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GlobalEd Opportunities & Resources Newsletter- February 2016

Looking for a global partner? We can help!

Math and Computer Studies teacher Samuel Ochieng Phabian is looking for a global partner—or several—for his students. High School students at St. Theresa's Girls Secondary School, a boarding MS/HS in Kisumu, Kenya, are interested in exploring and comparing election practices and governance structures with a school in the United States, a particularly timely partnership given that the U.S. is in an election year. Samuel has partnered previously through Adobe Youth Voices, TakingITGlobal, and the World Leadership School network, working with Town School for Boys and Appleby College. Please contact if you’re interested in being introduced to Samuel to discuss partnership possibilities.

The Centre for Global Education: Refugees and Human Rights Webinar for Teachers

The Centre for Global Education and TakingITGlobal are proud to work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) to host an international teacher webinar on Refugees and Human Rights.

The “Refugees and Human Rights” webinars (in both French and English) aim to facilitate the teaching of refugees and human rights issues in your classrooms. The webinars will also provide some orientation in the areas of poetry and language arts for teachers who wish to encourage their students to participate in the “Refugees and Human Rights” Youth Poetry Contest, an initiative organized annually by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Canada, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) and COSTI Immigrant Services, in collaboration with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre of the University of Ottawa.

With Canada’s program to resettle Syrian refugees underway, the webinars will assist teachers in generating a general interest in the subject and support for what Canada is doing to help refugees the world over. US educators are also welcome to join the webinar.

English Webinar (Tuesday, 1st March 2016 at 3:45PM, Eastern time):


1. Mr. Furio De Angelis, Representative, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

2. Professor John Packer, Director, Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa

French Webinar (Wednesday, 2nd March at 3:45PM, Eastern time):


1. Mrs. Denise Otis, Legal Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

2. Professor John Packer, Director, Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa

Registration and Technical Details:

This free event will be taking place using WebEx conferencing software. This free application can be easily run on a computer at home or at school.

To register for the event, please go to this link.

Teaching with the News:

The Choices Program features a fantastic Surveying State of the Union Addresses.

Students will:

  • Understand the constitutional basis and history of the State of the Union Address
  • Explore significant moments in twentieth century State of the Union Addresses and identify important historic themes
  • Collaborate with classmates to identify likely topics for the State of the Union Address
  • Assess President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Global Oneness Project: Bringing the World to Your Classroom

This month, the Global Oneness lesson plan explores the many remote communities around the globe that are on the threshold of change as the impacts of globalization and shifting resources threaten traditional ways of living.

iEARN Projects Align to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, iEARN (International Education and Resource Network), now with organizations in 140 countries and linking millions of young people daily in online collaboration and engagement, launched a major effort to mobilize its global network and other global education partners to realize the world’s new 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of targets relating to future international development.

Check out more than 100 active global projects and browse a few of our featured projects or search for those of interest to you!

The Centre for Global Education: Upcoming Video Conferences

The Centre for Global Education (CGE) is offering the following video conferences in February. 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 or visit the CGE website at

Je suis Charlie - The RIght to Offend (English)

(Feb 23, 1:00-2:00MT/3:00-4:00ET) - Gr 10-12

To draw or not to draw, that is the question. Caricatures are not a new phenomenon, however often it’s difficult to know if these drawings are in good or bad taste. Where is the line drawn between the right to offend and freedom of expression, and who drew it anyway? It this line static et clearly defined or based on your own personal, cultural, or familial beliefs? This presentation will show comics and cartoons from both past and present. It’s up to you to decide the level offense!

Child Soldiers: Caught in Conflict

(March 1, 9:00-10:10MT/11:00-12:10ET)** - Gr 7-12

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.

DeforestACTION Global Launch

(March 9, 9:30-:10:15MT/11:30-12:15ET) - Gr 3-12

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

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

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