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  • General

                     Global Scholars Program

    Playa Estero

    • Digital Portfolio Guidelines

      Time to meet to discuss your Portfolio and Global Scholars Plan!

      Please click here to schedule a time to meet.

      Also, please download the Digital Portfolio Rubric (attached below) and consider which category describes your work so far.

      What should you add to your digital portfolio?

        - Course projects and papers that address international issues or topics

        - Reflections on your travels, complete with photos or videos.

        - Responses to articles, books, TED talks, videos, films that address international topics.

        - Accounts of events (presentations, celebrations, etc) that you have attended. Include pictures!

      When you upload material to the Digital Portfolio, make sure that you follow some basic guidelines.

      1) Generate academic writing. You don't want to post writing that is riddled with sentence errors and misspellings. If you are unsure about your posts, you can email it to Tim Laramore for a quick proofread.

      2) Don't simply summarize an article you read or a TED talk that you watched. Instead, respond to the article with some original thought or consideration. If you are struggling to think of how to respond, consider the suggestions listed below.

      3) Use quotes for the titles of articles and TED talks. Use italics for book titles and movies.

      4) Acknowledge the authors, speakers, and directors of the content that you view or read.

      5) Whenever possible, embed your original source so that someone viewing your portfolio can also view the original content. Hyperlinks are helpful in this way.

      Suggestions for responding to an article.

      1) BEFORE YOU READ, jot down some notes on what you already know about the topic.

      2) AS YOU READ, make notes of when and where your original conception is supported, challenged or modified.

      3) AFTER YOU READ, compose a response that describes how the article affected your original understanding.

      These steps can also apply to a TED Talk.


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      Exploring these resources will allow you to break out of the US news bubble and learn about topics around the world. If you read an interesting article, consider linking it on your portfolio and writing about what interested or challenged you as you read the article.

      Primary Source - A valuable source for exploring regions and topics of interest. Linked below are the sites that provide links to news stories, but you can also access film, art, literature, and other media that pertain to the region.
         Latin America
         Immigration and Migration
         Middle East
         Modern China
         South Asia

      Other Articles:
      An interesting photo collage juxtaposing travel and migration:
      "These Photos Will Force You to Confront Your Privilege as a Traveler" by Doug Lansky

      Artist Yang Liu explores some differences cultural differences between Eastern and Western culture in these infographics. What do you think? Are these generalizations accurate? Informative? Reductive?

      "East Meets West : An Infographic Portrait by Yang Liu"

    • TED Talks

      Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche's TED talk "The Danger of a Single Story."

      Jamie Drummond’s TED talk “Let’s Crowdsource the World’s Goals”

      Generation Waking Up’s Generation Waking Up: The Story of Our Generation

      Michael Green’s TED talk “How We Can Make the World a Better Place by 2030”

      Dana Mortensen” TED talk “Will Our Kids Be Ready for the World in 2050?”

      Dave Meslin’s TED talk “The antidote to Apathy”

      Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk “Changing Education Paradigms”

      Hans Rosling’s TED talk “The Magic Washing Machine”

      Taiye Selasi’s TED talk “Don’t Ask Where I am From”

      Ernesto Sirolli’s TED talk "Want to Help Someone? Shut Up and Listen"

      Shashi Tharoor's speech to the Oxford Union,"British Rule in India-the Case for Reparations"

      • Events

        There are a few great events coming up during International Week that you could attend and respond to in your digital portfolio. When you attend, consider taking a few pictures to add with a description of the event.

        International Week: March 6- 10

        March 7 at 7:00 in Roddy Theater

           Liam Zhang and Monica Cheng will host a panel discussion on International Living. Come here from some of your teachers and other community members about what it is like to live and work abroad.

        The rest of the schedule is attached.

        Responses to events can be short: what? when? where? If it is a presentation, you could describe what you learned. If it is a celebration, you could describe what you enjoyed. As always, trying new things will give you plenty to talk about.

      • Travel

        1)      Experiments in International Living: Programs of varying lengths throughout the world that allow students to learn about cultural issues while traveling. Also available is the Experiment Leadership Institute. 30 scholarships available.

        2)      Lita: Language immersion programs in Spain that benefit from close connections to the community. Ms. Butler worked for Lita and can provide guidance and recommendations.

        3)      Where There Be Dragons: Student programs include summer abroad, gap year, and college-accredited programs aimed at global citizenship, leadership, and self-exploration.

        4)      Moondance Adventures: Moondance provides travel itineraries in around the world. Trips are geared for specific age groups from 7th to 12th grade.

        5)      School Year Abroad: Classics Study in Italy: From the website: “While the academic focus of the program is Latin and the Classical World, you'll also learn about the language and culture of Italy. Every day students will discuss cultural observations and interactions with their host families, as well as learn basic Italian. Local activities will help you experience the culture and meet Italian peers.”

        • Global Scholar Program Requirements

          In the sophomore year, Global Scholars will fill out the "Global Scholar Plan" attached below and send it to Tim Laramore. Afterward, the Scholar will meet initiate work on the digital porftolio.

          1) World Language Study

          Global Scholars must complete 3 years of World Language study in the Upper School and maintain an average of B or better.

          2) Purposeful International Travel Experience

          Travel with Baylor School programs (RESPECT, Walkabout, Exchange, Language Study) automatically receives credit. Travel outside Baylor will be considered on a case by case basis by the Global Education Committee.

          3) International Courses

          Global Scholars must complete World History I and II with an A or B average.

          4) Global Scholars Senior Project

          Global Scholars should complete a project by the end of the Fall semester of their Senior year that demonstrates a) a thorough understanding of a global issue or b) a genuine link with an international community. Projects will be reviewed by the Global Engagement Committee.

          5) Global Scholars Digital Portfolio 

          Global Scholars should compose a portfolio that exhibits your experience in curricular study and international travel. To obtain full credit, you should illustrate key links between what you have learned in the classroom and what you have experienced in your travels.