ADRIAN, Mich – This fall Adrian College partnered with Adrian Public Schools and the YMCA to launch a preschool at Lincoln Elementary. Adrian College students studying Teacher Education are conducting lessons at the preschool under the guidance of faculty from the College’s Teacher Education department. Lincoln Elementary is an IB candidate school* for the Primary Years Programme; therefore, the preschool curriculum features an IB Primary Years Programme, which focuses child development on inquiry, using six transdisciplinary themes: who we are; where we are in place and time; how we express ourselves; how the world works; how we organize ourselves; and sharing the planet.
Dr. Agnes Caldwell, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Adrian College, indicated her enthusiasm for the new program.
“Adrian College and the Department of Teacher Education is happy to partner with Adrian Public Schools and the YMCA to offer a preschool near our campus that provides opportunity for our students and employees,” Caldwell stated. “The International Baccalaureate curriculum is cutting edge, focusing on the holistic development of the child and integrating learning in thematic areas.”
“This is the type of education we offer at the collegiate level and to introduce young children to this type of learning is an exceptional opportunity for all.”
Dr. Andrea Milner, director of the Institute for Education at Adrian College noted that the arrangement was a direct collaboration with multiple parties and offered a unique opportunity to students participating in the program.
“This cooperative arrangement affords our students the opportunity to learn and work in an early childhood educational environment that engages in best practices derived from the most current research,” said Milner.
Caldwell went on to note that the idea for the program came out of a faculty-led strategic planning committee, as part of the college’s strategic plan 2011-2015.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for faculty and staff who have childcare needs. Not only is the IB curriculum consistent with that of a liberal arts education such as that offered by AC; it also is located less than a block from campus and offers extended care to meet working parent needs.”
In the “Statement of Intent” from Adrian College given last year to the Adrian Public School Board, the College indicated their excitement at partnering with Lincoln Elementary in its pursuit to become an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme school. It went on to note that the tenets of an IB education- inquiry based learning, ethical reflection and global citizenship, directly aligned with the values as espoused by the Ribbons of Excellence program at the College.
“We are working with the faculty, staff and administration at Lincoln Elementary as they become fully immersed in the IB philosophy, mission, vision and professional development. We are confident that this partnership will not only enhance our community, but that of the larger community as well,” the statement went on to say.
*This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Lincoln Elementary believes is important for our students. Only schools authorized by the IB organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: The Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org.