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Global Awareness

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  • Using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues
  • Learning from and working collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work and community contexts
  • Understanding  other nations and cultures, including the use of non-English languages

Additional resources on global awareness.

1. TeachUNICEF 

TeachUNICEF (teachunicef.org) aims to support and create well-informed global citizens who understand interconnectedness, value diversity, and have the ability to take action in meaningful ways. TeachUNICEF provides educators and youth service professionals with global learning resources for grades PreK-12: in-person workshops, school-based programming, free web-based lesson plans, videos, multi-media resources and more. Using a rights-based framework, TeachUNICEF programs and materials engage students in a meaningful exploration of social, political and economic issues of global concern. TeachUNICEF lessons are interdisciplinary and aligned to state and national educational standards. They cover topics ranging from child labor to poverty to gender equality.

2.   VIF International Education

VIF International Education (www.vifprogram.com) partners with districts and schools around the world to prepare global ready teachers and students. VIF has developed Global Gateway (www.viflearn.com) an integrated online platform with educator professional development, lesson plans and classroom resources, digital badging for achievements and a vibrant collaborative community of global educators. Through purposeful and ongoing Global Gateway professional development, teachers anywhere in the world can learn to effectively integrate global content into their core instruction. Schools and districts can go global using Gateway's Global Leader Roadmap to implement across entire schools and/or districts, ensuring global learning for all students and teachers. Anyone (educators 18 years and up) can join the social community for free and we offer free 30-day trials of PD and resources. After that, it is a subscription (individual) or site license (school).

3.   North Carolina in the World

North Carolina in the World is a statewide collaborative effort to strengthen K-12 international education. At the request of Governor Mike Easley, the University of North Carolina's Center for International Understanding coordinates the effort. More than 100 North Carolina education, policy and business leaders are involved to help prepare students to thrive in the global marketplace of the 21st century.

4.   Asia Society

The Asia Society is an international organization dedicated to strengthening relationships and deepening understanding among the peoples of Asia and the United States.

5.    Wisconsin's Strategies for Achieving Global Literacy

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction takes a leadership role in its work with students, teachers, school districts, administrators, parents and business and community leaders to develop global literacy for Wisconsin students. As part of this effort, the state has created the Statewide International Education Council (link above.)

5.   Primary Source

Primary Source promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators to people and cultures throughout the world. In partnership with teachers, scholars, and the broader community, Primary Source provides learning opportunities and curriculum resources for K-12 educators. By introducing global content, Primary Source shapes the way teachers and students learn, so that their knowledge is deeper and their thinking is flexible and open to inquiry.

7.    Global Awareness Initiative - Dickinson State University

Dickinson State University, located in rural western North Dakota, implemented a Global Awareness Initiative in late 2001 and has become the conduit for connecting students, citizens, businesses and institutions in a collaborative effort to understand global issues.

8.    iEARN-USA: International Education and Resource Network

The VISION of iEARN-USA is that people engage in respectful dialogue and collaborative action to meet challenges of our world.

9.    Institute for International Studies

Brown University 's Institute for International Studies evolved from Thomas J. Watson Jr.'s (class of 1937) vision for a research and teaching center that would address the most pressing problems of its time.  The Watson Institute's mission and scope today include support of multidisciplinary research, teaching, and public education on international affairs. The Institute promotes the work of students, faculty, visiting scholars, and policy practitioners who analyze and develop initiatives to address contemporary global problems.