Buffalo Public School Stanley M. Makowski Early Childhood Center #99 has been authorized to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.
Students in the 21st century are faced with the challenge of learning about an interconnected world where knowledge is constantly developing. The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme prepares students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.
The IB Primary Years Programme, for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.
The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme is the six transdisciplinary themes as follows:
Who we are
Where we are in place and time
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organize ourselves
Sharing the planet
The six transdisciplinary themes help teachers to develop a programme of inquiries–in-depth investigations into important ideas, identified by the teachers, and requiring a high level of involvement on the part of the students. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for several weeks.
Within the program, assessment is an important part of each unit of inquiry as it both enhances learning and provides opportunities for students to reflect on what they know, understand and can do. The teacher's feedback to the students provides the guidance, the tools and the incentive for them to become more competent, more skillful and better at understanding how to learn.
Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools Dr. James A. Williams said that he is proud of the efforts of the administration, staff and students of Makowski for working to earn the accreditation. “This is part of global learning that all of our students need to be aware of and a part of,” Dr. Williams said.
Makowski Principal Dawn DiNatali stated, “Many thanks and congratulation to the dedicated teaching faculty and staff for their overwhelming commitment to the program, the school and mostly, to the children. I want to thank the Dr. Williams and the district for the various supports and resources given to Makowski to ensure its success. This is truly good news for our school and our district.”