The Global Education Achievement Certification
The Global Education Achievement Certification will be given to graduating high school students who have demonstrated a strong interest in global citizenship by successfully completing a global education curriculum and engaging in co-curricular activities and experiences that foster the development of global competencies.
What is a globally competent student? Globally competent individuals are aware, curious, and interested in learning about the world and how it works. They can use the big ideas, methods, and languages that are central to any discipline (mathematics, literature, history, science, and the arts) to engage the pressing issues of our time. They deploy and develop this expertise as they investigate such issues, recognizing multiple perspectives, communicating their views effectively, and taking action to improve conditions.
In today’s global marketplace, it is in the long-term economic, social, and democratic interests of the United States, the State of Wisconsin, and local communities to educate a globally competent citizenry, by emphasizing the global character of disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies in the school curriculum and by encouraging and facilitating international connections in the community, state, and beyond.
Wausaukee High School students who would like to obtain this certificate can begin their journey by taking classes and participating in co-curricular and volunteer activities which that have a global dimension. Students who complete this certificate will be very attractive to employers and colleges who both are looking for students with the desire and ability to be career ready for the 21st century.
The requirements for this certification are as follows:
1. Foreign Language: 4 credits of Spanish
2. Other Course Work: 4 credits of other classes with a global focus. Right now those include:
- Food Science
- World Geography
- Intro to Diversity Studies
- Intro to Sociology
- Myths and Legends
- Multi-Cultural Literature
3. Cultural Literacy:
Each student seeking this certificate must complete a portfolio which includes independent reviews/reflections on at least eight (8) works of international/cultural media, including at least four books (fiction and non-fiction). Other international/cultural media may include films, music, and art exhibitions. Students may elect to read books from a recommended reading list or other works (including newer released) with prior approval from the Global Education Coordinator.
4. Co-Curricular and Other School-Sponsored Activities:
Each student seeking this certificate shall demonstrate interest in global citizenship through active participation and leadership in at least four (4) co-curricular and other school-sponsored or endorsed activities in grades 9-12. These may include participating in:
- Host a foreign exchange student or go abroad through AFS exchange student program.
- The Spanish department offers an educational tour abroad every other year.
- E-pals and Skyping in the Spanish classroom.
- Trips to attend World Language Day, and/or World Cinema Day and International Education Experience Day at St. Norbert's College
- The Global Youth Summit
- International programs offered at the Theater on the Bay in Marinette, WI and the University of Wisconsin, Marinette.
- The opportunity to attend the immersion programs at the Concordia Language Villages.
- The opportunity to attend the UW-Milwuakee Global Action through Engagement Conference.
5. Volunteer Opportunities:
Each student shall complete a global/cross-cultural public service project, involving at least twenty (20) hours of work, connected to a global community (different from his/her own) or to a global issue. This project may include:
- Fundraising for an international nonprofit service agency/organization.
- Working on an international project with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Rotary, or other Service Club.
- Tutoring a child who is an English language learner, or volunteering with a cultural/linguistic group in the community.
- Volunteering for the AFS student exchange organization.
- The Spanish trip abroad has a service learning component which allows students to earn volunteer hours.
- Connecting with the Green Bay Literacy Council to create a project that would raise awareness of and/or money for this organization.
- Volunteering to create projects within the school to raise awareness of global issues both within the elementary and junior and senior high school levels.
- We will be open to entertain other global or cross-cultural volunteer projects which are pre-approved by the Global Education Coordinator and the High School Counselor.
Each student shall present a project proposal to the Global Education Coordinator and submit a summary report upon completion.