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January 2, 2013

Global Awareness

According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, global awareness is a skill that students need to master in order to succeed in work and life in the 21st century. Global awareness involves using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues. It also involves learning from and working collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue.

Here are some other ways you can help develop your students' global awareness.

Perspective and Distance

From Shore to Shore / De Orilla a Orilla is an international, multicultural network for collaboration and critical inquiry. This teacher-researcher project focuses on documenting promising classroom practices for intercultural learning over global learning networks. Since 1985, Orillas has employed modern telecommunications to promote and extend an educational networking model first developed by the French educators Cèlestin and Elise Freinet in 1924.

On the Orillas website, you can find out more about De Orilla a Orilla history and projects, get to know some of the teachers and students involved in the network and join a project if you are interested. The site is also accessible in Spanish.

Beyond Boundaries

Reading Nonfiction: A Global Approach to the Common Core from Primary Source offers a book, website and curricular resources for teaching with nonfiction. Many books and films listed in this guide are available from the Primary Source Library. Use the blue tabs at the top of the webpage to navigate through the guide.

International Harmony

The World Affairs Challenge is an academic program that challenges middle school and high school students to think about their relationship to the rest of the world, while taking part in a fun, daylong tournament. Sponsored by the Center for Teaching International Relations at the University of Denver, the tournament builds teamwork, leadership, research, critical thinking, public speaking and problem solving skills, while strengthening students' understanding of global affairs. Annual themes have included global health, the global marketplace and conflict in the contemporary world. The 2013 theme is Technology & Innovation in Global Development. The global event for 2013 will take place on April 13 at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

Early online registration is open through January 15, 2013.

Grants and alternative funding make it possible for many schools to participate in the World Affairs Challenge. The Center for Teaching International Relations tries to ensure that all class teams that need assistance get it.

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