The GEC Approach

The cornerstone of the GEC approach is recreating schools and their systems to be future-focused in which supported and empowered teachers play a pivotal role in developing confident and happy/thriving individuals who are prepared to realize their goals and be lifelong learners.

The GEC approach is a comprehensive global model that incorporates rigorous, project-based learning using real-world issues, meaningful relationships, and community engagement. With a culture that empowers students and teachers to reach their goals, the school is a place/space where all members of the school community benefit, participate, and learn from one another in pursuit of their individual and shared goals. Our philosophy and process are tailored to the local context, serving the needs, goals, and cultures of the community.

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The Heart of the GEC School: An Engaged Ecosystem

In GEC schools, every member of the school ecosystem has the possibility to become the initiator, implementer, and receiver of knowledge and skills. All members of the School Education Community work together to provide an equitable learning ecosystem, both in and outside of school. 

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Once an engaged ecosystem has been nurtured, GEC schools may expect the following outcomes:
• High-level competencies balanced with social emotional confidence among students

• Trusted, deep, and respectful relationships among teachers, students, and community stakeholders

• Authentic learning driven by students’ interests, goals, and community contexts

• Individualized instruction, after-school programming, and additional services

• Opportunities for continued innovation and collaboration
Implementation of Our GEC Model

Why Physical Space Matters

An often-overlooked element of learning is the role of physical environment, which can be related to student achievement, behavior, and sense of belonging. Well-designed physical space creates a learning environment where learners, teachers, and community members can work cohesively and independently on projects that are both relevant and authentic.

aerial view of Global Education Community building in Beijingyoung students collaborating at tables
GEC students writing on boardGlobal Eduation Community building hallways Beijing
aerial view of Global Education Community building in Beijing
GEC students writing on board
young students collaborating at tables
Global Eduation Community building hallways Beijing

Photos from the GEC 3.0 Global School in Beijing, designed by TKWA Architects.

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