About the Program
The Global Scholars Program is an in-depth interdisciplinary three-year program that focuses on developing global awareness, critical thinking, and leadership in our 21st century world. As part of the program, students investigate global issues, analyze diverse perspectives, communicate ideas effectively in both English and a second language, and take action.
Students can begin the program with the Global Scholars: Seminar (Year 1) in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. The program is intended for students who have an interest in global issues, a desire to engage in authentic learning, and a willingness to take action.
Global Scholars: Seminar (Year 1) introduces students to the most significant issues facing our world today. Unit topics for the course are derived from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including an exploration of current events and the recent past. Students develop global competency and work toward growth in mindsets and design thinking skills, critical components of a 21st century education. Students will learn to take action through research and authentic tasks.
In Global Scholars: Action Research (Year 2), students continue to develop their global understanding and design thinking skills through authentic collaborative and individual tasks. They will develop an individual learning plan to investigate a global issue of their choosing. Through the utilization of design thinking, they will develop empathy, conduct in-depth research and take action to address their chosen global issue.
Global Scholars: Leadership Development (Year 3) is offered for seniors who have completed Year 1 and Year 2 of the program. These students will return to serve as mentors for Year 1 and Year 2 students, reconnecting with the local and global community while they continue the pursuit of an action project. Throughout the year, students will work on strengthening their leadership and facilitation skills as they plan, organize and ultimately present their work to a group of authentic stakeholders.