Dear Ogden International families,
On behalf of the faculty and staff at Ogden International, please know we’re thrilled to welcome your students back to school! We have so much planned and we are confident you and your child will have an amazing experience this school year.
First and foremost, I want you to know that there’s a reason behind any change or initiative. Everything we do should align to our Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP) we created as a learning community over a year ago. Our efforts and work is strategic, diligent and deliberate, so that one day soon Ogden will be known as the premier IB school in the city and state. We firmly hold ourselves accountable to offering rigorous learning opportunities for all students using constructivist teaching methods and inquiry.
We can summarize our work through three strategies, as follows:
Strategy 1, the Learner Profile: If we incorporate the Learner Profile attributes into our daily curricula, students will be able to connect content and skills to their lived experiences, resulting in a holistic learning experience.
Strategy 2, the Taught and Assessed Curriculum: If our professional development is focused on the IB Approaches to Teaching and Learning, then we will create student-centered and project-based learning, rigorous student tasks, balanced assessments and grading.
Strategy 3, the Written and Assessed Curriculum: If we align our curricula vertically from K-12, and horizontally across all classrooms, using interdisciplinary and inquiry based approaches, our students will be engaged in scaffolded and rigorous learning opportunities.
I know that it's a lot of information, so don’t worry, we don’t expect parents to memorize it. I’m sharing so that you know there is a plan, and that you can trust our incremental action steps with SMART goals along the way, will help us achieve our goal!
Our teacher leaders have been working all summer to collaboratively plan the professional development teachers are receiving this week, and throughout the year.
We have an amazing faculty and staff, and we’re only getting better as we retain and recruit the very best teachers in the United States and the world. People want to become a part of Ogden, as it is a very special place. We are the only full-continuum IB school in the state of Illinois, one of only a couple dozen in North America. We have a very special opportunity to see so many of our students learn and grow, moving from elementary to middle to high school, and as they graduate we look back and see their photo in an Ogden yearbook when they were in kindergarten.
It is a true honor and a pleasure to lead the Ogden International School of Chicago. Working together, the future for our students, school, district, and city has never looked brighter!
Michael Beyer, NBCT, Ed.D.
For a meeting with Principal Beyer, parents are encouraged to schedule an appointment so as to protect time focused on improving the quality of education at Ogden International.
Principal: Dr. Michael S. Beyer
Heads of Schools
East Campus: Cara Kranz
West Campus: Dr. Stacie Chana