TLC Students develop empathy and compassion for others around the world through Global Service Learning. Learning about the needs of others and participating in making a difference. By partnering with students in classrooms in other nations, students have the opportunity to increase language and comprehension skills, but also to increase multicultural proficiency, global awareness and to develop a first-hand understanding of problems faced by others in the world. The culture of our school will promote service-learning—students will begin in the early grades with school jobs allowing them to serve and help others in the school community. As they grow, they will take the service-learning to the broader community and participate in volunteering with many different organizations, charities, organizations, and events.
In our upper grades, students will have the opportunity for Global Service Learning—to actually visit the school in the country that they have been learning about and communicating with, partnering with the students there to serve their community. We will have student exchanges with a partner school in Mexico where students get to visit and stay in each other’s homes for 2 weeks, attending class, and participating in field trips and cultural experiences. Every exchange will include a joint service-learning opportunity—children serving together to make a difference in the world.
Students are explicitly taught to respect and honor one another, and to take responsibility for their own actions. Students have the freedom to make mistakes in this environment of a Growth Mindset, where there is no shame or blame, and students are taught empathy, forgiveness, and compassion for others in a local and global context. By acquiring 2nd and/or 3rd language skills and cultural understanding, exploring the world through a technology-embedded inquiry-based learning model, and by engaging in local and global service learning opportunities, all students will become self-motivated, competent, and lifelong learners.