Becoming a global citizen is a lifelong learning process that begins with one’s self. We recognize the role an individual plays in the global community and how to understand shared responsibilities and risks on a global scale. Students will challenge their assumptions, develop an empathetic imagination, and understand the extent to which their identities influence their perspectives. To engage with the world on a local or global level and to move fluidly between the two, it is essential to understand the concept of culture. Students consider the questions of “Who am I?,” “Where do I come from?” and “How does this shape the world we live in?”
Statement of Purpose
Miss Porter’s School is committed to creating a global community. Our current student body represents over 30 countries by citizenship, dual-citizenship, and students living abroad. By engaging more deeply in the history, cultural traditions, and current events of communities both locally and globally, students and faculty explore their cultural identities, develop empathy for and trust in their peers and colleagues with different cultural perspectives and gain a more profound understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.
Elements of The Institute for Global Education
List of 5 items.
The Institute for Global Education
is composed of four elements that intersect and together support our mission to create a global community at Miss Porter’s School.
To teach a global perspective, teachers must have global perspectives themselves. In addition to ensuring that every student has an international immersion experience through InterMission, Miss Porter’s School is also committed to ensuring that every faculty member has had recent international travel experience.
All faculty members must have had an international experience at the time of their hire or are funded for travel through professional development during their tenure at Porter’s
Through the 11th-grade InterMission Program, every year 13 faculty members have the opportunity to immerse themselves at one of our international partner schools for two weeks and receive professional development training to lead international study abroad trips.
Annual travel grants are awarded to faculty members through the Cravens Fund for Teachers' Summer Sabbaticals.
The Institute for Global Education works closely with the Curriculum Committee and the History, English and Language Departments to ensure that our global learning objectives are included in their curriculum.