Global Classroom extends the World Affairs Council’s message of global engagement to K-12 classrooms by providing curricular resources, professional development programs for teachers, and leadership activities for high school students. Education in global affairs builds a globally competitive workforce while enriching the learning experience through the examination of current issues, cross-cultural exchange, and the dialogue of ideas shaping our future.
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Global Classroom gives teachers the tools they need to educate students on meaningful international issues through multiple programs including:
- Professional Development Workshops: Each school year, Global Classroom organizes ten teacher training programs on a variety of relevant international topics. Programs include guest speakers, panelists, hands-on activities, an up-to-date resource packet, dinner, and clock hours. Participants leave with greater understanding of global issues and stronger connections to their colleagues in both the greater Seattle community and abroad. Resource packets are published following every event and posted free online, including STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) specific content. See our calendar for upcoming workshops.
- Teacher Resources: In the Teacher Resources section of this website, visitors will find numerous global issues resource packets, curricula designed to support K-12 teachers implementing the Washington State social studies Classroom-Based Assessments (CBAs), and additional curriculum materials. These are also valuable to anyone teaching world politics, history, geography, or economics. Packets also include resources to help you integrate global affairs into STEM curriculum.
- World Educator Award: Each year, the World Affairs Council honors a local educator who has made exceptional contributions in broadening the global horizons of students and colleagues. The recipient of the World Educator Award is an outstanding K-12 teacher who promotes international understanding in the classroom and contributes to the development of resources so that other educators and community members are better prepared to meet a major challenge of our time: to educate youth about world affairs.
- Educator Tours to Turkey: Global Classroom selects greater Seattle area teachers to travel to Turkey every summer through the Turkish Cultural Foundation. Global Classroom also provides teachers with information about other study tour opportunities.
Global Classroom provides students the opportunity to participate in their growth as global citizens through programs including:
- The Global Youth Leadership Initiative: The Global Youth Leadership Initiative (GYLI) is a year-long program designed to encourage and assist high school students in learning about current global issues while developing leadership skills and raising global awareness among their peers. Participants create plans to raise awareness about global issues at their high schools and receive support implementing their plans throughout the school year.
- World Citizen Essay Contest: Each year the World Affairs Council hosts the World Citizen Essay contest for third through twelfth graders. The goal of the contest is to promote discussion among students, teachers, families, and community members about the ways that individuals can effect positive change in the global community.
- Teacher Leaders for Online Exchange: The Teacher Leaders for Online Exchange (TLOE) project is intended to increase the number of classrooms in Washington State that are engaged in online (or paper-based) exchanges, connections, or collaborations with classrooms in other countries. Examples of such connections might include email pen-pal relationships, completing a joint service project, exchanging student work, or engaging in facilitated discussions via Skype or another platform. Global Classroom provides support and resources to make it easier for teachers to develop such connections, relating the work directly to curricular goals.
- The Global Education and Engagement project: The World Affairs Council, in partnership with Three Chairs for Refugees and the Kent School District, launched a leadership program for high school refugee students. The Global Education and Engagement (GLEE) project focuses on four main principles: knowledge, perspective, voice, and action, to equip refugee youth with the skills and social-cultural capacities to act as emerging leaders in our increasingly global society.
For more information about Global Classroom, please contact:
Amy Lutterloh, Global Classroom Program Coordinator
Email or call 206.441.5910