Isdell Center for Global Leadership

The term global education sure sounds good when used in conjunction with Pace Academy’s mission: To create prepared, confident citizens of the world. But how does a school actually provide a global education?

We do it through our Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL), a results-oriented program that cultivates leadership capabilities among students and faculty in our Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.

By exploring an annual global theme—this year Global Health—and examining it from all angles and at all ages, we build critical-thinking skills that students then apply to other issues. Thinking on this level challenges perceptions, requires curiosity, and develops global mindsets and cultural appreciation.

Implementation of the ICGL looks different in each division. In the Lower School we strive to build awareness; understanding comes in Middle School, and Upper School students engage with global issues.

Pace students have opportunities to connect with other students and experts across the globe through curricular, co-curricular and hands-on activities; community and global partnerships; local field trips; videoconferences; a scholar-in-residence program; leadership fellowships and internships; service projects at home and abroad; and domestic and international study tours.

To further support students as they discover their interests and passions and become global leaders, the ICGL structures co-curricular offerings around five organizational centers:

  • Science & Technology
  • Culture & Arts
  • Social Entrepreneurship & Business
  • Community Engagement & Environmental Sustainability
  • Public Policy & International Relations

Our hope is that our graduates leave Pace as ethical, empathetic, innovative, culturally aware and adaptable individuals.

ICGL By Division

Pace Academy’s Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL) unites Lower, Middle and Upper School students under an umbrella of global leadership and a shared global theme. Students in all divisions have opportunities for intellectual and cultural exploration through age-appropriate curricular, co-curricular and hands-on activities, interactions with visiting scholars and faculty support.

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