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“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.”  – Alan Keightley

Mabuhay!!! Welcome!!! This site was created as an outgrowth of my global experience as a result of my participation in Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) a teacher fellowship program administered by IREX.  The time spent in preparation for my in-country stay in the Philippines and actual time abroad only served to heighten my commitment to global education.

So, what exactly is “global education?”  Well, a global education is an education that seeks to open the minds of students to the reality of a world that is becoming more connected, interdependent, and globalized.  At the same time, global education directs the attention of students to issues impacting people across the globe; this includes poverty, hunger, healthcare, the environment, immigration, and a host of other issues.

According to VIF International Education, there are at least seven incredibly important statistics that speak to the need for global education today:

  1. Sixty percent of secondary students ranked understanding different cultures the most important subject area, ahead of writing skills and math skills. As technology makes our world more accessible, and because classrooms are increasingly diverse, students recognize the need to understand the cultures of others, as well as their own.
  2. Nearly all (98 percent) of students in a recent survey agreed that a strong understanding of world history and events is critical to developing solutions to a global problem. Students are interested in being better global citizens. Learning about world events in the classroom allows them to study the past in order to change the future.
  3. Research shows that students who learn about global issues are more than twice as likely to see the importance of personally taking social action. Global learning encourages awareness and critical thinking about issues such as poverty, climate change, religious and cultural differences, world trade and politics.
  4. Nine out of 10 students, teachers and industry leaders recognize that jobs are becoming increasingly internationalThere is broad understanding that globalization results in companies that are more diverse than ever before.
  5. The number of multinational corporations rose from 7,000 in the 1990s to 65,000 in 2013. Students are correct in recognizing that jobs are becoming increasingly international – because it’s true. The number of multinational corporations continues to rise as developments in technology and transportation revolutionize the work force.
  6. There are more than 1 billion people who speak Chinese, and only 508 million people who speak English. English is no longer the dominant world language. For students becoming global citizens, knowing a second language will be critical.
  7. Only one-half of students in the U.S. study a world language compared to Europe where 90 percent of students study at least one foreign languageEuropean schools are creating bilingual students who will be seen as much more valuable to multinational companies. In the future, people will be expected to speak more than one language in order to successfully compete in the workplace.

Source: VIF International Education, http://www.vifprogram.com/blog/index.php/entry/7-shocking-statistics-illustrating-the-importance-of-global-education

It is my hope that this site will serve as a launching pad to your own discovery of the benefits of promoting global education.

I invite you to come along for the ride!

Here is a brief breakdown of what is included on the site by clicking on the tabs above:

  • HOME: In addition to this welcome page, use the drop-down menu to find out more about the Teachers for Global Classrooms fellowship program.
  • STUDY: In this section of the site you will find an inventory of trends and technology used in global education, tools for assessing student work for global competence, and other resources worth exploring for those interested in global education.
  • TEACH: Here you will find international project-based learning opportunities available to teachers, as well as local community resources and organizations that value global education.  In addition, you will also have the opportunity to view New York State standards that have been “globalized” along with potential lesson modifications based on the standards.  Building on the “globalized” standards, a sample global education unit plan has been provided to demonstrate how global education may be infused in planning.
  • TRAVEL: Here you will find blog entries related to my international travel experience in the Philippines, as well as the questions that helped shape my focus while in-country, and a reflection based on my stay.

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Disclaimer:

This is not an official U.S. Department of State website. The views and information presented are the grantee’s own and do not represent the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program, IREX, or the U.S. Department of State.

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