If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of elementary education in Kentucky isn’t “global competency,” you may not be alone.
But this just means that you haven’t heard of one of Boone County Schools’ most interesting and innovative initiatives.
The district, which serves 23,000 students across urban, suburban and rural environments, believes that preparing students for the 21st century means helping them develop cultural awareness and global competency. To do this, they are focusing on providing all of their elementary–and most of their middle–school students with a chance to learn a second language.
What’s more, they’re doing it with a supplementary online language learning tool in a way that is improving the district’s community engagement–all without breaking the budget.
To learn more, Tom sat down with Jim Detwiler, the district’s Assistant Superintendent, who explained how they designed their program, their graduate profile priorities and exactly why global competency is such a priority for this diverse region of Kentucky.
For more, see:
- Shifting Paradigms to Respond to the Demands of a Global World
- Designing Student Projects for Global Readiness
- Taking Global Education Beyond the Classroom
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