nAVIGATING UNPRECEDENTED TIMES
A RENEWED COMMITMENT
The 2020-21 school year promises to be unlike any before it. The tools and pedagogies of the past will be strained as the global pandemic continues to impact nearly every corner of the world. As a school, we are embracing this moment as an opportunity to reflect, plan, and invest in new resources. We have long believed that the education of yesterday does not work in the world of today. We are doubling down on our vision for the future of learning and teaching. 2020-21, our centennial year, is going to be a step forward, even if it comes with some disruptions.
Due to the uncertainties of COVID-19, we do not know when we will be able to travel internationally again. The support for and energy surrounding our global expeditions is greater than ever, but safety will always be our bottom line. Like everyone else, we are hoping for a quick return to normal. Once we can, we will travel far and wide again!
In the meantime, the 2020-21 school year will be an active one for Global Education. Our relationships with the world remain the cornerstone of our program. We have invested considerably in these invaluable connections and, it turns out, a global pandemic is indeed an incredible time to know and work with people living in various corners of the world. Through our friendships with people and our understanding of places, we are able to experience the world even when we can’t physically leave our proverbial white fences.
OUR PLANS FOR STAYING GLOBAL
For the coming school year, our students will experience Global Education in their classrooms, through activities we run on campus, and as part of our diverse global residential community. Students will do research and complete independent projects in partnership with people living in India, Senegal, and Guatemala. Teachers will incorporate first-hand experiences in the countries we visit in their classes. People like Suman and Kekouta will help us remember that what is happening around us locally is also happening to people living in very different circumstances. Our awareness of the international community and our connections with it will remain as active as ever.
Because we know that relationships are essential tools for everything we do in the Global Education space, we will nurture and maintain those relationships through these unsettling times. Already this summer, faculty members have helped Kekouta fundraise for food safety measures in Niognani, his village, students have worked with Suman to think about how to protect Agora, his community, from the spread of COVID, and projects have begun to deepen our connections with Guatemala, India, and Senegal. The safety and value of the trips we will run again in the future rely on our relationships and on maintaining an active understanding of what is going on across the world. We will not forget it!
Here’s hoping that 2020-21 will turn out to be more normal than we expect. But even if the situation in the world remains turbulent, the “normal” for Global Education is not going to change. It will remain central to who we are as a school and we will continue to advance the program in the ways we always have.