Global Classroom Project
Partner Country: Japan
Content Focus: English & Social Studies
Sustainable Development Goal: Cultural Responsiveness and Sustainability SDGs 1-17
FCPS Portrait of a Graduate Attributes: Creative and Critical Thinker, Collaborator, Communicator, and Ethical and Global Citizen
South County Middle School’s Global Classroom Project incorporates an interdisciplinary approach between English and history classes using Purple Team’s theme: “Make That Change.” Students focus on how they can become better communicators, creative and critical thinkers, and ethical and global citizens by bringing awareness and taking action to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Through the pathway of cultural responsiveness, students established international pen pals in Hiroshima, Japan. Purple Team students created personalized digital postcards for their Japanese pen pal and in response, Japanese students created an introductory video highlighting a typical day in their school. Following the introduction, students in Japan and South County used Harvard’s Project Zero Visible Thinking Strategies to analyze photographs and connect their thinking and awareness to the UN SDGs.
What is the Global Classroom Project?
Elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) participate in the Global Classroom Project, which provides an opportunity for students to work with peers from around the world on authentic tasks and challenges.
As part of the Global Classroom Project, schools select a Sustainable Development Goal from among 17 goals established by the United Nations as a blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet.
Throughout the Global Classroom Project, students also learn attributes of Portrait of a Graduate, which prioritizes the development of skills that will empower FCPS students to be productive citizens of a global community and successful in the workforce of the future.