The World Course of global studies, introduced in the Early Learning Center and offered in the Lower and Upper Divisions, infuses a series of topics throughout the Avenues curriculum to ensure that every student obtains a global vision. Every student, over the course of his or her time at Avenues, studies demography, environmental sustainability, world geography, economic trade, world religions and more. In the Early Learning Center, Lower Division and middle grades program the World Course is integrated into other parts of the curriculum. In the upper grades program, different World Course electives are offered each semester.
“Offering high-quality global education is an imperative of our time. Students must be deliberately prepared, academically as well as ethically, to seize the opportunities offered by an ever more integrated world. Helping to educate, stimulate and enhance global competency among Avenues graduates is the goal of our work and of the Avenues World Course.”
– Dr. Fernando Reimers
Ford Foundation Professor of International Education, Director of the International Education Policy Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Dr. Fernando M. Reimers and his colleagues helped direct the development of the Avenues World Course curriculum in four comprehensive stages:
The team constructed a detailed profile of a globally competent high school graduate and a series of specific standards and rubrics to guide both instruction and assessment at each individual grade level. This stage included design of course content objectives and how such content would contribute to the successful development of global competency, as well as the resources needed to achieve this goal.
Avenues leadership and faculty worked with Dr. Reimers’s design team as they conducted a formative evaluation of the curriculum and developed specific instructional units and lesson plans.
The team designed a technologically-based learning environment that can support the diffusion of the World Course across all Avenues campuses. The technology proposed includes social networking platforms to allow teachers and students on different campuses to collaborate on research projects and other activities in the World Course curriculum.
The design team, in concert with Avenues faculty, conducted a formative reassessment of the World Course curriculum and course content, as well as developed a system of professional support for faculty specific to the instruction of the World Course.
May 9, 2017 - Avenues 6th graders had the opportunity to hear from a special speaker earlier this year, Tonderai Chikuhwa, father of 6th grader Thandi Chikuhwa. Mr. Chikuhwa’s presentation concluded a unit in which 6th graders read Linda Sue Park’s powerful novel A Long Walk to Water, which tells the story of Salva Dut, one of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan, a refugee who covered much of the African continent on foot in an attempt to escape the violence of his country’s civil war and be reunited with his family. More...
May 4, 2017 - As part of Global Journeys, the Avenues Upper Division music department had the great fortune of making a trip to Botswana over spring break. Ten upper grades musicians and three teachers made the 15-hour flight for a 10-day musical collaboration with the world-class student marimba band of the Maru-a-Pula school in Gabarone, Botswana. More...
May 2, 2017 - A few weeks ago, Projects For All and partner Avenues: The World School presented at the SXSWedu Conference in Austin, Texas. They teamed up to examine ways in which high quality education can be brought to children who have limited or no access to traditional schooling. More...