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Equity LC Slideshare

 Students believe their appetite and enthusiasm for global education has not been met with an adequate level of instruction in global studies. Here are 11 statistics that demonstrate the importance of bringing global education all students.

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Equity EqualityInfographic LC Blog

All students are equally deserving and capable of responding to educational experiences and opportunities that prepare them for success. What do your students need to thrive? Click on the infographic to download.

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Equity LC Blog

9 in 10 students recognize that jobs are becoming increasingly international and believe they will be stronger employees with better understanding of different cultures. 

The 21st century student will sell to the world, buy from the world, compete with people from other countries, collaborate with people all over the world, and solve global problems.

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LC Blog HolidayOur mission at VIF is to make global learning a reality for all students. It is the reason that we come to work every day and it guides everything we do.

As 2015 winds down and we reflect on our progress toward that mission, we’d like to thank you for being part of the community of educators and advocates who are bringing global learning to students. Whether you represent a partner district or school, are one of our outstanding global educators or consultants, or are part of an organization we work with — you are integral to preparing students for success in our interconnected world.

We are grateful for you — today and every day. Wishing you a peaceful and joyful holiday season!

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LC Blog LevelingThePlayingField

“If the structure does not permit dialogue, the structure must be changed.”  - Paulo Freire

Write about your favorite vacation. Does this writing prompt sound familiar? While it may seem harmless, this topic excludes students who haven’t left - and may never leave - their hometowns. At times, it’s easy forget that some students do not have the background knowledge or experiences to engage in the classwork we are asking them to do, resulting in some feeling they don’t have anything to contribute. 

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Through a partnership with VIF, NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows have access to online professional development in the VIF Learning Center. Since starting this partnership, the Fellows have created more than 70 global-focused, inquiry-based lesson plans that have been implemented in their respective classrooms around the United States. 

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LC Blog Immigration

The current European migrant crisis is putting a spotlight on the persistent belief in a divide between local and global interests. Socially, our habit is to think of “local” as the opposite of “global.” But what happens if we consider them as complements? Could that approach help us more effectively address crises like the one happening in Europe?

It’s easy to see the world as defined by the dualities of either/or, good/bad, rich/poor, winner/loser, local/global. One of the unfortunate effects of these easy dualities is the propagation of “us versus them” narratives or, at best, “us and them but,” which is still divisive. More challenging - but far more rewarding - ways of seeing the world are possible. According to the Dalai Lama, “The old thinking about ‘my nation’ and ‘my people’ is outdated. We have to think of the entire humanity as ‘we.’” This level of clarity lifts the veil of dualities to reveal the concept and sense of interconnection. This perspective offers a narrative in which the local and the global are not at odds. In fact, the connections between the local and the global become unmistakable. Any boundary between the two is artificial, imposed by the a habit of the human mind (but not the human heart) to understand complexity by splitting it apart, grouping and categorizing.

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Virtual Seminar 4: Leading Your Leader: How to Talk to Administrators About Your English Language Learners' Needs

VIF curriculum designers Kanista Zuniga and Meriwynn Mansori partnered with TESOL International Association for a webinar about how ESL teachers can use their expertise to advocate for best practices in implementing programs that best support the need of ELLs. This virtual seminar shares ideas about how teachers can talk to administrators and resources for implementing an effective program.

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As you may have heard, The Global Classroom Project is making some big changes to its community and project submission process. Although the group will no longer be creating and maintaining annual project wikis, they are still interested in hearing about and sharing all of the great global project ideas that you come up with and initiate with your students, fellow educators and partner classrooms.

With these changes in mind, this month’s chat will focus on just that: your project ideas, both past and present! Come prepared to post about successes, benefits, challenges and roadblocks while sharing past projects and highlighting or brainstorming new ones.

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InfographicLCBlog

Through local investigation activities and projects, students create content and engage in inquiry processes that allow them to co-construct their own knowledge while getting support to explore their natural curiosities about the world around them. This infographic outlines easy steps you can take to effectively integrate local investigations into your classroom!

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