Integrated Projects Week, or IPW, is a hallmark of The School’s curriculum and occurs March 10-14 this year. During IPW, students leave their regular classrooms and come together as almost 40 new groups, many of which span different classes and grades. For four and a half days, these new groups pursue student-conceived and student-driven integrated projects that take them out of the building, onto Columbia University’s campus, into New York City, upstate New York, and beyond. All projects culminate on Friday afternoon in the IPW Showcase, open to The School’s families, where students present their projects and celebrate the week of work.
Marc Meyer, the inaugural director of The School’s curriculum, said in 2003: “These projects have proven to be wonderfully rich opportunities for students to reflect on what they have learned, apply newfound skills, and deepen their knowledge about a particular theme or concept already embedded in The School’s curriculum. Integrated Projects Week is more than an opportunity to deepen a child’s understanding of what he or she has been studying—it is a chance to build friendships, find new ways to work collaboratively, and make a difference in the community.”
View the IPW 2014 Brochure for a glimpse into the astounding creativity and innovation on display during this year's IPW. And follow @The_School and #IPW2014 on Twitter for updates throughout the week.