A Global Partnership Initiative of the Jesuit Schools Network

Dear Global Companions:  

The global work of our JSN schools continues to become more evident every day! Snippets of global conversations can be heard at the Leadership Seminars, Cohort Gatherings, Province Gatherings and other Jesuit Schools Network events. Hemispheres would like to showcase all that you are doing. Hemispheres is your global voice.

May you find the February issue of Hemispheres enjoyable and informative!
"To act as a universal body with a universal mission" GC35, D.2 #20
Catharine Steffens
Director of Global Partnerships
Jesuit Schools Network
In our schools...
JSN Ad hoc Global Working Group 
In January a group of JSN educators gathered in DC to take a look at the global work already happening in the Jesuit Schools Network, and to lay a path forward.

We thank the participants for their time, passion and expertise:
  • Bill Muller SJ, Executive Director JSN  
  • Catharine Steffens, Director of Global Partnerships, JSN  
  • Donna Andrade, Dean of Mission and Ministry, Fairfield College Prep  
  • James Sennette, Assistant Director, Hyde Center for Global Education  
  • Stacy Dainard, Counseling and Social Studies, St. Paul’s High School, Winnipeg, Canada  
  • Jennie Kuenz, Director of Global Engagement and Sustainability, Physics Teacher, Portland Jesuit 
  • Geoff Miller, PASE UCS  
  • Christina Vela, Directory of Diversity, Regis Jesuit High School  
  • *Ciara Beuster, Educate Magis - virtual break-out session  
Lesson Plans with
a Global Dimension
Jesuit Portland High School
What does global education look like in our schools? Jesuit Portland is leading the way in defining and creating intentionality in our global curriculum. They are deeply immersed in globally focused lessons across all subjects. Here is a sampling of possibilities!

  1.  Lesson plans and support materials for the annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes refugee simulation; freshman participate in annually. ~Malia Bernards
  2. Lesson plans to go with Khaled Hosseini’s beautiful new picture book, Sea Prayer. This 48 page illustrated book could be used in a language arts classroom as a writing prompt in many ways. It dovetails beautifully into social studies classes studying the refugee crisis or countries at war, and it would also work beautifully into any class dealing with peace and justice issues or an art class as a model of text and pictures working together. ~Erin Fitzpatrick-Bjorn
  3. The Biology of Skin Color: Lessons from this HHMI Bio Interactive explore how differing skin tones arose as result of evolutionary pressure due to biochemical needs. This is the very first lesson students encounter in Honors Biology. It gives them a social context for many of the major topics in Biology: genetics, evolution, and biochemistry. ~Lara Shamieh
  4. Within a broader unit on the history of Spain, students learn about Moorish Art in Spain. Students observe, learn about, and then create moorish tile designs. This project takes up some in-class time (design and coloring), and also some work at home. Feedback from students: though intimidating at first, everyone connects with their inner artist, and the work is very contemplative. It also creates lovely decoration for our classroom! ~Selma Craft

What are you doing in your school? In your classes?
Drop us a quick email at JSN Hemispheres !
The Global Red Chair Project is becoming
more Global and JSN is part of the journey!
For the past number of years, Educate Magis has been raising awareness amongst the global community of Jesuit schools around the world on the importance of the right to education through the Global Red Chair Project . A project, which started out in a Jesuit school in the north of Spain and was then shared with more schools in Spain through Jesuit NGO Entreculturas has been brought to at least 30 Jesuit schools around the world, 9 of which are JSN schools ! Check out the list of schools and countries which have implemented the Red Chair Project so far and who have received the Red Chair badge  on Educate Magis here .
If your school has implemented the Red Chair but has not yet been awarded the badge be sure to let Educate Magis know by emailing  info@educatemagis.org
Weaving the Fabric of our Jesuit Schools ~ Saint Peter's Prep
Ever since my first day of teaching at  Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, N.J ., I have felt part of a team; as one of several Spanish teachers, we see our work as a shared task that revolves around our students, not the other way around.
One group that took particularly well to this idea, and has always felt like “our” students, just came to the halfway point of their senior year. As they are embarking on their obligatory senior-year reading of the adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, my colleague Ms. Gómez and I asked them to think about their experience here at Prep as an adventure worth reflecting on and retelling at this point in time.

What follows are four concise, endearing reflections on what brought these four students to our school and the journey they’ve undergone over the past few years. Although each is as distinct as the student, we hope that you find in these writings what unites us in our Ignatian work . ~ Thomas Powers

Read the rest of this article , on Educate Magis Global Stories , to hear the beautiful reflections of these four extraordinary students.
And beyond...
Tag your photos with #JSNGlobal and SHARE your global journeys in & out of the classroom.
The Ignatian Carbon Challenge invites students at Jesuit institutions to sign up and plan an Environmental Action Week on your campus! 

Educate classmates and administrators on the issues with single-use plastics, conduct a plastic audit, and kick the plastic habit for good on your campus!
Anne Frank Essay and Video Competition
Don't miss the submission deadline for the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA  “ Anne Frank Essay and Video Competition ” on Friday, March 15 5PM ET  
Word Limit: 1,500 words (essay) 2 minutes (video)
Winners will be announced on May 1, 2019
JRS/USA 2019 Advocacy Day
YOU don't want to miss it! JRS/USA’s 2019 Advocacy Day is on Thurs, April 4 from 8:30AM to 4PM in Washington, D.C. Click here  for more details on the event. We hope you can join us!
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