Through the Research & Development Office – International Education Services, our schools continue to evolve their learning environment for students and educators to support global citizenship and competencies, essential to a comprehensive 21st Century education. Highlights from the 2016-17 school year include:
- 35 secondary and elementary schools hosted students and teachers from 15 different countries, interfacing and learning about their cultures and languages.
- All our secondary schools continue to internationalize curriculum and program offerings. Experiential opportunities, including Model UN and Global Youth Forums were presented at the prestigious Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo.
- Students and educators from our five secondary schools travelled to Japan and France to experience new cultures, establish new international relationships, and learn in the context of a global classroom.
- The International Certificate Program, introduced in 2015, engaged 120 students in five secondary schools. WCDSB is the third school district in Canada to offer this innovative pathway to our students.
- The WCDSB continues to coordinate innovative, experiential professional development opportunities to our superintendents, principals, and teachers through partnerships with Renison University College, the University of Waterloo, and other education institutions abroad.
- The WCDSB is recognized provincially and nationally as a leader in our efforts to systematically include internationalization within the comprehensive 21st Century education offered in our schools
- Director of Education, Loretta Notten, participated in the first ever WE Director’s Immersive Learning Experience in Kenya, witnessing and experiencing first hand WE’s global impact. It is anticipated as the beginning of a powerful relationship between WE, the WCDSB and our students, as empowered global citizens.