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.
And now we have IGNITE: Expeditions. Yes, we were awarded a third grant from DoDEA in 2018. IGNITE: Expeditions will expand on the efforts of IGNITE to bring new and exciting STEAM opportunities to our students! This grant will allow us to bring new virtual/augmented reality software to our students. This exciting technology will be available in all four zones and all students will have access. It has apps for learning across all subject areas, and will undoubtedly help us prepare our students for future career opportunities. Fall STEAM camps will be offered starting fall break 2019. Keep an eye out for the Mobile Expeditions bus, coming to a school near you in 2019-2020.
We are especially excited to serve our military families, considering their service to us. Check out an exciting opportunity for our Military-Connected students through the FIRE program, for the 2019-20 school year! Just click the FIRE link to the left, under IGNITE Program.