California Global Education Project provides professional learning experiences and support for K-12 educators to develop the knowledge, skills, resources, and leadership needed to foster global competence in all students.

Developing the Potential in Every Global Citizen

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K-12 Global Education Forum

Join us for the First Annual California Global Education Forum during International Education and Geography Awareness Week November 15-19, 2021. Each day, from 4-5:30 p.m., we will gather online with K-12 educators, students, and global education partners to share information, ideas, resources, and questions about global education, equity, and leadership. Learn from and with globally competent teachers who are CGEP Teacher Leaders and Global Teacher Fellows as well as students and community partners in global education. Bring your insights, perspectives, and experiences to contribute, too. Together, we can build greater opportunities for exploration, investigation, communication, and action in our local and global communities.

Presentations, discussions, and spotlights will be featured during the first hour followed by regional gatherings during the last 30 minutes each day.

Participation is free and a “Global Education Teacher’s Toolkit” will be provided to registered teachers who participate in all 5 daily sessions. Register at tinyurl.com/CGEF21. Use this link to find the program and resources.

This new series is dedicated to exploring how climate change will affect individuals and communities across California. All episodes are tied together by three important concepts: climate change mitigation, adaptation to climate change, and climate justice. Episodes introduced every two weeks feature the voices of young people, activists, and people working in state, local, and tribal governments. Nancy Freitas, a climate scientist studying at UC Berkeley, brings a scientific lens to each episode. Resources are available with each episode on our website. Webinar recording about the series is here.

— Series created by Shane Carter, Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS) Program Coordinator, UC Berkeley

This CGEP program brings together teachers from throughout Northern California to participate in a year-long fellowship that supports the teaching and learning of global competence across grade levels and disciplines. Fellows meet virtually each month (January - December) and participate in a book study, self-assessment, local inquiry projects, and leadership development. They gather for a summer convening, share global education resources online, and contribute to the annual K-12 Global Education Forum in Fall 2022. 2021 Fellows will review applications, interview candidates, and help select the 2022 cohort. Fellows receive a $1,500 stipend, travel reimbursement, and materials for this one-year program that begins in January and ends in December 2022. Application deadline is Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 (5 pm). Apply here.

This CGEP program brings together teachers from throughout Northern California to participate in a year-long fellowship that supports the teaching and learning of global competence across grade levels and disciplines. Fellows meet virtually each month (January - December) and participate in a book study, self-assessment, local inquiry projects, and leadership development. They gather for a summer convening, share global education resources online, and contribute to the annual K-12 Global Education Forum in Fall 2022. 2021 Fellows will review applications, interview candidates, and help select the 2022 cohort. Fellows receive a $1,500 stipend, travel reimbursement, and materials for this one-year program that begins in January and ends in December 2022. Application deadline is Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 (5 pm). Apply here.

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Race and Ethnicity From a Global Perspective

5-12th grade educators are invited to join us on the first Wednesday of each month to learn about global perspectives on race and ethnicity and how to bring these lessons to the classroom. All sessions will be on Zoom starting September 1 and ending May 4, 2022. Teachers will learn how race and ethnicity are experienced and perceived in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Central and South America, and North America. Regular attendees will increase their understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity; receive free materials and books; receive lesson and unit planning support; connect with researchers and teachers from across California; and be eligible for a $150 stipend.

Register at: https://tinyurl.com/CGEPRace2022

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Looking for a Community of Care?

K-12 educators in California are invited to join us for an 8-session virtual program to start the new year with attention to self-care, good health and well-being, and social-emotional learning. Communities of Care: Cultivating Resilience and Joy for Teachers to Thrive is your opportunity to meet with colleagues for a series of 4 weekly workshops, and then 4 monthly check-ins to build sustainable practices, protect your reservoir of teacher strength with concrete tools and strategies, and expand your creativity and elasticity in imagining and implementing positive change in the world.

Register here while space is available (preferably by December 27, 2021). Materials will be sent to accepted participants.

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Powerful Digital Storytelling

Global Oneness Project provides a wealth of short films, photo essays, and articles for students to examine, discuss, question, and evaluate. With rich themes, cultural beauty, and global issues to explore, students are inspired to interpret, capture, and express elements of their own culture to share.

Check out the new Student Gallery to center youth perspectives in your lessons.

Also, watch recorded webinars available online, including Student Curiosity and The Human Spirit During COVID-19.

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Teaching for Sustainable Communities

CGEP resumed its signature program this year by working with K-12 teachers to develop global competence, environmental justice, and student agency. This summer’s institutes launched a year of exploration, learning, and instructional planning.

All K-12 teachers are invited to join us for 3 webinars offered in October, January, and April. Look for regional and statewide showcases of student learning in Spring 2022.

For more information, watch this short video showing our work and collaboration with CSMP through the California Environmental Literacy Initiative and read this Environmental Justice report summarizing our exploration of issues, convenings, and CSMP action plans to address environmental justice.

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New K-12

Global Education Resources Website

CGEP is pleased to launch the K-12 Global Education Resources website created by and for California teachers to support teaching and learning for global competence. Bookmark this site at CGEPresources.org!

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Latino Leaders Speak Curriculum Guide & Webinar

Are you looking for powerful stories to share with your secondary students about vision, persistence, and leadership? Latino Leaders Speak is a collection of stories about global citizens who have life lessons for all of us. Download a free curriculum guide here for use in distance or in-classroom learning plans. These stories are intended to support self-reflection and critical thinking while developing global competence and community leadership. Find stories and guide in Resources.

2021 workshops are coming…stay tuned!

If you missed the first-ever Latino Leaders Speak Virtual Cafecito with Dolores Huerta on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, you can view the recording here.

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Virtual Exchange from Home

Our partner Empatico launched Home-to-Home Connections, a new initiative to help children stay connected to their communities and other children around the world.

Home-to-Home Connections helps connect families with children ages 6-11 to their peers from different communities. Moderated by caregivers (rather than teachers), children will get to know their partner, share and understand each other’s experiences, and explore various topics such as creating art and practicing kindness. The activities are flexible and designed to be done asynchronously so you don't have to worry about scheduling challenges.

You can learn more here.

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Global Stories for the Elementary Classroom

Are you looking for great books with global themes? Check out our book lists under Resources and find home learning activities under the Global Book Bags program. Contact your Regional Director or Statewide Office for more information.

Distance Learning: Learning activities adapted to distance learning for K-5 students can be found here.

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This global pandemic weighs heavily on all of us. Our hope remains that each global citizen finds good health, safety, justice, and peace. During this time, CGEP remains committed to supporting California educators as they manage distance learning, care for their students, and maintain balance in their own lives. We will continue to highlight and add resources to our website and social media, and promise to respond to your requests for help through coaching, instructional planning, and available resources. Together, we will thrive and emerge even stronger than we once thought possible.
— Emily M. Schell, CGEP Executive Director

Regional sites

CGEP Regional Sites are located in Northern California, Central Valley, Santa Barbara, Long Beach, Orange County, and San Diego. Contact a Director in your region to get involved. Learn More →

Our Leadership Team provides regional and statewide programs for educators in collaboration with a community of scholars at California colleges and universities.

Our Leadership Team provides regional and statewide programs for educators in collaboration with a community of scholars at California colleges and universities.

About Us

Find out more about our organization, mission, vision, and guiding principles. Contact our statewide office to join us in building global education in California. Learn More →

While our work focuses on professional learning for K-12 educators in California, the results are seen in students as they share the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of global competence.

While our work focuses on professional learning for K-12 educators in California, the results are seen in students as they share the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of global competence.