Virtual Teacher Institute

GlobalEd Opportunities & Resources Newsletter - October 2016

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Spotlight: The Dream Flag Project

Global Gathering: Pedagogies and Passports connected WLS with The Dream Flag Project, an organization dedicated to student empowerment and global good.


The Dream Flag Project is a platform for developing global awareness and lasting motivation in students. Inspired by poet Langston Hughes and Nepalese Prayer Flags, The Dream Flag Project invites K-12 students to articulate and share their dreams and aspirations with the world by creating Dream Flags, sharing them publicly, and becoming part of The Dream Flag community.


By giving voice to what Langston Hughes calls their “heart melodies,” students find purpose for learning, a critical component of academic motivation. By connecting with others in their own communities and around the world, students learn to think beyond their immediate surroundings. Finding the courage to risk sharing what they value strengthens both community and trust.


The Dream Flag Project works to foster resilient global thinkers. See more on Facebook and Twitter.

Preparing Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s World

Stanford Social Innovation Review's global education series, produced in partnership with the Center for Universal Education at Brookings, aims to spark a global dialogue and promote increased understanding of how to develop the skills and learning that all children need for success in their lives and livelihoods. In a world of rapid change, young people need the right mix of skills to thrive. The series explores what those skills look like in our changing social and economic landscape.

Educating Youth on the Sustainable Development Goals

The World’s Largest Lesson is a new initiative by Project Everyone; a media and campaign group that aims to bring about global awareness of the United Nations' Global Goals. The aim of the World’s Largest Lesson is for educators to set aside one week in the curriculum to teach students about the SDGs in order to build up engagement in sustainable development starting from childhood, and they provide the resources for educators to do just that. Through video, social media, and lessons plans, teachers can easily share knowledge about sustainable development with their students. Educators can access a library of information on the SDGs and tips on how to influence the global citizens of tomorrow. The project provides colorful animation, comics, and activities to engage students in actively working towards sustainable development.

Global Oneness Project: Bringing the World to Your Classroom

Teaching with the News

The Choices Program is non-profit organization based at Brown University that develops curricula on current and historical international issues. In each unit, a central activity challenges students to consider multiple viewpoints on a contested issue. Students examine the historical, cultural, and political background of the issue in order to prepare a coherent presentation.


Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate

In this unit, students explore the history of immigration to the United States and prepare to articulate their own views on the future of immigration policy.


Debating the U.S. Response to Syria

In this unit, students explore, debate, and evaluate multiple perspectives on U.S. policy towards Syria through a role-play activity.

11 Books To Further an #InnovatorsMindset

The Innovators Mindset: The belief that abilities, intelligence, and talent are developed so that they lead to the creation of new and better ideas


Check out this Medium blog from George Couros, and explore his picks of books that challenge the way we look at leadership, innovation, and education!

Apply for the Teachers of Critical Languages Program

The Teachers of Critical Languages Program, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, is designed to increase the study and acquisition of important world languages in U.S. schools. This program enables primary and secondary schools to strengthen their teaching of Mandarin and Arabic by bringing Chinese, Egyptian, and Moroccan teachers to the U.S. to teach their native languages and culture for an academic year. TCLP is a fully-funded program that provides teachers' salaries, healthcare, roundtrip airfare, training, and ongoing program support.


U.S. schools can apply online at www.tclprogram.org. Your school is eligible to apply to TCLP if it is:

  • A U.S. elementary, middle, or high school
  • Interested in starting a new Mandarin Chinese or Arabic program, or in growing an existing program


Applications are due January 23, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.

The U.S. Department of State Announces Scholarships for American High School Students to Study Abroad

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. The application deadline for summer 2017 and academic year 2017-2018 programs is October 27, 2016. Visit nsliforyouth.org for more information.


The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers merit-based scholarships to study for an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project. Applications for academic year 2017-18 programs are due December 1, 2016. Visit yes-abroad.org for more information.


The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships to study for an academic year in Germany. The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at usagermanyscholarship.org.


For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit exchanges.state.gov. To receive printed brochures about study abroad opportunities, send an email with your request to youthprograms@state.gov.


