Teach: Global Education Tools and Local Resources

Click on the links to help you understand global education and also to inspire you to globalize your classroom!

  1. Sara Krakauer is one of the blogs to read to help inspire everyone to promote global competencies!


2. This global education checklist by Fred Czarra helps spell everything out and will assist you to evaluate your status.


3.  This information from the Asia Society is invaluable and is a resource that you will review over and over and over and ………


4.  Thinglink is an awesome way to create interactive lessons for students (and it’s free for a basic account!)


Here is a sample of one I created for belief systems.  https://www.thinglink.com/scene/714982062418821122

5.  Padlet is one of my favorite tools – from using as a way to introduce students online to using as a review site for students – another free site!  https://padlet.com/

6.  Postcard educate (also found on another page) is a free, easy way to encourage students to take action by sharing issues with friends, family, and their community.  http://postcard.com/educate

7.  Looking for more ideas? Look at my Pinterest boards and the resources I’ve accumulated there!  https://www.pinterest.com/priscillazenn/

8.  Go Blue! The University of Michigan provides tools teachers can use for assessing intercultural and global competence and internalizing their own curriculum.


9.  World Savvy has amazing resources to help teachers understand what global education means and how to approach working with students.  Here is information from their website: “Global competence is an emergent and complex concept. The world is constantly changing and, with it, the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to navigate the world continue to change. Educating for global competence is a complex process that cannot be achieved with a linear or stagnant approach, nor is it a ‘checklist’ of activities and knowledge. Evaluating our work and assessing global competence therefore necessitates an approach that accounts for this continuous development and change. World Savvy collects qualitative and quantitative data from program participants through surveys, observations, interviews, focus groups, and case studies.”  http://www.worldsavvy.org/program-toolkit

Local Resources

There are many resources in our own backyard that we can take advantage of – we don’t have to travel further than 20 miles!  Below are a few that I have worked with in the past.

  1. Education that Inspires:  Teaching Innovation.  This is a phenomenal resource that is free and sponsored by The Henry Ford. There are numerous lessons designed by educators for every grade level.  When you explore the site, make sure to check out the archives – you can find images online or visit the museum and the resources are free.  https://www.thehenryford.org/education/ .  Besides being a great museum, it offers great IMAX films!. You can arrange for your class to visit the museum or the village.
  2. Arab American Museum. Located just 15 minutes from Allen Park, this museum provides free teacher workshops and open houses to promote cultural understanding.  Sign up for their newsletter to keep informed of events.  You can also take your students there on a field trip!   http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/
  3. Holocaust Memorial Center. This incredible museum offers a great experience for your students and can also connect you with a Holocaust survivor who will speak to groups. http://www.holocaustcenter.org/  By car or bus, plan for about a 30 minute ride from our district.
  4. The Detroit Institute of Arts. This institute makes connections to broader global issues and topics. I have attended a workshop there (Visual Thinking Strategies) and was impressed by the quality offered. In addition, field trips and buses are provided free by the institute to schools in Wayne County@ http://www.dia.org/
  5. Nam Center for Korean Studies:  The Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan International Institute encourages social, political, cultural, and economic understanding of Korea in the U-M community and beyond. Through its student and faculty support and ambitious public programming, the center seeks to increase the depth and breadth of resources devoted to Korean studies (website).  Not only do they provide speakers (free of charge), they also host cultural events with music and dinner. https://www.ii.umich.edu/ncks/k-14-educators.html