Mr. Hudder working with Needham High Students

Needham High School Global Competence Program

The first Collaborative Initiative program, launched in October 2007, is the Needham High School Global Competence Program.

Modeled after a Boston College program yet tailored to our high school population, the program appears to be the first of its kind in the nation. Students earn a Certificate of Global Competence by completing a series of requirements designed to foster a greater sense of global awareness, including a foreign travel experience, proficiency in a foreign language, 30 hours of community service working with people from another world culture, and an extracurricular component involving multicultural communities in the greater Boston area.

Global Competence program participants will:

  • Think globally: Have an increased knowledge of their relationship to the world; think about issues from a global perspective; gain an appreciation for other world cultures, viewpoints, and perspectives.
  • Communicate effectively: Improve their foreign language skills and their ability to communicate with people across cultural and language divides.
  • Contribute responsibly: Use their global knowledge to interact and build relationships with people from other cultures; actively seek world knowledge to develop their own values and perspectives; demonstrate respect, open-mindedness, understanding, and flexibility in behavior and thinking; help others to embrace multiple perspectives.

For more information, visit the Needham High School Global Competence program website.