Wisconsin students offered new global studies certificate
by Andrea Anderson
September 5, 2013
High school students in Wisconsin will be eligible as early as this year to earn a new global studies certificate, the state Department of Public Instruction announced Wednesday.
The Global Scholars program can be voluntarily adopted by school districts across the state and will allow high schools to award the Global Education Achievement Certificate.
The certificate — which the state says is the first of its kind in the country — will be awarded to students who demonstrate their global competency through coursework and extracurricular activities, according to Gerhard Fischer, international and world languages education consultant for the DPI.
In order to receive the certificate a student must take at least eight credits with a global focus, with at least four credits or classes coming from a foreign language class. The students must also complete eight reviews or reflections on international or cultural media, at least four of them books, participate in four high school extracurricular or school-organized activities with a global theme, and complete 20 hours of community service tied to a global community or issue.
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