Our true destiny…is a world built from the bottom up by competent citizens living in solid communities, engaged in and by their places.
– David Orr
The Global Citizen Diploma is a supplementary qualification that complements the IB Diploma and NIST High School Diploma. As a supplementary programme that parallels the core NIST high school curriculum (Years 10-13), it enables the students to reflect on their learning experiences in the context of making a contribution to the world. The GCD allows them to better showcase their individual strengths and accomplishments in order to gain recognition for their achievements in areas that are not reported in the IB Diploma and make them more visible to the universities of their choice. NIST is one of only a handful schools around the world – and the only one in Thailand – to offer the GCD to its students.
Why Do the GCD?
Traditional grading systems measure academic ability and focus on a narrow range of skills set while overlooking other equally important skills. As universities and employers have increasingly acknowledged, grades simply do not provide enough information about the skills and strengths of students. The GCD is intended to fill that gap, showing how learners develop along a more diverse spectrum.
- The GCD showcases their talents in leadership, management, community engagement, global citizenship and other areas not measured through traditional grades.
- The GCD helps them tell their stories to universities, increasing their more as well-rounded applicants who possess multiple strengths and abilities
- The GCD helps them to grow as individuals, becoming more compassionate, confident and responsible
How much work does the GCD require?
Most students will not need to complete a large amount of extra work to earn the GCD, as the GCD categories are designed to describe the kinds of activities and learning that students already participate in. Additionally, many of the reflections the NIST students must complete for their community, action, service (CAS) activities correspond to the reflections required for the GCD. A small amount of adaptation development is all the work that may be required. Students may also choose to report their GCD activities in other formats such as videos and presentations.
How does the GCD work?
Students can choose the complete one of three levels of recognition: the Global Citizen Certificate, Global Citizen Diploma or Global Citizen Diploma with Distinction. The requirements for each are detailed on the GCD website.
Where can I find more information?
Additional details of the GCD—including guidelines, reflection criteria and exemplars—are available on the official site. You may also contact the NIST GCD Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elements of the GCD
Students achieve a level of education that makes it possible to hold informed opinions. Diplomas earned prior to the completion of high school are held pending graduation.
Students make a consistent, sustained commitment to serving and developing connections with each other.
Students actively seek personal understanding of the interaction of power/privilege and economics, ethics, politics, religion, environment between countries/cultures.
Students are committed to connecting with and understanding others across linguistic and cultural barriers.
Students engage an audience and communicate effectively, ethically, and publicly on issues of personal interest or passion.
Students learn how to maintain their own physical, social, mental/emotional, and spiritual health
Students assess risk, and develop a skill or understanding through interaction with nature
Students provide work of practical value in a professional setting, developing skills.
Students develop a proficiency in interdisciplinary academic skill such as Research, Reflection, Transfer, Organization, Collaboration and Inquiry.
Students develop the habits of creative exploration and communications through sustained engagement with the arts.
Students take responsibility for managing resources such as space, money, time, towards the completion of a goal.
Students set an ambitions goal, and plan systematically, act, reflect and adapt in the pursuit of it.
Students engage and perform at the highest academic level in one subject or across disciplines or in a specific academic skill.
Students fulfill their vision of a task through the effective leadership of people and management of resources.
Students are native or functionally fluent in at least two skills of reading, writing and speaking, in at least two different languages.
Students achieve and are recognized at the highest or para-professional levels, on par with adults.