Connecting globally is a strategy we use at D39C to help students understand their place in the world in both time and space. Starting at the earliest ages, students explore people, places, ideas, artifacts, and events on a global scale and become more international in their understanding. Students explore the cultures, languages, and customs of people around the world finding connections between cultures and civilizations as part of our integrated global studies. This perspective helps students appreciate the uniqueness of the United States in history and students develop an understanding of the ideas and courage that shaped the American experience in the past and now. The integrated global studies perspective will emphasize the need for leadership, ethics, cultural competence, and personal responsibility.