Our Core Programs

Human Experience Core Program (HE)

Core Questions and Guided Inquiry Topics

What does it mean to be Human and Alive?
The Human Experience core starts with the fundamental questions about humans and their relationship to themselves, their communities and an Interdependent world. This core program seeks to clarify the most elemental questions young people generate about their surroundings and the world.
Topics Covered: Global Studies (World History, World Literature, Philosophy and Geography); Biology (With Field Science Laboratory); Algebra 1 and Geometry; Spanish, Chinese or Arabic; Academic Writing; Visual Arts; Twenty-First Century Literacy intensive.
Travel: Regional Travel Component

North American Experience Core Program (NAE)

Core Questions and Guided Inquiry Topics

Society ~ Environment ~ Economy
Integrated, multidisciplinary, and single subject blocks will be interwoven for the 2010-2011 NAE Core program. These blocks will meet state, national, and international standards in the following domains: Humanities, Social Sciences, Experimental Sciences, Quantitative Reasoning, Service LearningThe North American Experience Core Program is a year long endeavor that immerses the Global Civ Fellow in place based studies.  Taking a systems thinking approach, NAE provides a framework for the study, action and reflection necessary to ensure an enduring understanding of ones place in North America and the world.Understanding place has become seminal for the 21st century global citizen. NAE engages place based learning in a new and exciting way. Through deep inquiry into a local ecoregion the learner will gain an understanding of the intricate systems of the society, economy and environment there. This new relationship with place leads to an understanding of the broader world systems we are a part of. NAE encompasses the traditional knowledge domains of humanities, social sciences, experimental sciences, and quantitative reasoning. These domains are woven together with socially relevant project based learning to construct an “ecology” of learning that inspires a sustainable narrative for the individual and their life long learning process. Coupled with domain knowledge integration, the NAE program allows for learning through strong and varied partnerships with local specialists, organic farms, organizations, agencies, businesses, and government. These partnerships serve as a foundation for a learners understanding and appropriate participation in regional and global issues.
Topics Covered: North American History and Literature (or Place Based Equivalent) ; Green Chemistry (With Field Science Laboratory); Algebra 2 and Trigonometry; Spanish, Chinese or Arabic; Visual Arts; Academic Writing; Twenty-First Century Literacy.
Travel: Continental Travel Component

Global Studies Core Program (GS)

Core Questions and Guided Inquiry Topics

Society ~ Environment ~ Economy
The Global Studies Core program will focus on our interaction in an Interdependent world. This core program seeks to enable the learning community to understand world culture as members of a Global Civic Culture. Issues in conservation biology, world heritage preservation, cultural relativism, new political systems and sustainability studies are considered.
Topics Covered: Global Studies (Comparative Politics, Comparative Sociology, International Political Economy, Global Literature); Ecology (With Field Science Laboratory); Computer Science, Pre-Calculus, Discrete Mathematics, or choice involving logic and technology; Spanish, Chinese or Arabic; Visual Arts; Academic Writing; Twenty-first Century Skills.
Travel: International Travel Component

Ecoregions Core Program (ECOR)

Core Questions and Guided Inquiry Topics

Individually Planned
The Ecoregions core program is an independent capstone year for Global Civ Fellows.
Topics Covered: Individually Planned.
Travel: Suggested bit up to individualized plan of study.


 


 

Block Portfolio’s

Curriculum and NAE program details have been constructed and are being tested in our pilot project.  Information will be released in 2011.