would add to the local community. In the
media center, another team engages in a
heated discussion about the geographic
constraints of Nepal on the country’s
proposed water-filtration prototype.
Even though the school year is coming
to an end, the students are highly focused,
genuinely engaged, and impressively productive—a result that Mark, as curriculum
supervisor, and other district staff and
administrators were hoping for when they
designed the aptly named Global Challenge project in 2009. The weeklong interdisciplinary project engages the district’s
approximately 800 8th grade students
in applying higher-order thinking skills
to address eight world challenges, from
global hunger to gender equality.
The project provides students with an
In a New Jersey school district, a five-day global
challenge turns students into problem solvers and
transforms teaching and learning.