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Global Education & International Studies Resources

Resources listed on this page are relevant for the curriculum areas of global education and international studies. These external resources should be carefully reviewed before use in the classroom.
  • Information for the Education for a Global Economy: California's Model Programs Grant

    Congratulations to the Multicultural Learning Center, Vista Heights Middle School, and Truckee Elementary! All three schools received small grants to sustain and build global education programs at their schools. Please read the State Superintendent of Public Instruction News Release announcing the awardees.

    Funding for the 2018 Education for a Global Economy: California’s Model Programs Award was made possible through a grant to the California Department of Education’s (CDE) from the Longview Foundation as a follow up activity to the 2016 Global Education Summit. The CDE and partner organizations conducted this award competition based on the recommendations featured in the report, Educating for Global Competency: Findings and Recommendations from the 2016 California Global Education Summit External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

    Each school will participate in a Global Education Workshop during the summer of 2018 and then contribute resources, ideas, and success stories to the Collaboration in Common California Global Education Network Collection. More information about how to join the Global Education conversation will be posted after the Workshop.

  • California Global Education Summit External link opens in new window or tab.
    The Virginia-based Longview Foundation funded a two-part California Global Education Summit in early 2016 that brought together parents, educators, business, community members, and policymakers to assess the state's current efforts in developing students' global competencies. Their findings and recommendations resulted in a formal report titled Educating for Global Competency: Findings and Recommendations from the 2016 California Global Education Summit External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF). There is also an Accessible Alternate Version of the Educating for Global Competency report. The Summit also launched the California Global Education Network (CGEN) External link opens in new window or tab., a coalition of champions for global education whose leadership will use the report to inform and support future global education efforts.

  • Asia Society, Partnership for Global Learning External link opens in new window or tab.
    The Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning is an innovative educational movement. Its purpose is to provide leadership and structure to move international education from the margins to the mainstream by connecting policy and practice to prepare American students to excel in an interconnected world.

  • California Global Education Project (CGEP) External link opens in new window or tab.
    CGEP is a statewide network that connects universities, schools, and districts in collaborative efforts to increase K–12 teacher competence in history and international studies. The university departments that host regional project sites and the international studies faculty specialists who participate in site programs represent a range of discipline interests in the humanities and social sciences. Headquartered at the University of the Pacific, CISP is part of the California Subject Matter Projects External link opens in new window or tab., which are administered by the University of California Office of the President.

  • California World Languages Project (CWLP) External link opens in new window or tab.
    CWLP, also one of the California Subject Matter Projects External link opens in new window or tab. is a collaborative, statewide network that sponsors year-round professional learning activities for World Language educators intended to strengthen the teaching of languages and cultures in California. The project aims to involve every language teacher in supportive professional learning communities that foster excellence in language teaching, deepen content knowledge and pedagogical skills, and provide leadership development opportunities. CWLP continuously advocates for the retention, expansion, and articulation of World Language programs across all language levels, especially in the critical languages and cultures deemed to be essential for California students to contribute to and successfully interact in our linguistically and culturally diverse society.

  • Center for International Understanding, University of North Carolina External link opens in new window or tab.
    The Center for International Understanding serves educators by promoting awareness, expanding understanding, and empowering action through global education. CIU's programs for business, policy, and education leaders aim to make North Carolina the most globally engaged state in the nation.

  • The Center for Global Education: An International Resource Center External link opens in new window or tab.
    The Center for Global Education is involved in research and resource development efforts which support international education initiatives at the local, state, regional, national, and international level.
  • Empatico External link opens in new window or tab.
    Empatico is a free tool that matches and connects classrooms around the world. The Empatico platform combines live video with activities designed to foster meaningful connections among students ages seven through eleven and makes student stories the heart of the learning process. Students share their experiences and perspectives via live interactions, videos, and photos.

  • Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad External link opens in new window or tab.
    The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides opportunities for overseas experience. The program is open to educators and administrators with responsibilities for curriculum development in fields related to humanities, languages, and area studies. Topics and host countries of the seminars vary from year to year. All seminars are in non-western European countries. Seminars are designed to provide a broad and introductory cultural orientation to a particular country(ies).

  • Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program External link opens in new window or tab.
    The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program seeks to improve mutual understanding among teachers, their schools, and communities in the U.S. and abroad. This program allows teachers to go abroad for three or four months to take classes at an international university, observe classes and offer seminars in local schools, and complete a project of their own design.

  • Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) External link opens in new window or tab.
    GEEO is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to helping educators travel internationally and bring their experiences back into the classroom. Visit GEEO's Web site to find out more about upcoming travel opportunities.

  • Global Nomads Group (GNG) External link opens in new window or tab.
    GNG fosters dialogue and understanding among the world's youth. Operating at the intersection of global and peace education, GNG's virtual exchange programs serve as a vehicle for awareness, bridge the boundaries of cultural misconceptions, and instill in their audience a heightened appreciation and comprehension of the world in which they live. GNG's programs are rooted in a Project Based Learning curriculum that prepares students with 21st century competencies, such as cross-cultural communication and collaboration, empathy and critical thinking, in order to interact effectively with their peers from around the world. Programs are accompanied by a teacher professional development workshop that trains educators to facilitate cross-cultural dialogue, opening their classroom to international, multicultural perspectives.

