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Global Education

Discovering a World of Learning

Middle School Flags
 

The flags of nearly 80 different countries are displayed throughout the King School campus. These flags represent our community’s many nationalities and underline our commitment to global education. 

At King, we prepare students to become responsible global citizens. Our Global Education program provides them with the mindset, skills, and resources they need to engage actively and positively in the global community. Through an expansive and interdisciplinary PreK-12 curriculum, we strive to develop students' understanding of the world and their role in addressing ethical, cultural, socio-economic, political, scientific, ethnic, religious, and environmental issues.

Nurturing Global Competencies

Global Education programming is integrated into our school’s identity and equips our learners with the global competencies they will need to thrive in a rapidly changing world. 

In addition to developing essential hard skills like research, public speaking, media literacy, language proficiency, writing, and digital technology, students acquire valuable soft skills such as listening, flexibility, curiosity, collaboration, critical thinking, and leadership.

Meaningful Connections Through Inquiry and Exploration

Our Global Education learning is rooted in inquiry and exploration. In the Lower School, students engage in culturally responsive teaching and project-based learning. For example, our Grade 2 students explore geometry through a global lens by studying how shapes found in art and architecture around the world convey meaning and reinforce cultural identity. Inspired by their research, students shared their own stories as they created models of homes, paper weaving, or mosaics.

In the Middle School, guiding questions about identity and perspectives prompt students to examine their place in the world. For example, in Grade 8 history courses, students represent countries from around the world in a Model United Nations simulation, together seeking solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems. They also partner with the Greenwich Japanese School to build community and celebrate cultural traditions. 

In the Upper School, our Global Studies distinction scholars embark on an intensive interdisciplinary course of study, culminating in a multimedia portfolio project that showcases their understanding. For example, some Grades 11 and 12 students conduct feasibility studies on sustainable practices at King or build up exchange programs with partner schools. Global distinction scholars may share their research with peers at an assembly or work cross-divisionally to bring their capstone work to younger learners. 

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Global Education Beyond the Classroom

King students have numerous opportunities for global engagement empowering them to make choices, direct the course of their engagement, and pursue their interests. Our strong partnerships with local, national, and international organizations foster deep connections for a meaningful student experience. 

Our middle and upper school global travel programs are rooted in our curriculum and enable students to connect their lives to the world around them. Students become international performing artists at the Fringe Festival in Scotland, engage with scientists at the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland, experience classes and school life in Japan through an exchange with our partner school, or connect with culture and the environment as they also work with Orphaned Starfish Foundation in Costa Rica.

Shaping the Future Through Global Education

With more than 10 partner schools/organizations, ongoing professional development, and our involvement in global networks such as the Global Educator Benchmark Group, Global Citizens Initiative, and Independent Schools Experiential Education Network, we are actively shaping the future of global education.

At King School, we are committed to fostering a global mindset and preparing our students to make a positive impact on the world. We continue to create unparalleled opportunities for exchange and community engagement. We believe that together, we can empower the next generation of global leaders.

King Journeys

We invite you to explore the elements of a King School Global Education below:

Global Education in Action

King School Recognized as Global Citizens Initiative Partner School

Members of the King School community and the Global Citizens Initiative (GCI) celebrated the organizations' long-standing partnership, during a special event on Wednesday, November 8. King was formally recognized as one of GCI's select partner schools during the celebration where faculty, students, and alumni spoke of the program's impact on fostering deep connections and a sense of global citizenship. The partnership reflects both organizations' commitment to developing global leaders and creating a meaningful global education experience.

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Students Share Memories of Japan

Thank you to King upper school students Spencer Neckritz ’24, Grant Dietz ’24, Chase Phillips ’24, Rafe Reinstein ’24, Varun Bennabattula '26, AJ Mahadeva ’26, Kyle Kipnes ’24, and Nathan Trepanier ’24 for their insightful King Talk on Wednesday, October 4. The students spoke about their experience abroad this summer during the Global Education program’s Sustainability in Japan trip.

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Crêpes, Cathedrals, Chocolate, and Colliders - King Students Experience History and Science Abroad in Switzerland and France

Students and chaperones Tom Castonguay, Karen Raidt, and Dr. Peter Yu are enjoying medieval villages, picturesque landscapes, and awe-inspiring scientific wonders in Switzerland and France during one of this year's study abroad opportunities.

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Grade 8 Debates Issues in Model U.N. Simulation

King School’s Grade 8 played the role of delegates facing a United Nations Committee in an activity that marked the end of a yearlong study of American foreign policy and the United States’ role in the world today. Under the guidance of history teacher Kenneth Lewis, students debated global issues with one another as part of a Model U.N. simulation in their history class in mid-May. 

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Celebrating Community at HoliFest 2023

King School hosted a tent at the India Cultural Center's (ICC) HoliFest 2023. More than ten King families attended Holi, a Hindu festival welcoming spring and celebrating the triumph of good over evil. Gorgeous pastels saturated Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich on Saturday, May 6, as crowds turned out to commemorate the Hindu festival by throwing colored powders into the air.

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Prestigious Global Recognition for Global Ed Curriculum

Three King School teachers have earned prestigious Global Expression and Thought (GET) prizes from a leading organization for best practices in global education for K-12 schools.

Teachers Aman Samra and Emily Decker collaborated on the vision and content for their Grade 2 Geometry unit. Ran LaPolla collaborated with alum Mimi White ’20 for the Upper School Themes in Global Art lesson. Both submissions were rooted in authentic experiences, meaningfully connecting the students' lives to the world around them.

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