Global Education at HIES
The mission of the Global Scholar-in-Residence (GSR) is to create opportunities to develop a global mindset among HIES students and faculty. Through classroom study, field trips, hands-on activities, and other unique learning experiences, students learn about important global issues brought to light by a noted artist, scientist, academic, activist or other practitioner. Learn more about this year's Global Scholar-in-Residence
Global competence is multifaceted and includes cognitive, socio-emotional and behavioral domains. Globally competent students understand that the world is a system in which their actions have consequences. They perceive the interconnectedness of humans with the natural environment, understand history as an ongoing story with many threads, appreciate the value and challenges of policy-making to solve big, complex problems and are attuned to the differences and similarities of cultures. This requires curriculum planning that focuses on “lifeworthy” and “lifeready” learning with topics, themes and questions that are generative and rich in action, insight, ethics and opportunities for our students to apply new learning in new contexts.
At HIES, our students should bring their heads, hearts and hands to learning in the spirit of discovery. As such, we believe global competent youth should learn to:
Investigate the world beyond their immediate environment by examining issues of local, global and cultural significance
Recognize, understand and appreciate the perspectives and worldviews of others
Communicate ideas effectively across diverse audiences
Take effective action for collective well-being and sustainable development, both locally and globally
To develop these competencies, the Global Studies Department works closely with the Office of Professional Learning to coordinate training in the use of Project Zero-inspired visible thinking and teaching for understanding techniques, shared inquiry methods and project-based approaches to learning. Our PBL work in particular focuses on the S.A.G.E. framework, emphasizing Student voice and choice, Authentic work, issues of Global significance, and Exhibition to a real-world audience. Professional development monies can be used toward coursework or conference participation in these areas, such as those offered through our membership in the Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) and the Independent Schools Experiential Education Network (ISEEN) or for professional learning visits to GEBG, ISEEN and Round Square schools. Additionally, once every three years, HIES faculty at can enroll in our spring Smoky Mountain Seminar, a 2.5-day training in cross-cultural and international experiential education facilitated in partnership with Where There Be Dragons and hosted at Elohee Retreat Center in Sautee, GA.