The following case studies are from schools where World Leadership School has been able to work on multiple levels at once: student travel, service learning projects, educator development, and, in many cases, school consulting. As these case studies attest, different global student leadership strategies work for different schools.
The Berkeley Carroll School began partnering with World Leadership School on their Global Education Program in 2009 to develop intentional and sustainable Student Travel Programs. BCS started with two School to School Partnerships in Kenya and Costa Rica. The Student Travel Programs have continued to grow and evolve throughout WLS’ partnership with BCS, and now the upper school has two School to School Partnerships in India and Tanzania and a middle school School to School Partnership in Costa Rica. The program in India runs during the school’s innovative Spring Intensives period, which allows faculty to make clear curricular connections and build skill sets before traveling.
In fall of 2010, BCS began participating in Educator Development with WLS as well, beginning with an after-school In-Service Workshop on global learning strategies for the high school faculty. In that first year, several upper school teachers received direct coaching through the Virtual Teacher Institute, as did one emerging student leader with an interest in former child soldiers. Since the fall of 2011, several teachers in BCS’s elementary and middle school have also participated in the VTI, resulting in exemplary global projects in the arts, sciences, and mathematics. Middle school VTIs have focused predominantly on project-based learning, and the BCS middle school has seen significant growth in teachers’ student-centered approaches.
In the summer of 2015, five teachers from the BCS elementary school traveled to Costa Rica on a WLS Educator Travel Program, which allowed them to develop individual projects and begin to envision a global learning program across the lower school. Those same teachers participated in a “VTI Light” after their travel, to help them turn their ideas into action.
“In our nearly decade-long relationship with the World Leadership School, Berkeley Carroll has developed quality travel programs that have deepened and improved our curriculum. Teachers and students come back from WLS experiences ready to build on what they have learned. Our collaborative relationship with WLS has resulted in us adding courses, engaging in professional development with WLS, and setting new goals for Project Based Learning, led by their trainers. All of these activities have made us a better school and have increased interest in our school.”
— Bob Vitalo, Head of School, Berkeley Carroll School
Appleby College began their Educator Development partnership with WLS with a global education In-Service Workshop and On-Site Coaching in the fall of 2011. Since that first year, Appleby has invited WLS back to campus at least once every school year for continued work with veteran faculty and the onboarding of new faculty. In addition to on-site workshops on global integration and inclusivity and personalized coaching with individual teachers and project teams, Appleby has involved multiple faculty and administrators in the Virtual Teacher Institute each year, so that any faculty wanting more individualized support can find help throughout the school year. WLS has also supported department chairs as they encourage global integrations across their disciplines, and is centrally involved in building the global capacities of new faculty each year through a series of webinars and on-demand VTI support.
Appleby College students participated in a School to School Partnership with WLS in Tanzania in 2013, and AC teachers have participated in WLS Educator Travel Programs in Peru, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Belize, and Cuba. Teachers who participate in Educator Travel Programs receive VTI support after their return, as well as receiving additional in-house training for their leadership on student travel programs. Appleby College has also been a central partner in the TabLab Partnerships, an initiative of the World Leadership Foundation, partnering on collaborative learning experiences with TabLab schools in Costa Rica and Tanzania.
“Appleby College has been enriched through its work with World Leadership School over the past five years. With the goal of globalizing our whole school curricula, we have engaged WLS in a number of capacities. These have included faculty professional development trips to Costa Rica, Peru, Tanzania, and Cuba; whole faculty professional development on globalizing curriculum and examining more student-centered pedagogy; one-to-one coaching for individual teachers; making connections with classrooms at like-minded schools across the globe; and making connections with guest speakers around the world to enhance teacher and student perspectives. We continue to work with World Leadership School to meet our evolving needs to make global education an integral component of all of our students’ experiences.”
— Rob McGuiness, Assistant Head of School, Global Education, Appleby College
Parish Episcopal School began to partner with WLS for Educator Development in the fall of 2014, when their Assistant Head began his first Virtual Teacher Institute experience. As the teacher responsible for introducing 9th graders to Parish’s Academy of Global Studies through his 9th grade Global Studies course, Andrew spent the next two years revising and re-envisioning his course through the lens of student-centered learning, weaving in new opportunities for students to engage with people doing the work they were studying in class, and he will continue the VTI in 2016-17. In 2015-16, an additional VTI with Middle Eastern Teacher Coach Barbara Petzen focused on offering a more nuanced look at Middle Eastern politics and cultures in 9th grade core Social Studies.
ParishAbroad is a global education program that seeks to raise the global competency of Parish students through purposeful and meaningful travel. In the spring of 2015, as part of the ParishAbroad program, students started a School to School Partnership in Chinchoti, India, and in 2016, students started an NGO Partnership in Ollantaytambo, Peru. In 2017, the middle school students will begin a School to School Partnership in San Ignacio, Belize.
“Our partnership with World Leadership School has been invaluable to the growth of ParishAbroad. We are now entering the third year of our partnership and our students have established meaningful relationships with communities in India and Peru, and we will soon be adding a community in Belize to our Global Programming. The expertise that WLS provides spans all aspects needed to provide students and parents with robust global travel opportunities. Program logistics, risk management, marketing, and program curriculum are all areas where they have helped our program grow and evolve. What I appreciate most about working with WLS is their purpose driven ethos and positive energy to truly make a difference. They are a true partner in both purpose and mission.”
