The Isdell Family Foundation has announced plans to fund the Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL) at Pace Academy, a school-wide, co-curricular program that will support and enhance the school’s mission to create prepared, confident citizens of the world.
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Through programs like service learning, global education, Design Think and the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, Pace Academy has established a tradition of innovation and altruism. The Isdell family hopes that the ICGL will build on this success and distinguish the school as a national leader in global education.
“My family believes that we live in an interconnected world,” says Neville Isdell, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company and a Pace Academy grandparent and Life Trustee. His daughter, Cara Isdell Lee, is a member of the Pace Academy Class of 1997. “To be successful in the world of tomorrow, one must have a global view,” Isdell says. “Knowledge and understanding of other people and cultures is absolutely vital. To develop that global view, you have to start young. That’s why we’re excited about the ICGL. It’s a coherent, cohesive curriculum that develops over the course of one’s education.”
From the time a student enters Pace Academy’s doors until graduation, all educational experiences will be viewed through an overarching global lens. The ICGL will foster this culture of global learning and leadership by exploring an annual, school-wide global theme such as water, housing or food security. Education around these themes will be supported in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools by curricular, co-curricular and hands-on activities, as well as a scholar-in-residence program, leadership fellowships, internships and study tours.
The ICGL will structure and expand co-curricular offerings around five organizational centers:
• Science & Technology
• Culture & Arts
• Social Entrepreneurship & Business
• Public Policy & International Relations
• Service & Environmental Sustainability
Within each area, students will grow and then apply their knowledge in ways that build essential skills such as adaptability, critical-thinking, empathy and teamwork through age-appropriate and real-world activities. The school will partner with local and international businesses and organizations, other educational institutions and government agencies to provide these opportunities.
“In planning for Pace Academy’s future, the Board of Trustees has remained focused on our school’s mission and on reinforcing that mission in everything we do,” says Pace Academy Head of School Fred Assaf. “A Pace education is more than academics, sports and the arts – it’s about truly plugging into the world around us and providing an integrated, global, and character-building experience in and outside of the classroom. The ICGL will elevate our existing programing in ways we have only imagined.”
The program will launch in August 2014. In its first year, its focus will be exploration and analysis with the goal of refining and solidifying the its curriculum and structure. Longtime Pace Academy faculty member and current Director of Global Education Trish Anderson will lead the ICGL, guided by an advisory board of faculty, parents, alumni and friends of the school.
“The Pace Academy faculty has long provided one of the country’s best college-preparatory programs,” Anderson says. “The ICGL represents the next step in our school’s educational evolution. It will build upon our tradition of academic excellence and help us more intentionally produce graduates who are ethical, empathic, innovative, culturally competent and adaptable citizens of the world.&rd