Global University is CTA Independence’s marquee instructional program for 5th and 6th grade students that provides the framework for the academic and leadership instruction necessary for them to be college and career ready, and competitive in a global society. In conjunction with our traditional core curriculum, students receive additional learning opportunities and instruction within the four pillars of Global University: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Leadership, Global Awareness, and Digital Learning Application. These pillars provide for students the necessary skills related to critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity which are essential in the 21st century. Learning will be transformed from acquiring knowledge through direct instruction alone, to using acquired knowledge to analyze problems and design solution through inquiry and hands-on learning opportunities.Utilizing our science lab, students will have daily opportunities to explore and apply concepts related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Students will have hands-on learning labs where they design experiments, create and engineer solutions to unique problems using critical thinking skills and collaboration. Students will also explore STEM related careers through guest presenters and off-site field experiences. In addition, students will be using zSpace technology to explore the world of science. zSpace is an interactive hardware and software platform that allows students to interact with science in a virtual reality environment to understand concepts, conduct experiments, and explore engaging tasks.
Based on Stephen Covey’s work of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, students will explore and practice the leadership and interpersonal skills necessary to persevere when challenged while excelling in their academic courses. Through the integration of 21st century leadership skills and executive life skills, students will have opportunities to sharpen their leadership abilities through various leadership experiences and clubs throughout the year. Students need both basic computer application skills along with opportunities to learn and practice coding, programming, and using computers for research. Students will continue to receive instruction in these areas along with additional opportunities to interact with technology during their studies.
One of CTA Independences greatest assets is our diverse student population and community. It is our vision to prepare our students to be competitive in an ever increasing global economy. To support this vision, students will explore global issues that affect us both in our backyard and around the world. Global issues related to food and agriculture, water, health and sustainable development will be integrated within our STEM instruction.