Campaign for Global Understanding
The Campaign for Global Understanding is a 2.1 million dollar initiative to prepare students to face the global opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. Your gift will allow Primary Source to develop innovative solutions to problems that schools face as they educate the next generation of global leaders. With your help Primary Source will ensure that all students gain the skills they need to thrive in our interconnected world.
Primary Source is committed to facing the educational challenges of the 21st century. In today's global age, knowledge about the world is required for success in school, work, and life. A 21st century education will prepare students to:
- Learn from and work with individuals from different cultures
- Understand global dimensions in science, language arts, humanities, and social studies
- Participate in internationally oriented service learning projects, internships, study of a world language, and exchanges with schools in other countries
- Use technology to tap global information sources, facilitate cross-cultural communication, and create international collaborations
Make your pledge to the Campaign for Global Understanding
As of May 10, 2010, Primary Source has raised over $450,000, approximately 21% of our $2.1 million goal.
In 2010 Primary Source applied for a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) challenge grant. If accepted, this grant will match up to one-third of funds that are raised in support of the Primary Source Founders Endowment and direct funds for technology.
The Campaign for Global Understanding focuses on addressing four critical needs
Building School Capacity for Global Education
Primary Source is transforming schools into centers of global learning. Our schools lack the resources to provide K-12 students with the global knowledge and cross-cultural skills needed to thrive in today's work force. Your gift to Primary Source will help us to provide schools with:
- Professional development for staff
- Ongoing consultation and programming
- Guidance on integration of global curriculum resources, service learning, advocacy, and critical languages
Developing Global Literacy Resources
By promoting global literacy in K-12 classrooms and expanding its resource library, Primary Source is preparing teachers and students to understand, create, and communicate information in an increasingly complex global society. Your gift to Primary Source will help us to:
- Introduce K-12 educators to high quality global educational resources
- Engage students in global topics at critical points in their intellectual development
- Give students global knowledge as they develop their reading, writing, and comprehension skills
- Add international books, films, and digital resources to the Primary Source collection and develop curriculum guides on international topics
Globalizing Classrooms Through Technology
Technology is changing the way that teachers and students learn, and Primary Source is leading the way in leveraging new tools to strengthen global education in K-12 classrooms. Our 21st Century Learning Initiative uses new, more flexible technologies to help educators and students connect to the world. Your gift to Primary Source will help us to:
- Show teachers how they can create learning environments that engage students and prepare them for creativity and critical thinking in a rapidly changing global context
- Introduce educators to web-based mapping sites, online discussion and collaboration tools, wikis, blogs, and video-conferencing services to connect classrooms around the world
- Offer flexible online professional development courses to educators across the country
- Develop a collection of globally minded online curriculum resources available to teachers throughout the U.S. free of charge
Ensuring Long-Term Stability & Growth
The Primary Source endowment was established in 2006 with an initial investment. Continued investment in the endowment fund will secure Primary Source's financial future and long-term success in preparing the next generation of Americans for success in the interconnected world.