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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 Education

costa rica boat trip
Ghana students
Eryn Doroshow in Ghana
Students on Costa Rica Service Trip 2017
Students Departing on Senior Seminar Trip
Ancient Arch
CGL squares

Global Leadership Spotlight - Liter of Light



Support the Center for Global Leadership's plans to celebrate the first International Day of Light on Wednesday, May 16 by building solar lights which will be sent to Kenya. Bring along clean cans and plastic bottles to AIM during bASH on Thursday, April 26th and leave them in the collection bins by the front entrance.

International Portal Experience Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer and on NBC10

AIM students across Lower, Middle and Upper School had the opportunity to interact with students and people around the world on April 15 and 16 as AIM hosted an inflatable portal from Shared Studios.

These immersive spaces for groups are connected to a network of diverse locations and communities around the world and AIM students had the opportunity to interact with Syrian refugees in Greece, STEM teachers in Gaza City; students in Lagos, Nigeria and Spanish speakers in Puerto Rico.

During the two-day portal experience students participated in globally-based conversations even enjoying a dance party. The experiences were also captured by local media including a clip on the NBC 10 News on Monday and an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Wednesday.

“Through collaboration within the Philadelphia region, it is our hope to get a Portal at AIM in the future in order to expand the idea of developing global citizenship in real time through authentic projects and discussions," said Amy Holt Cline, director of AIM’s Center for Global Leadership.

Having the Liter of Light team come to AIM Academy and spend the day training students on how to build sustainable, solar powered lights for countries that do not have access to electricity, illustrated that a small simple idea using affordable materials, can positively impact the world on a global scale. The opportunity the Liter of Light team provided summarized everything the Center for Global Leadership hopes to achieve as it continues to develop.

Upper School Teacher and Center for Global Leadership Director Amy Holt Cline describing the visit by Liter of Light.