Friday, March 4, 2016

Apply for Teachers for Global Classrooms!

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.
The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State and is implemented by IREX.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Teachers for Global Classrooms: 2016 Application Now Open!

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.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Alumni Experience and Perspectives

Grants for #GlobalEd

As a part of the U.S. Department of Education and Department of State's International Education Week 2015, the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program hosted a webinar featuring the experiences of three program alumni: Noah Zeichner, Kim Young, and Carrie Foster.

Noah Zeichner is a social studies teacher at Chief Sealth International School in Seattle, Washington. He was a 2011-2012 participant in Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC), and traveled to Brazil in July 2012. He currently works in a hybrid role, teaching and spending part of his day supporting international education in Seattle Public Schools. Noah was honored with the 2013-2014 World Affairs Council World Educator Award and was among 50 finalists for the 2015 Global Teacher Prize.

Kim Young teaches World History at Weston High School in Weston, Massachusetts. She traveled to Chennai in India as a part of the TGC program. Kim has continued to grow as a global educator by participating in teacher travel and developing student exchanges.

Carrie Foster is a 6th and 7th grade social studies teacher in Portland, Maine. Carrie traveled to Manila and Bacolod, in the Philippines as a part of the TGC program. "My motivation initially was really just to see more of the world and to be able to teach that to my kids. My experience was so much bigger than that!" Carrie is dedicated to teaching through the lenses of global education and social justice:



Each of these fellows was awarded funding from the U.S. Teacher Alumni Grant Program for their classroom projects and other initiatives at the school, state, and regional levels.

From 2011-2014, Noah coordinated World Water Week, a student-led, school-wide festival. In 2015, he and his students organized the inaugural Washington State Global Issues Network Conference. The student-facilitated conference tackled some of the world's biggest challenges.

Kim is doing innovative work in the use of graphic novels to teach the global competencies. She was awarded an alumni grant to present about her work at the Annual Conference of the National Council of Social Studies.

After visiting Japan and the Philippines, Carrie realized she was missing knowledge of non-US and non-European perspectives during World War II. Carrie has used grant funding to purchase texts for her students to contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of WWII.

"As far as the benefit to my classroom....my curriculum is different, my kids are taking action, and I find they are much more inspired and motivated...they are doing things to learn about their world. My experience with TGC and learning about global education has changed my community…my whole school, and the way I teach."
-Carrie Foster

All of these projects were supported in part or full by the U.S. Teacher Alumni Grant Program. School Community Grant Applications are open for one more week! Alumni, submit yours by November 30th!

Friday, October 30, 2015

TGC Alumni: Leaders in Global Education

This month seventeen U.S. Teacher Alumni presented at the Global Education Forum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. These teacher leaders came from all around the United States to share their expertise on technology, best instructional practices, curriculum reform, and student learning for global education.

Karen Lieneke (AZ) and Meg Riley (AZ) facilitated a session around the increasingly diverse linguistic and cultural environment in U.S. schools. They worked with teachers to build skills and awareness for better teaching practices in evolving school demographics.  Jorge Lopez (CA) and Jennice McCafferty-Wright (MO) presented on the role of Critical Media to teach global issues in a culturally-responsive framework. They use hip hop, street art, and other popular media to engage their students as global citizens.

Seth Brady (IL), Lou Kindschi (WI), and Jon Pazol (IL) are currently developing global certificate programs in their respective states. Their presentation “How Teachers as Policy Makers for Global Education and Advocates for Systemic Change: Establishing Global Scholars Certificates” provided a space for participants to discuss challenges and successes around issues of access, equity, and opportunity as global education teacher leaders.
 
  



Jennifer-Chavez Miller (NM) is developing a year-long, globally-focused program of study at her school. She recently traveled to Finland to study their education system and learn best practices in global education. Using her experience in New Mexico and Finland Jennifer worked with teachers to create global learning mission statements that set the foundation for more purposeful instruction in global education. 

John Clark (FL) led a discussion to find the best practices for incorporating international experiences into instruction and engaging students as global citizens. Steve Weissburg (NY) and Kirstin Bullington (SC) facilitated a session on the best practices and lessons learned in global collaborative projects in math, science, and engineering classes.
 
 

Sara Damon (MN) led a discussion providing teachers with resources and inspiration for student- learning experiences outside of the classroom. She encouraged teachers to use service-learning opportunities to enhance the development of global competence.


Sara Krakauer (MA) and Joann Martin (AZ) presented on student activism and student volunteering at the local and global level. They led a discussion on motivating students to generate sustainable and effective solutions to global issues.


Chris Lazarski (WI) presented on technology for building global classroom connections. Chris used his experience with Twitter as model for student engagement. His students connect with journalists and students from around the world in order to increase their knowledge of world affairs and develop important media literacy skills.



