Global Education Zone

Currently, The National African Business Association is currently seeking ways to reestablish failing K-12 education in urban urban areas  to provide a general framework and assess the impacts of implementing Global Education Zones. This is a way to transform a local community into a Global Education Zone that would improve the prospects for revitalization in several ways. Specifically, the district could:

  • Create high-quality education opportunities for all children.

  • Investment dollars to increase per pupil spending in international school districts.

  • Result in more kids attending small schools that improve student learning.  

A  Global Education Zone is a proposed  cooperative agreement between an ISD, municipal library board, social service agency, chamber of commerce and community college to help create oversight and maintain a series of international schools within the boundaries of a particular district.

The purpose of a Global Education Zone is to create a network of international schools with either an Advanced Placement or World IB curriculum (not to be confused with charter schools or traditional public schools) within the boundaries of both the municipality and ISD.  These international schools contained within a Global Education Zone can allow high school students from other countries to attend the local Global Education Zone as F-1 visa students (SEVIS) as well as students here in the United States. Foreign students who are not U.S. citizens will have to pay the Global Education Zone tuition but the District (though its non-profit community partnerships) must be able to provide boarding/housing for international students. Global Education Zones must adhere to the same laws as outlined in the Michigan School Code.

Global Education Zones also must provide alternative teacher certification for potential teachers or can obtain H1-B visa status for international instructors who must be licensed to teach in the school district.

The Global Education Zone will also be a domestic academic partner for economic development in the community it will serve. International Schools, within the Global Education Zone, are focused on STEM, green energy, entrepreneurship, cultural and performing arts, foreign language immersion, and hospitality. In addition, the Global Education Zone will partner with neighboring higher education programs (i.e. community college) to provide additional support and economic development programs.

Lastly, international schools within a Global Education Zone can utilize a community school model where there are a set of partnerships between schools and community-based organizations to provide comprehensive academic, health, and social services to students and their families. These schools serve as a central location to connect the school community with available services and opportunities, creating the conditions for students to achieve in school and beyond. 

Currently, we are partnering with Pathways Global Learning Academy to help launch a K-12 educational institution in Inkster, Michigan with grades K-2 beginning in the Fall of 2017. Please visit the PGLA website at Pathways Global Learning Institute for more information.