Building Equitable Global Partnerships that Work (World Leadership School)
Building Equitable Glocal Partnership that Work: Empowering Students as Change Makers for an Era of Sustainability
More and more teachers across the PreK-12 spectrum are looking for global partnerships for their students, ideally with classrooms in other parts of the world that are interested in collaborative learning. Global awareness is an important part of any 21st century educational program, offering students a lens on the perspectives and experiences of people around the world. However, just becoming aware without the intentional development of global competencies and the chance to act on new knowledge can lead students to feel powerless in the face of our biggest global challenges—and inequitable global partnerships can cause more harm than good. Global citizenship programs founded in student-centered practices that emphasize advocacy and participation provide students with a way to act on the basis of their learning, which also helps them envision how a life of purpose and leadership might be crafted. This course will explore a variety of strategies for finding global partners, for developing equitable learning experiences which foster proficiency in academic standards and global competencies, and for building the kinds of deep learning experiences which help humanize the world for students and foster the kinds of intercultural skills they will need to become leaders of constructive change.
Week 1 – Why do our students need global partnerships? What kinds of global partnerships might we develop? How might we ensure that our partnerships are equitable? What do successful global partnerships look like?
Week 2 – Where might a global partnership be most powerful in our curriculum? What are the best existing global projects that might already fit? How might we find our own global partners? What kinds of challenges can we expect to encounter?
Week 3 – How might we build students’ global competencies and “citizenship” in deep and lasting ways? How might local partnerships fit into our global work? Which local cultures, organizations and individuals might best support our goals?
Week 4 – How might we leverage technology for both local and global partnerships? How might we develop opportunities for student voice and action? What might appropriate, equitable action look like? How might we assess and improve our partnerships over time?
Week 5 – Presentations of Learning