Jan 25, 2018

High Schools Offering New ‘Global Studies’ Program

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Starting this fall, a select number of Pickerington high school students will have the option of participating in a program designed to give them a holistic view of the world in areas of specific interest to them.

On Monday night, the Pickerington Schools Board of Education approved the Global Scholars Diploma Program, a new high school series course that aligns with the State of Ohio’s honors diploma requirements. The program, started by the Columbus Council of World Affairs is designed to prepare students “to inquire, compete, and collaborate globally as future leaders, professionals, and citizens of the world.”

The Global Scholars Diploma Program is a three-year program that provides hands-on experiences, simulations, and practical examples, and strategies for global studies and cultural competence. The program will help students explore other world cultures and the perspectives of people living in other countries. By providing insights into the nuances and interaction styles of people from other cultures, Pickerington students will gain a broader world view in areas ranging from science to the arts.

The first year of the three-year program will begin this fall and is primarily geared toward incoming freshmen (this year’s eighth graders), although older students will be accepted as space in the program permits. Interested students must express their interest during registration for fall classes, which begins in early February. Only 25 students in each high school will be eligible to participate. Interested students or their parents are encouraged to discuss the new program with their school counselors before or during registration.

The program includes four off-campus events at area universities and businesses. Students will be able to tailor assignments they already are using in other courses to gain credit for the program. By the third year, students will create an individual portfolio and capstone project. Because the course will be taught using technology and blended learning – students will meet with teachers and advisors through Google Classroom, independent and group meetings – participation will not limit scheduling opportunities for other classes.

Students who complete the program will receive a recognition on their diplomas at graduation, recognizing them as Global Scholars.

For more information, visit the CCWA website or email Dr. Marie Hurt at marie_hurt@plsd.us. Additional details can be found in the high school Program of Studies under “Global Scholars Program.”