The World Affairs Council’s newest professional development opportunity is the Global Fluency Training for Educators, offered in partnership with the Columbus Council on World Affairs’ Global Fluency Institute.
The Global Fluency Training for Educators was piloted in the spring of 2017 with 30 globally-minded educators from the Pittsburgh region. 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.
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.”
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!
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.”
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.
Note: This is not yet a comprehensive list, and organizations will be added as we learn about them.