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Global Studies

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DCPS believes that all students can be global citizens and that all teachers can be global educators. Global education is a perspective and pedagogy available across grades, wards, and content areas. Whether a second grade visual arts classroom, seventh grade World History classroom, or afterschool enrichment program, there are many ways to utilize the rich global resources of our city to ensure that all students across all wards have equitable access to global perspectives and opportunities. The DCPS Global Education team works together with partners, content areas and school leaders to develop aligned, innovative, and exceptional global content for students.

Student Experience

DCPS Global Studies works to prepare students as global citizens who investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas, and take action. Global Studies embeds across content areas, infusing global perspectives and placing a world lens within DCPS classrooms.

Program Highlights

  • International Baccalaureate (IB): DCPS offers 8 IB Programmes for students in grades pre-K-12. DCPS IB students participate in an inquiry-based, globally-focused curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and student-led action with a focus on research and writing. 
  • Global Studies Schools: DCPS believes that global perspectives should be a part of every content area and every grade. In 2016, DCPS opened three new Global Studies school sites to put this belief into practice. Roosevelt Senior High School, MacFarland Middle School and H.D. Cooke work together with local and international partners to offer World Language instruction, a dual language track (Roosevelt and MacFarland only), dedicated global building spaces, coursework and pathways that focus on increasing students’ global competence and understandings. 

Contact Information

Bianca Duphey, Director, Academic Innovations
Kirsten Hagen, Manager, Global Studies
Caroline Faircloth, Specialist, Global Studies