The AFS-USA Global School Award is designed to recognize a school or school district that demonstrates a commitment to cultural diversity, global competence, and curriculum internationalization as these practices are in alignment with the AFS-USA mission of creating a more just and peaceful world through intercultural learning and exchange.
How It Works:
Nominators submit a packet of information (see below) demonstrating a school’s commitment to global education and the integration of global competence concepts into the everyday experiences of students, teachers, and the local community. Nominations are due a minimum of seven (7) days before the application deadline. Schools may self-nominate. Nominees are asked to submit their application by December 15, 2023, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time to complete their portfolio for review.
The winning school will be determined by the AFS-USA School Outreach Advisory Group and will receive an invitation for one representative and a guest* to attend, participate, and accept their award in person at the Spring 2024 Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Conference in Alexandria, Virginia from March 23-26, 2024.
Global School Award Rules:
- Participation in and registration for the AFS-USA Global School Award is free. No purchase is necessary.
- In order to participate, nominated schools must:
- Be an accredited secondary school, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Designate a staff member as a “School Representative” who is at least 21 years of age and who currently resides in the U.S. The School Representative must be able to travel to Alexandra, Virginia to participate in the awards ceremony if the nominated school wins.
- All award submissions must be in PDF form and follow the page limits as indicated below.
- Nominations and applications must be submitted through the online submission form and include all required materials. Once the nomination has been submitted, nominees will receive a link to submit the required materials for their application.
- Materials for NOMINATION include:
- Copy of the school’s or school district’s Mission, Vision, Core Values or Strategic Plan that expresses value in the global preparedness of students.
- Letter of nomination that speaks to the school’s engagement with multicultural groups as well as ideas, activities, and opportunities for students and staff with intercultural thinking and learning with the aim of enriching the curriculum. (Max. 2 pages)
- Supplemental artifacts (optional) such as, photos, news articles, event programs, presentations, social media posts, staff bulletins, screen captures, etc. that showcase global learning, experiences, and engagement. (Max. 5 pages) *Please ensure permissions have been acquired for any photos as photos may be used in promotions and/or on the AFS-USA Website.
- Required materials for APPLICATION include:
- School Data/Demographics This document should be completed and included as the cover page of the application.
- Letter of recommendation from a current or former parent or student that can speak to global engagement opportunities and/or the internationalization of curriculum that the student has experienced and its impact. (Max. 2 pages)
- School/District event plan, summary, or promotional handout that incorporates global competence or multicultural engagement for students, staff, and/or community members.
- Supplemental artifacts (photos, news articles, event programs, presentations, staff bulletins, screen captures, etc.) that showcase global learning, experiences, and engagement. (Max. 5 pages) *Please ensure permissions have been acquired for any photos as photos may be used in promotions and/or on the AFS-USA Website.
- Photo of the school or school building sign (high resolution preferred)
- Nominations are due no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, December 8, 2023. Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, December 15, 2023. Late submissions will not be eligible.
- Following the submission deadline, all eligible entries will be evaluated by at least 3 members of the School Outreach Advisory Group.
- The entrant(s) whose submission draws the highest average score according to this rubric will be declared the winner and be invited to accept the award in person at the 2024 ECA conference in Alexandria, Virginia. See Terms and Conditions for more information.
- The winning school will be notified by February 2, 2024. Other entrants will be notified of their status by mid-February.
*The guest should be a person that you are comfortable sharing a hotel room with and who has an interest in attending some of the conference sessions.
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