For information on having an international experience without leaving home, consider hosting a Department of State sponsored exchange student. Learn more at hosting.state.gov

The Centre for Global Education: Upcoming Video Conferences

The Centre for Global Education (CGE) is offering the following video conferences in the coming months. Each conference has limited space available and is filled on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in any of the conferences requiring preparation beforehand, please contact info@tcge.ca or visit the CGE website at http://tcge.tiged.org.

Child Soldiers: Caught in Conflict – LIVE from Sierra Leone

Oct 27, 9:00-10:30 MT/ 11:00-12:30 ET, Gr 7-12

Requires preparation

The use of children as soldiers has been universally condemned as abhorrent and unacceptable. Yet over the last ten years hundreds of thousands of children have fought and died in conflicts around the world. This video conference will connect students with former child soldiers in what promises to be a profoundly moving and inspiring event. We will learn both about the complexities of the situations in which children become caught up in conflict and what the most appropriate and impactful response a student might take.


LIVE from the Arctic: Climate Change, the North and the UNFCCC

Week of Nov 8, 11:00-12:00 MT/ 13:00-14:00 ET, Gr 9-12

Requires no preparation

The Arctic is experiencing the effects of climate change faster than anywhere else on earth. Because the Arctic both impacts and is impacted by the rest of the world, it is critical that people understand the need to preserve our north. Join us to help build a wider understanding of the issues facing northern communities, discuss the Decarbonize mobilization movement, and learn how we can unite to protect our word for future generations. Bring your questions and insights, we want to hear from you!


Resistance Art: Visual Art in the Middle East

Nov 30, 9:00-10:30 MT/ 11:00-12:30 ET, Gr 9-12

Requires preparation

How have the visual arts been used as a means of witnessing conflict experiences, both historically and currently, and how effective are they as a means of resistance against oppression? What do artists hope to accomplish by witnessing conflict and oppression through their work? What can artists accomplish differently—or even better—than more traditional means of confronting oppression? Hosted by WLS's Jennifer D. Klein, this video conference will explore Resistance Art, looking at historical and current examples of work which bears witness to conflict and oppression or which actively confronts oppression. Guests will include several young visual artists from a variety of conflict settings in the Middle East, as well as several well­known artists, all of whom will share their work, discuss the intent and answer questions from students. Students will be asked to share their artwork as well, explaining their intent, taking questions, and receiving feedback from guest artists.


Sustainable Energy: Green Technology or Global Disaster?

November, details upon request

Requires no preparation

Join Dr. Debra Davidson, Director of the Environmental Research and Studies Centre, and Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, LIVE through video conferencing, as we examine the future of Sustainable energy all around the world. Is Nuclear Energy the future? Wind Energy? Solar Energy? Can these technologies truly be taken as the backbone to a sustainable energy future or are they merely additional energy sources to an ever­increasing need for Carbon based energy.


Resistance Art: Poetry of Witness in the Middle East

Dec 14, 9:00-10:30 MT/ 11:00-12:30 ET, Gr 9-12

Requires preparation

How has poetry been used as a means of witnessing conflict experiences, both historically and currently, and how effective is it as a means of resistance against oppression? What do poets hope to accomplish by witnessing conflict and oppression through their work? What can poets accomplish differently—or even better—than more traditional means of confronting oppression? Hosted by WLS's Jennifer D. Klein, this video conference will explore Poetry of Witness, looking at historical and current examples of work which bears witness to conflict and oppression or which actively responds to oppression. Guests will include several young poets from a variety of conflict settings in the Middle East, as well as several well­known poets, all of whom will share their work, discuss the intent and answer questions from students. Students will be asked to share their own poetry as part of our virtual Poetry Slam, explaining intent, taking questions, and receiving feedback from guest poets.

Looking for a global partner? We can help!

Santigie Bayo Dumbuya, Founder and CEO of the We Yone Child Foundation, is looking for global partners for teachers and students at primary and upper schools located in the slum communities of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Still recovering from years of civil war, these communities face numerous challenges with sanitation, housing, and health. His teachers are interested in creating partnerships and relationships that foster hope for their students and help expand skills and knowledge. The teachers are also curious to hear your ideas and techniques for how to be more effective educators!


To learn more about the organization, visit We Yone Child Foundation on social media (Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and check out the photos below from their recent teacher training! Please contact jennifer@worldleadershipschool.com if you’re interested in being introduced to Santigie to discuss partnership possibilities.

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