Going Global

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Jan 17, 2019

In our growing interconnected world, global literacy is an increasingly important education goal. Global literacy is an appreciation of how cultures are alike and different and the ability to understand how culture and circumstances affect one’s life. Villa Madonna Academy Elementary and High School/Junior High recognize the importance of global literacy in preparing students for success in a global economy and have expanded the global literacy curriculum for students in grades K-12.

It’s an exciting undertaking. Teachers are focusing on three countries this year. They started with Mexico.In language arts, students read a Mexican story. In gym, they learned about Mexican kickball and the game La Pirinola. In art, some students learned about Mexican artists such as Frida Kahlo and tried lying on their back to pain pictures. Other students painted a large canvas to look like traditional woven blankets. In guidance class, some students learned to make a God’s Eye or Ojo de Dios, a craft that is important to some minority cultures in Mexico, and in music classes focused on mariachi music. The Mexico unit coincided with El Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. The world language teachers created altars for students to participate in the important Mexican tradition of honoring deceased loved ones. The elementary school  also partnered with the World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to bring a speaker into the school.


Villa Madonna Academy High School/Junior High has also taken steps to promote global literacy among its students. The school is participating in two new programs to promote Global and Language Literacy among its students. Villa  has been accepted into the Global Seal of Bilteracy program. It recognizes those who have achieved literacy in English and a second language. This is done through standardized testing. Students who wish to earn the seal must take either the Advanced Placement test in Spanish or French or take the Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency or STAMP test. Villa is the only school in Northern Kentucky to have been approved for the Global Seal of Biliteracy. Some students will have opportunities to work toward their biliteracy seal during Villa’s language immersion program. They will spend two weeks in France or Spain this spring living with host families and learning the language and the culture.

In addition, Villa is part of the Global Citizenship Certificate Program or GCCP. Students must meet certain criteria to expand their global perspectives. They learn about world issues, participate in service programs, and learn to communicate with diverse groups of people. This program takes two to four years to complete and culminates with a certificate recognizing the students’ achievement of a high level of global literacy.

To learn more about our global literacy programs for grades K-12, please contact our admissions director, Janet Baugh, at admissions@villamadonna.net..