Government tracker: Eagle County Schools Board of Education | VailDaily.com

Government tracker: Eagle County Schools Board of Education

Lauren Glendenning
lglendenning@vaildaily.com
Eagle, CO Colorado

The issue: The International Baccalaureate curriculum at Eagle Valley Elementary.

Who they talked to: Parents of Eagle Valley Elementary students.

What they talked about: The school board listened to several parents as they addressed the value of the International Baccalaureate curriculum at the school. Parents raved about the program, which they called a “21st Century learning program.” The curriculum “encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right,” according to the program’s Web site, ico.org.

One parent, Raj Manickam, said the program has helped his shy daughter come out of her shell. When the girl’s aunt recently asked her why she liked reading, Manickam said his daughter’s response blew him away.

She told her aunt that people can imagine more about a character in books, whereas in movies a person’s imagination is fixed.

Parents thanked the school board for approving a grant in 2007 that got the program rolling, and hoped the school board would continue to support it. The school is in the process of applying to become an approved International Baccalaureate school and should find out sometime in December.