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Preparing to Teach for Global Competence

Course description

Do you know what it means to be globally competent? As our classrooms and communities are becoming more global, students must be prepared to live and work in our ever-changing world. This free online course is the first of a two-part series designed to help educators develop their own global competence and prepare students for a globalized world. The four-week course focuses on the development of globally-oriented attitudes and a deep knowledge of globalization, world conditions, and intercultural communication and understanding. This is a companion course to Globally Competent Teaching in Action. It is not required that participants take both, but it is highly encouraged.

Course objectives

This course focuses on developing the dispositions and knowledge that characterize globally competent teachers. Specifically teachers will learn how to interact with a self-reflection tool, The Globally Competent Teaching Continuum, to advance in the following areas:

  • Empathy and valuing multiple perspectives
  • Commitment to promoting equity worldwide
  • Understanding the way the world is interconnected
  • Understanding global world conditions and current events
  • Understanding intercultural communication
  • Experiential understanding of multiple cultures

Course information

Dates

This course will run from August 3, 2015 through August 31, 2015.

Audience

This course is appropriate for all K-12 teachers, administrators, and support staff.

Time commitment

Each week, students will be expected to spend approximately five hours on the actual course work.

Duration

The course runs for four weeks. Our weeks begin midnight on Monday and end on midnight Sunday.

Credits and fee

The course costs $125 and upon successful completion the student will receive a certificate stating that 20 hours were completed.

Enrollment

To enroll or for more information, please email Ariel Tichnor-Wagner at arielt@live.unc.edu.

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Globally Competent Teaching in Action

Course description

In today’s U.S. classrooms, one in five students is a child of immigrants. Globally competent teachers are needed both to meet the needs of their diverse students as well as to prepare all students for an increasingly globalized world. Many teachers are unsure exactly how to promote global awareness in their students. This free online course will help teachers develop their own global competence and learn how to design lessons, units, assessments, and other instructional materials that will prepare students for a globalized world. This is a companion course to Preparing to Teach for Global Competence. It is not required that participants take both, but it is highly encouraged.

Course objectives

The course will assist teachers in enhancing their abilities to develop students’ global competence through the use of the self-reflection tool The Globally Competent Teaching Continuum. This particular course will focus on skills, specifically the following:

  • creating a classroom environment that values diversity and global engagement
  • integrating learning experiences for students that promote content-aligned investigations of the world
  • facilitating intercultural and international conversations that promote active listening, critical thinking, and perspective recognition
  • developing local, national, and international partnerships that provide real world contexts for global learning opportunities
  • developing and using appropriate methods of inquiry to assess students’ global competence development.

Course information

Dates

This course will run from September 7, 2014 through October 5, 2015.

Audience

This course is appropriate for all K-12 teachers, administrators, and support staff.

Time commitment

Each week, students will be expected to spend approximately five hours on the actual course work.

Duration

The course runs for four weeks. Our weeks begin midnight on Monday and end on midnight Sunday.

Credits and fee

The course is $125 and upon successful completion the student will receive a certificate stating that 20
hours were completed.

Enrollment

To enroll or for more information, please email Hillary Parkhouse at parkhous@live.unc.edu.
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