GIP Mission, Philosophy, and Vision
Global Initiatives Program Mission StatementConnecting K-12 students and educators from around the world
The Mission of the Global Initiatives Program is to prepare our students to become globally-connected, conscientious citizens and leaders through virtual and in-person exchanges. By celebrating our diversity, hosting international guests in our homes and on our campus, joining Trojans Abroad Programs, and exchanging knowledge and understanding with people around the world through live and recorded videos and blogs, we are preparing our students to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. Our K-12 programs foster the global competencies of self-awareness, empathy, cross-cultural communication, and cross-cultural understanding.
These exchanges align with Trinity Valley School’s Mission by promoting scholarship on topics and peoples across the globe, broadening students’ interests to include cross-cultural experiences, fostering informed global citizenship, and enhancing spiritual and moral development through exposure to an array of worldviews.
Global Initiatives Program Philosophy
There are countless ways to improve student learning. TVS is making a commitment to an international education as part of our curriculum to give students multiple opportunities to interact and collaborate with people from around the world. Students will have opportunities to think critically about world events and to discuss these reflections and experiences with each other and with people abroad. We believe that these cross-cultural contacts will help our students become better problem-solvers and communicators, and they will understand why it is essential to treat all humans with dignity.
Engaged learners need to enjoy what they’re studying. The Global Initiatives Program takes advantage of this generation’s penchant for connectivity and technology to promote multi-cultural interactions. Innovative learning strategies such as video-conferencing and blogging excite our students about the future and show them how they can be respectful, open-minded leaders online and in their communities. This Program is part of the overall TVS Mission to offer cognitive and experiential learning experiences that will prepare our students for college, the work force, and daily life in an ever-changing, tightly connected world.
Global Initiatives Program Vision
We want every TVS student to have multiple, on-going contacts with people from around the world to exchange experiences and ideas concerning daily life, current events, and international solutions.
Our vision is for all our students to…
- build long-lasting international relationships;
- develop cross-cultural leadership and professional skills by collaborating with students from various cultures;
- value diversity and dignity in others and seek commonalities that tie people together;
- make tangible, effective differences through direct intercultural and interpersonal connections and experiences; and
- graduate with the global competencies of self-awareness, empathy, cross-cultural communication skills, and cross-cultural understanding to prepare them to become conscientious citizens and leaders.
It is the Vision of the Global Initiatives Program at Trinity Valley School that the entire community will work together to achieve our Mission objectives through cooperative and student-centered learning experiences. It is our aim that every TVS student will have multiple, on-going contacts with people from around the world and will exchange experiences and ideas concerning daily life, current events, and international solutions. All TVS students will connect with people from throughout the world via technologies such as video-conferencing, blogs, social media, and instant, photo, and video messaging and through postal mail, classroom assignments and projects, home-hosting, and field and service trips abroad. We offer curricular and extra-curricular activities for all grade levels that instill in our students genuine feelings of respect and empathy for people around the world, and we hope to provide them with a sense of responsibility and eagerness to become conscientious citizens and leaders.
Dr. Michael Roemer
Director of Global Initiatives
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