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What is a Circle?

A Circle is a working group that meets virtually every month to discuss a key area of innovation and growth in global education. Each Circle defines the problem, explores solutions, and delivers a product for the annual meeting of Global Circles.

The next annual meeting of Global Circles is slated for Thursday, February 28th, 2013, at the National Association for Independent Schools Conference in Philadelphia. At this conference, the following four working groups will be launched:

Program Data and Evaluation

This group will explore what works, and what does not, for schools seeking to become global. In particular, this group will examine outcomes and impact of various forms of global programs, including exchanges, study abroad and global service learning programs, professional development and curriculum initiatives. Chair: Matt Nink, Global Youth Leadership Institute

Student Assessment Tools

As more and more schools seek to foster critical global skills among their graduates, new assessment tools are needed to measure global competencies and aptitudes such as inter-cultural communication, grit/resiliency, problem solving, character/empathy, creativity and other areas. This working group will explore different assessment tools, and make specific recommendations. Chair: Ross Wehner, World Leadership School

Best practices for Global Programs 

The Best Practices for global program development workgroup will focus on establishing national standards. With the increasing importance of risk management, student safety, and global curriculum development, the establishment of a roadmap to global program development is a critical step in making a more globally competent student. Schools hoping to develop a global program must start with the standard question of 'why' and 'what' do we hope to accomplish. After the goal has been established, with a backwards design approach, the school can create a global program that is unique to their mission and culture. The remaining question, of 'how' is one that this workgroup will be able to provide specific recommendations. Chair: Willy Fluharty, Cape Henry Collegiate

Online Global Learning and Classroom Collaboration 

The Online Global Learning and Collaboration working group will work towards developing a set of best practices in facilitating online learning and collaborations for global education. Questions to be explored include: How does online learning and collaboration support active student engagement? In what ways does online global education help students develop competencies in global citizenship, environmental stewardship and student voice? In addition, this group will look at models of professional development for educators on the use of online educational technologies for global education. Group members will have specific assignments to explore current research and develop best practices.  Chair: Sara Hassan, TakingITGlobal

Current Trends In Global Independent School Partnerships 

In the last decade, there has been an explosion in the number of Western independent schools partnering with schools in Asia. These partnerships take many forms, from collaboration between communities to the creation of sister schools and a “one school, two campuses” approach. More than ever, there needs to be a means for sharing theopportunities and challenges that schools may encounter as they consider entering this new frontier. This workgroup will focus on gathering and consolidating information on the types of collaborations and partnerships now taking place, as well as defining some of the best practices for institutions involved. Schools hoping to develop a truly global partnership would benefit form an understanding beforehand of the benefits and challenges that others have encountered, and this workgroup will seek to provide specific information and examples of what types of relationships might be the most mission appropriate and successful. Chair: David Maher, Upper School Head, Chadwick International School