MAKING GLOBAL CONNECTIONS WITH STUDENTS – PART 2

Last week, Eric Carlson shared how he created global connections with his students through a Pan-African student delegation and participation in Model UN. Impassioned by their experience, his students wanted to see the real thing. A trip abroad was out of reach, but his students ended up working tirelessly to raise the funding to travel to the United Nations in New York City a year later. From … Continue reading MAKING GLOBAL CONNECTIONS WITH STUDENTS – PART 2

Making Global Connections with Students – Part 1

As a teacher committed to geo-education, I am constantly looking for new ways to connect my students to the exciting world beyond the boundaries of our neighborhood and the borders of our nation. Over the years, this initiative has resulted in myriad field trips around Chicago to dine in ethnic restaurants, attend foreign film festivals, and conduct workshops with recent immigrants. Visitors from abroad have … Continue reading Making Global Connections with Students – Part 1

How ANY Classroom Can Become a Global Classroom—In Five Easy Steps

By Homa S. Tavanger, educator and author of Growing Up Global and The Global Education Toolkit An ongoing communication with an enthusiastic social studies teacher in a large Midwestern school district ended abruptly when she emailed me: “due to NCLB [No Child Left Behind] corrective action our district will need to channel our professional development time and funds toward this goal. I’m so sorry that … Continue reading How ANY Classroom Can Become a Global Classroom—In Five Easy Steps

New Global Student: From Old School to Bold School

NGScoverfinal.jpgI was treated to a fascinating feature on NPR’s “On Point” last night. Maya Frost is the author of a just-released book called The New Global Student: Skip the SAT, Save Thousands on Tuition and Get a Truly International Education. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, Frost and husband Tom sat down with host Tom Ashbrook to talk about how their four daughters achieved all three of these aims by pursuing primary, secondary, and tertiary studies abroad in places as diverse as Mexico, Argentina, Canada, and Germany.

The couple answered questions from incredulous listeners and shared tips for parents and families to “seg”–as Maya kept saying–from “old school to bold school.” But don’t take my word for it: Check out Maya’s website for the “Top 10 Reasons” to read The New Global Student. You’ll also find bios and blogs from a selection of some of the more than 20 students featured in the book.

I’ve excerpted reasons 6-10 below for today’s Five for Friday (In my top 10: New Global Student has the same acronym as National Geographic Society. Coincidence? I think not).

#10  It’s time for a change and I’m looking for inspiring stories and  practical tips to help me get fired up in order to make bolder (and more personal) life choices.
 

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ISSA 2008 Conference: All Classes Through Global Glasses

It was windy, all right: The icy gusts tearing across Lake Michigan threatened to hijack my breath and use it for fuel on the short journey into the city. And I learned of the storied political ‘hot-air’ during excursions to Chicago’s famous landmarks. In addition to these blustery mainstays of the Midwestern Capital, there were some new winds of change stirring at a hotel in … Continue reading ISSA 2008 Conference: All Classes Through Global Glasses