Our eighth grade global studies students have immersed themselves in the complexities of the U.S. global influence—from the first contact between British settlers and native peoples in the early 1600s to the causes and impacts of World War II. It’s hard to believe we are only in the second month of school with vast material they’ve covered. Each class session is teeming with passionate discussion, evidence-based reasoning, and active listening to all perspectives.
To supplement the global studies curriculum, our eighth graders had the opportunity to host their first international guests through the World Affairs Council’s International Visitor Program. On October 14th, students met 30 female leaders in STEAM fields from five different continents, who traveled to Seattle to learn best practices for advancing women in STEAM fields. The program’s goal is to examine the advancement of women in science in the U.S., explore policies and institutions that champion the interest of women in STEAM, and network with professional counterparts and develop partnerships to accelerate student learning in the fields. In small groups, our students had the opportunity to learn firsthand about challenges and opportunities for women and girls in 30 different nations. It was a rich and inspiring experience for the students and visitors!
We are so grateful that the World Affairs Council chose SGS to visit during their visit, and we hope to have them back again soon. Here are some photos of our students in conversation with the international leaders: