Global Project Based Learning (PBL)

Culture in the Classroom: Replacing Misrepresentation with Authenticity

“Culture exists in community, and community exists in context.” –Taiye Selasi 02.12.2017 For Anne and Andre On an elementary school walk-through last fall, a colleague and I encountered a bulletin board ostensibly demonstrating students’ learning through crude drawings of European pilgrims and Native Americans.  Each drawing included a short narrative about the experiences of that …

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Writing the Narrative Ourselves: Final Reflections on the 2016 People of Color Conference

12/11/2016 “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” ― Chinua Achebe I find it interesting how often we heard the word “narrative” at the People of Color Conference this year and were invited to reverse it, shift it, and claim a new narrative in our schools.  …

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Waiting to Exhale: Coming Home to the People of Color Conference

12/2/2016 “Walls turned sideways are bridges.” –Angela Davis I realized the other day that I’ve barely breathed since 2am on Wednesday, November 9th. That panicked, tight feeling in my chest and stomach hasn’t left since I woke up in a haze and realized what happened. I haven’t taken a deep breath, haven’t cried or exhaled …

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Language Matters in Education: Putting Vigor over Rigor

9/11/2016 This will be the first in an ongoing blog series on key language and learning distinctions that really matter when we’re crafting high-quality, student-centered experiences for our students.I’ve been a language nerd since I first started to accumulate a vocabulary in early childhood, and I believe that the words we choose always matter.  In …

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Student Products: Engaging to Stop Ebola in Sierra Leone

12/14/2014 I am excited to share two new products from students in the United States who have been working closely with Hindogbae and the Bumpe Ngao Chiefdom in Sierra Leone.  Both of these schools work closely with World Leadership School on their global initiatives.  Congratulations to all on these inspiring student-driven products!Town School for Boys (San Francisco, California) has …

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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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Marxism, Borgs, and Project-Based Learning: A Response

11/6/2013 This blog is dedicated, with my deep appreciation and respect, to the (socialist) teachers of Edmonton, Canada–thank you for helping to recharge my batteries, for reminding me that adultscan learn, and for helping me find the courage to post this response. I learned recently that Project-Based Learning (PBL) is apparently a Marxist conspiracy to develop …

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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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