Professional Development

Primary Source
Primary Source provides graduate courses (face-to-face and online), workshops, and study tours for K-12 educators. A 7,000 piece library and growing online curriculum collection provide a wealth of international education resources for schools.

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Opportunities

Resources/conferences that leaders and teachers can use to gain professional development on global education.

Global Education Collaborative
An online community whose mission is to bring people together to build the professional relationships necessary for effective collaboration related to global education topics.

K12 Online Conference
Online, free conference for educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning.

Flat Classroom Conference
The Flat Classroom™ Conference is a unique event including students and educators to envision the future of education as they use leading technology tools such as wikis, blogs, social networking and multimedia storytelling.

Powerful Learning Practice
PLP is structured with cohorts for professional development, as an ongoing (7-8 month), job-embedded opportunity built around emerging social Web technologies.

TESOL Workshop
Open, ongoing workshop for preservice and inservice educators interested in TESOL.

Teacher Professional Development
"The Global Education Certificate program is a two-semester, Web-based program designed to provide teachers with a broad field of study that explores the urgent need for global education in schools." This online course begins in early 2011 based out of Rice University's Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

The Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation
With the goal to ensure that all children have access to unlimited opportunities to learn anytime and anywhere and that they have the tools that make this possible, AALF provides a variety of resources related for teachers and school leaders related to 21st century learning and 1-to-1 programs.

International Teaching Opportunities

Teach Abroad: International Teaching Positions

Teaching Resources

Big Deal Book's 21st Century Themes eBook
Tons of links for weaving global awareness into your curriculum. Must complete free registration to download this PDF.

Children Around the World - School and Daily Life- eThemes
From University of Missouri

Cultures Around the World - eThemes
From University of Missouri

Department of Education Teacher's Guide to International Education
This resource will be updated very shortly! In the meantime, use this document (developed by iEARN) to peek into (and use!) some of the new resources:

Facing History and Ourselves - Educator Resources
Facing History, informed by leading thinkers from the fields of philosophy, religion, and education, is a leader in educating for tolerance and understanding. Facing History highlights education, often overlooked, as a crucial tool for strengthening civil societies.

Global Dimension
Guide to books, films, posters and web resources which support global, intercultural and environmental understanding for all age groups and subjects.

Global Education
Teacher resources supporting the integration of a global perspective across the curriculum.

Global Education Motivators
Links to several organizations that will help you to "bring the world into your classroom."

Heifer International
Both a resource and professional development for teachers, Heifer International provides teachers with lessons, classrooms, and opportunities for global connections that will help make the world a better place.

Global Awareness
Global Awareness is an educational program designed to promote multi-cultural understanding and appreciation in elementary and middle school classrooms.

Global Project Wiki
This is a fantastic, complete resource for teachers wanting to extend their students' learning beyond the walls of the classroom. Shelly Terrell edited this link and included videos, tutorials and examples. For some background, read the original post here.

Global Education Resources
This is the National Education Association's website with numerous links to curriculum guides, organizations, teaching resources and more. This is both professional development and a place to go to find collaboration partner organizations.

National Geographic Education Network
Workshops, forums and more

Teachers' ICT Toolkit
From the Global Gateway

United National Cyberschoolbus
Many resources for teachers and students related to the work of the UN. Find reference data and information on various global issues.

Peace Corps | Coverdell World Wise Schools
Find lesson plans, service learning ideas, and book a classroom visit by a returned Peace Corp volunteer.

Primary Source - Bibliographies
Find extensive bibliographies of materials (books, periodicals, audiovisual, lesson plans, and more) on various regions and topics.

Primary Source - Online Curriculum
Offers a growing collection of primary source-based activities (Primary Source World), rich resources to support the teaching of China (China Source), and region-specific teacher-created units.

Thinkfinity is a rich, multi-layered resource of lessons and activities for all areas of your curriculum. This link will take you to global connections opportunities.

My Wonderful World for Educators
Geography resources for educators

Globally Connected Learning Resources
This is a resource-rich page on Silvia Tolisano's (aka "Langwitches") wiki. It has slideshares, links to global projects, articles and more. This is one link that will open many doors on global education.


Primary Source - Study Tours
Study tours designed to deepen educators' knowledge of the world so they are better able to enhance cultural understanding in the classroom. Requirement to complete a seminar series prior to travel may be fulfilled online.


World Citizens Guide


Geography Awareness Week
an annual opportunity for families and schools to engage in fun, educational experiences that draw attention to Geo-Literacy

International Education Week
Sponsored by US Department of Education

Virtual Field Trips
Take kids on a virtual tour using one of the many panoramas listed on this site.

The World Wide Panorama
A photography project


Blog post: Becoming a Globally Connected Teacher
Silvia Tolisano (aka "Langwitches") wrote this excellent and informative post to help you think about where you stand as a global educator. She includes several links including one from Edsteps about their Global Competence Matrix.