Global Education Resources
These resources were compiled for Primary Source's 2009 Teaching for Global Understanding in the 21st Century summer institute.
Making the Case for Global Education
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Strategies for Infusing Global Content Into Our Schools
- Present cultural festivals and celebrations as springboards for global inquiry rather than as disconnected events.
- Encourage direct communication with persons from other cultures through classroom visits, pen pal programs, direct electronic connections among global classrooms, and exchange and travel programs.
- Offer high quality professional development programs in both content and instructional strategies to help develop a global curriculum.
- Place maps in all classrooms—not just in social studies classrooms—to allow students and teachers to place their learning in all subjects in a global context.
- Explore, expand, and disseminate opportunities for educators to travel to other countries.
- Emphasize learning that integrates global perspectives in all disciplines through new majors, certificates, and courses that bring to each subject area information technology, world languages, intercultural skills, and regional studies.
- Create incentives for instructors to develop courses incorporating team teaching with colleagues abroad or teaching content in languages other than English.
- Develop initiatives to encourage more students of color, low-income students, and heritage language students to study abroad.
- Promote online tools and linkages as one way to bring quality instruction of world issues into the classroom and to connect students and teachers to classrooms abroad.
- Train teachers to develop their own web pages, host international discussion boards, use audio and video streams, and establish global professional networks. Provide incentives for creating and sharing such resources.
- Find ways to highlight and utilize the local area’s global capital, promoting awareness that even small communities have multiple linkages abroad.
- Publicize service-learning projects with global outreach components and with positive, “two-way” learning between communities.
- Include sports practiced abroad such as Asian martial arts, international soccer, cricket, West African children’s games, and Brazilian capoiera in community and school events.
[selected strategies from Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: "International Education Recommendations" and from Massachusetts Global Education Advisory Council/Global Education Massachusetts CD packet: "Meeting the Challenge of Global Education: Resources for Educators"]
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