Support Global Studies
One of the essential qualities of a Haverford graduate is “to respect and understand people of different genders and backgrounds, and live as a cooperative and engaged citizen of the global community.” How can we guide our students to develop this quality in their time at Haverford?
Fostering genuine self-awareness and encouraging an open mind in each boy may be the first steps to achieving this goal. Our young boys must feel comfortable enough in our community to take risks and learn from their mistakes because, as they mature, the challenges will grow in number and in difficulty. Video-conferencing through Skype, Google Hangout, and FaceTime provide opportunities for our students to interact globally, while remaining grounded in the Haverford community. This type of collaborative technology effectively unites students around the world, and it is our job to weave our academic focus with the global classroom.
The faculty is the driving force behind the global learning that happens in our classrooms. These educators can easily provide varying international perspectives and worldly contexts within their disciplines. However, first hand experience outside the traditional classroom provides perspective and experience that pushes students closer to becoming engaged citizens of the world. International exchange programs allow students to learn from and learn with students of disparate points of view at home and abroad. Additionally, authentic and immersive travel experiences that are integrated into the curriculum are the true developmental steps to achieve intercultural capability and global competence.
There exists enormous potential for The Haverford School Global Studies program to flourish in the years ahead. Some of the projects underway or in planning phases at Haverford under the guise of global programs are listed below. While this list is just a sampling, it provides a first glance at the kind of work we are pursuing.
- ePals classroom collaborations
- Connected Classrooms Community through Google+
- Skype in the Classroom
- Lower School Social Studies curriculum review
- Student Global Leadership Institute
- Severinghaus Scholars Program for international students
- University of Pennsylvania Global Education Forum
- Global Competence Aptitude Assessment
- Ordrup Gymnasium – Copenhagen, Denmark
- Colegio Americano - Guayaquil, Ecuador
- Christ Church Grammar School – Perth, Australia
- Welham Boys' School - Dehradun, India