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GlobalEd Opportunities & Resources Newsletter--March 2016

AFS Outreach to Educators Event Grants 2016 - Apply Now

We are pleased to share an exciting announcement for teachers from AFS-USA. The AFS Outreach to Educators Event Grants 2016 will award between $500 and $1500 to selected educators for activities that promote intercultural learning. Please see a description of the grant below:


Foster Outreach to Educators Events (OEE) in your community through targeted, global learning outreach or hosting a workshop/seminar on global competency through intercultural learning (ICL) for educators and administrators! The overarching goal this year is to focus on the important link between global learning and cultural exchange as a mean to promote public diplomacy.


Grants provide up to $1,500, and can be used for any number of activities that encourage intercultural learning through collaboration with local teachers and AFS volunteers. Applicants are encouraged to highlight the critical link between cultural exchange and 21st century skills in their proposals. Examples include: professional development events, classroom presentations, conference attendance fees, materials and resource fees, and anything else that brings global learning and cultural exchange insight to the community.


Applicants are encouraged to incorporate the U.S. State Department’s International Education Week, November 16-20, into their planning timeline. To apply for this grant please click here.

Deadline: April 18, 2016

Maximum Grant: $1,500

Suggested Topics for 2016: Service Learning, Global Education, ICL through Arts and Technology, Human Rights & Cultural Understanding and Experiential Learning (others are welcomed)

Please visit AFS-USA Outreach to Educators Events for more information.

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Teaching with the News:

The Choices Program features a fantastic free lesson on: Black Lives Matter: Continuing the Civil Rights Movement.

Students will have an opportunity to do the following:

  • Review a timeline of black activism in the United States from the 1950s to today
  • Identify core themes of the civil rights and Black Lives Matter movements
  • Recognize patterns among and create slogans for different decades of activism
  • Collaborate to consider accomplishments of civil rights activists and the enduring obstacles to racial equality in the United States
  • Evaluate different platforms for activism and the role of social media in protest

Global Oneness Project: Bringing the World to Your Classroom

This month, the Global Oneness lesson plan allows students to explore images of Syrian refugees migrating through Europe, and discuss cultural displacement and the impact of photography. This photo essay reflects the intensity, hardship, and the sheer enormity of this displaced population. It shows individuals and families who have fled the devastations of war and hope for a better future. Challenge your students to explore the response from varying countries and question how our world community responds to the most basic human needs for safety, shelter, and security with this lesson.

Join the UNICEF Tap Project to Save Children's Lives

The UNICEF Tap Project is back! This year’s initiative asks Americans to provide clean, safe water for children around the world by encouraging you to stop texting, calling, emailing, tweeting and posting--and challenge your friends to do the same. Millions of children around the globe do not have safe, clean water to drink, and the lack of this basic necessity isn’t just inconvenient — it’s lethal. Take the challenge on your cell phone at UNICEFTapProject.org throughout the month of March. The longer you go without touching your smartphone, the more clean water will be unlocked for children in need.

The Centre for Global Education: Upcoming Video Conferences

The Centre for Global Education (CGE) is offering the following video conferences in March. 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/.


Global Water Crisis

(Mar 22, 9:00-10:20MT/11:00-12:20ET) – Gr 9-12

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 local, national and international governments and communities can work together and resolve this ever magnifying issue of Water: A Global Crisis. Students will review and evaluate different aspects of water – personal, environmental, commercial, and economic ­ and the potential competing interests through our global interactive student portal, networking with their peers across North America, culminating in a video conference.


Ethics of Stem Cell Research

(TBD, beginning of April) - Gr 9-12

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 groundbreaking 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 October.


LOW Carbon Lunch: Eating our way to a reduced Carbon Footprint

(April 21, 1:00-2:00MDT)

Celebrate Earth Week by eating a Low Carbon Lunch and take a bite out of climate change! The video conference will examine the role our food plays in Climate Change. From the initiation production, to its transportation, to the inherent footprint of each type of food itself, what we eat has a significant impact of Climate Change and our Carbon Footprint as an individual, school and community.


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

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