“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.
Recent events around the world underscore the importance of teaching students not only what it means to live and thrive in an interconnected world but also what it takes to strive collectively for better health and social justice outcomes. Harvard Graduate School of Education’s annual Think Tank on Global Education invites educators to be at the forefront of curriculum development and strategy to advance global competence in classrooms, schools, districts, and communities.
Newly redesigned as an online institute, in this program participants will explore a variety of frameworks for organizing student learning with a focus on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals to consider the kinds of competencies that students and teachers will require to advance those goals. In addition to this, participants will consider their current practice in light of the OECD PISA report on global competence.
During two days of live-online synchronous sessions, you will hear from thought-leaders, researchers, and practitioners who have been innovators in global education practice across their schools, networks, and systems. You will work in groups to: devise curriculum, develop your approaches to assessment, and begin to build a network of improvement, all with the goal of preparing young people to address the world’s most pressing problems.
Beginning two weeks prior to attending the virtual institute, you will work independently, on your own schedule, to become familiar with contemporary conceptions of global competency and to assess your current practice (ideally with your team or colleagues at home). This pre-work will then be used as the basis for developing your strategy to advance global education during the institute.
- Assess your global education practice 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 “signature pedagogies” in global education and learn how exemplary teachers design signature learning experiences
- Collaborate with colleagues to design assessment and professional development activities that promote global competencies for teachers
- Receive 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 professional 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 co-chair of Think Tank on Global Education.
Fees & Policies
Upon successful completion of this program, participants will 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.
Closed Captioning and Accessibility
This online course includes live web conferences. For live events, we will arrange for captioning services upon your request. Please contact us via the Professional Education Community if you require accommodations. If possible, requests should be made at least a week in advance. Please note: we will make every effort to secure services, but all are subject to availability.