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Global Studies Schools

Child in front of a bulletin boardOverview

Together with Harvard University’s Project Zero, DCPS has invested in three new Global Studies Schools. Teacher Fellows at all schools connect their content and teaching to global issues through monthly seminars with leading global education experts, and in bi-weekly professional learning communities at their school site. The project takes the local cultural capital of our city–DC’s diversity, cultural life, neighborhood identities, cultural institutions, NGOs and international presence–cultivate students’ global competence, opening their minds and engagement with the world while also deepening their sense of belonging to the nation’s capital.

Child in front of a world mapStudent Experience

  • Elementary school: PK through fifth grade students at H.D. Cooke Elementary School are engaging in daily global thinking routines, weekly World Language instruction, and exciting partnerships like Embassy Adoption Program.
  • Middle school: Middle schools students at MacFarland Middle School have access not only to a dual language content experience starting in 6th grade, but teachers who are engaged in the globalized curriculum.
  • High school: Roosevelt High School students have access to increased global electives, multiple World Languages, unique global partners and visitors, and global content across subject areas.

Thank you notes from childrenProgram Goals

  • Goal 1: To develop capacity to teach for global competence with quality among interested DCPS educators in three schools.
  • Goal 2: To prototype, test, document, revise and disseminate practical tools and guides to support quality global competence teaching among and beyond participating teachers.
  • Goal 3: To establish a robust network of teachers across the participating schools and, when appropriate, with DC cultural and higher education institutions.

Contact Information

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