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Botswana Trip Curricular Goals

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We leave for Botswana in two weeks. What curricular goals have we realized so far, and what remains to accomplish?

Collaborations with discipline-based classes
We (the two trip leaders) proposed to invite teachers to include the topic of HIV/AIDS in Botswana in their classes. Our method was simple: we raised the opportunity with teachers by email and impromptu, in-person conversations. To our pleasure, a half-dozen teachers responded with interest.

Pathogens and Parasites students wrote a guide to malaria and HIV/AIDS in Botswana for trip families. I presented some basic facts about the country and then organized the students into groups to co-write this document.

Statistics students analyzed data on AIDS prevalence in Botswana.

Second grade students wrote introductory letters (w/photos) to primary students in Gumare, in support of the yearlong theme of global awareness.

Media Arts students created short films from poems that Maru-a-Pula students wrote.

Advanced Biology students studied the intricacies of the immune system, or viruses and on the specifics of the HIV virus and it’s effect on infected humans.

Collaborations with co-curricular programs
We hold an annual diversity conference, planned and led by students. One trip participant shared excerpts from a book on HIV and AIDS in Botswana and shared clips from a film then facilitated a discussion of both.

Two teachers work with students in the Global Citizens Club to offer a series of film viewings throughout the year. The Viewfinder Global Film Series included the film Miss HIV, introduced and facilitated by two trip participants.

Non-collaborative activities with curricular links
While the curriculum of trip preparation remains firmly embedded in the school’s co-curricular program, some conversations demonstrated links with the school’s curricular program.

Trip participants spoke with various HIV/AIDS experts about Botswana.

Cascade AIDS Project
Botswana-Harvard AIDS Partnership
Médecins Sans Frontières
Providence Health
Botswana-Baylor Pediatric AIDS Initiative.

The trip group organized and delivered a presentation at Upper School assembly, including dramatic role play.

Trip participants organized on-campus fundraising events to benefit support organizations in Botswana.

Trip group read and discussed Saturday Is for Funerals.

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.