Global Stewardship

Global stewardship is our overarching principle. It effectively links our international and environmental emphasis and conveys all four of our core values; respect, responsibility, solutions and service. CIS students learn to think and link globally by encouraging actual connections with other cultures; to act locally, by encouraging solutions and service-oriented action; and impact globally, that through many local acts we can impact the globe.

Quarterlthemes provide a focus each quarter of thyear around CIS CorValues and our Environmental and International Focus. Classroom projects are developed across disciplines integrating eacquarterltheme.  Studentand teachers have great flexibility in developing the projeccollaborativelto showcase high-level problem-solving approaches that are age and developmentally appropriate.  Projects are presentein a public forum to peersparents anthe CIS BoaroDirectorsEach project will include thfollowing components:

  • Statement of Theme and relationshito Presenting Issue;
  • Detailed description of the class process to problem-solving around the issue;
  • Written and Visual Presentation of Problem-Solving approach applied;
  • Evidence of Higher-Order Thinking Skill(HOTS) applied during process (i.e.Compare-contrast, creation, justification);
  • Statement of Conclusion/Justification around the Class Solution(s).

1stQuarterCreatinGlobal Citizens

An age-appropriate exploratioothe development of identity, starting witfamily, school, and community, and extending to our world family.


Global educatiotopicmight include:

  • How our international ancestry forms our family heritage
  • Understanding our interconnectedness with other cultures (globalization)
  • Study of worllanguages
  • Sister city/country connectins.

Environmental educatiotopicmight include:

  • Develping an awareness of and appreciation for the natural world
  • Learning about the local and/or global natural communities
  • Understanding humanity's impact on the natural world (environment)

2ndQuarterMakinConnectionAround thWorld

An examination of how communication occurs between human beings – outhoughts, emotions, ideas, and needs – and between human beings and other life on earth.


Global educatiotopicmight include:

  • Multiple ways of sharing and experience
  • Multiple intelligences and cultural expressions: dance, music, art
  • Technology, videoconferencing

Environmental educatiotopicmight include:

  • Understanding the interconnectedness of all things on the earth
  • Developing an awareness of and sensitivity to alforms of natural communication

3rdQuarterExplorinSystems in thWorld

The study of systemwuse tunderstand, organize, and woreffectivelwitour world.

Global educatiotopicmight include:

  • Study of structure and functining of our and others’ systems:
  1. Economic
  2. Political
  3. Social/cultural
  4. Technological

Environmental educatiotopicmight include:

  • Learning about the structure and functions of ecosystems, biomes, niches, etc.
  • Developinknowledge about and understanding of the environmental challenges.

4thQuarterCarinfor thPlanet anIts People

Culminating presentations and projectthat demonstratour concern and carfor all aspectof ouworld and our capacity to make a difference.


Global educatiotopicmight include:

  • Extending ouconcerns beyond ourselves to the earth and to other human beings
  • Service projects

Environmental educatiotopicmight include:

  • Participatiniactivities thalead to the resolution of environmental challenges
  • Developing skills to identify and helresolve environmental challenge(local and/or global)