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GlobalEd Opportunities & Resources Newsletter-November 2014

The Future of Food

This year was the 33rd anniversary of World Food Day! How are family farms across the world help fight hunger? Integral to global food production, more than 500 million family farmers produce at least 56 percent of the world's food. But this isn't enough—we'll need many more family farms to help feed the world sustainably. Check out the resources below to learn more and challenge your global PBL classroom to an engaging project. Don't forget to join the conversation online as well, #FutureofFood!


  • Discover what the world eats, including differing levels of consumption of meat, dairy, grains, sugar and produce.
  • Every year, one-third of the food we grow is no’t eaten, but lost or wasted along a chain that stretches from farms to marketplaces to our dinner tables. We can do better.

The Polar Bear Cam Returns!

Does the mere thought of a half-ton polar bear approaching from across the tundra quicken your pulse?

Even if you've never walked across the snowy tundra, you can catch the excitement of the polar bear migration via the live, streaming Polar Bear Cam—a partnership with explore.org and Frontiers North Adventures.


And don't forget to join them for live chats and webcasts throughout the season!

The Cam will continue through late November as part of our global outreach from Churchill, the polar bear capital of the world.

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 their website, http://tcge.tiged.org/.


Ethics of Stem Cell Research

(Nov 26, 9:00-10:30MT/11:00-12:30ET ) - Gr 10-12

Join high school students from across North America as they come together, mentored by graduate students from around the world, to seek out and build consensus on how our scientific communities, local, national and international governments should move forward with Stem Cell Research. Students will hear about ground breaking research and learn about the implications it has on the ethical debate. Students will review and evaluate different aspects of Stem Cell Research and the potential competing interests through our global interactive student portal, networking with their peers across North America, culminating in a video conference at the end of the November.


Resistance Art: Poetry Slam- LIVE from the Middle East

(Nov 25, 9:00-10:30MT/11:00-12:30ET)** - Gr 9-12

This one-part 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 well-known poets, all of whom will share their work, discuss the intent and answer questions from students. World Leadership School's, Jennifer D. Klein, built the curriculum and will be monitoring the session, while 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. The cost for this one-part session is $100 CAD/US per class.


Resistance Art: Art – LIVE from the Middle East

(Dec 2, 9:00-10:30)** - Gr 9-12

This one-part 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 well-known artists, all of whom will share their work, discuss the intent and answer questions from students. World Leadership School's, Jennifer D. Klein, built the curriculum and will be monitoring the session, while students will be asked to share their artwork as well, explaining their intent, taking questions, and receiving feedback from guest artists.


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

The Choices Program: The Umbrella Movement: Protests in Hong Kong

Brown University's Choices Program offers a Teaching The News Curriculum and highlights the protests in Hong Kong. Bring the news into your classroom with this new and engaging curriculum.


Students will:

  • Gain an understanding of the relationship between China and Hong Kong.
  • Analyze photographs of the recent protests in Hong Kong.
  • Explore the symbols and messages that protesters use to express their views.

Global Education and Project Based Learning Resources

You can find more resources for bringing PBL and new global resources into your classroom here.

World Leadership School

The mission of World Leadership School is to empower young leaders to find new and innovative approaches to the world's pressing problems.