National Coalition of Girls’ School, the leading advocate for girls’ schools with nearly 300 member schools, selected Upper School faculty Kerry Bader and Judy Scinto to present their proposal entitled “Ethics, Scholarship, Citizenship: Best Practice for Developing Global Leaders” at the annual Educating Girls Symposium. The duo, who lead the Community Service and Global Scholars programs respectively, presented via Zoom to colleagues from girls schools all over the globe.
The presentation offered the opportunity to share the Sacred Heart mission and programming that amplifies the mission. Mrs. Bader discussed Saint Madeleine Sophie and her “commitment to allow women to be leaders, the commitment to allowing girls to succeed, and the commitment to provide necessary skills both hard skills and soft skills for girls to be leaders and advocates for the future”.
Bader and Scinto proudly detailed how curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular programming all support global leadership. Bader wanted the main takeaway for the whole presentation for her viewers to “get a good feel for what we do at Sacred Heart and how together, our curriculum and mission encourage our students to be leaders in our community and our world.”
The presentation focused on Goal III: a social awareness that impels to action. Mrs. Bader focused on the words awareness and action specifically. “In order to be a leader in the world, we need to be aware of what is happening. We need to provide opportunities for our students to research and experience issues that exist both locally, in the United States, and in the world,” she said.
Mrs. Scinto talked about the Global Scholars program in her portion of the presentation. The program’s mission is to “equip students with world language communication skills and cross-cultural academic experiences so that they may thrive as responsible global leaders in a complex, diverse world.” She outlined the curriculum and highlighted how students define global citizenship through academics or experiences offered by Sacred Heart Greenwich.
“Ethics and globalism are integral to our mission here at Sacred Heart Greenwich -- it's what we do across all divisions,” Mrs. Scinto reflected. “But, I feel that the expansion of our Ethics Curriculum and our Global Scholars Program in the Upper School really show how intentional we are about recognizing the value of personal choice and responsibility in daily life -- so I hope we conveyed some actionable methods and materials to participants with our cases.”
Linda Vasu, Assistant of Upper School stated “What an honor to represent Sacred Heart Greenwich at this prestigious Symposium! The NCGS is the premier coalition for girls' schools, sharing best practices with 24,000 educators worldwide, about preparing our students to be ethical, globally-minded changemakers” She goes on to say that “Kerry Bader's and Judy Scinto's collaboration presented thoughtful connections to virtue ethics, Catholic social teaching, and service -- and highlighted Sacred Heart's compelling interdisciplinary, mission-based programming for raising global consciousness about social action for the collective good. Our Sacred Heart foundresses are the first boots-on-the-ground global scholars, and the RSCJs (Members of the Religious of the Sacred Heart) continue their important work in building a just, global society through the service of education”
This is just one example of our faculty continuing to live out our mission even outside of the classroom. Read more about how the mission drives the Sacred Heart experience of both our students and faculty.