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Global Education Resources

Curriculum Guides and Teaching Resources

Organizations, Professional Development Resources, and Web Portals

Curriculum Guides and Teaching Resources

Asia for Educators
Asia for Educators is an initiative of the East Asian Curriculum Project and the Project on Asia in the Core Curriculum at Columbia University.

Choices for the 21st Century Education Project Curricular resources, professional development workshops, and special projects, focusing on empowering secondary level students in international issues and civic engagement. Based at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies.

Facing the Future
Standards-based resources related to global issues and sustainable solutions. A teachers’ resources database from The American Forum for Global Education including lesson plans, teaching units, primary documents and book reviews. Also links to Issues in Global Education, occasional papers on important topics for educators and education policy makers.

    World Trade Organization and Globalization
    This issue of The American Forum for Global Education’s newsletter, Issues in Global Education, provides a brief introduction to and lesson plans around the World Trade Organization and its role in the global economy.

Global Education Collaborative The Global Education Collaborative is a community for teachers and students interested in global education. Contribute by adding media, conversation, and collaborative project ideas.

Global Dimension
A guide to books, films, posters and web resources which support global, intercultural and environmental understanding for all age groups and subjects and provides summaries of resources and relevant links. It’s designed for UK schools, but is of much wider interest. It focuses on resources in English, from a number of countries.

Globalization 101
This Web site features cross-disciplinary lessons for high school students that address globalization through different perspectives. The issue briefs, news reports, and video clips are important resources for educators wanting to address this hot international issue.

Heifer International for Educators
Heifer International offers a website with lesson plans tied to national education standards, video documentaries, games and activities for use in the classroom to teach students to take action and make a difference by learning about world hunger. Information about Heifer’s popular Read to Feed activity is also included.

iEARN (International Education and Resource Network)
iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit organization made up of over 25,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 125 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide.

Oracle ThinkQuest
ThinkQuest is learning platform where teachers and students create learning projects, participate in a website competition, and browse a library of student projects. Teachers can integrate learning projects into the classroom curriculum and collaborate with members around the world.

Outreach World
Outreach World is an online community of educators from 120 federally-funded National Resource Centers (NRCs) based at 146 universities, focusing on Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands and International Studies, and 42 Language Resource Centers (LRCs) and Centers for International Business and Education Research (CIBERs) based at 44 universities and dedicated to promoting foreign language study and international business.

Peace Corps Connect Global TeachNet
Resources, networking and support to bring a global perspective into classrooms and communities managed by the National Peace Corps Association.

Peace Corps Coverdell World Wise Schools
The Peace Corps Coverdell World Wise Schools program strives to help U.S. schoolchildren better understand and appreciate the diverse cultures and issues of the world by communicating with a Peace Corps Volunteer overseas through an exchange of letters, artifacts, photos, and artwork.

Route 21
To help education leaders implement 21st century teaching and learning, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills has developed Route 21, an online, one-stop shop for 21st century skills-related information, resources and community tools. is the product of ongoing collaboration of Ohio State University's Social Studies and Global Education program with OSU's African Studies Center, East Asian Studies Center, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Middle East Studies Center, the Slavic and Eastern European Studies Center and Indiana University's Center for the Study of Global Change. The Centers have approved all resources offered here for K-12 teachers.

TeachUNICEF helps teachers engage students as active global citizens in learning about UNICEF—the United Nations Children's Fund—and its efforts on behalf of children worldwide. TeachUNICEF education materials have been designed to help educators bring a global understanding of the needs of children and families around the world into the classroom.

U.S. Department of State for Youth
Resources related to foreign affairs and international diplomacy including lesson plans.

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Organizations, Professional Development Resources, and Web Portals

AACTE Committee on Global and International Teacher Education
The AACTE Committee on Global and International Teacher Education fosters development of a global perspective in teaching and teacher education and promotes the use of this perspective in decision-making within the Association, member institutions, and related constituencies.

