Virtual Teacher Institute

GlobalEd Opportunities & Resources Newsletter-September 2014

Global Cardboard Challenge

Inspired by the short film, “Caine’s Arcade,” the Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event that celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. On October 11th, kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination - and then communities will come together to play! You and your students are invited to join this year's challenge; more information here:

If you live in Colorado, please join students at the Watershed School in Boulder on October 11, 2014 from 10am--1pm MT. Come ready to play and interact with schools around the globe participating in the Global Cardboard Challenge.

Caine's Arcade

Moments of Inclusion

Sometimes we feel like we don't belong.

You are invited to share your creativity and contribute to a global conversation on Moments of Inclusion.

Reflect on a personal experience of inclusion. Where did it take place?
Who was with you? Why was this an important part your own life journey?
How did the experience influence your identity?

As part of this reflection, you are invited to create and share a form of visual art as part of an online Global Gallery collection! Selected images will be printed and exhibited at a Symposium on Overcoming Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness taking place in Toronto from October 1st - 3rd.

Please submit your artwork with a title and description along with your name, age and the community you are from by Friday September 19th, 2014 in one of the following ways:


The Centre for Global Education: Upcoming Video Conferences

The Centre for Global Education(CGE) is offering the following video conferences in September! Each conference is limited to six schools, and filled on a first come, first served basis, with priority participation is given to CGE member schools. If you are interested in any of the conferences requiring preparation beforehand, please contact or visit their website,

VC Orientation I: From upcoming events to basic VC Q&A's

(Tu, Sept 23, 4:00 MT/6:00ET)

Find out specific times and dates while having your basic questions answered.

  • Learn about our elementary, secondary program
  • University/College Research Projects
  • Global Issues Conferences
  • Philanthropic Global Projects

International Day of the Girl Child Conference

(Fr, Oct 10, multiple sessions)** - Gr 6-12

The designation of October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child is, according to the United Nations, a day meant to focus "attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights". The purpose of this day is to promote awareness and action with respect to the unique challenges and issues girls face both nationally and internationally. The three primary goals of the conference are to: raise awareness of local and global challenges and issues that are faced by girls, consider solutions, and motivate engagement.

Global Dignity Day International Video Conference

(We, Oct 15, 9:00-11:15 MT/11:00-1:15 ET **) Gr 6-12

On October 16th, 2013, youth in schools around the world will participate in Global Dignity Day; a day to honor our interconnectedness and the intrinsic value of each individual. In celebration with this event, thousands of students from schools across Canada will be coming together LIVE via video conference. Through the sharing of personal stories and cooperative activities, youth will powerfully experience how they themselves, through even the smallest acts of kindness, can contribute to a more peaceful world.

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

Teaching Current Issues?

The Choices Program has more than twenty years of experience developing resources that introduce groundbreaking research on critical turning points in history and pressing contemporary issues into high school classrooms.

They offer 18 curriculum units on a range of current issues, including these free resources below:

World Maps!

Mapping Migration in the United States

This interactive map shows how Americans have moved between states since 1900.

40 Maps that explain World War 1

Using unique maps in global classrooms can help students develop a more pluralistic world view. Check out our growing collection of unusual world maps in the WLS Teacher Forum, and please send suggestions any time you discover one we haven't posted!

Global Education and Project Based Learning Resources

Explore the links below to find out how to incorporate new resources in your global classroom.

Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill,by Maurice Elias (2013)

Elias shares some simple tips for implementing SEL to engage students in elementary, middle and high school classes -- including a short quiet time at the beginning and end of the day, using transition circles, and reflective writing and discussion ideas.

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

What engages students? Read ten things students say from one of our most popular posts. More student engagement resources here!

GE Teach - A Good Tool for Teaching With Maps

Visitors to GE Teach can select from a variety of physical geography and human geography layers to display and explore. A fantastic feature of GE Teach is the option use the "two maps" mode to show two maps side-by-side for the purpose of information comparison.

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

#WorldLeadershipSchool is on #Instagram!

They say a picture is worth 1000 words, so what better way for WLS to keep our students, faculty, instructors, and alumni connected with our programs than on Instagram? Follow us to stay up to date on our programs and connect with the greater WLS community! Share your best photos from the summer, and make sure to tag us and to share the #WorldLeadershipSchool love. Please help spread the word about our work through your social media contacts: LIKE us on Facebook, FOLLOW us on Twitter and share our page with your family and friends!

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.