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Global Learning

Global Learning

Aware. Engaged. Empathetic. 

Fostering global awareness so students can understand, engage, and lead in an interconnected world.

Through meaningful global connections harnessing the power of technology and social media, we have opened pathways for our students, exposing them to a diverse set of cultures and experiential learning opportunities. At Davis, we believe it is not about the tools as stand-alone innovations but rather it is about the ways in which learners are empowered to apply innovative tools to generate inquiry, identify resources, and cultivate solutions. Through these active learning experiences, students are developing empathy and truly understanding the value of sharing a common goal with others around the world, as well as developing the presentation and communication skills that are paramount to learning in the 21st century.
In addition to the global reach through technology, field trips to museums and communal events and amazing overnight trips to rich cultural locations like Savannah, Charleston, and Washington, DC, also ensure students develop a greater awareness and understanding of the world. Nowhere is this experiential growth more evident than in the culminating and transformative two+ week trip to Israel that our Eighth Graders take in the spring of their graduating year.
To further nurture a global perspective with emphasis on social action amongst our students, The Davis Academy has developed a series of interfaith programming and partnerships.  We have a long-standing partnership with Marist School, that includes an interfaith program that combines learning, social action, and relationship building.  Examples include a day long program in which our fifth graders partner with students at Mount Vernon to teach and learn about different faiths. Additionally, our 7th grade students attend our Holy Sites Tour, visiting a local Mosque, a Hindu temple, and a Baha’I center to learn about their beliefs and their traditions. The lessons of acceptance, inclusivity and collaboration that emerge from these learning experiences further enrich the Davis Experience and provide our students with a better understanding of global citizens.

What does Global Learning look like?

These are examples of students working on projects, developing
skills and knowledge to build global awareness.

Snowflake Circuit

Third grade students made snowflakes with lights by using circuits, copper tape, LED lights, and coin cell batteries. Students discovered that using two colors of LED lights on one switch caused one light to dominate and adjusted their designs accordingly. It was a problem-solving activity that truly lit up the room!

Mitten Rube Goldberg Machine

Kindergarten students had a blast in the Innovation Lab where they created Rube Goldberg machines incorporating themes from the picture book "The Mitten", inspired by their Jan Brett author study. By establishing an end goal and creating a series of chain reactions, they worked as a team to accomplish their objective.

Tinkering Tuesday (rainbow prism snowflakes)

During Tinkering Tuesday, students created rainbow prism snowflakes. They used refraction by cutting out unique snowflake designs and pasting them onto cd’s while shining a flashlight onto their snowflake to create the rainbow effect.

Social Studies meets Robotics

In social studies, 5th graders learned about the Westward Expansion, the 19th-century movement of settlers into the American West. Students researched about specific subtopics and mapped out the journeys relevant to their findings. Using their coding skills, they programmed the robotic sphereos to retell and demonstrate the content they discovered through their research process.


Fourth grade students are building a micro computer. They are learning the  fundamentals of electronics and coding through the use of Minecraft Pi and a Scratch-like coding language.