace Games Challenge 4th and 5th Graders

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Students in the 4th and 5th grades at ESAA spent time this spring participating in the World Peace Games and were guided by the essential question, “How can people better understand each other?”

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March 25, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

ESAA Creative Process: It’s No Accident

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A recent blog covered ESAA’s first grade Exhibition of Learning (EOL) on human body systems. It was a reminder of what The Étude Group’s education philosophies create when they are put into practice. It was also an opportunity for us to step back and acknowledge that this is not an accident. The approach, the successes, the learning…it is purposeful, and it is a process.

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March 9, 2016

ESAA First Grade Exhibitions of Learning

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As a supporter of our schools, I was invited to a first grade Exhibition of Learning (EOL). I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve attended EOLs for our high school students. They are amazing. But, I’ve also spent lots of time with first graders. I wasn’t sure how what I understood about EOLs would be translated by first graders.

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February 26, 2016
by: Ted Hamm

Implementing the College Work Readiness Assessment at IDEAS

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Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Friends:

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February 22, 2016
by: Susan Griffiths

Charter Contract Renewal: ESAA School Goals

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Dear Parents, Staff, and Friends:

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February 21, 2016
by: Ted Hamm

Charter Contract Renewal: The Mosaic School's Goals

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Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Friends:

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February 21, 2016
by: Ted Hamm

Charter Contract Renewal: IDEAS Academy Goals

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Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Friends,

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February 17, 2016
by: Ted Hamm

Charter Contract Renewal Update

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Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Friends:

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February 14, 2016
by: Lori Ladiges

ESAA Literacy Connections: What is family literacy?

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Dear Parents,

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February 6, 2016
by: Ted Hamm

Charter Contract Renewal

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Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Friends,

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January 31, 2016
by: Ted Hamm

Charter Contract Renewal

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Dear Families and Supporters,

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January 4, 2016
by: Janelle Bane

More Étude Sessions Season Three Shows Announced

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On January 5th, The Étude Sessions announced Jeff Tweedy will finish out the season at the Weill Center on April 29th. This announcement came right on the heels of the announcement of three shows at Paradigm Coffee and Music: Haley Bonar, Reina Del Cid and Gospel Machine.

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December 14, 2015
by: Ted Hamm

Simply, Thank You

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Dear Families, Students, Staff, Supporters, and Friends

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November 29, 2015
by: Ted Hamm

Presentations of Learning: Thoughts as a Parent and Advisor

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Dear Families,

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September 1, 2015
by: Ted Hamm

First Day Reflections

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If you set up the right conditions in a school amazing things can happen. Today was one of those days at Mosaic. This year, we opened the school year with mini projects. The remarkable thing I observed today was our students’ ability to provide insightful observations, work collaboratively, and present their ideas in front of others. If today was any indication of the year we will have, it will be a great year for learning using the creative process.

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August 30, 2015
by: Ted Hamm

Creating Space and Time to Establish a School Culture

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The first week of school is an opportunity to convey our beliefs and expectations not only through our words, but by what we do. Since the inception of the Étude High School, we have put a great deal of time and thought into how we start the school year - involving students in the processes of creating our school culture and engaging in the intellectual work we expect of them. It is through these actions that we initiate a strong school culture and an in depth intellectual culture.

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August 1, 2015

Welcome Back Night

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Summer learning looks different for all of us, and as part of The Étude Group schools it is exciting to see how each experience of observing, playing, wondering, creating, and exploring that happens in the summer will enrich learning this school year. We hope to start sharing these stories and reconnecting at our "Welcome Back Night."

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April 29, 2015
by: Press Release

Étude Group Director selected to participate in WAB Creative Industries Committee

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Madison, WI (April 29,2015) – Ted Hamm, Director, Principal and Founder of the The Étude Group has been selected to be a member of the Creative Industries Committee. The Creative Industries Committee is a board of experts comprised by The Wisconsin Arts Board to guide the Arts Board’s work to serve and promote the creative industries in Wisconsin.