These presentations represent the great work being done across the United States by U.S. Teacher Alumni of the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program. Many presenters are winners of alumni grant funding. Seth Brady is a recipient of two alumni grants to support the development of the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate; Jennice Wright received an alumni grant to support her work with pre-service teachers in Missouri and upcoming presentation at a conference in Morocco.  We love supporting our U.S. Teacher Alumni to globalize student learning and to further develop leadership skills.  Apply for a U.S. Teacher Alumni Grant today!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Teachers for Global Classrooms Back-to-School Photo Contest!



The Teachers for Global Classrooms program is proud to announce the three winners of the TGC Back-to-School Photo Contest! This contest was a celebration of global education and the beginning of the 2015 school year. We received many great submissions that demonstrate how TGC fellows and alumni empower their students to be agents of change and learn about the world.

Congratulations to all the winners of the photo contest!

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE


Tyler Sanders, TGC 2015
Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy II Charter
Harlem, NY
 
"Here in Harlem, NY, my 4th grade students were introduced to "Drums From Around the World" as a part of our first Engineering unit. After studying various types of drums, how they're built, and why they're an important part of many cultures, students designed, planned, and then built their own drums! (And then we definitely played them!)"


MAKING A DIFFERENCE THROUGH ACTION


Sara Damon, TGC 2011
Stillwater Junior High School
Location: Stillwater, MN

"Stillwater Junior High School students participate in a variety of classroom and out-of-school activities designed to raise local awareness and funds to address the global water crisis. These students, along with their peers, participated in a Walk For Water, walking 15 laps on the school track and carrying 2 gallons of water to simulate the walk for water many make on a daily basis. As illustrated on their purple t-shirts, this is our "Lucky 7" year raising funds for "H2O for Life - Water for South Sudan". This year's goal is to reach $70,000 raised!"


GLOBAL EXPLORERS


Jeremy Peterson, TGC 2011
Oconomowoc High School
Location: Oconomowoc, WI

"Northern Lakes Regional Academy students recently sent up a helium balloon reaching near 100,000 feet above the surface of the earth. Students programmed a a Raspberry Pi computer, camera, and Arduino measurement probes to investigate atmospheric conditions in the mid-Stratosphere. Students are learning how simple open source hardware and software tools can level the playing field for global citizens to act as scientists and engineers."


HONORABLE MENTION


Stacy Gasteiger, TGC 2015
Selinsgrove Intermediate School
Location: Lewisburg, PA

"In Selinsgrove, PA, third graders at Selinsgrove Intermediate School skype with Catriona in Sydney, Australia to learn how her country is different from ours."


TGC Fellows, thank you all for your commitment to your students and your dedication to promoting global education in your school communities!


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

U.S. Teachers School Community Grants - Now Open!!



The U.S. Teachers School Community Grants Program provides awards of up to $2,500.00 for projects to U.S. educators who are alumni of the Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) program or the U.S. Teacher Exchange component of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) and the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP). Grants empower U.S. teacher alumni to infuse global education into alumni’s classrooms, schools, and communities, and to create progressive and systemic change in global education at the district and state levels.

School Community Grants are issued to support projects, materials, and collaborative activities that will infuse global education into alumni’s classrooms, schools, or communities.    This award provides up to $2,500 for projects and activities such as virtual classroom collaborations, curriculum development, community engagement, or fieldtrips.  The U.S. School Community Grant Program is now accepting proposals.


Previous grant winners have used funds to (see last year’s winners here):
  • Strengthen and implement sustained global collaboration between their classroom and a classroom in another country through the purchase of shared reading material or small equipment such as a computer camera.
  • Build on existing curriculum activities by providing materials to bring hands-on global context and enhanced learning in the classroom, such as maps, artifacts, instruments, and other supplementary materials.
  • Enhance global curriculum through taking students on a field trip to local landmark or museum with an international theme to embed experiential learning.
  • Purchase subscriptions to international media sources (either online or print subscriptions) to create a global media library.
We look forward to the innovative and creative proposals you will submit. Please let us know if you have any questions!   The deadline for applications is Monday, November 30, 2015.   



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Teacher Conversations

Back to School with Adrian Antao

Every year at this time teachers and students in the United States are back at school from summer breaks and getting into the rhythm of the school year.  As Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellows return to the classroom, they are establishing a framework for education across the country in which they are preparing students to be a part of a global community.

Adrian Antao is an English Teacher at KIPP NYC College Prep High School in Bronx, New York, and is completing his participation in the Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellowship. He came to TGC to better prepare his students to be global citizens.

During Adrian's field experience in Brazil, we sat down with him to talk about his experience in Brazil and how it will impact his teaching in the South Bronx. See our conversation with Adrian, and hear about work to expose his students to the world outside of the Bronx, and to prepare them to be in the "world of ideas".