At EAB, we're always looking to the future and aiming to best prepare our students to step forward confidently into the world. Our mission is clear in its intent for each member of our community to be a learnerinspiring learners, and as we think about the ever-changing world around us, it's more critical than ever that we educate a new generation of global citizens. But this last phrase is one that gave us pause, because while at EAB we agree that global citizenship is crucial to our school community, we weren't certain we had a shared understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.
So we entered into a process of gathering opinions from students, teachers, and administrators to help us discover what it means to be a global citizen--and then how we can ensure that we find ways to help all our students to bring EAB's version of global citizenship to life. To gain a better understanding of the wonderfully diverse thoughts from EAB students about global citizenship, feel free to check out this video montage.
At the end of our idea gathering, brainstorming, discussing, and writing EAB is excited to unveil its new definition of global citizenship:
A global citizen at The American School of Brasilia engages inquisitively and compassionately with our local and global communities, treats all of humanity with dignity, and collaborates with others to make our planet more peaceful, sustainable, and equitable.
We're not only excited about our definition and what it represents, but even more excited about moving forward as a community to make sure we're all living this definition as we take intentional steps toward making our world a better place.
The American School of Brasilia is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community which embraces differences with compassion, respect and acceptance. Diversity should be considered in its broadest definition to include race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, religion, political persuasion, physical, cognitive, or social ability, as well as other forms of identity. In recognition of its fundamentally international and Brazilian character, EAB will seek to attract an ever greater diversity of students, faculty, and administration. EAB recognizes that our community is particularly strengthened by including students with diverse backgrounds, interests, strengths and abilities and will always strive to meet the unique needs of all its students.
When implementing a developmentally appropriate, standards-based PK-12 curriculum, we acknowledge our collective understanding of the following principles (click here to view the posters):
Learning is a lifelong personalized endeavor.
EAB students are encouraged to be learners for life. Learning how to learn is a fundamental part of our PK-12 curriculum. Learning occurs both inside and outside of the classroom.
Learners learn best with voice and choice.
Wherever possible, EAB students are included in decisions about what, why, and how they learn. Teachers encourage students to make their own choices, within the requirements of the curriculum.
Learning is an active process.
EAB students are taught to be active participants in their own learning. They understand the purpose of all learning experiences and see the connections to their own lives.
Learning occurs best in a safe, mutually respectful environment.
Together EAB teachers and students create classroom cultures that are socially and emotionally safe and respectful.
Learners require feedback for growth.
EAB students know that learning is about growth, and they expect to receive feedback from teachers, their peers, and themselves, about how they can continuously improve.
Learning inspires passionate engagement.
Wherever possible, EAB students are provided with opportunities to become passionate about what they have learned and to share this passion with others.
Learning is a reflective practice.
Being a reflective learner who engages in metacognitive thinking processes is fundamental to EAB's learning programs.
Learning from failure requires a growth mindset.
EAB students are aware that failing forward is a positive step to becoming a lifelong learner.
Appropriate challenge engages & motivates learners.
EAB students are encouraged to engage in learning experiences that are at their own personalized level, both challenging and supportive.