Welcome Saint Vrain Valley School District community! This website was designed to provide resources for you and your school. The website is one product from my year of professional growth through the Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) program and my field experience in Colombia in 2017. Please explore this collection of local, national, and international resources to learn more about global education and opportunities that will support both your professional growth and your students' development as globally competent citizens. Our ability to better prepare our students for the world today depends on our ability to promote both secondary readiness and global competency.
This website is organized for your needs as follows. Click below. Contact: Find information about the site's creator. Teach: Find links to various resources (local, national, and international), an analysis of a globalized lesson/unit using standards-based evaluation, and my global education plan developed through the TGC program. Travel: Find my travel blog and my reflections on my research questions. Study: Find global education assessment tools and my survey of the technology resources at Silver Creek High School.
Rationale for Global Education Global education enriches students’ experience of the world and is the best possible preparation, not for a hypothetical future, but for the world today. The Harvard Project Zero Team contends that “global competence and consciousness go beyond having information or skill; they involve the habits of mind with which students come to understand the world and live and work in it successfully” (2013, 1). In other words, global education adheres to best practices of experiential learning that transform rather than inform students. The Harvard study recognizes that to continue adapting to our dynamic world, students need more discerning dispositions and competencies; they need “global thinking routines” (2) or forms of inquiry which guide them toward dispositions “to discern significance of a situation, topic or issue keeping global connections in mind” (3) and “to take social/cultural perspective[s]” (4). Developing the dispositions for inquiry outlined by the Harvard team are critical given the findings D’Vera Cohn and Andrea Caumont of the Pew Research Center (“10 demographic trends that are shaping the U.S. and the world”, 2016). According to Cohn and Caumont’s report, the U.S. will continue to become more diverse as “over the next five decades, the majority of the U.S. population growth is projected to be linked to new Asian and Hispanic immigration (2016, 2). This demographic shift will contribute our increasingly complex and “trans-national” world (Boix-Mansilla & Jackson, 2011, 4). Cohn goes on to note that immigration is but a single demographic change requiring our society to adapt – changes in gender roles, family dynamics, religious affiliation, economic mobility, and generational participation all demand global thinking dispositions. To be successful in our complex new reality, students need to develop the global competencies in order to investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas, and take action.
Watch this TED.com video by humanitarian Hugh Evans to learn more about global citizenry and his Global Citizen platform.
TGC Symposium 2017
TEACHERS FOR GLOBAL CLASSROOMS Over the course of 2016-2017 academic year, I participated in the Teachers for Global Classrooms program culminating with my journey to Escuela Normal Superior in Bucaramanga, Colombia in the summer of 2017. Participation in this program helped me to globalize my thinking, teaching, and perspective.
Teachers for Global Classrooms is a year-long professional development opportunity for US teachers K-12 to become global education leaders. TGC helps teachers empower students as global citizens.
This website is not an official U.S. Department of State website. The views and information presented are the grantee’s own and do not represent the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program, IREX, or the U.S. Department of State.