Just who is a global citizen? According to the Global Citizenship Alliance, a nonprofit organization and SIGA partner based in Austria, global citizens are “consciously prepared to live and work in the complex interdependent society of the 21st century and contribute to improving the common global welfare of our planet and its inhabitants.”
SIGA students graduate as global citizens. How do we do it? Here are three ways:
1. Global Citizenship facets are incorporated into all subject areas of our curriculum and serve as lenses through which students and teachers investigate, interpret and interface with their world. These facets of Global Citizenship are: Interdependence, Human Rights, Social Justice, Diversity, Conflict Resolution, Environmental Stewardship, Sustainable Development, and Digital Citizenship.
2. Each year, Global Citizenship study culminates in a cultural immersion experience in the U.S. and abroad during the last 4-8 weeks of the school year. Students and staff collaborate and communicate with host sites to build understanding, relationships and community with their hosts before arrival.
3. Throughout these Immersive Experiences, students engage in cultural immersion, language study, local arts and music, Global Citizenship facet certification, service learning, and individualized investigation culminating in portfolio projects, and earn academic credits in World Languages, Arts, and Cultural Anthropology.
As global citizens, SIGA graduates exemplify preparedness for life in the age of complexity. They have the knowledge and skills to:
SIGA students know that "success" is not about how much money you make but rather the difference that you make in your own world and in the worlds of those around you. SIGA students graduate as citizens of the world.
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