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international project-based learning opportunities

The Global Read Aloud happens every year. It is a great way to not only introduce your students to global topics, but also to connect to other students around the world. Each year, books are selected for different grade levels. Teachers can choose the appropriate book for their students and read it along with thousands of other students around the globe. The books usually deal with issues of global importance. In 2017, my students and I read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. We connected with a classroom in Philadelphia and sent postcards back and forth throughout the six-week experience. They learned about the UNESCO Sustainable Development Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation, as well as getting a glimpse into the life of a refugee.  

This year my sixth graders will be choosing between Refugee by Alan Gratz and Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed. My 8th graders will choose between Refugee and Love, Hate and other Filters by Samira Ahmed. This year, we hope to connect with students at others schools within in our district who are participating, as well as other around the world.


 Pulitzer Center Lesson builder can help you design specific lessons. For example, if you are studying refugees, you can search all their materials and find great items like their Finding Home series, which includes a multimedia exploration of Syrian refugee families.

Pulitzer Center Lesson builder can help you design specific lessons. For example, if you are studying refugees, you can search all their materials and find great items like their Finding Home series, which includes a multimedia exploration of Syrian refugee families.

 Epals is a way for students to have digital pen pals. You can look for connections by country, or just put yourself out there as available for connecting. This can used with units that study international topics.

Epals is a way for students to have digital pen pals. You can look for connections by country, or just put yourself out there as available for connecting. This can used with units that study international topics.


 Big History Project is another way that students can enjoy a global learning opportunity. This is an online course that allows students to access the world on a macro level. Teachers can assign lessons and students can access their material from anywhere.

Big History Project is another way that students can enjoy a global learning opportunity. This is an online course that allows students to access the world on a macro level. Teachers can assign lessons and students can access their material from anywhere.

 Skype in the classroom is a way to visually interact with classroom across the globe. Mystery Skype students can try to guess where the caller is located.

Skype in the classroom is a way to visually interact with classroom across the globe. Mystery Skype students can try to guess where the caller is located.


Local Resources for Global Education

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UCLA Global is a place where you can explore everything the university offers in the global sphere. You can search for international activities, link out to the International Institute has international-related research and programs. You can even connect with alumni, business and local governments worldwide. UCLA has partner institutions in 50 countries around the world.

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The Global Education Collaborative is a school in the Los Angeles area for families who want their children to have a global education focus in their school. The school is a public elementary school and offers foreign language instructions in Spanish and Korean. They strive for a balanced curriculum with a focus on global awareness and leadership.

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If you are student, the Center for Global Education can assist you with your travel abroad searches. Their website lists several programs available to California students to help them find the right international experience They also provide a safe study abroad handbook that can help students plan their trips. .


ela standards in global ed

This document highlights two common core standards, one reading and one writing, and how they can be adapted to focus on global education. 


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global education unit plan

This document is a full unit plan for studying extraordinary youth authors from around the world. In 8th grade we read the Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. This unit plan shows how to incorporate other youth authors from around the world. We discuss Malala Yousafzai and girls education, Ismael Baeh and child soldiers. Since my field experience in Morocco, I have added in the work of Laila Lalami and her discussion of growing up in Rabat.