Global Collaborative Challenge

In the winter term, the entire junior class works on multiple global issues. Students are placed into randomly-selected groups of five, and each group chooses a topic from a wide range of global issues — from healthcare to mass pollution to international policy. Students collaborate to take on these relevant global issues and are challenged to fine-tune their communication skills when showcasing their findings to a faculty panel in a twelve minute presentation.

After the presentation, the group must defend its position in a Q&A panel format. The group is graded on its ability to address the enormity of the global issue, the depth of their research, the quality of the presentation, the collaborative dynamics of the group, and the group’s defense of its presentation. This aspect of the Practicum for Civic Leadership is designed to encourage boys to become creative problem-solvers and informed communicators. 

How is it graded?

The Global Collaborative Challenge is graded as High Pass, Pass, or Fail. This Practicum is reported on the student’s transcript and given two academic credits.


Tackling Real-World Problems

Christian Colantonio ’20, Youwu Fang ’20, Solomon Hess ’20, Tim Manning ’20, Rory McLaughlin ’20, and Tian Yu ’20 showcased their communication and problem-solving skills in their 2019 Global Collaborative Challenge presentation, Edward Snowden, Hero or Traitor? Their presentation received the highest ranking by the faculty panel. 

Students learn how to work as a team, put forth a quality presentation, and literally think on their feet — especially when asked questions by the faculty panel. These skills are essential.
Slade Mead,
DIrector of College Counseling