Gray’s Creek
Elementary School
Making Connections with a Global Perspective
Gray’s Creek Elementary School
Making Connections with a Global Perspective
Growing Global Citizens
• Develop knowledge of other world regions and cultures
• Build awareness of international and global issues
• Establish skills to work effectively in cross-cultural environments
• Develop ability to communicate in multiple languages
• Model respect and concern for other cultures and people
Gray’s Creek Elementary School
Making Connections with a Global Perspective
Growing Global Citizens
• Expose students to other cultures through guest speakers,
research projects, and literature
• Establish professional communication with educators by
utilizing resources such as video conferencing and VIF support
system
• Develop a partnership with World View to support continued
professional growth on global education and cultural
opportunities
• Provide staff development consistent with county goals but with
flexibility for global initiative
Gray’s Creek Elementary School
Making Connections with a Global Perspective
Grade level student learning focused on specific
regions of the world:
• Kindergarten - North America
• First Grade - Australia/Oceania
• Second Grade - Asia
• Third Grade - Africa
• Fourth Grade - Europe
• Fifth Grade - South America
Gray’s Creek Elementary School
Making Connections with a Global Perspective
Three C’s of Globalization
• Competition – building and applying skills in math, science,
problem-solving, writing, speaking, and literacy to compete in a
global environment
• Communication – developing skills in listening, speaking,
writing, technology, and foreign languages to stretch our
communication avenues to a global level
• Collaboration – modeling positive behaviors, teamwork, and
on-going awareness of cultural differences and understanding
global issues that are specific to us on a regional level, national
level and global perspective
Gray’s Creek Elementary School
Making Connections with a Global Perspective
Elements of a Global School
Environment
• Clear commitment to global connections apparent in sights
and sounds within the school building
• Classroom reflects region being studied
Gray’s Creek Elementary School
Making Connections with a Global Perspective
Elements of a Global School
Curriculum and Instruction
• Global connections integrated throughout the curriculum
• Rigorous, demanding curriculum
• Second language is part of core curriculum
(K-1st = 5 times per week, 2nd-5th = 1 time per week)
• Art, music, and physical education include international
traditions
• Immersion in global themes, teachers working together
What is a
global school?
Gray’s Creek Elementary School
Making Connections with a Global Perspective
Elements of a Global School
Local and Global Connections
• Certified teacher from VIF on each grade level
• Local partnerships with internationally-focused groups
• Sister schools
• Visits to classrooms by international guests
Teachers from
Around the World
Cultural
Assemblies
Multi-Cultural Night
Guest
Speakers
International
Education Week
Humanitarian
Projects
Gray’s Creek Elementary School
Making Connections with a Global Perspective
Elements of a Global School
Technology and Resources
• Skype with schools abroad to share information, resources and
ideas
• International books, magazines, music, multimedia in
classrooms and library
• International theme reflected in classroom projects
Making Connections
Around the Word
Classroom
Projects
Gray’s Creek
Elementary School
Making Connections with a Global Perspective
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