Mission Statement

Windward School strives to prepare our students for effective participation in the global community. Through academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular opportunities to learn about different perspectives and cultures, students will utilize 21st century skills, such as inquiry, collaboration, communication, leadership, and problem-solving. In doing so, Windward will ensure that it remains a welcoming and inclusive community whose graduates are knowledgeable, compassionate, and prepared citizens of the world.
The Global Education Initiative seeks to realize the fifth goal of Windward's Strategic Plan 2011-17:

Prepare our students for effective participation in the 21st century global community through increased exposure to other cultures and communities, and make certain that Windward continues to be a welcoming, inclusive community.

The Global Education Committee is charged with ensuring that Windward offers students cross-curricular and program-wide opportunities to learn about global issues and realize their roles as global citizens.

Windward Global Education Goals

  • Students will exhibit cross cultural understanding and appreciation of the commonalities and differences between peoples and regions.
  • Students will develop the linguistic, cultural, and technological skills necessary to productively engage with other peoples, cultures, regions, economies.
  • Through global awareness, students will realize their own place in the world as global citizens.
  • Through community awareness, partnerships, and leadership initiatives, students will demonstrate active service and meaningful practice in the promotion of equity and justice, locally, and globally.
  • Students will apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in a variety of contexts in order to effectively confront and address global issues.
  • Students will demonstrate curiosity, adaptability, and initiative in order to be both contributors to and leaders in a global society.

Innovative Interdisciplinary Work

Global Studies Honors
The purpose of the Global Studies course will be to promote an understanding in students of their role as responsible global citizens. Students will use 21st century tools to explore the complexity of current global topics as they develop as independent problem-solvers. The course uses Windward’s active learning model and incorporates methodologies such as design thinking, case studies, seminar discussions, and collaborative problem-solving. As a model of interdisciplinary learning, Global Studies Honors uses a cross-curricular team teaching model, with course instructors including members of the History, Science, and World Language Departments.

Course topics vary from year to year, but include a subset of the following: cultural identity and awareness, poverty, global climate change, water, biodiversity, sustainability and social justice, roots of political conflict, geopolitics, global economic inter-dependencies, resource allocation, and the geography of resource utilization.

Global Partnerships & Collaboration

Partner Schools
Windward has a number of partner schools throughout the world, providing students and faculty the opportunity for cross-cultural communication, curricular integration, and cultural immersion.  Currently, we work with:

NAIS 20/20
Through the NAIS Challenge 20/20 program, the AP Spanish students work with students from the John F. Kennedy School of Queretero, Mexico to identify and address a common problem. The year-long collaboration has allowed the students from both schools to tackle a real problem while forming cross-cultural communication and understanding.

Contact
For more information about global education at Windward, please contact Dan Walker, Director of Global Studies. 

Meet the Team

List of 3 members.

  • Carrie Creighton 

    International Trips Manager, World Language Teacher
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  • Daniel Gutierrez 

    Co-Director of the CTL, Co-Chair Windward Institute, Global Studies Teacher
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    Bio
  • Dr. Thomas Haglund 

    Science & Technology Teacher, Dean of Science & Technology Outreach, Global Studies Teacher
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    Bio
Windward School is a 7-12, co-educational, independent day school in Los Angeles, California.