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Advocacy Organizations

Connects state and district decision makers, school leaders, teachers, university faculty, and other stakeholders

A council of the Massachusetts Deptartment of Elementary and Secondary Education

Brings together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers

Learn more about advocacy, awards, and resources

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

Asia Society and six national education organizations call on President Obama, Secretary Duncan, and Congress to prioritize international education as part of an economic recovery and development plan.

A pedagogical tool to support educators from formal and non-formal systems to understand and put into practice global education activities in their respective contexts.

A publication from the Carnegie Corporation of New York

From the American Forum for Global Education

Edutopia article describes exemplary global education initiatives throughout the country.

Think Global Ohio
A multimedia toolkit of resources to help Ohio schools prepare students for the interconnected world of the 21st Century.

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Initiative Ideas

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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Guide originally created by Jennifer Hanson and revised by Karen Storz.


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