This week's postings: 1. New each week! Audio Interviews with Peace Corps Social Entrepreneurs 2. Global Issues Education Conference 3. Award for Global Understanding given in honor of James M. Becker 4. The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education 5. Educating for the 21st Century 6. TeachUNICEF pilot project Ellen Frierson Program Associate National Peace Corps Association http://www.globalteachnet.org -------------------------------------------- 1. New each week! Audio Interviews with Peace Corps Social Entrepreneurs Listen to returned Peace Corps volunteers as they describe their lives as social entrepreneurs. This series of weekly podcast interviews, produced by Social Edge in collaboration with the National Peace Corps Association, is an excellent resource for educators interested in sharing firsthand accounts of how returned Peace Corps volunteers have used their skills and experiences to change the world for the better. More information and a link to the podcasts is available at http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/pages/sitepage.cfm?id=1672 -------------------------------------------- 2. Global Issues Education Conference Posted by request: Global Issues Education Conference "Teach a World of Differences, Make a World of Difference" When: August 1, 2007 Coverdell World Wise Schools and the Peace Corps are proud to announce their first conference on global issues in the classroom: "Teach a World of Differences, Make a World of Difference." This is a free one-day conference on August 1 for educators like you who are globally oriented. A major feature of the day will be a resource fair where you will be able to find educational materials related to global issues for your classroom. Our schedule also includes presentations by Susan Sclafani from the Chartwell Education Group; Thiagi (Dr. Sivasailam Thiagarajan), who is a self-defined "Mad Scientist" in innovative learning methods; and Matthew Erdman, who recently returned from Peace Corps service in Madagascar and works for Ecofusion as a Google Earth project manager. The conference will also feature two panels-"Integrating Global Issues Into the Curriculum" and "Taking Action: Global Issues and Service Learning"-as well as a free lunch with your peers. For more information on the conference and biographies of our speakers and panelists, and to register for this free event, go to http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/conference/ . You can also e-mail us at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 800.424.8580, x1450. The conference will be held at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, DC. Space is limited. -------------------------------------------- 3. Award for Global Understanding given in honor of James M. Becker Posted by request: National Council for the Social Studies honors annually the outstanding performance of teachers, researchers, and other worthy individuals and programs, and has encouraged unique and innovative social studies education projects through its award and grant programs. NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college educators of social studies; teacher educators; researchers; curriculum designers; and curriculum specialists. The award will be granted annually at the NCSS Annual Conference and includes $2,000 cash award; Commemorative gift; a session to present at the NCSS annual conference; complimentary NCSS conference registration; up to $700 in transportation/lodging reimbursement; and publicity. The deadline has been extended to June 7th. See http://www.socialstudies.org/awards/curriculum/global/ for more details. -------------------------------------------- 4. The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education >From the Cloud Institute Mailing List: The Advanced Summer Institute is a full-week workshop that will be held in New York City from July 16th to July 20th. This year's Institute will support the idea that "Shifts Really Do Happen," by exploring in-depth what the Education for Sustainability (EfS) paradigm looks like and the types of organizational change that must occur in order to support the paradigm shift to EfS in schools. Participants will learn about how systems thinking and multiple perspectives can inform a shared understanding of community and classroom commons-"that upon which we depend and for which we are all responsible." The Institute is a great opportunity to learn more about the habits of mind and educational tools for creating a sustainable future, and to grow a rich learning community of educators who will contribute to the growing resource base in Education for Sustainability (EfS)! This workshop is for past participants of any Cloud Institute workshop of one day or longer or any educator interested in EfS who can attend an introductory one-day workshop to be held on Sunday, July 15. The cost of the five-day Advanced Summer Institute is $750, which includes a field trip, guest speaker, materials, and daily lunch. If you also need to attend our one-day Introduction, the total cost is $850. Space is limited, so register early. If you have any questions regarding the event or to find out if you qualify for a discount, please contact Karey Fuhs, Program Coordinator, at 212-645-9930 ext. *822 or at mailto:email@example.com. To download an application, visit http://www.sustainabilityed.org/what/services_for_educators/2007AdvancedSummerInstitute.html -------------------------------------------- 5. Educating for the 21st Century >From the Harvard International Education Policy Program listserv: The world is changing at an extremely rapid pace. As educators, how can we create learning experiences to equip our students for a future that is hard to visualize? Educating for the 21st Century is a dynamic course designed for educators at all levels, incorporating case-studies and field visits. The course will demonstrate techniques for the integration of peace education into your curriculum and teaching. The course is being offered by the United Nations mandated University for Peace's Centre for Executive and Professional Education: http://www.centre.upeace.org Offered from July 22-29 2007, the course will begin on the beautiful campus of University for Peace in Costa Rica before moving to the Monteverde Cloud Forest region. The main themes include: i) Pedagogies for the 21st Century ii) Leadership Skills for Educators iii) Education for Sustainable Development. The all-inclusive tuition fee of $1250 includes course materials, field visits, accommodation, and most meals. For more information and course itinerary, please see: http://www.centre.upeace.org/innerpg.cfm?id_menu=13&id_page=21 -------------------------------------------- 6. TeachUNICEF pilot project Posted by request: The US Fund for UNICEF is looking for US teachers to pilot its new "TeachUNICEF" online curriculum materials for grades 6-8 and 9-12. These lesson plans are based on UNICEF's 2006 "State of the World's Children Report". They examine how issues of poverty, armed conflict, child labor and disability impact the lives of children in developing countries, and what UNICEF is doing to overcome these challenges to children's survival and development. Each lesson plan is aligned to national curriculum standards, and contains ideas for interdisciplinary curriculum work. You can view the lesson plans at http://www.teachunicef.org . (Click on "Lesson Plans and Resources".) Piloting will take place between Sept. 1 and Nov. 1, 2007. The lesson plans may be completed at any time during that period, depending on your schedule. 1. Teachers will be asked to choose one lesson plan from the list below: * Martha from Sierra Leone (this lesson focuses on children and armed conflict), * Himal from Nepal (children and poverty), * Nodira from Uzbekistan (children with disabilities), or * Ali from Jordan (child labor) Teachers will also be asked to choose one additional lesson plan, on either "The Root Causes of Exclusion" or "Measuring Success: The Millennium Development Goals". 2. You will be asked to give a short pre-test to your students. 3. You can then use the lesson plans with your class. These are designed to be completed in 2-3 class periods, and include optional homework assignments. 4. After completing the lesson plans, you will be asked to give a short post-test to your students. 5. We will also ask you to complete a short online survey form giving us your feedback on the materials. 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