Expanding Global Education at Trinity School: An Environmentally Focused Service-Learning Pilot Program in New Orleans

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Linda Gobbo


Modern day educators are faced with many quandaries; arguably, the most pressing is how to shift academic paradigms to effectively prepare students to engage in an increasingly globalized world. At all levels of education, strategic plans are calling for schools to foster “global citizenship,” necessitating students develop the knowledge, skills, and awareness required to navigate the interconnected challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Deciding on appropriate global competencies and determining how to cultivate them poses a daunting task for faculty and administration. Written from the perspective of a global education consultant, the program outlined in this Design and Delivery/Design Concepts and Evaluation Course-Linked Capstone was born from one independent K-12 school’s process of expanding global education at their institution.

Designed for seniors at New York City-based Trinity School, this service-learning pilot program in New Orleans is grounded in experiential education and critical service-learning pedagogy. During pre-program seminars, students build their foundational knowledge of the historical timeline of New Orleans, engage in dialogue about the complex ramifications of Hurricane Katrina, and develop their contextual understanding of the current social, environmental, and political climate of the city. While in New Orleans, students participate in reciprocal community-identified service projects and co-curricular activities devised to raise awareness and address the multidimensional interconnected environmental and social issues still facing the city nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina. This program strives to encourage critical thinking and inspire personal action toward environmental and social justice on micro and macro levels.


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