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Chase IB program used as example for upstate districtChase IB

November 22, 2011

An administrative team from the Voorheesville Central School District visited the Emma C. Chase Elementary School in Wurtsboro to learn about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Chase Elementary School was designated as an IB World School in 2009. Its Primary Years Program focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world.

Voorheesville Superintendent Dr. Teresa Thayer Snyder explained that her district was considering pursuing IB as a means to integrate the common core standards, literacy and technology all under one umbrella. In addition, the IB matches her district's philosophy of education centering on inquiry and constructivism. Voorheesville is located in the Albany area and is seeing an influx of foreign engineers employed by the growing nanotechnology industry. These families are from countries such as Germany, Japan and Switzerland and are looking to enroll their children in IB schools.

For more information about the International Baccalaureate at Chase Elementary School, CLICK HERE.

Photo: Chase Elementary School Principal Susan Gottlieb (2nd from left) and IB Coach Linda Holmes (2nd from right) welcomed the representatives from the Voorheesville Central School District, from left, elementary school principal Thomas Reardon, science teacher Dan Chaize, math teacher Kathy Fiero, superintendent Dr. Teresa Thayer Snyder, elementary school teacher Jen Scott and curriculum coordinator Karen Conroy. The visitors had the chance to see the IB in action and were very grateful for the hospitality of the Chase staff.