Horizons Global Academy 2017- Information for Teachers

Horizons Atlanta

Pillars of Success

  • Rigorous, Student-Centered Planning Process
  • High- Quality Project Based Learning
  • Strategic Integration of Social Emotional Development in Programs
  • Tailored Site-Level Programs

Our Global Academy Mission

Being a global citizen means being informed about issues of global importance and taking action to better one or more of these communities.

  • Educate our students about global issues that impact the world in which we live
  • Equip them with the necessary tools to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, communicators, and caring citizens
  • Empower them to take action and make a difference


Our global academy is inspired by the International Baccalaureate curriculum as taught in our public feeder schools and the Program for Global Citizenship at our host campus of Holy Innocents' Episcopal School.

Global Themes

Peace- Social Justice


First Grade

Second Grade

"If you want Peace, work for Justice"
Water and Sanitation

Water and Sanitation

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

"You will never solve poverty without solving water and sanitation"-Matt Damon

Human Rights

Middle School Grades 5-8

"To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity"-Nelson Mandela
"The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it back to the world."- Pablo Picasso
Gifts of Service

Each class will be responsible for a Global Citizenship Action project that connects to our mission and our summer themes of Peace-Social Justice, Water-Sanitation & Human Rights.

The Capstone project must focus on at least two of the following areas: Awareness, Advocacy or Direct Action

Inspiring kids to take action
"Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember, Involve me and I learn."

Driving Questions

Driving questions will be essential to guiding and facilitating the student learning this summer. These questions will be the focus of your project, provide discussion structure, promote inquiry, awareness and action.

Driving questions should be relevant and provoke student thinking that will make them think about ways to impact or bring about change within our global themes of Peace, Water and Human Rights.

Samples of Driving Questions

  • How do we show the elderly that we care about thier happiness?
  • How does one's culture and experience shape the truths they live by?
  • If people have the right to basic needs, why are these needs not being met for millions of people across the world?
  • How can we promote safe drinking water locally and globally?

Inquiry and Engagement

Classroom experiences provide lots of opportunities for student engaging student inquiry. Students should be actively at the center of the learning process, and you as teachers are facilitating the process.

Summer Attitude Spotlight
2017 Summer Attitudes

The IB attitudes will be used to connect us throughout the summer. Attitudes are the fundamental focus in the development of positive attitudes towards people, the environment, and learning. Students will be recognized each day for exemplifying these traits throughout the summer.

Week 1- Respect

-Respecting themselves, others and the world around them

Week 2-Creativity

Being creative and imaginative in their thinking and their approach to problems and dilemmas

Week 3- Cooperation

Cooperating, collaborating, and leading or following as the situation demands

Week 4- Empathy

Imagining themselves in another's situation in order to understand his or her reasoning and emotions, so as to be open-mided and reflective about the perspectives of others

Week 5- Commitment

Being committed to their own learning, persevering and showing self-discipline and responsibility

Week 6- Appreciation

Appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people

Summer Schedule
Daily Schedule


Morning Meeting, Spirit Check & Provocation

Team Collaboration Gathering



Middle School

Academic Morning Core

Reading, Math, S.T.E.A.M


Global Explorations-(Art, Dance, Outside Movement, Recess, PE)

Summer Swim Schedule

Monday and Wednesday

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades

Middle School- 7th and 8th Graders

Tuesday and Thursday

3rd and 4th Grades

Middle School- 5th and 6th Graders

Global Connection Theme and Inquiry

Book Talk (replaces D.E.A.R)

Afternoon Global Community Gathering

(Classroom sharing, Global recognition's, Snack)


Summer Essentials
Lesson Plans

Lesson plans for the summer are required by each team. Lesson plans should reflect the CORE subjects of reading, writing and math to help prevent summer learning loss.

Lesson plans should be aligned with Grade level state standards in reading, math and writing.

Summer Learning

You will have access to your student STAR scores to help guide your instructional planning this summer. Our reading specialist will provide additional training on how to effectively and efficiently use this data to improve student growth.

The reading specialist will meet with you each week to provide strategies and training to support you and your students.

We will rewrite the pledge to reflect the Attitudes

Staff training take aways

  • Global Stand for theme
  • Driving Question
  • Service action project
  • Schedule what will your day look like?
  • Book Talk
  • Capstone possibilty
  • Field Trips
  • Google Drive Folder for Lesson Planning and Resources
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