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Wednesday, July 25 • 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Blake-Davis - A Triad Partnership: Providing Expanded Opportunities for Global Citizenship

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This session is designed to present the rationale and major components of our global citizenship program. Below is a description of the program encompassing the essential elements. We are particularly proud of the partnership that we have developed between Central Berkshire Regional School District, the Berkshire Outdoor Center-Becket Chimney Corners YMCA, and Berkshire Adventures to create a cultural immersion program with young students from China.

The primary purpose of our global citizen partnership program is to develop students’ sense of global identity by increasing their cross cultural awareness. Each of the organizations in our triad partnership assumes a vital role in creating a well-rounded experience that is designed to increase students’ global identity. Visiting students from China, aged 9-13 years, are paired with American students in Central Berkshire Schools and experience both a school and a traditional camp-based setting. Central Berkshire ensures that Chinese students have ample time to experience typical days at school while at the same time building friendships with American students. Time spent at school focuses on American academic schooling. Students participate in all subjects including math, English, social studies, and science. Programming also includes physical education, 21st century skills, music, and art. The Berkshire Outdoor Center arranges students’ living quarters for both Chinese and American students so space and time is created during weekend and evening hours for students to continue to build relationships and learn about Chinese and American cultures- with guidance from experienced camp counselors. Both settings emphasize skills that foster curiosity, compassion, collaboration, courage and a commitment to learning about language, traditions, school, neighborhood and family. As a result of this collaboration, students develop deeper understandings about the concepts of expanding citizenship as members of a natural environment and school community. Lastly, our third partner, Berkshire Adventures serves as a liaison with China to assist us in recruiting students and communicating with schools and families from China to ensure a safe and rewarding experience.
Our program prioritizes skills that lead to global leadership. These competencies will be outlined in our presentation and described in greater detail. They are designed to foster students’ proficiency for participating in and contributing to a globalized society and include: thinking globally, communicating effectively, and contributing responsibly.
Thinking Globally
• Studying issues from a global perspective
• Gaining an appreciation for other world cultures
• Understanding world viewpoints
Communicating Effectively
• Developing foreign language skills
• Collaborating effectively with students from other cultures through communication
Contributing Responsibly
• Interacting and building relationships with students from other cultures
• Striving to become more knowledgeable about other cultures to develop values
• Showing respect and open mindedness in behavior and thinking

Speakers
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Laurie Casna

Assistant Superintedent, CBRSD


Wednesday July 25, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
St. James Boston Park Plaza

Attendees (13)