Global Community Citizenship (GCC) Course

  • On April 5, 2017, the Board approved a new Global Community Citizenship course at Arundel High School. This introductory Signature Program course, which all ninth-graders at Arundel High School take, is designed to explore the values and diversity of our local, national, and global communities. Through real world occurrences and issues, students identify and discuss topics, events, and essential questions relevant to their local community which allow them to understand their role in demonstrating civic virtues. Students consider the cultural, historical, and technological influences that have shaped our modern society and consider how these impact students’ lives now and into the future.  Students begin with self-exploration to understand what events, traditions, and circumstances have shaped their views, behaviors, and goals. That is followed by the exploration of traditions of people in our local and global communities, with a goal of fostering values of acceptance and inclusion of all people. Active listening and social discourse (conversation) skills will be explicitly taught and practiced during this course.

    Approximately 750 Arundel High School students have taken the course over its first three semesters. The course is being expanded to all county high schools and parts of it will be customized for each school to provide for maximum impact. The course will be a graduation requirement for students, beginning with those who are entering ninth grade for the first time in the fall of 2019.

    This page provides information on the GCC course, including the December 5, 2018, and January 23, 2019, presentations to the Board of Education; answers to frequently asked questions, the course at a glance description; and a video featuring Arundel High School Principal Gina Davenport discussing the course on “Larry King Now.”


Presentations before the Board of Education

Dec. 5, 2018 & Jan. 23, 2019

Arundel Principal Gina Davenport - “Larry King Now,” December 15, 2017

GCC Course to be Launched Systemwide in Fall 2019

Superintendent George Arlotto: Time is Right to Require Course

  • January 28, 2019

    Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for female education who became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner at the age of 17 in 2014, described the power of conversation this way: “The best way to solve problems and to fight against war is through dialogue.”

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