Approaches To #GlobalEd

Unpacking the Why: Day One at the People of Color Conference

12/8/2016 In our pre-conference session yesterday, Kapono Ciotti and I shared an interview I did with a young woman I mentored starting at the end of her 5th grade year, when she was given a scholarship to the independent school where I taught.  A Mexican-American raised by a single mother from the state of Durango, …

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Global Partnerships: Strategies for Connecting your Classroom with the World

1/5/2014 From National Geographic’s 2013 Year in Review “…it is quite enough if [educational exchange] contributes to the feeling of a common humanity, to an emotional awareness that other countries are populated not by doctrines that we fear but by people with the same capacity for pleasure and pain, for cruelty and kindness, as the …

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Approaches to #GlobalEd: Understanding and Solving Global Problems

10/6/2013 “There’s no competitive advantage today in knowing more than the person next to you.  The world doesn’t care what you know.  What the world cares about is what you can do with what you know.” –Tony Wagner Another essential goal of global education is to help students understand the roots of our most pervasive global …

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Approaches to #GlobalEd: Exploring Varied Perspectives

9/22/2013   “The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”  –Alvin Toffler A primary goal of global education is to expose students to a variety of global perspectives, and to help them learn to honor experiences and points of view which …

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A Photographic Opportunity in #GlobalEd?

3/15/2013 I recently discovered the “360Cities” project online; in this fascinating project and application, people are taking 360 degree photos around the world and are uploading them into a common space.  Once loaded, viewers on a web browser can use keystrokes to explore the image in all directions, and the mobile app actually has motion sensors which …

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Favorite #GlobalEd Resources this Week

3/8/2013 Excellent resources for globally-minded educators cross my desk fairly often these days, so I’m going to make an effort to share my favorites every few weeks.  This week, I’d like to share three new favorites. #1:  Barefoot World Atlas is an incredible application for elementary-age students to explore the world.  While it is only available for …

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Transforming Teachers, Transforming Classrooms: Driving School Change through Professional Development Travel

2/24/2013 A French-Canadian teacher navigates Quechua in Patacancha, Peru As teachers, we spend the bulk of our careers playing the expert, whether we want to or not.  It makes perfect sense–we need our students to see us as people whoalready know and therefore have something to teach, and that expert persona often becomes the key to disciplining …

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Boycott the Test: Why It’s Time for Teachers to Take Back Education

2/4/2013 “Everybody is born with innate curiosities.  It’s a school’s job to cultivate them and not to kill them.” –Nikhil Goyal I have tried to resist the temptation to use this blog as a soapbox to shout from–and those of you who know me personally know that I have in fact been controlling myself.  But I can’t remain …

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Fostering Global Leadership: The Patiently Impatient Path to Change

1/13/2013 “There could be no creativity without the curiosity that moves us and sets us patiently impatient before a world that we did not make, to add to it something of our own making.” —Paulo Freire Every communication I receive from Joseph Hindogbae “Hindo” Kposowa begins the same way: “Dear Aunty Jeni.”  It started almost …

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Portrait of an Outsider: Lamentations on Growing Up Jewish in the American Melting Pot

12/27/2012 This satirical piece was written for my mother in 2004; I’m sharing it again now because the People of Color Conference and the holiday season inspired me to reexamine where I come from. Bring me your tired, your poor  Your huddled masses yearning to be free The wretched refuse of your teeming shores The …

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