The curriculum is always changing and adapting to global issues in the news, our field trips & speakers. Here is a typical Fall curriculum:
Summer Reading: Our summer reading provides us with an opportunity to dive into our work and explore issues such as globalization, culture, and technology. Class discussions, additional readings, a Response paper for the seniors and a written reflection for the juniors, help center us on themes we will study all year. 2022- How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell in 2022 (other years).
Fall Field Trip: This trip allows the students to explore global citizenship and global issues before, during, and after the trip. Readings, class discussions, listening to podcasts, watching movies, and writing reflections give us a variety of ways to learn and engage.
2021 & Odd Years: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts- Exploring culture, American culture, cultural revolutions, and counterculture movements.
Climate Change: Exploring sustainable solutions in many ways such as our guest speaker & architect, Bruce Becker (2022), and following the progress of the UN's COP conferences each November (COP27 in '22).
Portfolio Web Sites: Building and maintaining portfolio websites allow the students the opportunity to develop effective communication skills and explore the concept of being an effective and engaged global citizen.
Capstone Project: Seniors plan their year-long Capstone Projects, conduct research including at the University of Hartford's library, and write research papers exploring a global issue of their choice. Later in the spring, they will complete two additional multi-genre products to share their learning in creative ways. Along the way, the juniors provide essential feedback and coaching- all while learning the ins and outs of the project they will complete their senior year.
Events: Each fall, students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of local events. While they are always changing, here are a few annual events: Rosh Hashanah in the Park, CT World Affairs Council's Global Security Forum, CT Forum, ADL's Never is Now Summit in NYC, and more. Check out our Fall events this year!