This week's postings: 1. Global Concerns Project from Concern Worldwide 2. Global Learning Portal 3. Berkana invites you on Learning Journeys to Africa and India 4. PIER Summer Institute at Yale 5. Summer Courses in Peace Education Ellen Frierson Global TeachNet Intern National Peace Corps Association mailto:email@example.com http://www.globalteachnet.org ------------------------------------------- 1. Global Concerns Project from Concern Worldwide Posted by request: The Global Concerns Project is a curriculum that aims to teach and energize high school students about current international issues. It is a practical debate program to strengthen high school studentsí communication and consensus building skills, to inspire them to create meaningful and innovative ways to voice their opinions and take action for international causes. It includes a network of involved schools committed to thinking critically and exploring new perspectives on world issues. Concern provides participating schools with print and online materials about a compelling topic. Issues are chosen based on the current global climate and the interests of teachers and students. Current issues include sanctions, womenís rights, HIV/AIDS, child labor, hunger, water, and education. Student Modules are provided for each issue, including information about the issues using maps, images, graphs, quotations, statistics, references and web links. Modules engage students and connect the issue to their lives through challenging questions, discussion starters, thought-provoking quotations and proverbs, and case studies. GCP also provides Teacher Resources for each issue, which contained focused and current information about each topic and region. The resources also include suggested lessons and activities related to the topic that emphasize debate and critical thinking. The teaching and learning resources are adaptable, and can be used in a variety of ways: as a stand-alone curriculum, to integrate into an existing curriculum, or to be used to guide an after-school club or program. Currently, the Global Concerns Project is only operating in high schools in the New York City and Chicago areas. There is no cost to schools to participate. If your school or a school you know of is interested in participating in the Global Concerns Project, please contact: Jane Fossner Education Coordinator Concern Worldwide, U.S. 104 East 40th Street Room 903 New York, NY 10016 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org 212-557-8000 ext. 23 Visit http://www.concernusa.org/globalproject for more information. ------------------------------------------- 2. Global Learning Portal Posted by request: In 2002, the Academy for Educational Development (http://www.aed.org), with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (http://www.usaid.gov) and Sun Microsystems (http://www.sun.com), began developing the Global Learning Portal (GLP) in response to the Education for All goals. GLP uses the Internet to help you participate in global communities of educators without ever traveling abroad. By joining the GLP, you and your colleagues around the world can share and collaboratively develop education-focused resources such as lesson plans, reports and case studies. GLP members can create personal profiles so that users find colleagues around the globe who are interested in collaboration. They can explore education-related topics through discussion forums and work together on projects. GLPís primary goal is to test the effectiveness of using a global web portal to improve the quality of education in resource-scarce areas of the world. In the first two years of the project, GLP will implement pilot activities with local educationists, schools and NGOs in five partner countries: Brazil, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, South Africa, and Uganda. The portal is initially being developed in four different languages- English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. GLP hopes to foster partnerships with content providers and eventually expand its program to offer materials in Arabic and Mandarin Chinese. For more information, please visit http://eportal2-ssdc.aed.org/GLPNetPortal/portal/cn/DefaultContainerPage/Guest ------------------------------------------- 3. Berkana invites you on Learning Journeys to Africa and India >From the Friends of International Education Listserv (Wisconsin): A Learning Journey is an opportunity to discover the new forms of leadership emerging beyond our own communities. We believe the rest of the world has something essential and important to teach us about leadership. With Margaret Wheatley and the pioneers who started these initiatives as our hosts, we travel together to visit the people and places who are engaged in the world's most critical work. November 2005 Learning Journey to South Africa and Zimbabwe: October 31 to November 11, 2005. On this journey, we will meet and learn from extraodinary pioneering leaders who are helping communities develop the skills of self-reliance. February 2006 Learning Journey to India: Swaraj, or rule over oneself, is inspired by Gandhi's call for people to lead and create their own models of development that are holistic, sustainable, collaborative and socially just. In the Berkana Exchange's first Learning Journey to India, we will explore how pioneering leaders are creating new ways for communities to care for themselves. March 2006 Women's Journey to South Africa and Zimbabwe: Discover the extraordinary contributions that women leaders are making to the future of southern Africa. Meg Wheatley and The Berkana Institute offer this life-changing experience to women to support your own strength and resolve as a leader. We know that you will be inspired, challenged and revived, able to lead in new and powerful ways. To find out more about these learning journeys, and about how to begin a custom learning journey for your organization or group, please visit http://learningjourneys.newworkspaces.net ------------------------------------------- 4. PIER Summer Institute at Yale >From the Friends of International Education listserv (Wisconsin): Understanding Globalization: Focus on South Asia July 11-16, 2005 Is globalization good or bad? Are there winners or losers? The PIER International Affairs 2005 Summer Institute will examine globalization in terms of geography, history, and the cultural, social, political, and economic institutions of the global community. The focus on India reflects its growing political and economic influence in the world. In particular, we will look at how globalization has impacted the world's two biggest democracies, India and the United States. At the same time, we will explore and experience the rich culture, history, and contributions of the world's second most populous nation through lectures, activities, including a field trip to New York City. The thematic approach coupled with a world regional focus make this institute ideal for primary through post-secondary educators in a variety of disciplines. PIER International Affairs is currently accepting applications for its summer institute, Globalization: Focus on South Asia, July 11-16, 2005 on the beautiful Yale campus. Register now to ensure space! For more information go to http://www.yale.edu/ycias/pier/institutes/globalization2005.htm. Janet Headley mailto:email@example.com PIER Director, International Affairs Yale Center for International and Area Studies Henry R. Luce Hall 34 Hillhouse Avenue P.O. Box 208206 New Haven, CT 06520-8206 Phone: 203-432-3429 Fax: 203-432-9886 ------------------------------------------- 5. Summer Course in Peace Education Coordinated by the Peace Education Center Teachers College, Columbia University Democratic Education Through Critical Pedagogy Dates: July 8, 9 and 15, 16 Fridays 4:00-9:00 pm, Saturdays 9:00 am-6:00 pm Available for 2 credits, non-credit, or 3.0 CEUís. Non-credit fee: $400 This course is available to both TC and non-Teachers College students. This course will offer theoretical and practical knowledge of the basic concepts of critical pedagogy: "banking " education, culture of silence, empowerment, praxis, generative themes, libratory education critical consciousness, etc. It will expose the students to the main theories related to critical pedagogy. It will present examples of educational projects for social change from different parts of the world. Participatory methods will be implemented and make use of students knowledge and experience in education to enhance new learning. We will also explore the powers of teachers to influence and bring about change via education. 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