This free workshop will be a discussion about the emerging Global Scholars Program model and how it can be implemented in Philadelphia area high schools. This workshop will be of special interest to high school language departments and global studies teachers. Act 48 credits are available.
Global Scholars Programs (GSP) are certificate programs for high school students that are designed to encourage proficiency in the study of world cultures and foreign languages. In many cases, a school already offers courses across various departments that include global material and focus. A GSP encourages students and faculty to focus on the global aspects of existing curricula and honors students for their success in committing to and completing global studies. A GSP model is designed to be free or low cost and easily adapted and integrated into existing curricula.
Different educational institutions across the United States are developing Global Scholar Programs based on the same idea, that our youth need to become even more fully and intentionally global in their thinking, preparation, and actions as they move into adulthood. The idea has caught hold here in Pennsylvania where several versions of the initiative are developing now.
The Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, and Global Philadelphia Association, among other institutions will introduce the GSP model, present resources available for schools interested in starting their own GSP, and lead a discussion on how a school might implement such a program. This workshop is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.