On Thursday, October 13th, the Global Education Committee met to continue its work of furthering global education. First, the 17 member committee focused on finalizing the overall goals for global education at Windward, drawing on examples from other schools and the findings from educational research. These goals included necessary 21st century skills, such as the ability to communicate effectively, technology, adaptability, leadership, problem-solving, and initiative. Broader habits of mind and cultural competencies also have a place in Windward's Global Education program. The committee agreed that to be effective global citizens, students need to understand the complexity of global issues, and appreciate and respect cultural and regional differences.
The meeting ended after an enthusiastic discussion about what makes a course of study truly 'global.' With representatives from every department on campus, the committee sought ways to identify the components of a global course - whether those components be grounded in global content/topics, or incorporate 21st century skills.
An interesting article from last week's The New Yorker on the benefits of coaching from Dr. Atul Gawande. The article argues that "no matter how well trained people are, few can sustain their best performance on their own. That’s where coaching comes in." See what Dr. Gawande has to say about coaches, teachers, and all sorts of professions here.