K-12 refers to schools for students from kindergarten (K) and 1st Grade through the 12th Grade. Students attend these grades generally from the ages of 4 through 18 years old before they enter college. K-12 schools, especially those with limited budgets, need help in fostering a global perspective in their curriculum. Reforming the curriculum is a gigantic task. Our world necessitates future citizens who have a sophisticated understanding of other cultures. This change needs to come about through direct engagement with other people and communities. A semester or summer spent living and learning in another culture is one way for a student to demonstrate that ongoing commitment to change. International students can provide a breadth of global perspectives that serve to enrich the school campus and the local community. International students have a lot of excitement about and experience with different cultures; these resources should help provide a structured way of getting that information to the K-12 schools. Here you will find information if you are interested in establishing or enhancing student interest in world cultures within your classroom.
Click on the following links for information on how you as an international student, K-12 teacher, or an international student advisor can facilitate international outreach in K-12 schools.