— Rick Dunn, Director of Parish Abroad, Parish Episcopal School
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School began its Educator Development partnership with World Leadership School in spring of 2015 with an In-Service Workshop on project-based learning for the Upper School faculty and a group of teachers in the Lower School. Two teacher teams from the Upper and Lower Schools received ongoing Virtual Teacher Institute support that first year, and since then, all Lower and Middle School faculty have participated in additional In-Service Workshops. MVPS is making use of a creative combination of on-site visits for full-faculty workshops and individualized coaching, and the VTI to support new project development and implementation throughout the school year. In 2016-17, VTI candidates include the 3rd grade team and two teacher leaders in the middle school who will be supporting project-based learning in their division. Additionally, MVPS has partnered with WLS for a Risk Management Workshops with Administrators and Trip Leaders. In 2016, MVPS launched its first School to School Partnership Student Travel Program to Costa Rica with WLS as part of its Interim Term. This program allows faculty traveling with students to have hands-on experience connecting the learning inside the schoolhouse to an out of the classroom experience.
“At Mount Vernon Presbyterian School and the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation, we believe deeply in transformational learning and empowering learners to address issues in our community – both locally and globally. In 2015, we began our partnership with World Leadership School, and we are blessed to be in collaboration with WLS. To date, we have engaged with WLS in the areas of Project-Based Learning, risk management and a Collaborative Leadership Program to Costa Rica. Not only does WLS possess strong experience and knowledge about deeper learning and equipping people to be positive change agents, but the people at WLS are simply wonderful individuals and teammates. We are able to do higher-level work and offer more vigorous leadership because of the support and partnership we enjoy from WLS.”
— Bo Adams, Chief Learning and Innovation Officer, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
Holton-Arms School began working with World Leadership School on student travel programs in 2008 with a program to Costa Rica. Holton-Arms continues to work with WLS as they develop new partnership locations for their signature Junior Journey. In addition to Costa Rica, Holton-Arms and WLS have partnered for programs in Rwanda and Peru. Junior Journeys allow 11th grade girls to get off campus and explore issues related to the environment, poverty, women’s equality, universal education and the Sustainable Development Goals. WLS and Holton-Arms also work in collaboration with Landon School to provide a co-ed Student Travel Program to Belize for middle school students. Most recently, WLS and Holton-Arms have partnered for a Global Gathering, an unique conference for teachers and administrators to learn, network, and share approaches to teaching global competencies and connecting classroom to the world.
“Holton-Arms is thrilled to enter into our sixth year of partnership with the World Leadership School. Global Education is an integral part of our mission to cultivate the unique potential of young women through the “education not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit”. As such, our collaboration with WLS, based on mutual respect and a shared philosophy of the importance of global competence, has engendered programs in Costa Rica, Rwanda, and Belize that both enrich and extend student learning beyond the classroom. WLS shares Holton’s vision of education as a means of empowering students to not only make sense of the world’s interconnectedness, but more importantly to take appropriate action for the promotion of sustainability, social justice, equality, and peace. With these values deeply embedded in the WLS curriculum, the entire team at WLS is committed to understanding the mission/philosophy of their partner schools as they strive to realize rich global programs and services unique to each institution’s needs.”
— Melissa Brown, Director of Global Education, Holton-Arms School
St. Mary’s Academy began partnering with World Leadership School on a School to School Partnership program in 2011 with a middle school program to Peru. The program has grown to be a signature seventh and eighth grade experience for students at St. Mary’s Academy. The student experience in Peru inspired a World Issues eighth-grade course that connects the learning outside the classroom with learning inside the classroom, and sparked a robust school-wide emphasis on the expansion of a global perspective. St. Mary’s Academy also partners with WLS annually to collaborate with the Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico. This full class, eighth grade partnership continues to grow and deepen with a strong commitment from faculty at St. Mary’s Academy and Cochiti Elementary School and each visiting the other’s school.
“We as educators have a responsibility to achieve the impossible . . . We have a responsibility to prepare our students to engage the future with informed empathy, a collaborative spirit, and a commitment to justice and respect for the earth and all that it holds. The Cochiti experience took students outside of the building’s walls, provided ample opportunities for critical skills to be developed, and allowed them to walk a little bit in the shoes of the Cochiti. Let’s do more of that.”
— Martha Ashley, MS Principal, St. Mary’s Academy
Town School for Boys started partnering with World Leadership School in 2012 for Educator Development support around global and project-based learning. Since then, WLS has visited campus one to two times per year, to offer In-Service Workshops and On-Site Coaching to individuals and teams focused on a creative combination of global integration and project-based learning. Additionally, World Leadership School provides Virtual Teacher Institute support to all teachers who travel with WLS each summer, a strategy started in the Town/WLS partnership that is now used by several schools. To date, Town School for Boys has sent teachers on Educator Travel Programs in Peru, Costa Rica, and Belize, and teachers follow those experiences with a year of deep VTI support to turn their ideas into projects for their students. Town School for Boys began their first student program to Costa Rica with WLS in spring of 2016, and it was an impactful and successful experience.
“Our partnership with WLS has strengthened the ties of global competency in our curriculum and allowed us to grow towards our global mission statement together.”
— Flora Mugambi-Mutunga, Director of Community Building and Inclusion and Kristen Goggin, Math Teacher, Town School for Boys