The NCGS Global Forum is described as “an opportunity to bring together the leading educators, researchers, advocates, authors, practitioners, and related-industry leaders from across the globe to exchange best practices and innovative approaches for academic excellence and the healthy development of girls.” I had the opportunity to not only see our head of school receive the Ransome Prize (“NCGS presents this award to a woman who has made outstanding contributions to the Coalition and one of its member schools to further the NCGS mission to be “a leading advocate for girls’ education with a distinct commitment to the transformative power of all-girls schools.” ) but we also presented a session with our students entitled “#Globaleducation: Connecting Students Through Innovative Learning Experiences.”
Our session focused on: “The heart of a global education is enabling young people to participate in shaping a better, shared future for the world. Providing innovative learning opportunities for both students and faculty to interact with the global community is key to understanding that global education is a dimension that runs through a K-12 curriculum. Join Marymount faculty and students as we host a mini EdCamp to uncover strategies for success for implementing global dimensions in your curriculum, as seen through the lens of several Marymount initiatives, including the Global Exchange Program and the Global Student Technology Conference.”
First, it was awesome having our students be part of the presentation, as they eloquently spoke about their personal experiences in global education. We then moved into an unconference, where participants discussed the following questions:
- How can global ideas be woven throughout your curriculum?
- How can virtual tools help build bridges between your community and communities around the world?
- How does your school articulate a vision and goals for global education?
- How can we empower students to be leaders in moving from patronage to partnership?
The conversations in the room were rich. Our students did a great job recapping the discussions and participants left (we hope) with a deeper understanding and appreciation for global education in the K-12 curriculum as well as with strategies for infusing their curriculum with global perspectives!