I am preparing lives that will go out from the classroom, reach out to the community, and stand out in the world. - ESD Manifesto
Specific definitions for global competency vary considerably in their scope and emphases; however, they generally share a set of common themes. As with most 21st century skills or outcomes, global competency begins with a (1) foundation of knowledge and awareness, coupled with (2) appropriate skills, that develops into (3) understanding and appreciation, and leads to (4) a disposition to act on significant global issues.
Global issues, geography, language, culture, and history are interwoven throughout classes at all grade levels at ESD. We believe in exploring and embracing the cultures of countries around the globe in order to encourage our students to become citizens of the world. ESD enjoys a deep and meaningful partnership with our sister school, Joseph and Mary Primary School, in Tanzania. Programs like Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder provide eye-opening experiences to further enhance students’ global competency.
The GCC consists of twelve teachers from across all three divisions who are passionate about global affairs and committed to developing a global competence within the members of the ESD community. For more information, please contact Lindsey Cullins.
Echoing the final stanza of ESD’s Manifesto in both structure and intent, this article offers examples of how our teachers strive to "go out from the classroom" to enhance powerful lessons about the world, its people, and its cultures. Next, it presents some of our efforts to provide students with opportunities "reach out to the community" working side by side with local students from diverse backgrounds. Finally, the article offers way we ensure that all ESD students can "stand out in the world" and develop their awareness, knowledge, and skills.
Inspiring are the students themselves describing how global programming at ESD transforms the way they see their place in the world.
The past four years, ESD has partnered with The Joseph and Mary Primary School in Kitongo, Tanzania, managed and operated by MainSprings, a Tulsa-based nonprofit. What began as a simple letter and video exchange between the Middle School World Affairs club and sixth-grade science classes has grown into a partnership that touches all three divisions of our school.