International Perspectives

the focus of gaining an awareness of history, understanding global cultures, communities, and challenges, and engaging in cross-cultural learning

Ability

the focus of developing different ways of thinking, communicating and collaborating, appreciating arts and culture, building academic and life skills, and incorporating fitness and mindfulness

Benevolence

the focus of practicing the golden rule, self-reflection, empathy, forgiveness, humility, humor, gratitude and generosity, and mutual success

Courage

the focus of building a sense of purpose, honor, a self-challange, mentality, grit, fairness, serenity, spirituality, and a zest for life

Confucius Said

A wise person possesses a clear mind

A benevolent person does not worry about personal gains or losses

A courageous person is ready to take on a challenge

Through the following tenets, our students will have a multicultural learning experience and will better understand themselves and each other.

Even today, we see these principles displayed in stories such as The Wizard of Oz. For instance, Dorothy traveled to the magical land of Oz where she met her three companions. The Scarecrow wanted a brain. The Tin Man wanted a heart. The Lion wanted courage.

Every service GTL offers incorporates these four principles so that each individual can grow to become a better thinker, learner, and change maker in our world.

Lee Chen, M.D, Ph.D

Chief Strategist
Dr. Chen has developed an educational credo called iABC (international perspectives, Ability, Benevolence, and Courage). He is the co-executive director of iABC Consortium. He also serves as the president of Boston Institute of Global Wellness and Education (BIGWE) and Mathematics and Science Society for Youth (MSSY). Dr. Chen received extensive biomedical education both in China and in the U.S. Previously, he worked for over 10 years as an instructor and a scientist at the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and the VA Boston Healthcare System.
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OUR LEARNING COMMUNITY WORKS THROUGH MICROSOFT TEAMS

Microsoft Teams is an enterprise level collaboration platform and is also used by many schools for online learning. You may use it as a mobile app, a desktop program, or simply in a Brower.

Once you decide to join us, you will be directed to sign into our learning hub iABC Plaza on Microsoft Teams. Please follow this tutorial for guidance. If you need help, please email learner@gtlink.us or call us at (781)269 1859.

After signing in, you will be greeted via a private chat by a Linker, who will help you navigate MS Teams, collect your learner profile, and connect you with appropriate programs. You may also find our other Linkers under our shared directory.

Once we identify a program that matches your interest and ability, we may invite you to join additional teams/channels and introduce you to other mentors and peers in that program.