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+ - American Federation of Teachers
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has produced a number of materials that should be of interest to middle and high school global educators. This includes such materials as Nations United: The United Nations, the United States, and the Global Campaign against Terrorism; Down the Street, Around the World: A Starter Kit for Global Awareness; A China Reader; and A Burma Reader. AFT is continuing to develop additional global education materials.
+ - Center for Strategic and International Studies
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has 200 staff members at various levels that produce a newsletter, a website, a variety of studies, white papers and policy briefs on a vast array of international topics of interest to policy makers and school curriculum workers. This includes the monitoring of political, security, diplomatic, economic, and social developments around the world. CSIS has a long-standing culture of looking “over the horizon” to identify longer-range consequences of current practices and policies and to carry out a range of contingency and scenario-based analyses. Examples include: A Global Aging Initiative; Defense Reform for a New Strategic Era; and “Revolution Initiative Analyses” including demographic change, development and distribution of knowledge, transformation of work and business, acceleration of globalization, and the challenge of governance.
+ - Columbia International Affairs Online
The Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is a comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs. It is a source for teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts and course packs of background readings for history and political science courses. Targeted at university level, materials can be of value to advanced secondary classes.
+ - Country Studies
Country Studies Series is produced by the Federal Research Division, Library of Congress. It presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.
+ - CyberSchoolBus
CyberSchoolBus of the United Nations provides lesson plans and ideas for projects that emphasize social responsibility on global issues. Through the site, classrooms from around the world can work collaboratively on projects. The site also includes links to UN documents and other sites for both teachers and students.
+ - Electronic Embassy
The Electronic Embassy provides information from the foreign embassies in Washington, D.C., and links to their websites.
+ - Facing the Future: People and the Planet
The Facing the Future: People and the Planet website includes extensive free teachers’ curriculum guides for teaching about global issues and solutions. The organization’s mission is to educate teachers, students, and the public about the interconnected issues of the environment, population, poverty & equity, consumption, and peace & conflict. Curriculum materials meet educational standards and encourage and support the participation of students and the public in action and service learning projects. They deliver educational resources through local, national and international educator conferences, school district in-services, university pre-services, the website and strategic partnerships.
+ - Freedom House
Founded in 1941 by Eleanor Roosevelt and Wendell Wilkie, Freedom House seeks to open closed societies and to support countries in transition so that democratic practices can take root. Its research division produces the annual survey of Freedom in the World and other major human rights studies. Freedom House data is used in social studies and history curricula at both the secondary and university levels. A number of widely used social studies textbooks include data from Freedom in the World, often presented as charts, graphs or maps. The map that Freedom House publishes annually as a complement to Freedom in the World is distributed without cost to thousands of social studies teachers across the United States.
+ - Future State
This website, Future State, operated by the U.S. Department of State is designed to educate young people and their parents about the purposes and activities of the department. It contains some lesson plans and other resources of value to students and teachers interested in U.S. foreign policy.
+ - The Gateway to 21st Century Skills
The US Department of Education sponsored the creation of the The Gateway to 21st Century Skills. Gateway is a consortium effort designed to provide educators with quick and easy access to the substantial, but un-cataloged, collections of educational materials found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites. It is a compilation in every imaginable subject area. Many of the materials are appropriate for global education. The site is free to use, and there is an option for the search to only return those materials that are free resources.
+ - Global Issues
Global Issues is a unique web site that provides a good deal of information on dozens of global issues (e.g., world trade, environment, geopolitics, human rights). If you wish to subscribe to this free database, you simply need to sign up.
+ - Human Development Reports
The Human Development Report is an independent report commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Since the first report, four composite indices for human development have been presented --- The Human Development Index, the Gender-related Development Index, The Gender Empowerment Measure and the Human Poverty Index.
+ - Icons Project
The ICONS Project mission is to advance learning by designing and delivering dynamic role-play simulations for students and professionals worldwide. The interactive online simulations immerse participants in the roles of decision-makers tasked with resolving contentious issues. ICONS simulation exercises feature engaging content, peer collaboration tools, and active learning through a powerful online simulation interface. The program is recommended for high school age students, particularly AP classes.
+ - Institute for Earth Education
The Institute for Earth Education is a non-profit, volunteer organization made up of an international network of individuals and member organizations. It is devoted to the creation of adventuresome learning experiences; building educational programs with integrated components for the head, heart and hands; and developing deep personal relationships with the earth and its natural systems and communities. It produces and distributes the Earth Education Sourcebook which contains model programs, lessons and the Earth Educator’s Bookshelf.
+ - Kansas Committee for International Education in Schools
Since its founding in 2003, KCIES has worked closely with the Asia Society’s international education initiatives. They created the site Kansas in the World (PDF) for K-12 educators. In 2003, a statewide survey was conducted to gauge attitudes toward international education at the K-12 level and found overwhelming support for the teaching of foreign languages as well as world history, culture, politics, geography, and economics. Findings have been widely disseminated. KCIES develops and disseminates international education curriculum materials and sponsors study tours to China for Kansas and Missouri educators. The organization also works to establish exchanges between school districts in China and ones in Kansas and Missouri.
+ - Kansas Committee for International Education in Schools
The Learning Page site provides a “teacher’s eye view” of over 7 million historical documents, photographs, maps, films, and audio recordings. There are lessons, features, activities, and tips and tricks for using these collections in the classroom. Suggestions for using primary sources in the classroom have been compiled from the National Digital Library’s Educators’ Forum and from the Library of Congress Historical Collection, as well as other sources. The use of authentic artifacts, documents, photographs, and manuscripts can help enhance curricula.
+ - The Learning Page
The Longview Foundation makes grants to promote learning about world regions, cultures, and global issues and to develop students’ world language and inter-cultural skills in pre-school through high school in the U.S. Funding areas and guidelines can be found on the website.