SOMERS, N.Y. - Julie Gherardi, assistant superintendent for learning at Somers Central School District, sent a letter to parents Thursday, updating them on the Global Citizenship Task Force, which met last spring.

In the letter, Gherardi said the task force has put forth a vision for "global citizenship." She said the district is in the process of being recognized as "No Place for Hate," a designation awarded by the Anti-Defamation League.

The full letter is posted below:

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Dear Families,

As you know, the Somers Central School District vision encompasses three important aspects of educating students in the 21st century:

  • 21st Century Knowledge and Skills,
  • Social, Emotional and Physical Wellness, and
  • Global Citizenship

Our vision for Global Citizenship was recently revised with the help of a Global Citizenship Task Force that met during the spring of 2016. The task force was comprised of community members, faculty, administration, parents and students. Their input resulted in the following vision for global citizenship:

  • Using 21st century skills to observe, analyze and understand global issues, including sustainability, justice, privilege, bias and human rights both present and historical.
  • Learning from and collaborating with individuals of varied identities in a spirit of mutual respect, self-reflection, flexible thinking and open dialogue in personal, work and community contexts.
  • Developing and using a common language, K-12, in order to maintain active and ongoing learning around global citizenship.
  • Developing self-awareness, empathy, and appreciation in order to become leaders and role models who act with integrity to create a better world.
  • Engaging in collaborative problem solving in an effort to give back to the local and global community through service to others.
  • Understanding our own local laws and constitution as well as international law and our civic, ethical, and personal responsibilities to each other locally, nationally and internationally.

As stated in the above vision statement, part of our responsibility in educating students for global citizenship is helping them to understand diverse perspectives and to embrace diversity in all of its forms.

To that end, our entire school district is committed to becoming “No Place for Hate.” This initiative, spearheaded by the Anti-Defamation League, “offers students, teachers, administrators and family members the opportunity to work together to combat prejudice and enhance a culture of respect in their school and community.”

Each of our four schools has begun the process to be recognized as “No Place for Hate.” You will be hearing more within the coming months from your student’s Principal about what will be happening for the students in his or her school.

If you’d like to learn more, please visit: http://newyork.adl.org/files/2014/07/EDownstateBrochure-2016FINAL.pdf.

As always, should you have any questions, please contact me or your child’s principal.

Sincerely,

Julie Gherardi
Assistant Superintendent for Learning, Somers Central School District