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WorldStrides Summit on Global Awareness & Leadership

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Last week, our global programs director Brian and I spent two days at a WorldStrides-sponsored event in Philadelphia, at which we studied questions about optimal program design and student experience. The presenter lineup featured organization and school experts in global travel, providing a rich range of perspectives and wisdom on the topic.

Some highlights:

  • What is the overall purpose of your program? Curriculum, experience, or service?
  • What does your school community value? Is your global program aligned?
  • How much is global education represented in the rest of the school curriculum? Do students see the travel program connected to the rest of their school experience?
  • Has your school thoroughly studied student health and safety preparations and plans?
  • Do groups travel during or outside the school term?
  • Where does student leadership live in your travel program?

We have returned with a decent list of outstanding school travel programs of different types:

At UPrep, we are implementing the first large shift in our signature Global Link program in 10 years. Our new Intensive terms allow Global Link to travel during an intensive term rather than over spring break. So far, two trips have migrated into the January intensive, with plans to continue moving trips next year.

Adding a specific subject’s curriculum to the trip is a new feature of Intensive Global Link. Our first three examples are Human Rights in Colombia, Global Link American South, and Storytelling in Samoa. As a result, schools that have established strong curricular connections for global travel are of specific interest to us right now. From the above list, these include Ideaventions, Lawrenceville, and Trinity Palmer, at a minimum.

Finally, Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) Executive Director Clare Sisisky presented three times on insights gleaned from GEBG’s 250 member schools, including broad perspectives on global program outcomes, school partnerships, conceptual frameworks, assessment instruments, and examples from model schools.

[Photo by Juliana Kozoski on Unsplash]

Global Education: More Than Just Trips

I recently co-facilitated this concurrent session with three teachers at our school, at the PNAIS Fall Educators Conference. The purpose was to describe how we have worked together to integrate global education throughout the school program. Historically, global education has meant international travel, typically with a focus on language and culture. As cultural competence is increasingly recognized as an essential student skill, we have an opportunity to include global education in regular courses, extracurricular activities, and community events. We find particularly interesting synergies between global experiences and academic subjects, community service, and environmental preservation efforts.

Presentation outline

  • Local-international partnerships
  • Curricular integration
  • Involving community
  • International presence in our community

Detailed presentation notes

We created a page on the Catlin Gabel website to document our ongoing work on this project. Please look there for detailed notes on the presentation. We also plan to include the information we gathered from conference session participants.

What does this have to do with technology?

The best technology integration supports school programs without taking them over. Technology is an essential tool in these integration efforts, even if they are not at first apparent. Our highly interconnected world makes the teaching of global cultural competence so important. At the same time, it’s critical to recognize the uneven distribution of technology throughout the world.

Technology tools make it possible to coordinate activities with distant locations and bring the world into the classroom and other school programs. The detailed presentation notes include uses of Skype, blogging, Internet research, long-distance communication, online forums, intranet planning sites, portable media tools, and other technology applications that make this all work.

Presenting at NCCE in March

This presentation was also accepted at NCCE, which will take place in March 2011 in Portland.