Global Citizenship Education
As technology advances and expands the reach of global events, initiatives and communication, the ways in which our students learn and the lessons our district personnel deliver must also develop from a worldly perspective.
District Supervisor of Social Studies and Technology, Wendy Morales, plans to begin emphasizing the concept of global citizenship education to students during the 2019-20 school year, before weaving related learning opportunities into future curriculum.
Mrs. Morales addressed a collection of elementary school educators from across the District during the inaugural Aug. 19 meeting of the Middletown Township Public Schools Global Citizenship Education Pilot Committee. The session was the first of two summer meetings, and the group is scheduled to meet three more times between September and December.
Why Does Global Citizenship Education Matter?
The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test is an examination of education systems around the world. The assessment is derived from surveys distributed every three years to 15-year old students. In 2018, for the first time since its inception, the test included an element emphasizing global competency.
Global competence refers to a community’s comprehension of skills, values and behaviors that will prepare young people to thrive in a more diverse and interconnected world.
According to the New York City-based non-profit organization, the Asia Society, hundreds of thousands of foreign-born students are entering the American higher education system each year; one in five U.S. jobs is linked to international trade; and fewer than one percent of American high school students have participated in study abroad programs.
As the makeup of the global community becomes more diverse, so too must the experiences of the developing minds in our district classrooms.
What’s Next for Global Citizenship Education?
Part of becoming a global citizen learner takes a willingness to be vulnerable, which allows students to:
- Investigate the world
- Recognize and empathize with the experiences of others
- Communicate ideas with classmates
- Translate those ideas to action
The committee members will begin steering their students toward global citizenship by coordinating classroom initiatives that embrace the complexities of real-world case studies, practice empathy, enhance learning and empower students to explore through technology. Reflecting on findings and sharing ideas with peers are also primary pillars of global citizenship education.