“We must prepare the next generation of leaders to find solutions to the problems of the future, to invent the future so to speak.” — Fernando Reimers, Faculty Co-Chair
Think Tank on Global Education: Empowering Global Citizens
Learn to foster global competence in your school(s) by co-constructing curriculum, developing teachers, and devising a strategy for systemic change.
While global education itself is not a new concept, recent world events underscore the importance of teaching students what it means to live and thrive as a global citizen. Until now, insufficient curriculum materials and lack of a focused strategy have limited the implementation of such programs for K-12 students.
Think Tank on Global Education invites educators to be at the forefront of testing and developing cutting-edge curriculum to advance global competence in global studies, in classrooms, schools and districts. Our recently published book, Empowering Students to Improve the World in Sixty Lessons, builds on the UN Declaration on Human Rights and the UN’s 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, with local and global connections built into every unit. Participants in our upcoming institute will take part in a dynamic, large-scale collaboration to create and adapt lesson plans, and scale global education where they work. Prior to attending participants will complete a thirteen step assessment designed to survey their current global education practice.
During this two-day institute, you will hear from educators who have been leaders and innovators in implementing global education. You will work in groups to: devise curriculum, respond to colleagues’ work, and begin to build a network of improvement, all with the goal of preparing young people to address the world’s most pressing problems.
Faculty will include Darla Deardorff, Executive Director, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and Research Scholar at Duke University, and Veronica Boix Mansilla, Principal Investigator at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Prior to attending the Institute at Harvard, participants will complete online activities, becoming familiar with introductory concepts related to global competency as well as a self-assessment (to be completed with their team or colleagues at home). This pre-work will then be used as the basis for developing their strategy to advance global education during the program.
- Assess your global citizenship practice using tools from Empowering Students to Improve the World in Sixty Lessons prior to attendance — and build a strategy with other participants during the institute to advance global education throughout your school or education system
- Devise curriculum which capitalizes on the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals
- Explore what are called “signature pedagogies” in global education and learn how exemplary teachers design signature learning experiences
- Collaborate with colleagues to design professional development activities that promote global competencies for teachers
- Solicit feedback on your problems of practice and offer feedback to your colleagues through the institute’s Consultancy – an engaging protocol that allows peers to share their problems of practice
- Co-create a statement of what you know, believe, and plan to do to advance global citizenship education in your education setting, thereby deepening your global education work and the spirit in which that work is widely known
Who Should Attend
- K-12 educators invested in global education, including those currently working to increase students’ global competencies and those new to this effort
- School teams comprised of teachers, curriculum directors, instructional coaches, and principals
- Teams comprised of school and district leaders
- Teacher educators
- Nonprofit leaders who collaborate with districts and schools
Director of preK-12 and international programs at Professional Education at HGSE
Mitalene Fletcher is the faculty co-chair of Think Tank on Global Education.
Fees & Policies
Participants receive a certificate of participation and a letter confirming clock hours of instruction. Payment or a purchase order must be received within 30 days of program acceptance, or upon receipt of the invoice if acceptance is within 30 days prior to the start of the program. Click here for more information on payment and financial aid.
Please click here for more information on our on-campus and online refund and withdrawal policies.
The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.