Michelle Harth will design and teach the global studies curriculum in Italy based on research done by the Global Studies Foundation.
The Global Studies Foundation
(GSF) is an educational nonprofit promoting international awareness and engagement in the United States -- particularly in K-12 schools and in colleges and universities -- through research, outreach programs, and grants. Since its founding in 2005, GSF has actively sought to define global literacies and competencies, effectively worked with a wide range of institutions (including independent schools, public schools, charter schools, liberal arts colleges, and research universities), and annually awarded Global Studies Grants to students, faculty, and institutions.
Led by Dr. Chris Harth
, the organization has sponsored and conducted workshops at numerous national conferences (including the National Association of Independent Schools, National Council for the Social Studies, National Council for Geographic Education, National Science Teachers Association, National Association of Episcopal Schools, Elementary School Heads Association, and International Studies Association), and even more at the state and regional levels. Most recently, Dr. Harth and GSF have put forward the new notion of adaptive education for “glocal” citizenship, which involves preparing students to thrive in multiple contexts and to contribute to multiple nested communities -- local, state, national, and global.
Initially published in Independent School
by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), this “glocal” approach has been endorsed by NAIS and identified in their most recent Trendbook as one of the defining features of “Schools of the Future.” While many of these “glocal” ideas already are being put into practice at schools across the country and around the world, the opportunity for GSF to work with SYA on its new World Citizen Initiative and help develop a “glocal” curriculum for its summer program in Italy is an exciting step for both organizations, with potentially far-reaching implications for how we can best prepare students, teachers, and schools for their futures. For more information about GSF, please explore GSF’s website
or contact Dr. Harth