Global Fluency Training

The World Affairs Council’s newest professional development opportunity is Global Fluency Training for Educators.

The training focuses on cross-cultural competence in educational settings. Through a combination of discussion, activities such as role play, and design thinking exercises, educators are encouraged to further their understanding of culture, explore the value of various perspectives throughout their school communities, and develop skills to leverage the global landscape of their classrooms to enrich all students’ experiences.


Educational Resources on Global Fluency

Please note: This section is a work in progress, so we will be adding more resources as we develop this section further.

ASCD – The Globally Competent Learning Continuum

From the site: “The Globally Competent Learning Continuum (GCLC) is an online self-reflection tool to help educators of all grade levels and content areas develop globally competent teaching practices. The GCLC provides 12 concrete globally competent teaching elements with descriptions of what each looks like at different levels of development. The GCLC also contains resources to help educators move along the continuum. Resources include articles, books, professional learning opportunities, videos of globally competent K–12 teachers in action, and teacher-created lesson plans.”

Asia Society’s Center for Global Education (Section on Immigration and Migration)

Resources under the section on Immigration and Migration are categorized under these topics:

  • Immigration, Migration, and President Trump’s Executive Order on Travel
  • Diversity and Tolerance
  • Teaching About Islam
  • Civics Education and Engagement
  • Personal Reflections, Opinions, and Stories

There are also other wonderful articles/books/reports on Global Fluency and Competency generally throughout the CGE section of the site. For those active on Twitter, they have a weekly #GlobalEdChat, an hour-long discussion on current issues in global education on Thursdays at 8 pm Eastern time!

Hofstede Culture Compass Mobile App Info

From the site: “The mobile version of our Culture Compass™ gives you useful insights towards the cultural differences that exist between countries based on Geert Hofstede’s scientifically validated model on national cultures.”

Save the Children – Forced to Flee Report

If you’re looking for analysis in terms of a broader context regarding refugees and internally displaced people, then this report by Save the Children is a fantastic resource.  It has many infographics, stories, photos – great to use as a classroom resource.


Recommended Books

Empowering Global Citizens: A World Course

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands

Global Dexterity


Community Organizations

Note: This is not yet a comprehensive list, and organizations will be added as we learn about them.

Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh (BCAP)

Somali Bantu Community Association (Facebook page)

Islamic Center of Pittsburgh

Council on American-Islamic Relations Pennsylvania (CAIR PA)

Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)

Hispanic Family Center

Latino Family Center (Facebook page)

Casa San Jose

Global Pittsburgh International Communities (East Asian, South Asian, Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Europe)

South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM)

Allegheny County Department of Human Services: Immigrant Community Blueprint

Community Blueprint (Facebook page)

Catholic Charities (Diocese of Pittsburgh)

Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

Pittsburgh Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center

Vibrant Pittsburgh (Refugee Mentoring)

Welcoming Pittsburgh Initiative