Student earns WGS certificate

Kathryn Boening, who graduated from Plymouth High School in June, is one of the first Wisconsin Global Scholars, thanks to a new state program based on one at PHS.

She was one of seven students statewide to earn the new Global Education Achievement Certificate offered through the Department of Public Instruction.

To earn the certificate, students took four years of a world language as well as four credits of globally connected classes in literature, history, social studies, mathematics or the arts.

Students also completed an extracurricular and community service project connected to a global community or global issue.

“Wisconsin is recognizing these students for their interest in other cultures and people around the world,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers, a PHS graduate. “They added a credential to their high school diploma that demonstrates their extra efforts to become college and career-ready for the multicultural, interconnected world.”

PHS helped lead the way on this DPI initiative, as the PHS Global Studies Certificate served as a model for the DPI certificate. The PHS certificate was created by Spanish teacher Laura Koebel several years ago after she adapted a similar program at Milwaukee’s University School to the PHS curriculum and wove in qualities important for global citizens.

Koebel has since presented on the PHS Global Studies Certificate at numerous conferences. The first PHS Global Studies Certificates were awarded to Fred Phelps and Kaitlyn Schneider in 2013.

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