Fostering Global Competencies and Leadership through Global (and Local) Partnerships that Work (Webber's Ed)
Fostering Global Competencies and Leadership through Global (and Local) Partnerships that Work
More and more teachers across the K-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 a chance to act on new knowledge can lead students to feel disenfranchised and 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.