Center for Global Leadership
Helping students make connections to their role as global citizens is a critical part of AIM’s curriculum from our Lower School Interactive Humanities classes to our Middle and Upper School students exploring numerous service and leadership opportunities. The newly formed Center for Global Leadership at AIM seeks to develop and enhance the current AIM curriculum through integrating global citizenship matrices across all courses which will help teachers and students discuss a wide range of ideas including, social justice, equity, sustainability and more. These and other courses are thoughtfully developing globally based scenarios through discussions, writing and STEAM related projects.
The Center is a resource for professional development and curriculum design. It is a hub for meaningful student travel and cultural learning and it is home to our AIM Global Scholars program. AIM’s Global Scholars are carefully selected and pursue a course of study throughout high school that helps them meet a rigorous standard for global competency. This year, some Global Scholars will take a yearlong course in Dominican culture and travel to the Dominican Republic for a service experience in March. Global Scholars will also be in attendance at the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in San Diego and the Global Summit in Andover, Massachusetts.
Global Leadership Spotlight
The Dominican Republic Service Learning Course is a brand new elective for Upper School students that will culminate in a trip to the Dominican Republic over Spring Break in March. This course, in addition to the yearlong Student Diversity Leadership course, will provide students with new opportunities to experience service within and beyond their own communities.
Last year, students traveled to Costa Rica where they learned about sea turtle conservation and assisted researchers doing important coastal field work. Students returned inspired and empowered to learn more about the environment and the Bri Bri culture they experienced. They explained that this week-long trip should include more service and be changed into a year long course so that they can learn about the culture, language, music, environment and geography of the region before they travel.”
Upper School Teacher and Center for Global Leadership Director Amy Holt Cline explaining how the Dominican Republic Service Learning Course was established.