Whole School Projects

The whole school project is not separated from the rest of the curriculum, and many of the year’s objectives in mathematics, science, and so on can be incorporated into the project study.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Kieran Egan

What's Proposed

The topic may involve local things—such as plants and animals of the desert if the school is in Alamogordo, New Mexico, or sheep farming if it is in Walworth, New Zealand, or the Columbia River Gorge if it is near Portland, Oregon, or the castle if it is in Ludlow, England, etc.

Alternatively, more "distant" topics might be chosen--the Solar System, ocean life, birds, etc.

How This Project is Carried Out

The website provides:

  • Planning frameworks for teachers wanting to apply IERG ideas
  • Many examples in all curriculum areas for download and use
  • Teacher tips for using the ideas in simple ways in daily teaching
  • An M.Ed. program for teachers who want to study this work and develop their skills in these directions
  • A list of workshops in many countries, and conferences held at regular intervals in Canada and abroad.

How This Project is Put into Action

Corbett Charter School in Oregon, U.S., is running all of the programs accessible from the main IERG website.

Corbett Charter School is ranked Number 3 in the U.S. on The Washington Post's Challenge Index, leading all schools in 49 states. The two top-ranked schools share a single campus in Dallas, Texas. One is an engineering magnet, the other a school for talented and gifted. Corbett is a community school.

In addition, IERG ideas and practices and the Learning in Depth (LiD) program can be found in schools in many countries. LiD has developed from an idea four years ago to implementation in hundreds of schools and a dozen countries today.

Where to Learn More