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April 23, 2015
by: Susan Griffiths

ESAA Rocket Club launches with a splash

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April 8, 2015
by: Dan Burkey

Drama class brings literacy to life

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dramakslide One of the ways that children naturally direct their own learning is through dramatic play. Left to their own devices, kids will often devise imaginative games in which they take on roles and act out the relationships between characters they create. Whether it's adventuring as knights and princesses, prowling the jungle as real or mythological animals, or just playing house, acting things out helps children explore the world around them and develop a deeper understanding of human relationships. Drama brings the body, voice, and imagination together into a whole-person activity that can connect with a variety of learners, so it's easy to see why it performs such a natural role in human development. In fact, recent studies have shown that dramatic play is one of the primary ways that humans develop empathy; by inhabiting the role of someone else, children begin to comprehend the existence of perspectives other than their own.

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March 31, 2015
by: Zoe Farrell & Autumn Willard, Étude Studios Publications Interns

EOS and Amity sponsor upcoming Étude Sessions featuring Rogue Valley

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EOS and Amity Skateboards are sponsoring the next Étude Sessions concert, featuring Minnesota band Rogue Valley, at Paradigm Coffee and Music April 8 at 8 p.m.

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March 23, 2015
by: N. Lynn Goldstein, Étude Studios Publication Design Intern

Mike Mangione + the Union Concert Review

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On February 28, 2015, a band of indie and folk music, Mike Mangione and The Union[/etude-sessions/2014-2015-season/the-etude-sessions-presents-mike-mangione/] became one with Sheboygan, Wisconsin, as they performed at Étude Sessions[/etude-sessions/]. Mike Mangione and The Union gave a sensational performance that awed all.

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March 10, 2015
by: Ted Hamm

Governing Board Meeting, March 2015

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We are always working to increase our communication with you, our families and the larger community we serve. You might have noticed changes in the appearance of our website and in the flow of information from our blogs to social media this year. We have been working with a local design firm, Dynamic, to update our online presence and make it easier to communicate all that happens within our schools. Our approach is to publish information to blogs that will automatically be posted to our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Additionally, you can sign up for our blogs to be sent directly to your email inbox.

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March 8, 2015
by: Susan Griffiths

Bounce Into Spring March 13 and help ESAA raise garden funds

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ESAA Fundraiser Spring 2015

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February 9, 2015
by: Libby Schmitz

ESAA students excited about the world

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ESAA Kindergarten students have been immersed in the exploration of the natural habitats of polar animals this wintery season. In the beginning, students easily began to recognize traits and characteristics of animals such as polar bears, penguins, and sea lions, however as they dove deeper, students were asked the essential question, “What Do Animals Need?” This question allowed for a range of topics such as animal habitats, the Arctic and Antarctic regions, land formations, maps, globes, life cycles of mammals, pollution, and global warming. In asking what animals need, we are in extension creating the context for broader topic that can then implement reading, writing, critical thinking, and the arts.

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January 23, 2015
by: Ted Hamm

New! Subscribe to get Director's Blog posts by Email

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Thank you for your interest in the The Étude Group schools. This blog features posts from ESAA, Mosaic, and IDEAS, as well as commentary on broader topics in the organization and education.

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January 20, 2015
by: Libby Schmitz

How Do Animals Influence Human Life?

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January 19, 2015
by: Dan Burkey

Join us for the Winter Arts Program!

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On Tuesday, January 27th, ESAA parents are invited to our Winter Arts Program at 2:00 PM in the gym. At ESAA, our goal is to integrate the arts into all our learning, and this year’s Winter Arts Program will celebrate that process with student performances demonstrating the way we learn through the performing and visual arts. Each grade level will give performances of material they created in their project-based learning (PBL) units for this trimester, including forces and motion, and winter celebrations in world cultures. Also in the gym, a student art gallery will show how we explore the same subjects through the visual arts.

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January 16, 2015
by: Rachel Pekarek

Native American arts and legends captivate ESAA students

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What can we learn from past use of Wisconsin’s natural resources to build a better future?That is the question that ESAA second and third graders are just beginning to ponder. For the first part of this question, students looked through a cultural lens to study Native Americans. The students read and listened to many Native American legends to learn about their beliefs and culture. The students began to understand the importance of nature, geography, animals, and natural resources through these legends.

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January 6, 2015
by: Kara Pasche

For the Birds

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This year, second and third grade students are on a journey to understand how animals, people, and plants adapt to our local environment. During the first trimester, students have been working through the essential question, “How can I create an environment to attract birds and share my information with the ESAA community?” In order to answer this larger question, students asked and answered many wonders using the creative process.

