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Beliefs

Vision

The vision of ASGL is to prepare students to become college and career ready and globally competent.

 

Mission

ASGL strives to foster, in every student, an awareness of how the world works through extensive exposure and participation in international discourse.

 

Guiding Principles

  • Listen from the heart.
  • Global citizens consider and respect different perspectives.
  • Be honest with yourself and others.
  • Seek positive solutions and take action.
 

Global Performance Outcomes

Investigate the World

Global competence starts by being aware, curious, and interested in learning about the world and how it works.  Globally competent students ask and explore critical questions and "researchable" problems - problems for which there may not be one right answer, but can be systematically engaged intellectually and emotionally.  Their questions are globally significant, questions that address important phenomena and events that are relevant world wide - in their own community and in communities across the globe.

Globally competent students can articulate the significance of their questions and know how to respond to these questions by identifying, collecting, and analyzing credible information from a variety of local, national and international sources, including those in multiple languages. They can connect the local to the global, for example, by explaining how a local issue like their school recycling program exemplifies a global process far beyond their backyards.  

From analysis to synthesis to evaluation, they can weigh and integrate evidence to create a coherent response that considers multiple perspectives and draws defensible conclusions --be it an essay, a problem or design solution, a scientific explanation or a work of art.

 

Weigh Perspectives

Globally competent students recognize that they have a particular perspective, and that others may or may not share it.  They are able to articulate and explain the perspectives of other people, groups, or schools of thought and identify influences on these perspectives, including how differential access to knowledge, technology, and resources can affect people's views.  Their understanding of others' perspectives is deeply informed by historical knowledge about other cultures as well as contemporary events.  They can compare and contrast their perspective with others, and integrate their own and others' viewpoints to construct a new one, when needed.

 

Communicate Ideas

Globally competent students understand that audiences differ on the basis of culture, geography, faith, ideology, wealth, and other factors and that they may perceive different meanings from the same information.  They can effectively communicate, verbally and non-verbally, with diverse audiences.  Because it is increasingly the world's common language for commerce and communication, globally competent students in the US and elsewhere are proficient in English as well as in at least one other world language.

Communicating ideas occurs in a variety of culturally diverse settings, and especially within collaborative teams.  Globally competent students are able to situate themselves in a variety of cultural contexts, organize and participate in diverse groups, and work effectively toward a common goal.

Globally competent students are media and artistically savvy; they know how to choose and effectively use appropriate technology and media to communicate with diverse audiences, including through respectful online social networking.  In short, they are technology and media literate within a global communications environment. 

 

Take Action

What skills and knowledge will it take to go from learning about the world to making a difference in the world?  First, it takes seeing oneself as capable of making a difference.  Globally competent students see themselves as players, not bystanders.  They're keenly able to recognize opportunities from targeted human rights advocacy to creating the next out-of-the-box, must-have business product we didn't know we needed.  Alone or with others, ethically and creatively, globally competent students can envision and weigh options for action based on evidence and insight; they can assess their potential impact, taking into account varied perspectives and potential consequences for others; and they show courage to act and reflect on their actions.

Community

Part of our school’s vision is to create learning environment in which students, parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and other staff members work together as a community to make sure each student reaches his/her potential as a learner and leader.  As a community we agree that to ensure student success through four common areas: learning environment, collaboration, communication, and leadership.