Thanks to the school’s membership in the Round Square (RS) network, two Upper School (US) juniors will attend a research workshop at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (GSE) this June, representing the school as one of only a dozen worldwide selected for the project.
An international education network the school joined last year, RS is a 50-country, six-continent network of innovative schools that focuses on international understanding, democracy, environmental stewardship, adventure, leadership, and service, according to its website.
GSE Adjunct Lecturer Christina Hinton and her team will host the workshop as part of a larger, year-long research project from December 2017 to December 2018. The team will address the following questions: Which global competencies do students at RS schools demonstrate? What are RS schools doing to support students’ international understanding? Which activities and approaches do teachers and students believe are most effective in supporting international understanding?
During the workshop, the two US students and Director of Global Education Dr. Karina Baum will learn about and discuss education research and data analysis by collaborating with the five Research Fellow schools chosen out of the 12 international schools involved in the research project. The other seven schools not participating in the workshop are the Research Ambassador schools.
Before and after the workshop, the US students will collect information from BB&N on useful tactics in developing global competency and international understanding by conducting several student and faculty interviews and by sending out a schoolwide survey of community members’ global proficiencies. All 12 schools will learn about interviewing techniques and data analysis over two conference calls, one in February and one in April, before meeting at the GSE. At the end of the year-long project, each student team will write a paper on one of the 12 RS discoveries in the context of international understanding and global competency, which will be published as part of the final research report.
Dr. Baum said she believed the school was chosen for its deep commitment to developing global citizenship.
“Last year, we inaugurated our global education program, making its implementation a top all-school priority,” she said. “With socio-political, economic, and environmental processes increasingly worldwide in scope, we recognize that global competency and international understanding are an urgent needs.”
Last month 12 juniors from the school who wanted to participate submitted an application stating why they hoped to join the workshop. Earlier this month, a faculty committee selected and announce the two students for the position. Their names had not yet been published at the time this newspaper went to press.
Chief Executive Officer of Round Square Rachel Westgarth said she had high hopes for the project.
“We are excited to be working with Dr. Christina Hinton and her team, our 12 schools, and the wider Round Square community on this important research initiative,” Ms. Westgarth said. “We hope that its scope and scale will develop robust evidence and insights to support the development of international understanding in all cultures and contexts.”
Dr. Baum added that she hopes the students enjoy the research.
“It will be an incredible opportunity to learn about other cultures and education systems, as well as a great way to make new connections and friends,” she said. “Global competency is rooted in the understanding of different perspectives. It does not get much better than having students and faculty from six different continents and very diverse school systems working together.”