  • Global Teacher Education External link opens in new window or tab.
    Global Teacher Education's mission is to ensure that U.S. teachers are properly trained to prepare our young people to cope and thrive in a globally-connected world. By partnering with colleges of education and professional bodies in the education and teacher preparation spaces, Global Teacher Education supports the internationalization of teacher preparation programs by connecting professionals, as well as advancing and disseminating research and best practices.

  • Institute of International Education (IIE) External link opens in new window or tab.
    An independent not-for-profit founded in 1919, IIE is among the world's largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. They are committed to delivering program excellence to a diverse range of participants, sponsors, and donors. IIE's mission is to advance international education and access to education worldwide by: managing scholarships, training, exchange and leadership programs; conducting research and facilitating policy dialogue on global higher education; and protecting scholarship around the world.

  • International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Since 1988, iEARN has pioneered on-line school linkages to enable students to engage in meaningful educational projects with peers in their countries and around the world. iEARN is a safe and structured environment in which young people can communicate, an opportunity to apply knowledge in service-learning projects, and a community of educators and learners making a difference as part of the educational process.

  • Magellan Study Abroad External link opens in new window or tab. Magellan Study Abroad provides middle and high school students with language and culture immersion experiences in a variety of countries worldwide. Their school travel and study-abroad programs place a high value on learning languages through a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and their cultures.

  • Mapping the Nation External link opens in new window or tab.
    Mapping the Nation is a new interactive map that pulls together demographic, economic, and education indicators—nearly one million data points—to show that the United States is a truly global nation. Examining this map challenges how we think about "global." How connected is your community with the rest of the world? And what does it tell you about the future? The business community, national security agencies, and parents have spoken out about the need to develop global competence among the rising generation. The data brings an objective basis for considering the need.

  • Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS) External link opens in new window or tab.
    ORIAS is dedicated to providing scholarly resources and supporting professional development for K–12 teachers addressing international studies.
  • Participate External link opens in new window or tab.
    Participate, formerly VIF International Education, builds global education programs that prepare students for success in an interconnected world. For more than 25 years, educators leveraged VIF’s professional development and curriculum, language acquisition, and teacher exchange programs to generate engaging learning enviromnents where students can excel in core curriculum and develop valuable critical and creative thinking skills. Now Participate can provide pathways and resources for teachers, schools, and districts to focus on global competence.

  • Reach the World (RTW) External link opens in new window or tab.
    RTW makes the benefits of travel accessible to classrooms, inspiring students to become curious, confident global citizens. RTW provides online programming to school, after school and summer school sites nationwide. The digital platform enables classrooms and college student travelers to explore the world together. Through RTW, educators select a world traveler to match with for a semester. Through a standards-based program of web-based correspondence, videoconferencing, and collaborative projects, students go on virtual journeys with the travelers – and expand their worldview, skills, and aspirations in the process.  RTW also delivers geography instruction via GeoGames External link opens in new window or tab., a geography learning curriculum developed by RTW, National Geographic, and Columbia University Teachers College.
  • Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) External link opens in new window or tab.
    SPICE is a program of the Freeman Spongli Institute for International Studies, an interdisciplinary center at Stanford University that conducts research on key international issues related to security, political economy, the environment, and health policy. SPICE offers curricular units as well as professional development for teachers.

  • Taking It Global (TIG) External link opens in new window or tab.
    TIG empowers youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges. Often described as a "social network for social good," the TIG online community is available in 13 languages and offers a diverse set of resources and action tools to inspire, inform, and involve youth in positive social change. TakingITGlobal for Educators (TIGed) connects more than 4,000 schools in over 140 countries, providing school certification and accredited professional development to support educators in fostering global citizenship among their students. Their Sprout External link opens in new window or tab. social innovation program offers training courses and events for aspiring social entrepreneurs, with partnerships connecting graduates to mentorship and seed funding.

  • TeachUnicef External link opens in new window or tab.
    TeachUNICEF provides educators and youth service professionals with global learning resources for grades PreK–12: in-person workshops, school-based programming, free Web-based lesson plans, videos, multi-media resources and more. The units, lesson plans, stories, videos and multimedia cover topics ranging from the Millennium Development Goals to poverty and water and sanitation.

  • University of Southern California (USC) US-China Institute External link opens in new window or tab.
    The USC U.S.-China Institute informs public discussion of the evolving and multidimensional U.S.-China relationship through policy-relevant research, graduate and undergraduate training, and professional development programs for teachers, journalists, and officials. It produces compelling public events, widely-viewed documentary films, and the popular magazines US-China Today External link opens in new window or tab. and Asia Pacific Arts External link opens in new window or tab..

  • World Savvy External link opens in new window or tab.
    World Savvy prepares the next generation of leaders to learn, work, and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. They support systemic change in K–12 education to provide every student in every classroom with the content knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes to be leaders and changemakers in their diverse communities, locally, and globally. World Savvy provides individual educators, administrators, cultural institutions, and associations with a range of professional development services which build content knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to educate for global competency. Educators anywhere around the country are able to choose from a menu of signature workshops (two-hour) and institutes (half day, full day, and two-day) focusing on a range of global issues and methods for integrating world affairs into classroom instruction.
Questions:   Professional Learning Innovations Office | 916-323-6269
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 10, 2019