As the new school year starts and afterschool programs are ramping up, here are some ways to create afterschool activities that incorporates global issues. There are several core elements to consider and no matter what topic or age group, think about each step carefully. Planning: Steps to Success Plan your globally focused activity ahead of time by following these steps for success: Give it meaning. First uncover the local and, if appropriate, personal connections to the global topic. Help young people investigate and describe the issue as it exists in their local community and in their own lives. Connect local ...

Americans have heard all the convention speeches. The question is, what stood out to you? My colleague Brandon Wiley, the director of Asia Society's International Studies Schools Network (and former social studies teacher) shares his thoughts regarding education. by Brandon Wiley Like millions of Americans, I have been captivated by the national political conventions. I've watched with particular interest as speakers from both parties outline their views on education. During the Democratic convention, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro's message that "opportunity leads to prosperity" resonated with me. In particular, his assertion that educational opportunity leads to prosperity just makes sense. ...

Much like the start of a new calendar year, the start of a new school year offers great hope, opportunity, and promise. It serves as a chance to refocus our efforts and set new goals for ourselves and our students.

A continuation from last week's post on how teachers can collaborate with other educators around the world. by Honor Moorman Last Friday, I suggested taking a look at some of the successful global collaboration projects educators are already engaged in and thinking about the kind of project you're looking for. Now that you're ready to begin your search, here are some recommended resources. There are several non-profit organizations working to help connect schools and students globally. iEARN boasts a network of 130 countries and offers an array of projects across all grade levels and content areas. Visit their Collaboration Centre ...

How to work with educators around the world and model this type of learning for students.

The 44th annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools shows support by the American public for education reform strategies used by the highest-performing countries in the world.

In much of the world, people tend to see a strong correlation between language and race.

Global service learning programs help youth connect local issues of concern with people and communities in countries facing the same issues.

Here are some global learning activities and games as well as international news sites for elementary students.

Cities offer richness in ways that funding alone cannot provide.


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