Essential Elements

Educators for Excellence – Teachers are a high priority in Global, Innovative, Strategic, Transformative Schools. They have the essential role of promoting a just and sustainable world. Teachers help their students become independent constructors of knowledge, critical and systems thinkers, problem solvers, and responsible partners. Teachers focus on purposeful support to ensure that all students meet high expectations while maintaining high standards for themselves.

Teachers are supported through sustained and effective professional development, coaching, and peer collaboration. To support and develop excellent educators and leaders, GIST schools work in collaboration with colleges of education and other teacher training institutions to offer professional development, evaluate curricula, strengthen pedagogical practices, and improve assessment.

Local to Global

Local–Global education is about facilitating educational experiences that allow students to appreciate diverse perspectives, understand their role in an increasingly interconnected world that faces significant challenges due to a changing climate, effectively communicate and collaborate across cultures and countries, and use disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge to investigate and act on issues that matter to them locally and to the wider world.


A key aspect of supporting the development of the whole learner is metacognition or helping them to understand their own learning and thinking processes. Learners develop the ability to reflect on their thinking and learning processes to inform their future progress and overcome complex or unexpected problems. Through an understanding of their own thinking, learners can better develop problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking skills.

Sustainability Literacy

Climate change is recognized as a serious threat facing humanity. We work to ensure that learners gain the knowledge, skills, and global mindset of equity needed to contribute to the creation of lasting economic prosperity, environmental health, and social justice.

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