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A District Approach - Seattle

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A District Approach - Seattle

  1. 1. International Education Carla Santorno Chief Academic Officer Seattle Public Schools Putting the World into World-Class Education , Asia Society, July 10-12, 2008
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Vision and Mission of International Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Academic Excellence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>- Global Perspective </li></ul><ul><li>- World Languages </li></ul><ul><li>Fostering Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Expansion Plan </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background <ul><li>Superintendent John Stanford – visionary for International Ed. </li></ul><ul><li>Visited international, immersion, and bilingual schools </li></ul><ul><li>Reviewed data and research </li></ul><ul><li>Surveyed parents and the business community </li></ul><ul><li>Communicated the components of International Education </li></ul><ul><li>John Stanford International School – opened in the fall of 2000 </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Vision and Mission Vision To create a culturally diverse community of lifelong learners who demonstrate advanced skills in communication, international language, and technology; and whose performance exemplifies superior academic standards. Mission   To educate and prepare all students to achieve today and tomorrow in a global community and economy.
  5. 5. Purpose and Intended Outcomes <ul><li>Purpose – To close the student achievement gap. </li></ul><ul><li>Research indicates that students who learn a world language perform better in all academic areas of the curriculum on standardized tests compared to monolingual students. </li></ul><ul><li>Intended Outcomes – To improve academic excellence, increase proficiency in world languages, have a global perspective and be culturally competent global citizens . </li></ul>
  6. 6. Cultural Competency International Business
  7. 7. Academic Excellence Academic Excellence Reading Writing Communication Math Social Studies Science Technology Arts International Business Physical Education Global Health Extended Day Activities
  8. 8. Global Perspective <ul><li>Global Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Culture & World Areas </li></ul><ul><li>Global Connections </li></ul>Program People Global Perspective
  9. 9. World Languages <ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Connections </li></ul><ul><li>Comparisons </li></ul><ul><li>Communities </li></ul>World Languages Program Standards for World Language Learning
  10. 10. Languages – Spanish, Japanese, English, Mandarin Writing – Non-Fiction (Modes of Writing), GLAD Strategies, Writing in the target language. Reading – Literature around the world; Reading in the target language. Math – District Math Curriculum, Math in the target language . Social Studies – K-5 World Curriculum, 8 th Grade International Research Project, World Economics, Model United Nations. Science – District Science Kits with International perspective, Biodiesel Fuel Lab Series, focus on problem solving, higher level thinking, and innovation. Achieving a Global Perspective Through Academics
  11. 11. <ul><li>Art – International Artists in Residence, District Art Curriculum, International performance arts </li></ul><ul><li>PE/Health – International Games, Global Health issues </li></ul><ul><li>Music – International Music, International Choir </li></ul><ul><li>Technology – Video Conferencing, iEARN, Bridges to Understanding, State of the Art Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Social Skills Curriculum – Second Step K-2, Steps to Respect/Anti-Bullying Curriculum 3-5 and 6-8, so students are socially prepared and culturally sensitive </li></ul><ul><li>International Business – Internships locally and abroad, business language </li></ul>Achieving a Global Perspective Through Academics
  12. 12. Program Success <ul><li>Over 200+ students on the John Stanford International School waitlist and continues to have one of the longest waitlists </li></ul><ul><li>National recognitions – Goldman Sachs (2003), Intel Scholastic (2005), Time Magazine (2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder demand – parents and the business community to create more international schools throughout the district. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Fostering a Global Perspective through Partnerships with the Community <ul><li>Business Community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Languages needed now: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spanish, Japanese, and Mandarin </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Proficiency in second language </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Math, Science, Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Experience – Computer/IT, Teamwork, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership, Adaptability, Innovation, Creativity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cross-cultural Communication Skills, Cultural Cues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge of Geography and World Cultures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Essential Skills – Character, Integrity, Work Ethic </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Fostering a Global Perspective through Partnerships with the Community <ul><li>School Connections </li></ul><ul><li>Future International Educational Opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional Elementary, Middle and High schools in other parts of Seattle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partner with the University of Washington, Seattle University and other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>local universities and colleges </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Expansion Scope
  16. 16. International School Global Citizen Culturally aware students prepared to communicate and achieve.