ACE Center for International Initiatives
The American Council on Education’s Center for International Initiatives offers programs and services that enhance internationalization on U.S. campuses and situate U.S. higher education in a global context. In addition, ACE works with international partners on higher education issues that have a global impact.

Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning
The Partnership for Global Learning is an Asia Society membership network that connects state and district decision makers, school leaders, teachers, university faculty, and other stakeholders to increase the number of K-12 schools offering rigorous and relevant international studies curriculum and to increase the demand for investments in international education.

Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) fosters cross-cultural understanding, scholarship, academic achievement and societal development through the international study of educational ideas, systems, and practices. Their professional work is built on cross-disciplinary interests and expertise as historians, sociologists, economists, psychologists, anthropologists, and educators.

Council of Chief State School Officers
The focus of the Council’s current and continued work focuses around cultural awareness and educational targeted policy exchange. CCSSO also helps advance educational exchanges and cross-cultural linkages through special exchange agreements with the Confederation of Education Service Managers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and with the Association of Prefectural Boards of Education Superintendents of Japan.

Council of Europe Global Education Week Network
In 1999 the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe has launched the first Global Education Week, promoting school activities in the member States with a specific focus on how to overcome poverty and social exclusion.

Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program
Since 1946, the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program has helped nearly 23,000 teachers and administrators contribute to mutual understanding between the United States and countries around the world. For U.S. teachers, this opportunity involves a year, semester or six-week direct exchange of teaching positions with a counterpart in another country teaching the same subject(s) at the same level.

Global Campaign for Education
The Global Campaign for Education (GCE), founded in 1999, brings together major nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and teachers’ unions in more than 120 countries. GCE promotes access to education as a basic human right and mobilizes public pressure to create the political will for governments and other leaders in the international community to fulfill their promises to provide at least a free, public basic education for all children.

Global Learning Portal
The Global Learning Portal facilitates development and education initiatives by linking online educators, international development practitioners, ministries and civil society organizations. Educators in Afghanistan, Central Asia, Zambia and Latin America are connecting via GLP.

Institute of International Education
IIE is among the world's largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. IIE’s Research and Evaluation division has conducted surveys on academic flows to and from the U.S. since 1923. Open Doors, IIE’s flagship research project, supported by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1972, is recognized worldwide as the critical resource for understanding student mobility trends to and from the U.S. More recently, we have begun measuring and documenting global student mobility trends through Project Atlas which provides similar mobility data from the perspective of other leading host countries.

International Society for Teacher Education
The International Society for Teacher Education (ISTE) is an independent organization of dedicated to the improvement of teacher education in all settings by fostering discussion, critical analysis and dissemination of ideas from research and innovative practice in teacher education. The Society’s Annual Seminar are based on a special format which encourages constructive dialogue on contemporary issues in teacher education and is accompanied by experiences which help participants to understand the educational environment of the host country.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators
NAFSA: Association of International Educators is a member organization promoting international education and providing professional development opportunities to the field. NAFSA serves international educators and their institutions and organizations by setting standards of good practice, providing training and professional development opportunities, providing networking opportunities, and advocating for international education.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has emerged as the leading advocacy organization focused on infusing 21st century skills into education. The organization brings together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers to define a powerful vision for 21st century education to ensure every child's success as citizens and workers in the 21st century. The Partnership encourages schools, districts and states to advocate for the infusion of 21st century skills into education and provides tools and resources to help facilitate and drive change.

SIETAR - the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research
The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research is the world’s largest interdisciplinary network for professionals and students working in the field of intercultural relations. The primary purpose of SIETAR is to encourage the development and application of values, knowledge and skills that promote and reinforce beneficial and long-lasting intercultural relations at the individual, group, organization, and community levels.

The World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES)
The goals of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies are to promote the study of comparative and international education throughout the world and enhance the academic status of this field and to bring comparative education to bear on the major educational problems of the day by fostering co-operative action by specialists from different parts of the world.

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