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  • SEVEN HILLSThe Seven Hills School Magazine winter 2011

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    Connecting to the world through global education page 13

  • ContentsEducating for Global Citizenship 3 By Head of School Christopher Garten

    Global Views from Four Graduates 5

    Connecting to the World Through Global Education 13 By Editor Kathy Deubell

    School News 23

    Alumni News 28

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    Kathy Deubell Editor

    Katie DawsonDesigner

    Hillsdale campus5400 Red Bank RoadCincinnati, Ohio 45227

    Doherty campus2726 Johnstone Place Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

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    Front cover:Mandarin Chinese II students KristenPrevost, Graeme Harten and Mia Perlman. Photo by Len Cohen.

    Gary Monnier Director of Development

    Janet HillDirector of Admission

    Nancy McCormick Bassett 83 Director of Alumni Relations

    Christopher GartenHead of School

    Vol. XXXIV No. 2 winter 2011

    Seven Hills is a publication of The Seven Hills School. It is produced using the schools digital publishing equipment.

  • Educating for Global Citizenship by Head of School Christopher Garten

    Teachers were encouraged to submit proposals to work over the summer to redesign a curriculum unit. Though proposals of all kinds were permitted, in accordance with the schools strategic plan, priority was given to curriculum projects which engaged students in utilizing instructional technology to explore the global community or to projects which would foster students critical reasoning and problem solving skills.

    The result was an explosion of faculty creativity. Though we anticipated just a handful of proposals, in the end we funded 28 individual and group projects.

    At Doherty and Lotspeich, several teachers developed a host of highly creative social studies and foreign language units. The focus of these units was to encourage students to explore life in other cultures and to interact with their peers from other countries.

    In Middle School, the sixth grade World Geography class was significantly redesigned to include substantial electronic research and digital projects. In seventh grade, American History students will work in production teams to write, storyboard, film, edit, and produce video-podcasts tracing the impact of Constitutional law on current legal controversies facing the Supreme Court. Eighth graders will participate in an extended interdisciplinary unit comparing the Germany of the 1920s and 1930s with the society of William Goldings

    Last spring, Seven Hills received a generous grant from an educational foundation to inaugurate a pilot program to fund summer curriculum renewal grants for teachers.

    Lord of the Flies. They will also communicate online with their peers in German schools comparing how the events of World War II are taught in our respective cultures. In a physical science project, students will analyze the effectiveness of solar cookers used in Africa and design and build more energy efficient models.

    In the Upper School, teachers have introduced several new courses, including a second year of Mandarin Chinese, a video editing course called Time-Based Media, and an Advanced Statistics course. In addition, the Environmental Science class will conduct a longitudinal study of biodiversity on our campus. The tenth grade research project has been redesigned to focus students attention on a contemporary social, political, or environmental issue. In a unit called Global Connections, history students will create interactive digital maps tracing the flow of goods and information along the Silk Road. Ninth grade English students will look at how cultural differences affect marketing and advertising, and they will plan and execute their own video advertisements. Senior English will refocus around the theme of social justice, exploring, through literature and current events, our collective responsibility as global citizens to work toward resolving social, political, and racial inequities.

    This goal of creating instructional units that focus on fostering global awareness is but the latest chapter in a movement that began over a decade ago at Seven Hills and at leading schools across the nation.

    In a position paper called Educating for Global Citizenship approved in August 2006, the Board of the National Association of Independent Schools identified the following goals for twenty-first century education. Independent schools must prepare students to be knowledgeable, compassionate citizens and effective leaders within a rapidly transforming world. NAIS outlined the following Principles of Good Practice to guide its member schools in this effort.

  • NAIS Principles of Good Practice

    1. Present a view of the world that invites and rewards curiosity concerning the richness and diversity of all human societies and encourages respect for all people. 2. Develop a curriculum that helps students recognize how differing cultures, traditions, histories, and religions may underlie views and values that can sharply contrast with their own. 3. Provide resources and activities in support of instruction that can help carry learning in the direction of world understanding. 4. Expect teachers, administrators, and other staff members to model respect for all peoples and cultures and to address constructively instances of bias or disdain for nationalities, cultures, or religions outside of their own. 5. Seek beyond the institution itself partnerships and networking that may help it promote global awareness, experience, and problem solving for its students. 6. Educate and encourage parents to support school initiatives that promote global understanding. 7. Seek a diversity of cultural, national, and ethnic backgrounds in the recruitment of teachers and administrators.

    In these efforts, new instructional technologies have been a game-changer, allowing students to research and to collaborate not only with their fellow students, but with experts from around the world.

    All of these efforts to deepen global understanding and to promote an abiding respect for other points of view stem from our desire to prepare students fully for an increasingly complex and interconnected global community. In the words of Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Our problems today are global and center more than ever on the challenge of sustainable development. Sustainable development signifies the practical goal of combining economic advancement, the end of extreme poverty, and the sustainable management of the earths ecosystems.

    Here at Seven Hills, it is our hope to arm our students with the skills and the desire to participate in this global conversation. In the pages that follow, you will have a chance to experience some of the facultys recent efforts to focus even more fully on global education. You will also see some examples of how some of our alumni are utilizing those skills in their own careers. Happy reading!

    At Seven Hills that effort has taken several forms. It has led, first of all, to a steady diversification of offerings in the foreign languages, including the addition of a fourth language, Chinese. It has also impacted the nature of instruction in foreign language, with a greater emphasis on oral communicative skills and a new impulse to use language study as a vehicle for forging collaborative partnerships with students in other countries. This has also led to a parallel effort to expose our students to other cultures firsthand through travel and foreign exchange programs. The highly successful Downey Seminar program, now in its fourth year, offers students a chance to explore China for three weeks each summer. At the same time, after a hiatus following the travel concerns brought on by 9/11, Seven Hills has developed a host of foreign study opportunities, most recently exchange programs with schools in France and Spain.

    In the social sciences, the emphasis has been on broadening course offerings and instructional units to include a more robust array of non-Western topics, including a two semester sequence called Global Issues: Asia and Global Issues: The Non-Asian World. In a number of other courses in both science and the social sciences, students are encouraged to explore and posit solutions to complex global problems such as hunger, poverty, and environmental resource depletion.

    Seminar in Modern Political Theory Honors.

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  • Global CitizensWe are grateful toEugnie Euskirchen, Seth Rau, Marc Shotten, and Chris Wyant, some of our alumni who are engaged in careers and activities in the global arena, for their participation in our issue on global education.

    Eugnie Euskirchen 90 Tell us about your work.I am a Research Assistant Professor of Terrestrial Ecology in the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. My research focuses on understanding the vegetation, soils, snow, and permafrost (permanently frozen ground) in the arctic tundra and boreal forests, particularly with respect to how these ecosystems are currently behaving and how they may behave in the future under potential changes in climate. I perform both field studies outdoors and simulations with computer models. Field studies help us to understand what is currently happening in the arctic tundra and boreal forests, and this information can in turn be incorporated into computer models to predict how these ecosystems may behave in the future.

    How have your experiences impacted or changed your world view or your sense of yourself as a global citizen? Arctic science is a co