Isdell Center for Global Leadership

In 2014, Pace Academy launched the Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL), a collaborative, cross-divisional program that supports a well-rounded global education for every Pace graduate.
 
The ICGL takes the building blocks of the five-course curriculum and gives students in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools the opportunity to apply their knowledge in ways that enable them to become ethical, empathetic, innovative, culturally competent and adaptable citizens of the world.
 
From the time a student enters Pace’s doors until graduation, all educational experiences are viewed through an overarching global lens. The ICGL fosters this culture of global learning and leadership by exploring an annual, school-wide global theme. Curricular, co-curricular and hands-on activities, a scholar-in-residence program, leadership fellowships, internships and study tours support education around these themes.
 
To further support students as they discover their interests and passions and become global leaders, the ICGL structures co-curricular offerings around six organizational centers:

  • Science & Technology
  • Culture & Arts
  • Social Entrepreneurship & Business
  • Service & Environmental Sustainability
  • Public Policy & International Relations 
  • Annual Global Theme
Within each subject area, students participate in age-appropriate activities and interact with related community partners, businesses and organizations. Students are not limited to one specific subject area; they can pick and choose based on their interests.
 
The outstanding Pace faculty serve as the heart of the ICGL, and faculty support is central to its mission. The ICGL is a resource for teachers as they develop ideas for their classrooms, offering curricular and co-curricular opportunities and providing support and training.
 
Through the ICGL, we connect learning to life at every level. We THINK BIG.

Trish Anderson, ICGL Director

A native of Jamaica, Trish Anderson grew up in South Africa and has taught at Pace since 2004. She has a passion for working with students and for helping them learn in innovative ways. Anderson truly loves Pace and strongly believes in the power and importance of thinking about education through a global lens.
 
“As the world becomes increasingly complex and interconnected, the traditional gap between scholarship and global citizenship is narrowing,” Anderson says. “Through the ICGL, we provide students with more meaningful opportunities to explore this connection between learning and life in the classroom and in the wider world.”
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