At Meridian, we have designed an interdisciplinary curriculum with the goal that Meridian students develop awareness, skills, and knowledge required to take action and promote positive social change locally and globally.
As global structures and systems evolve due to changes in cultural and social ideologies, politics, the environment and technological growth, teaching and learning about the world also needs to be dynamic and relevant for students. At Meridian, we want our students to gain an understanding of how global, social and natural systems interact and progress. We also want our students to realize and act upon the notion that “thinking globally and acting locally” impacts and creates change within our communities for the betterment for all.
Our newly developed Global Competency Framework details our guiding concepts and learning objectives, through which we measure achievement of our programmatic goals. The matrix identifies essential concepts and skills our students will learn and develop throughout their years at Meridian. In a developmentally appropriate manner, Meridian students will:
- Be aware, curious, and interested in learning about themselves, others, the world and how it works.
- Be analytical critical thinkers to inquire and investigate the world in order to increase their knowledge about pressing issues of our time.
- Be empathetic and understand their social responsibility.
- Recognize multiple perspectives and communicate their views effectively.
- Plan and collaborate in taking action to improve conditions.
Throughout the year, students across all grade levels participate in an extensive regional study of one of the continents. The classroom studies are celebrated in May on our much anticipated Global Citizen Exchange Day. On this day, our students eagerly share their acquired knowledge and research projects with the entire school community.
Our interdisciplinary program is enhanced by specialist integration, visits from local experts and programming during Friday Morning Meetings and classroom workshops.
Last year, Meridian partnered with the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and The Burke Museum at the University of Washington. All students visited one or both of these museums for a full day, and Meridian faculty benefited from a curricular collaboration with museum educators. To learn more about these partnership, please read page one of our 2017 Equity & Inclusion Newsletter.