Global Learning

Growing Global Citizens

In today’s interconnected world a global perspective is an educational imperative. At Northwest, that commitment goes beyond a host of international education opportunities. It’s built in to everyday school life. Students pursue significant global studies in each grade, and our school community is enriched by the presence and viewpoints of students from more than 12 countries each year.

Our Study Abroad Program allows students to live for six weeks with host families and attend school at NWS Partner Schools in China, France, Spain, and Taiwan.

International Educational Opportunities

Our students have multiple opportunities to travel abroad for two to three-week trips to El Salvador, China, France, Spain, and Taiwan. And our Study Abroad Program allows students to live for six weeks with host families and attend school at NWS Partner Schools in China, France, Spain, and Taiwan.

A lot of the important pieces I needed for international work I gained at Northwest: I started studying Japanese and made a best friend who was Japanese; I was introduced to international issues and also to environmental awareness – I learned the larger effect of what we do around the world.

Aaron Sterr '92

Production Services Manager, Trading Screen

An Enduring Commitment

At Northwest School, we graduate students who can:

  • Understand and articulate their own cultural beliefs and practices
  • Relate cultural beliefs and practices to current and historical, social, political, and economic realities
  • Read cultural cues and interact with others in culturally sensitive and appropriate ways
  • Communicate in more than one modern language
  • Recognize the ways in which social, economic, and cultural constructs and issues influence the global economy, environment, and politics
  • Engage with organizations and communities to develop an understanding of how to make a positive impact on the world

Global Symposium

On June 26 - July 1, 2016, The Northwest School held our first Global Symposium of Partner Schools. Fifteen faculty members from four of our partner schools worked with Northwest School faculty to share curriculum ideas, visualize potential collaborative projects, and deepen connections between the schools. Teachers and administrators from Lycée Emmanuel Mounier, Angers, France; Centro Docente María, Seville, Spain; The Affiliated High School of National ChengChi University, Taipei (AHSNCU); and the International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, all participated in seminar sessions, community building exercises, and curriculum workshops.

Over the week-long symposium, participants spent a week workshopping to develop concrete ideas for cross-cultural curriculum to use in the future. They also gave presentations discussing the cultural differences and challenges of teaching global curriculum at their respective schools. Some of the seminar topics included:

  • Promoting Inclusive Education: A European and National Challenge
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Global Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • The Principles of Secularism in French Schools
  • Creative Ideas with the Fixed Curriulum

Upcoming International

  • El Salvador
    March 4-18, 2017
  • France
    March 25 - April 11, 2017
  • Greater China
    March 25 - April 9, 2017

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