Educator Workshop – Creating a Democratic Classroom: Platform for Engaged Global Leaders
January 21st, 2016
Registration begins at 4:00pm.
Global Classroom is pleased to partner with Global Visionaries for a workshop to learn effective strategies to engage students in being active global citizens. Join educators from around the region to learn a highly effective approach to creating a climate of mutual respect and shared ownership in which student leaders become engaged global leaders both in and out of the classroom. Walk away with free resources, new approaches, and a community of support to begin integrating global issues and sustainable solutions into your classroom.
What is Global Leadership?
Global Leadership is both a methodology and a course designed to empower and engage high school students by developing leadership skills through service learning. Global Leadership directly addresses the 21st century skills that students must develop in order to participate in a global society; critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. In a democratic classroom, students learn about their own role in our global society and, through collaborative exploration, they devise solutions and take action on issues they deem relevant.
Registration includes refreshments, curricular resources, and 3 clock hours.
Chris Fontana is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Visionaries (GV). Launched in 1999, through Chris's leadership GV has led more than 1,200 students and adults to Guatemala. An important aspect of his work is the co-creation of Global Leadership curriculum for Seattle area schools, first taught at the Global Studies Academy at Cleveland High School. He has an extensive background in cross-cultural training, and taught Spanish to middle and high school students for 13 years.
Chris's passion for engaging youth in global leadership was evidenced in 1995 through his organization of YES, youth-organized Global Youth Environmental Summits. The 1995 Summit, sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Program, brought 300 high school students from 32 countries and 40 states together for one week of education in environmental and peace issues, social action, leadership skills, and direct environmental service. For his efforts, Chris won the 1995 Colorado Partners in Education Award.
In 2008, Chris was an honoree of the Thomas C. Wales Passionate Citizen Award, and was honored by Seattle University's Albers School of Business with its 2011 Redwinged Leadership Award.