Portage Path CLC Completes IB 'Cluster'

Board Approves IB Designation
Posted on 12/15/2020
Image of Portage Path CLC IB lProgramAkron Public Schools Board of Education formally accepted the accreditation awarding Portage Path CLC as an IB (International Baccalaureate) Primary Years Programme (PYP) World School.

"This completes our mission that began five years ago to have all of our Firestone cluster schools designated as IB schools," said Chief Academic Officer Ellen McWilliams-Woods, Ph.D.

Firestone CLC has had IB curriculum offered for more than 20 years. Now, Litchfield CLC (middle school) and elementary schools Resnik, King, Portage Path and Case community learning centers are not only equipped with IB curriculum but are complete IB-designated schools.

"The International Baccalaureate philosophy permeates all aspects of education at these schools," McWilliams-Woods said after Monday's board meeting. "PYP students use their initiative to take responsibility and ownership of their learning."

The IB evaluation process is rigorous. "The entire process can take two years or more," said Portage Path Principal Kim Summers. "It's really driven by our teachers who took the initiative to do the research on what it would take, how to get there and then to make it happen. The evaluators from IB were impressed with our teachers' presentation, dedication and plans for implementing the IB programs at Portage Path."

The school board heard from several Portage path teachers involved in the application process who credited the school's parents for their growing involvement in and enthusiasm with the program.

"This has been a team effort at each of our IB schools, from the beginning," said McWilliams-Woods. "Our teachers drove the process, and that is the same enthusiasm that makes IB -- with all of its rigor -- work. Our students are thriving with IB, and our families love what they see happening."

Board President Patrick Bravo told the board that he was moved by the presentation last night for the promise it offers for the students' future.

"The PYP curriculum framework begins with the premise that students are agents of their own learning and partners in the learning process," he said. "It really prioritizes people and their relationships to build a strong learning community. We commend our teachers for their dedication to this."
************************************************
From IB Primary Years Programme's website: Reflecting on their own learning, PYP students develop knowledge, conceptual understandings, skills and the attributes of the IB Learner profile to make a difference in their own lives, their communities, and beyond.

The framework emphasizes the central principle of agency, which underpins the three pillars of school life:

the learner
learning and teaching
the learning community

Embedded in the framework is the recognition of the importance of fostering an individual's self-efficacy. Students with a strong sense of self-efficacy are active in their own learning and take action in their learning community.
Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2021 Intrado Corporation. All rights reserved.