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Global Education

Global Education in MPS
Our vision is for all Minneapolis Public Schools students to have access to global learning opportunities readying them for college and the global world of work. The goals of Global Education programs are to:

  1. Expand access to learning through innovation, technology, and global learning experiences;
  2. Expand access to local, national, and international programs for students and staff beyond the walls of a  classroom;
  3. Promote a climate of achievement with emphasis on world languages and global thinking.

Global Education Programs
Our programs bring global experiences to MPS classrooms and help students develop global competencies - the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that make it possible to interact peacefully, respectfully, and productively with fellow human beings from diverse geographies. Other programs are focused on celebrating bilingualism as an asset and promoting World Language instruction. 

  • World Savvy: During the 2017-18 school year, four schools are participating in the World Savvy Classroom program: Edison High School, Wellstone International High School, Emerson Spanish Immersion, and Northeast Middle School. Through this program, participating teachers engage in professional learning and coaching focused on teaching global competence. They then work with World Savvy to implement global to local projects in their classrooms where students investigate relevant content and design solutions to complex challenges. World Savvy is additionally partnering with Heritage Academy and FAIR High School to provide workshops and coaching through a professional learning model. Heritage and FAIR students and teachers will have the opportunity to share their projects and engage in a design challenge at the World Savvy Festival on Wednesday, May 18th at the University of St. Thomas.
  • Heritage Language courses: Heritage Language and Culture courses support, reinforce, and expand students’ knowledge and understanding of their heritage language as well as maintain, further develop, and refine proficiency in all domains of language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). The goal is to develop students’ language skills as well as cultural competency for students to be successful in both academic and professional settings. Heritage Language courses are offered in Spanish, Somali and Hmong at several sites.
  • Bilingual Seals: The Minnesota Bilingual/Multilingual Seals program recognizes students who demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English. These awards recognize the assets of bilingualism and offer bilingual students an opportunity to earn college credit from MN State Colleges and Universities.