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GlobalEd Opportunities & Resources Newsletter -November 2015

StoryCorps Project

Laura Neish and Kate Duff are the director and educational partnerships manager, respectively, of The Great Thanksgiving Listen, an oral history project of StoryCorps being launched this fall in partnership with NCSS, NNSTOY, NYSAIS, Teach for America, NEA and others. An article on TGTL is featured in this month's edition of The Social Studies Professional: http://www.socialstudies.org/publications/tssp


The aim of The Great Thanksgiving Listen is simple: on Thanksgiving weekend, StoryCorps will work with teachers across the U.S. to ask high school students to record an interview with a grandparent or another elder using the free StoryCorps app. With permission from the participants, the interviews will then be uploaded to the StoryCorps archive at the Library of Congress. Below is some background information on the project and the "teacher toolkit" we are distributing to educators:

Films for Action: 50+ Films About Women That Will Inspire Your Perspective on Social Change

Here are 50 documentaries, short films and other videos that focus on women's issues, perspectives and struggles.

Interested in Global Diversity Mini-Grants?

Do not miss the December 1st Deadline!

December 1, 2015 is the deadline for Global Diversity Mini-Grants, modest appropriations from Returned Peace Corps of Wisconsin-Madison’s we all Poster Project to enable teachers, librarians, and community leaders help young people perceive similarity and diversity in cultures beyond U.S. borders. Four Wisconsin and Illinois schools were honored with initial grants:

    • Cuba City High School, Cuba City, “Global Understanding through Literature”
    • Patrick Marsh Middle School, Sun Prairie, “Global Reading Challenge”
    • Unity School District, Balsam Lake, “Third Grade World Fair” and
    • Torres Elementary School, Chicago, “Torres Counts World Map”

Sets of we all posters and grant information are available on http://rpcvmadison.org/weall . The next quarterly deadline after December 1, 2015 will be March 1, 2016.

Global Oneness Project: Bringing the World to Your Classroom

UNICEF Kid Power!


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Where in the World is Your Food From?

Food mapping is an easy way to bring global conversation into the classroom! Have your students map out where all of their fruits and veggies come from with this fun and eye-opening activity!


Want more resources like this? Tune-in for #GlobalEdChat Thursdays! Each Thursday night we explore different topics on Twitter, live from 8-9pm ET/5-6pm PT, facilitated by global educators and organizations!

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program for Educators

This program at the U.S. Department of Education will be featuring three study abroad opportunities next summer for K-12 teachers, administrators, librarians and media specialists. For summer 2016, topics and locations include the following:

· Elementary (K-8) Seminar: Exploring the Indigenous Heritage of Peru

· Secondary (9-12) Seminar: Sustainable Development and Social Change in India

· Postsecondary Seminar: Religion and Diversity in Senegal


The program provides opportunities for qualified U.S. educators to participate in short-term seminars abroad mainly on topics in the social sciences, social studies and the humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Upon their return, participants are expected to develop and disseminate a curriculum project and to share their broadened knowledge and understanding of the host country(ies) with students, colleagues, civic and professional organizations, and the public in their respective home communities. Learn more here!

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The Centre for Global Education: Upcoming Video Conferences

The Centre for Global Education (CGE) is offering the following video conferences in October. Each conference is limited to six schools, 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/.


DeforestACTION Culminating Event

(Dec 4, Time: TBA) - Gr 3-11

TakingITGlobal and The Centre for Global Education are inviting your class to participate in one of the

world’s largest student driven environmental campaigns: DeforestACTION! DeforestACTION is a global movement of youth and schools taking action to stop deforestation and create a permanent habitat for orangutans and other species who depend on forest ecosystems. Through collaborative learning and action related to deforestation and environmental sustainability, students will become DeforestACTION agents who are shaping a more sustainable world. To learn more, visit www.deforestaction.org.


Resistance Art: Visual Art – LIVE from the Middle East

(Dec 8, 9:00-10:30MT/11:00-12:30ET)** - Gr 9-12

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? This video conference, moderated by WLS's own Jennifer D. Klein, 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 well­ known 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.


Resistance Art: Poetry of Witness – LIVE from the Middle East

(Dec 16, 9:00-10:30MT/11:00-12:30ET)** - Gr 9-12

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? This video conference, moderated by WLS's own Jennifer D. Klein, 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 well­ known 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.


To see the entire year's schedule organized by date or subject, please go to CGE's event page.

World Leadership School

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