IGNITE: Illuminating Goals Nurturing Interests Towards Engagement
District 49 was awarded a second grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) in 2017. Our 2016 grant focused on the social-emotional needs of our students through the BRIGHT (Building Restorative Interventions Growing Honorable Traditions) Initiative. Realizing that a student's social-emotional needs directly affect the classroom, meant bringing in Restorative Practices district-wide, to ensure social-emotional support for our students and staff. Now that these needs are being addressed, District 49 wanted to "IGNITE" the passion for learning again. With a strong focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) and College and Career Readiness, IGNITE will bring opportunities to our qualifying elementary and middle schools to excite students about these possible career paths. Our goal is to build a strong foundation by identifying and closing any cognitive reading gaps, while introducing STEAM opportunities to IGNITE passion, at the elementary level. Followed by expanding our middle school science curriculum to include new science standards, even prior to the requirement.
We are especially excited to serve our military families, considering their service to us. Check out the exciting, new opportunity for our Military-Connected students through the FIRE program, starting for the 2018-19 school year! Just click the FIRE link to the left, under IGNITE Program. Below is a parent testimonial for the difference this program has made for one family.