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Marvin Elementary Earns the Highest Recognition for Global Education
Marvin Elementary is proud to have achieved the final designation of a UCPS International School for our efforts in bringing globalization into the classroom. This is the highest recognition a school can achieve in the county’s Globalization initiative and is part of our district's focus on Globalization, Innovation and Graduation.
To achieve this status, each grade level had a teacher serve as a Marvin Elementary Global Representative on our Globalization Committee. The committee met regularly and helped plan a variety of cultural, technological and environmental activities. These activities were then submitted to the county in an electronic portfolio for review according to a UCPS Global Schools rubric.
Schools were awarded points based on the number of global initiatives the school incorporated into its educational offerings. To get the maximum points, Marvin Elementary teachers not only integrated a variety of Global activities into our program, but also maintained detailed documentation so the judges could see the variety of activities we do. There were 19 different categories we could have participated in to gain points including global lessons, school wide festival, service projects, recycling, guest speakers, professional development, and business partnerships.
The rubric has several levels of recognition. Since the introduction of the Global Initiative, Marvin has made strong growth. Last year we were in the second highest category and this year we were awarded the highest designation, "UCPS International School"! We are now proud owners of a big and beautiful banner and a plaque representing our achievement in integrating culture, technology and environmental activities into our educational program.
Written by: Judith Freger, Global Chair
Posted: Jan 16, 2015 by Marni Menkin