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December 23, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

We are the Willows: Live in the Local Show

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We are the Willows live on the Minneapolis TV show, The Local Show.

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December 22, 2014
by: Addie Degenhardt

The Étude Sessions Presents: We are the Willows

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We Are the Willows will play The Étude Sessions at Paradigm Coffee and Music on Saturday, January 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Paradigm for $15, $10 for students with valid IDs.

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December 22, 2014
by: Addie Degenhardt

The Étude Sessions Presents: We are the Willows

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We Are the Willows will play The Étude Sessions at Paradigm Coffee and Music on Saturday, January 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Paradigm for $15, $10 for students with valid IDs.

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December 13, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

The Étude Sessions Presents: We Are the Willows

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The Étude Sessions is proud to present, We are the Willows on January 13th, 2015 as they support their new album, Picture (Portrait).

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December 12, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

What is Gallery Night?

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This Thursday, December 11th, we will be hosting our first Gallery Night. Tad Phippen Wente has already provided an overview of the evening. We are looking...

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December 5, 2014
by: Tad Phippen Wente

Thinking Galleries - Open!

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Student docents and staff will be on hand throughout the galleries at IDEAS Academy and The Mosaic School to talk about the exhibits and describe the...

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November 20, 2014
by: Susan Griffiths

Presentations of Learning : Fall 2014

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ESAA will hold their first trimester Presentations of Learning on December 1st and 2nd. Presentations of Learning serve as an opportunity for students to discuss their growth in understanding and set goals. PoLs go beyond a traditional parent-teacher conference by empowering the students to take ownership, reflect on, and lead the conversation about their learning with parents and the teacher. Students present their work by explaining the process of their learning, as well as identifying strengths and challenges. The teacher asks questions to guide the student to reflect deeper. Parents are also encouraged to ask questions. Through this reflection, students will create a learning goal for second trimester with the guidance of the teacher and parents.

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November 9, 2014
by: Kara Pasche

ESAA Teachers Learn to Implement Field Studies into Science Curriculum

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This weekend, four ESAA teachers participated in a class designed to encourage teachers and students to become active participants in ongoing research as citizen scientists. Teachers collaborated and researched to bring methods of observation, data collection, and communication back to their classrooms. Engaged in an authentic scientific inquiry experience, teachers were challenged to create an experiment to collect and communicate data about different types of apples. Learning about types of data and how experiments may change along the way, they decided to sort according to taste. What kind of data would you collect about apples?

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November 8, 2014
by: Susan Griffiths

ESAA: Students prepare garden spaces

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On Friday, November 7th ESAA students started phase one of the school gardens by laying cardboard and compost to prepare the areas. We are looking forward to designing and nurturing these habitats, which will function as outdoor science labs for students to observe closely, ask questions, and deepen their understanding of the world around them.

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October 8, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

The Étude Sessions - Opportunities

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In the last post, I shared with you some of the origins of the Étude Sessions. As we move ahead with the sessions this year, we see the funds raised as having a significant impact across all three of our schools. The central purpose of the sessions is to build community. With that in mind, we want to the funds raised to go towards building a stronger community by supporting our young people. This will take the shape of:

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September 1, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

Open Letter to IDEAS Academy Students

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I am writing to you on the eve of our 2014-2015 school year at IDEAS Academy, because I have worked with teachers and students over the...

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May 21, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

May PTO Summary

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At our last PTO meeting, I gave an overview of some of the changes that will be coming for the 2014-15 school year. Some of these changes are coming from the district and therefore are ones we need to work with while others are initiated at the school level. In order to help parents understand these changes, I will be holding a meeting at Paradigm on Friday, May 23rd at 9:30 to review the changes and answer questions. Below is a synopsis of the changes.

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April 23, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

PTO Meeting Summary

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We are looking for your input into the concepts below, specifically, around how they might impact your engagement in our community.

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April 22, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

ESAA PTO Summary

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On Tuesday, April 15th, I had the opportunity to meet with over 40 parents and teachers from ESAA.

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November 22, 2013
by: Kimberly Johnson

Learning Spaces: ESAA's second and third graders map new campus

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Challenged with the task of creating a tool for new students and families to navigate the Pigeon River Elementary School campus, students in ESAA’s second and third grade classes engaged in an in-depth exploration of their physical learning spaces and an authentic, collaborative map design process.

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