Global Learning

Students with learning differences graduate from Lab uniquely prepared for the challenges and opportunities that await them in today’s global world. Part of that preparation involves a broad and deep connection to people of other nations and their particular political and social concerns.

Our humanities curriculum spans a wide range of international issues. Lab School students begin their appreciation of other cultures early and build upon that knowledge every year:
  • exploring international customs, food, music and art in our Elementary and Intermediate program
  • focusing on authors, poets, and essayists from around the world in Junior High literature classes
  • delving into pressing global issues in High School social studies
  • using technology to communicate with peers from other nations
We are proud of our ever-expanding study abroad program. High School students have traveled to places such as Costa Rica, England, France, Ecuador, South Africa, the Galapagos Islands, China, Spain and Morocco, Cambodia and Vietnam, Germany and Poland. Students engage their skills of observation, collaboration, creation, and reflection by blogging, video-taping, journaling, or creating digital photo essays of their experiences abroad.

Students have also traveled nationally to Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, the Grand Canyon, New York City, and on a Civil Rights tour in the South.

Photos from Various Trips

Lab Teachers Also Benefit from "Going Global"

Since 2010, faculty members have had the opportunity to apply for a fellowship through The Edith and Herbert Lehman Foundation to support and extend their curriculum through travel. All applications for the Fellowship are carefully reviewed and a select number of teachers are chosen each year. Recipients share their travel experiences and photos at a full faculty meeting every December. Thanks to these generous fellowships, faculty have traveled to the Vesuvian International Institute in Italy, Iceland to study the “Land of Fire and Ice,” Prague for an intensive workshop on marionette making, Shakespeare’s England, and Greece to trace Odysseus’ route among others, gaining relevant experiences and knowledge that enrich what they teach their students in the classroom at Lab.
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