Looking for organizations that promote interactive learning activities for students around the globe? Want to deepen your own understanding of world cultures? The resources below for teachers will help you bring an international perspective to your lesson plans.
Children's International Summer Villages
CISV is an independent, non-profit, volunteer organization that brings together young people from all over the world to foster international understanding and friendships in the hope of achieving peaceful solutions to worldwide problems.
Coverdell World Wise Schools
Coverdell World Wise Schools (CWWS) is an education program that seeks to engage learners in an inquiry about the world, themselves, and others in order to broaden perspectives; promote cultural awareness; appreciate global connections and encourage service. It has helped more than 1,000,000 U.S. students communicate directly with Peace Corps Volunteers all over the world.
The Global Schoolhouse
Global SchoolNet provides online opportunities for teachers to collaborate, communicate, and celebrate shared learning experiences.
IECC International E-Mail Classroom Connections
IECC is a resource for teachers to connect with other teachers to arrange intercultural email connections between their students.
International Education & Resource Network
IEARN is a global network that enables young people to use the Internet and other new technologies to engage in collaborative educational projects.
The Odyssey World Trek for Service & Education
The Odyssey World Trek for Service & Education's mission its to promote global awareness among youth and involve them in activities to create positive change in the world.
PBS NewsHour Extra
Using the standards and resources of PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NewsHour Extra provides students and teachers with educational resources based on current issues and events that help students make connections between the news and the world around them.
The Smithsonian Institute Web page includes a searchable database on World History and Culture.
Teacher's Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet
The Teacher's Guide to International Collaboration was developed to help teachers use the Internet to reach out globally. These materials were prepared as part of the Department of Education's International Education Initiative. This project links indigenous students around the world with an exchange of ideas, culture and art. People from indigenous groups in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Guatemala, Hungary, Mexico, Thailand and the U.S. are currently involved.
The United Nations Cyberschoolbus was created in 1996 as the online
education component of the Global Teaching and Learning Project, whose
mission is to promote education about international issues and the United
Nations. The Global Teaching and Learning Project produces high quality
teaching materials and activities designed for educational use (at primary,
intermediate and secondary school levels) and for training teachers.
UNESCO CultureLink Network
This Web site contains resources that emphasize the connections between culture and the broader aims of human endeavour that have been part of UNESCO's core constitutional mandate of "advancing, through the educational, scientific and cultural relations of the peoples of the world, the objectives of peace and the common welfare of mankind."
Issues on Culture and Development: http://www.unesco.org/culture/development/
Intercultural Dialogue: http://www.unesco.org/culture/dialogue/html_eng/index_en.shtml
UNESCO Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future
Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future is a multimedia teacher education program published by UNESCO.
World Peace Project for Children
The purpose of the World Peace Project for Children is to promote world peace by educating children about global matters that concern them and by giving them tools to build positive connections with children in other cultures.