Professional Learning rESOURCEs

In order to promote learning and growth in global education, we recommend these resources:



  • 5 Ways Global Education in Transforming My School -- Tara Nuth Kajtaniak, English and Global Studies teacher at Fortuna High School (Fortuna, CA), is a guest writer for Education Week's Global Learning blog and shares about the changes in her school while integrating global education. (2/23/16)

  • Toward Globally Competent Pedagogy -- Charlotte West authors this NAFSA: Association of International Education publication describing global competence for students and educators. (2012)

  • Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World -- Veronica Boix Mansilla and Anthony Jackson present a rationale for global competence and describe globally competent students as those who investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas, and take action. This is an Asia Society and CCSSO publication. (2011)


  • Global Education -- This Australian site features teachers resources to encourage global perspectives across the curriculum. From global topics to learning activities, these resources are useful internationally.

  • Global Education Conference -- The Global Education Conference Network is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. Their activities are designed to increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all.

  • Global Education First Initiative -- The United Nations Secretary-General launched the five-year Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) in September 2012 to accelerate progress towards the Education for All goals and the education-related Millennium Development Goals. The Initiative aims to rally together a broad spectrum of actors; put quality, relevant and transformative education at the heart of the social, political and development agendas; and generate additional and sufficient funding for education through sustained global advocacy efforts.

  • Global Oneness Project -- The Global Oneness Project offers free multicultural stories and accompanying lesson plans for high school and college classrooms. An ever-growing collection of films, photo essays, and articles explore cultural, social, and environmental issues with a humanistic lens. Aligned to National and Common Core Standards, the curriculum content contains an interdisciplinary approach to learning and facilitates the development of active, critical thinking.

  • iEARN USA -- The mission of iEARN-USA is to enable young people worldwide, working in collaboration and dialogue, to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people. Since 1988, iEARN-USA has pioneered the use of the Internet and other innovative technologies to engage youth worldwide in collaborative project-based learning to address curriculum subjects and take action on global issues.

  • Sustainable Development Goals -- On January 1, 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. The SDGs build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

  • The Center for Global Education -- The Center for Global Education is an international research and resource center that provides support for international learning at colleges and universities, providing support for faculty, staff, students and parents with information and resources about a variety of issues including integrated international learning, health, safety, diversity, and the impact of study abroad on student retention and success.

  • VIF International Education -- VIF International Education supports global educators through cultural exchange, professional development programs, and online resources in multiple languages.

  • World Savvy -- World Savvy is a national education nonprofit that works with educators, schools, and districts to integrate global competence teaching and learning into K-12 classrooms through professional development, teacher certification, and student programs.


  • Girl Rising  -- From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice. 

  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide -- Filmed in 10 countries, reporters Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde embark on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change. All over the world women are seizing this opportunity.

  • A Path Appears -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and a group of dedicated actor/advocates to Colombia, Haiti, Kenya, and throughout the United States uncover the harshest forms of gender inequality, the devastating impact of poverty and the ripple effects that follow: including sex trafficking, teen-pregnancy, gender-based violence, child slavery and the effective solutions being forged to combat them. The three-part series will take viewers on a journey across the country, and across the globe, to drive home the universality of gender inequality and the roots of vulnerability. The series will lead audiences to a deeper understanding of these critical issues and the proven methods of bringing about change. 

  • Reporter -- Journalist Nicholas Kristof travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate the growing humanitarian crisis. Facing History and Ourselves presents a curriculum for teachers to use this film effectively in high school classrooms.

  • He Named Me Malala -- This film portrays Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.