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July 7, 2011
by: Jenne Smith


The Humanities curriculum at IDEAS Academy will consist of three separate course offerings: American Studies, Global Studies and an individualized Global Issues course. Students will earn one social studies credit per course as well as .5 English credits per course.  Students will earn additional English credit each year through Academic Writing (.25) and Communications (.25), totaling one full English credit. The social studies credit will be founded upon extensive historical analysis, research, interpretation and application. The English credit will be offered based on the standards of writing, listening, reading, speaking, research/inquiry and vocabulary development.

The American Studies program will be comprised of three trimester units and will be taught in a chronological format with a special emphasis placed on social and cultural history with the basic idea of discovering how social issues and structures have shaped the culture and history of the United States. This course will also contain an overlying theme of progress and democracy.  Students will have the opportunity to engage in a rigorous analysis of the experiences and agency of ordinary Americans and apply this knowledge to the traditional historical context they already have. Finally, students will determine how modern historical events influence current American life and will ascertain where we are headed as a country in terms of policy, reform and rights. 

The Global Studies course has been designed to reflect a conceptual narrative of world history and current world studies, rather than a composite area studies approach. In other words, the course will not be a chronological survey of world history; rather, it will be a conceptual understanding and evaluation of past and current global events and issues. Students will gain a global perspective centered on a purpose or organizing idea, such as Revolution and Reform, or Imperialism and Colonization.  Through this narrative study, students will develop a deeper understanding of world globalization processes throughout human history and will engage in critical and integrated thinking.

The Global Issues course is designed specifically for students who have already completed both American and Global Studies. These students will have the opportunity to choose a current global issue to analyze, interpret and apply potential solutions to. Like the Global Studies course, this course will allow students to develop deeper understandings of world globalization and will require critical and integrated thinking; however, this course will further emphasize current issues and problems we face as a world today and student success will be dependent upon extensive examination, exploration and problem solving related to one or two topics of the student’s choice.

June 23, 2011
by: Leah Eilmus

Thank You

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A huge thanks to the following students and staffs for packing, labeling, and moving boxes at Étude all day on June 16th.

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June 23, 2011
by: Dollie Cromwell

TimeSlips Exhibit Opening

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John Michael Kohler Arts Center will debut its first student-created exhibit Sunday as part of its “Hiding Places: Memory in the Arts” multi-media event.

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May 21, 2011
by: Leah Eilmus

Folk Music Seminar

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American folk music encompasses numerous genres, many of which are known as roots music. Roots music includes bluegrass, country music, gospel, old time music, jug bands,...

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May 11, 2011
by: Tad Phippen Wente, Creative Writing teacher

TimeSlips Seminar

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Today in the TimeSlips Seminar (this is a project we’re working on with JMKAC’s Connecting Communities) we enjoyed a visit from Tracy Cinealis, CSA, of Libby’s...

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April 17, 2011
by: Tad Phippen Wente, Creative Writing teacher

Poetry & Lyrics Seminar

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Poetry & Lyrics Seminar wrapped up its quarter today with a “Final Reading” in three categories: Poetry Out Loud (inspired by the National Endowment for the...

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April 1, 2011
by: Peter Woods

IDEAS Chemistry

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If the purpose of chemistry is to better understand the materials that make up our world and how they interact, then why not focus on those...

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January 28, 2011
by: L. Eilmus

Inquiry Class

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At IDEAS Academy, our aim is to produce students who are independent, contemplative, and articulate global citizens.

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January 26, 2011
by: L. Eilmus


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IDEAS Academy is pleased to announce it will be located on the 3rd floor of the new Charter Campus at Central, 830 Virginia Ave.

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