Curriculum with a World View
We provide a range of opportunities through which students develop a global perspective. It starts with our curriculum.
Our global education curriculum includes 8th grade World Music, 9th and 10th grade courses in Global History, a Global Seminar elective, 11th grade World Religions class, and European Art and Culture. Our courses in Spanish, Italian, Latin, and Greek encompass language, literature, history and culture.
Technology is regularly integrated into our classroom instruction through video conferencing, communication and presentation tools. Google Expeditions take students on virtual tours to modern Venice and Ancient Rome. Google Cultural Institute brings the students inside museums in Paris. Additional web tools such as backchanneling, Quizlet, VoiceThread and YouTube are also used by students.
The Stephanie Clemente Broadcast Studio, a state-of-the-art facility, offers another vehicle to extend these learning opportunities to faculty and students. Guest speakers often share personal experiences on topics that add a global dimension.
2021 - Virtual Collaboration with South Africa
We share a strong bond with our sister school Brescia House in Johannesburg, South Africa thanks to our global exchange program over the past decade and our shared Ursuline mission. In spring 2021, we developed a synchronous virtual class exchange. Our Director of Global Education, Maria Barton, and 11th grade English AP Teacher Adrianna Robertson collaborated with Brescia House School faculty Graham West, History Chair and Laura Van Houten, History Teacher. The project was titled "Reaching for Global Equality & Equity."
Substituting technology for passports, students met via Zoom and used Microsoft Teams as they researched 10 aspects of inequity in both New Rochelle/Westchester/NYC, New York and Randburg/Sandton/Alexandra, South Africa. The 10 topics were housing, service delivery, education, health care, economics, law, transport, access to goods, gender, and environment/climate challenges. The student teams also researched the origins and consequences of these inequities and then shared findings and possible solutions via video presentations.
Middle School Book Club
A group of our Middle School students and their mothers gathered on April 13, 2019 for our second Global Book Club event. They discussed Alan Gratz's book, Refugee, the story of three young people and their families who faced displacement and harrowing journeys toward a better life. Students shared about compelling character traits such as courage. They also created posters showing each character’s journey
United Nations Speaker
On April 1, 2019 Mr. George Khoury, Director of the Middle East & North Africa Division at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New York educated us about the 68 million forcibly displaced people around the world. Mr. Khoury also discussed the humanitarian aid that displaced people need due to armed conflict and natural disasters - both causes for people to leave their homes.
Spanish Pen Pals
In February 2019, Ms. Perry's Spanish 3H classes enjoyed a visit from Peace Corps volunteer Lesia Danyluk '13, who is currently teaching English in a secondary school in Peru. The classes have become "Pen Pals" with Lesia's students who are learning English. After a presentation on life in Peru & the Peace Corps, Lesia shared a video from her class along with beautiful handwritten letters to each student.