Are you a US teacher who wants to connect your students to the world beyond a classroom? Do you want to experience new cultures and incorporate them into your teaching? Do you want to join an extensive network of teachers who are committed to global education?
Consider applying to the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC), a year-long professional development program for elementary, middle, and high school teachers in all content areas aimed at globalizing teaching and learning in US classrooms.
“The catalyst in terms of me deciding to apply was the community in which I teach,” recounts Kevin Jones, a US history and social studies teacher from the Bronx, New York who participated in the 2014-2015 program. “I felt the need to infuse my lessons with more globally focused themes.”
Since 2011, teachers from across the United States have been participating in this unique program that offers an online global education course, a global education symposium in Washington, DC, an international field experience to one of six countries across the globe, and the opportunity to create a global education resource for their local community through a capstone project.
“I'm so appreciative to see things from a non-western perspective,” adds Robert Lurie, a social studies teacher from Lansing, Michigan about his trip to India. “Prior to this, lots of times you just had what you have in a textbook, and it’s not the same as being there. So I really think my teaching abilities will be greatly enhanced, and also those of my colleagues, who I can go back and share things with over the next two, three or four years.”
But TGC isn’t just about teachers’ learning and experiences; it’s also about bringing the world back to their classrooms. No one knows this better than Sandra Brown, a language arts teacher in Hollywood, Florida. “I have to make every effort to help my students expand their global outlook,” Brown explains. She plans to begin infusing global issues into her own lesson plans, using her students’ own diversity as a starting point.
Eligible participants for the program will be selected through a national open competition. IREX is accepting applicationsfor the 2016-2017 program through March 17, 2016.