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Queensland independent school leaders bringing the world to students’ door

Leaders from Queensland independent schools have come together to share ideas and explore new ways and concepts to truly prepare their students to become global citizens.

Independent Schools Queensland’s 2022 Global Teaching and Learning Summit (held on 10 October, 2022) was centered around the concept of Global Citizenship Education (GCE) and equipping educators with the tools they need to prepare their students for the changing world in which we live.

GCE aims to empower students of all ages to assume active roles, both locally and globally, in building more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive and secure societies.

Students engaged with global competence

ISQ CEO Chris Mountford said the Summit came at a time when school students are more ready than ever to be engaged in GCE.

“Since the first ISQ Global Teaching and Learning Summit was held in 2019, a number of independent schools have developed Global Citizenship Education through fostering connections with schools internationally and developing stronger connections with students from overseas through international education,” he said.

“We’ve also seen schools considering the concept of Curriculum Offshore, providing Queensland independent schools’ curriculum to students in another country as another avenue for fostering intercultural understandings.

“Today, with this fantastic array of speakers and innovators, we will aim to further our thinking about Global Citizenship Education within the context of independent schools.”

A full day of workshops and masterclasses featured schools, academics and thought leaders from Macquarie University, The Scots College Research Institute, University of Technology Sydney and Department of Education International.

School teachers and leaders hear from experts

Underpinning these presentations will be world-renowned keynote speaker Gabriel Rshaid, education author, innovator and former headmaster of the oldest bilingual school in the world, St Andrews Scots College in Buenos Aires.

“If anything has been learnt over the past few years, it is that global disruption can happen incredibly quickly, and this can present significant challenges for students, teachers and schools. This type of global disruption also shows just how connected the world is,” Mr Mountford said.

“Global Citizenship Education is a crucial component of the Australian Curriculum, and students can only benefit further from understanding the importance of our place in the world, in Asia and the Pacific, about sustainability and the perspectives, history and cultures of our First Nations People.

“ISQ’s Global Teaching and Learning Summit will provide teachers and leaders with a raft of innovative ideas to take back to their individual schools to help make this a reality for their students.”

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This story was initially published on the ISQ website.