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