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.
April 19, 2017 - Over spring break, 18 middle grades students and four Avenues teachers hopped on a plane to China to live with homestay families in Guilin. The homestay experience encouraged true cross-cultural exchanges in which our students shared stories about their lives in the big American city of New York and their homestay families shared their experiences living in a small Chinese city. More...
March 23, 2017 - The 5th grade Palms class embraced the idea of interconnectedness when they put their anecdotal writing unit into action. Students weaved their best anecdotal pieces into pen pal letters that were sent around the world. More...
March 1, 2017 - The Avenues middle grades Model UN delegation recently attended their first Model UN conference of the year at the High School for Business Technology and Enterprise in Brooklyn. More...