The World Affairs Council of Austin offers a Global Scholars Diploma program for qualifying high school students.
A Project Based Learning System
Possessing the knowledge, skills, and mindset to thrive in our global society is no longer an optional component of responsible citizenship or successful employment. The Global Scholars Diploma is a “global education for all” program that thrives on inclusivity, equity, and access for all. The program develops globally competent students with the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary for leadership, citizenship, and careers in an interconnected, global society. In partnership with schools all over the world, The World Affairs Council of Austin champions The Global Scholars Diploma program through innovative, interactive, and experiential approaches, global community partnerships, and collaborating business, governmental, NGO, and academic leaders.
Seven Curriculum Units
Moot Court – Students bring an American Appeals Court Case to their classroom.
Peace Day Challenge- Each year two different Peace Day challenges will be offered for September presentations.
ICC Moot Court- Bring international criminals to justice in your classroom.
Global Debates- Debate topics sourced from media headlines.
International Moot Courts- Cases from Canada, Australia, South Africa, and India.
Food For Thought- Monthly themed conferences on food and international cultures.
Model Diplomacy- Today’s global problems discussed by future leaders of the world.
For example, students at Del Valle High School work on high level international educational projects– Community Matters, International Moot Court, The Big Debate, Academic WorldQuest, and international educational conferences with schools in more than 80 countries around the world.
Students completing the program obtain certification in global affairs from the World Affairs Council of Austin. Certification requirements include:
Students must complete six courses across three different disciplines that are designated as “globally focused” by each individual high school and districts’ Global Scholars leadership. (Public Administration, Political Science, Debate)
Students must demonstrate skill in a foreign language.
Students must participate in at least three globally-focused extra-curricular activities (i.e. Academic WorldQuest, Model UN, Austin Sister Cities, ICC Moot Court, or World Class Schools projects).
Students must complete a minimum of twenty hours of globally-focused service learning.
Students must complete a capstone research project that encapsulates their global competency. For example, students may present case studies on education systems around the world.
High schools participating in the Global Scholars program have access to visiting professionals, diplomats, authors, and politicians. Guest speakers address large groups of students at no cost.