Global Classroom Project

Global classrooms provide students with opportunities to collaborate on authentic tasks with peers from around the world on global challenges, while increasing content knowledge and developing Portrait of a Graduate skills.

Foundational Elements of a Global Classroom Project

Global Classroom Project provides opportunities for students to collaborate with peers from around the world on authentic tasks and challenges through a variety of learning opportunities. Students will also develop the knowledge, skills and behaviors to be able to engage in collective action towards issues on the local, national, and global level. Students learn the attributes of Portrait of a Graduate, and utilize these skills as they work with peers from around the globe.

Map of the world showing where Fairfax County Public Schools are partnered internationally. The schools shown on the map are listed on the page below.

Interactive Map of Partner Schools

Interested in participating?

The Global Classroom Project is open to any teacher, K-12 in FCPS and around the world. Please complete the interest form and a member of the Global Classroom Project team in FCPS will contact you.  

What is the Global Classroom Project?

The Global Classroom Project (GCP) provides opportunities for students to collaborate with peers from around the world on authentic tasks and challenges through a variety of learning opportunities. Students develop the knowledge, skills and behaviors to be able to engage in collective action towards issues on the local, national, and global level. Students learn the attributes of Portrait of a Graduate, and utilize these skills as they work with global partners. Participation in the GCP prepares students to be innovative global citizens as they work together to create impactful solutions for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Global Classroom Project Pathways

Pathways offer an entry point and a focus for a Global Classroom Project. While there is overlap among the pathways, selecting one helps to define the project goals for the partner schools involved. The Pathways for the Global Classroom Project are:

STEAM

STEAM inspires and empowers every student to integrate science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics to solve real-world problems, develop Portrait of a Graduate attributes, prepare for future careers, and engage as innovative global citizens.

Sustainability

Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations.

Language Acquisition

The Language Acquisition and Intercultural Competence pathway will allow students to develop language proficiency through culturally authentic tasks based on the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (ACTFL) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Cultural Responsiveness

Participating in the Global Classroom Project (GCP) builds Cultural Responsiveness which is the ability to learn from and relate respectfully to people from one’s own and other cultures. Learning experiences are designed to incorporate culturally responsive principles including, Rigor, Multiples Perspectives, Critical Thinking, Relationship Building, and Relevance. The GCP provides opportunities for students to interact more effectively with people who differ from them and better serve their local and global communities.

Content Enrichment

The content enrichment pathway provides opportunities for global collaboration that extend beyond the other pathways, and include core content such as reading, writing, mathematics and social studies/history that may not be represented within a pathway.

Participating Schools​​​​​​

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

*schools with multiple GCP classrooms

High Schools

*schools with multiple GCP classrooms

Partnership Opportunities

Partner schools from around the world are needed. All grade levels are welcome, primary and secondary, where teachers are eager to collaborate with our teachers on projects and promote global learning throughout the curriculum. Our global partnership will be based on a foundation of equity and shared experiences as we design authentic learning experiences for our students.

Our Global Classroom Project partnership includes:

  • Creating sustainable relationships between participating schools
  • Collaborating on student learning activities in support of one or more of the 5 academic pathways (STEAM, Sustainability, Cultural Responsiveness, Language Acquisition and Content Enrichment)
  • Identifying connections between content and the Sustainable Development Goals as identified by the United Nations.