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Int’l PBL Opportunities

For a good general list of project-based learning links, see “12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources” from TeachThought.

A recent post on Edutopia provides links to lesson plans and resources across grade levels and subject areas for promoting global competence.

Because Pompano Beach High School offers a magnet based in international studies, we’ve been able to offer some international experiences for students and staff.

In 2013-14, we participated in a principal exchange. Brazilian principals visited us in October, and the following summer Mr. Thomas visited Brazil. Read more about the program here:

Pompano Beach High School hosted its first International Summit in 2012-13, to allow local experts and international visitors to share educational practices. Read more here. We hosted a second summit in December 2014.

The PBHS Traveling Tornadoes visited Sweden over Spring Break in 2014, and completed a service learning project in Costa Rica, planting mangroves, over Spring Break in 2015. Look for links in the blog.

While I was in India during Summer 2013, another PBHS teacher, Vaughn Henderson, was in Oxford, England, participating in the British Universities Summer School program sponsored by the English Speaking Union.

Our school book club is supplying French books to Haiti. French classes made children’s books to give to preschool children in Haiti. Again, as I find links to these programs, I will post them here.

Edwards for Education, student Silver Knights project to donate health supplies.

Omprakash offers a way to connect with grass-roots volunteer organizations around the world. They also offer resources for teachers to incorporate global education in their classrooms, including this neat guide to reporting, writing, photographing, and videoing like a reporter.

Paul D. Coverdell Worldwise Schools‘ website offers a variety of lesson plans, service-learning projects, and ways to match schools with Peace Corps alumni speakers.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting offers a page designed for educators to incorporate reporting on important current global events in their classrooms.

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages (such as Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, and Hindi) in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program was established by Congress in October, 2002 in response to the events of September 11, 2001. Through the YES program, students from predominantly Muslim countries are hosted for a year-long exchange in the U. S. In 2009, the program was expanded to include YES Abroad, giving U. S. students the opportunity to spend an exchange year in predominantly Muslim countries, such as Bosnia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Morocco, and Turkey.

The Department of State also sponsors The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, which provides full scholarships for U. S. students to spend 10 months immersed in an academic and cultural experience in Germany; the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX), which brings students from Europe and Central Asia to the U. S.; and the American-Serbia and Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange (A-SMYLE) for students from those countries. To learn more about hosting an exchange student from these programs, visit

Teacher exchange programs sponsored by the U. S. Department of State include the Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching, Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange, Educational Seminars for Teachers administered by the American Councils for International Education, Intensive Summer Language Institutes for teachers of Mandarin, and–of course–Teachers for Global Classrooms.

Primary Source promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators to people and cultures throughout the world. In partnership with teachers, scholars, and the broader community, Primary Source provides learning opportunities and curriculum resources for K-12 educators. By introducing global content, Primary Source shapes the way teachers and students learn, so that their knowledge is deeper and their thinking is flexible and open to inquiry. They offer several free webinars for educators during the year, and their regular emailed newsletter keeps you up-to-date on global education resources.

Global communities need global leaders, and that’s the goal of Global Kids, focusing on training urban youth in the skills of collaboration, democracy, and problem-solving for the benefit of their local communities and for global development.

iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) enables teachers and students to use the Internet to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world. iEARN has recently partnered with the Chris Stevens Youth Network to provide a Teacher’s Guide to Online Collaboration & Global Projects, designed to help connect project-based learning with educators and youth worldwide. (Chris Stevens was the Ambassador to Libya killed in the terrorist attack on the U. S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012–read more here.)

ConnectAllSchools is seeking to connect all schools in the United States to another school in the world by 2016.

The Asia Society’s Partnership for Global Learning provides resources to educators and schools about global policy initiatives, world languages, and issues related to helping prepare students for an inter-connected world.

Epals classroom exchange provides an electronic resource for pen pals and collaboration on project-based activities.

Fans of Thomas Friedman, and especially his book The World is Flat, will like Flat Classroom Project, where classrooms connect virtually to collaborate on projects related to global issues.

The Millenium Project has established the Global Futures Study & Research, a good source for global issues and problems.

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