La Jolla

By Nelson Graves

La Jolla Country Day School in southern California has signed up with News-Decoder as the 14th founding member of our international learning community.

LJCDS joins 11 other secondary schools and two universities in our growing network, which spans eight countries.

“La Jolla Country Day School is excited to use News-Decoder to help give students both the inspiration and the tools to be engaged, informed global citizens,” Jonathan Shulman, Director of LJCDS’s Center for Excellence in Citizenship, said.

Located in San Diego near the U.S. border with Mexico, LJCDS students will be visiting Cuba this academic year. Shulman said the school is excited to weave News-Decoder into its curriculum around the visit, “ensuring that the students who travel to Cuba are not just ‘dropping in’ but are practicing active, engaged global citizenship.”

Here are News-Decoder’s founding members:

Chadwick School (California and South Korea)
Friends Seminary (New York)
Greens Farms Academy (Connecticut)
Indiana University (Indiana)
ISF Academy (Hong Kong)
King’s Academy (Jordan)
King’s College London (UK)
La Jolla Country Day School (California)
Miss Porter’s School (Connecticut)
Princeton Day School (New Jersey)
St. Luke’s School (Connecticut)
School Year Abroad (China, France, Italy, Spain)
Thacher School (California)
Westover School (Connecticut)

A number of News-Decoder correspondents have been posted to Havana as foreign correspondents. They wrote a series of articles for our website after Fidel Castro died and will engage with LJCDS students before the visit.

News-Decoder helps young people around the world connect with peers and experts to explore the most important global issues. We offer students opportunities to publish on our website, to participate in online seminars and our private discussion board, to take eLearning courses on writing and interviewing, and to benefit from mentoring opportunities.

“In humanities classes and extracurricular groups, students will take advantage of the opportunity to discuss issues of global significance with peers around the world, and they will receive expert guidance as they write and publish in-depth pieces exploring current events,” Shulman said.

News-Decoder kicked off its 2017-18 program this past week with a webinar on “China and the West: Friends, Foes, Frenemies or Friends with Benefits.” Media and China independent consultant David Schlesinger, formerly editor-in-chief of Reuters News, participated in a panel discussion with students from Chadwick International school in South Korea and the ISF Academy in Hong Kong.

The next monthly webinar will honor the late Alfred Friendly, in accordance with the wishes of an anonymous donor, and focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. News-Decoder correspondent Harvey Morris will be joined by students from King’s College London and Greens Farms Academy.

Webinars on climate change, involving students from Indiana University and young adults in France in conjunction with Ouest France newspapers, and on migration, with students from Friends Seminary and King’s Academy, will round out the 2017 schedule.

News-Decoder webinars are reserved for students and faculty from member institutions to ensure the free exchange of ideas and a respectful and civil atmosphere.

If you know of an academic institution that might like to join the News-Decoder community, feel free to contact me at

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