Building Global Classrooms

23 March 2010

Teachers in library

In partnership with schools and teachers, Primary Source is bringing global content into K-12 classrooms in innovative ways. Recently, a group of twenty-three Massachusetts educators gathered in the organization's Watertown office for an intensive one-day workshop designed to help develop globally-minded schools.

Teachers and school leaders in Primary Source's Global Integration, Local Innovation workshop discussed the characteristics and skills of successful global citizens and explored resources and strategies for helping students see themselves in this light.

As is the case in many of Primary Source's courses, each of the educators left with new ideas for their particular school environments. Deborah D'Amico, principal of Arlington's Hardy Elementary School, plans to "help secure professional development time for teachers to address global education issues and integrate supportive technology into their lessons." Other participants will start broader discussions with colleagues about how to best develop students' global competency. At the conclusion of the workshop, more than eighty percent of the group planned to try some of the recommended strategies and resources before the end of the school year.

Primary Source provides similar global education workshops to hundreds of teachers and administrators each year. To inquire about bringing Primary Source programs to your school or district, contact Peter Gilmartin.



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