IB School in North Carolina Fosters Whole-School Ownership
Cotswold Elementary School, Charlotte, N.C.
Character education has long been an integral part of Cotswold Elementary School’s focus. Since becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, the school’s character focus has shifted to include the IB model. The IB curriculum was developed by staff members using the IB guidelines, so there was strong buy-in and modeling. “Everyone in this building takes responsibility for character education,” states former principal Denise Hearne. “Whatever we’re asking the kids to do, we do ourselves. This has fostered whole-school ownership.” Staff members agree that the shift to the IB model was a “perfect fit” for Cotswold given the school’s longtime commitment to character and service, both integral components of the IB program.