Global Schools, Global Business - A Day in Wisconsin
In the spring of 2011, Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers visited two schools that demonstrate the power of global literacy. That afternoon he helped kick off a dialogue between educators and business representatives about how they can work together to ensure students graduate with the global competence, the cultural adaptability, businesses are looking for.
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Global Wisconsin Blog - Created as a companion piece to the Global Wisconsin online series, this blog is designed to facilitate a wide ranging conversation about global education in our schools, ranging from kindergarten through college. Topics such as advocacy and/or developing a strong rationale for global education, leadership, suggestions to improve global education, and curriculum will be explored with contributions from invited bloggers and in comments from the general public.
Global Education Blogs
Global Education Blogs - Technology as well as the ability to travel has helped many students and educators reach out to learn and to teach others how to institute a global learning environment. The following list of top fifty education blogs show the broad reach in this effort, with blogs listed in categories that range from studying abroad to e-learning technology and from international diplomacy to cultural resources. Each blog chosen has been updated recently to provide current resources and information.
Harvard International Review
The Harvard International Review features underappreciated topics in the international affairs discourse and underappreciated perspectives on more widely discussed topics. The HIR aims to serve as a trend-setter among similar publications by directing rather than following the public’s attention. The HIR presents a variety of scholarly content in an accessible style and format. It makes the arguments of scholars, policymakers, and other international affairs actors available to a wider audience. The HIR seeks both academic and lay readers who wish to think seriously about international affairs.
DPI – International Education Resources
International education programs in Wisconsin's school districts give all students opportunities to become globally competent. The Department of Public Instruction provides leadership through its work with students, teachers, school districts, administrators, parents, and business and community leaders by developing pathways to global literacy.
Edsteps – Global Competence
EdSteps is a grassroots effort to create a resource for teaching and assessment. Rather than assessing work based on a pre-set rubric, EdSteps uses student work as the starting point. After collecting thousands of work samples in each skill area, EdSteps uses a unique process to assess the student work samples, rank them, and place them on a continuum. This process is grounded in research and driven by those who work most closely with students. Find the Edsteps Global Competence Matrix here.
The Center for Global Education
The Center for Global Education promotes international education to foster cross-cultural awareness, cooperation and understanding. Living and working effectively in a global society requires learning with an international perspective.
For the Classroom
National Peace Corps Association (Newsletter Archive)
The National Peace Corps Association strives for a world in peace, shaped by understanding and tolerance. The mission of the National Peace Corps Association is to lead the Peace Corps community and others to foster peace by working together in service, education, and advocacy. The purpose of the newsletter is to connect K-12 classroom teachers and other interested educators with ready-to-use materials and information for infusing a more global perspective into everyday curriculum in all subject areas.
CIA World FACTBOOK
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
International Education Week
International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.
Sesame Street Toolkits
Global Grover! - Children are natural explorers, eager to discover new people, places, objects, and ideas. Learning about other cultures encourages children to respect different opinions, try new things, and feel good about who they are.
The Adventures of Grover and Khokha offers young children in the United States (and the adults in their lives) an awareness and understanding of the diverse richness of Arab cultures, heritage, and traditions along with enriching cross-cultural understanding across these communities.
One World, One Sky - Big Bird's Adventure: You don't need a spaceship to learn about the sun, moon, and stars—just a little imagination! When Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take an imaginary trip to the moon, they learn amazing things along the way.
Connect All Schools
"Bringing the world into the classroom and building global competency can include the introduction of global issues curriculum, new World Languages, online collaboration, youth and teacher exchanges, professional development on international education, video-conferences, etc. This website enables schools to indicate how they are connected to the world and for new teachers, administrators and parents to work with consortium partners on building new links."
Asia Society is the leading global and pan-Asian organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of the United States and Asia. We seek to increase knowledge and enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of arts and culture, policy and business, and education.
Children are the Hope
Children are the Hope - Art is a means of communication that transcends language, political, geographical and cultural barriers. The art exchange represents international cooperation by connecting American school children with their counterparts in key habitat areas in Cuba. Children in both Cuba and the United States participate in interdisciplinary environmental education programming and learn about the importance of healthy ecosystems, such as wetlands to wildlife and people.
iEARN is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies.
The International Crane Foundation
The International Crane Foundation's (featured in Connecting with Cuba) Education Department provides information, instruction and inspiration to engage people in the conservation of cranes and the ecosystems on which they depend, and through the cranes, introduces concepts that apply to other species, and to environmental conservation as a whole. Through education, the ICF is dedicated to uniting people in a common goal of resolving the threats to natural communities that support cranes and other wildlife.
The International Baccalaureate (IB)
The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers high quality programmes of international education to a worldwide community of schools. There are more than 900,000 IB students in over 140 countries.
Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium
Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium's (WIOC) mission is to share resources, collaboratively support international and global awareness, and inspire critical thinking about the complexities of our world. We provide resources and expertise on world areas to K-12 teachers, postsecondary educators, businesses, the media, and the community at large.
KM Global is a unique learning environment providing students with the tools and experiences to contribute innovative thought and solutions to complex global challenges.
Click here for an overview of the many partnerships available to Wisconsin students and educators.
The Youth Programs Division at the U.S. Department of State programs offers four scholarship programs for American high school students to study abroad for short-term and academic year programs.
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to U. S. high-school aged students for overseas study of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. Applications for summer 2012 and academic year 2012-2013 programs are due November 3, 2011.
Visit www.nsliforyouth.org for more information.
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers scholarships to American high school students to spend a semester or an academic year in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, Thailand, and Turkey. This post 9/11 program focuses on increasing understanding between people in the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations. The application deadline is January 11, 2012. Visit the YES Program's website for more information.
TheCongress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Secondary school students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. Young professionals (undergraduates) and high-school graduates of vocational studies ages 18-24 study and participate in practical training. Scholarships are now available for academic year 2012-13. Prior German language skills are not required. For more information visit USAGermanyScholarship.org.
The American Youth Leadership Program
The American Youth Leadership Program offers opportunities for American high students and educators to travel abroad on a three- to four-week-long exchange program to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues. Several different organizations implement this program, and each has organized an academic and experiential educational exchange focused on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. Recruitment areas and application deadlines vary, so please check the American Youth Leadership Program website for more information.