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Think Tank on Global Education: Empowering Global Citizens

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We must prepare the next generation of leaders to find solutions to the problems of the future, to invent the future so to speak.

Fernando Reimers, Faculty Co-Chair

Learn to foster global competence in your school by helping to build out a leading K-12 global curriculum.


While global education itself is not a new concept, recent world events underscore the importance of teaching students what it means to live and thrive as a global citizen. Until now, insufficient curriculum materials have limited the implementation of such programs for K-12 students.

Think Tank on Global Education invites educators to be at the forefront of testing and developing cutting-edge curriculum to advance global competence in global studies, in classrooms, schools and districts. Our recently published book, Empowering Students to Improve the World in Sixty Lessons, builds on the UN Declaration on Human Rights and the UN’s 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, with local and global connections built into every unit. Participants in our upcoming institute will take part in a dynamic, large-scale collaboration to create and adapt lesson plans, and scale global education where they work. Prior to attending participants will complete a thirteen step assessment designed to survey their current global education practice.

Program Details

During this two-day institute, you will hear from educators who have been leaders and innovators in implementing global education. You will work in groups to: devise curriculum, respond to colleagues’ work, and begin to build a network of improvement, all with the goal of preparing young people to address the world’s most pressing problems.

Past presenters have included Darla Deardorff, Executive Director, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and Research Scholar at Duke University, and Veronica Boix Mansilla, Principal Investigator at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


  • Learn from teachers and leaders who have had success in implementing global competencies in their schools
  • Devise curriculum which capitalizes on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals
  • Learn to develop teachers’ capacity for advancing global competence
  • Develop strategies for helping teachers and students take action steps toward sustainable global development
  • Learn about what are called "signature pedagogies" in global education

Who should attend

  • K-12 educators invested in global education, including those currently working to increase students’ global competencies and those new to this effort
  • School teams comprised of teachers, curriculum directors, instructional coaches, and principals
  • Teams comprised of school and district leaders
  • Teacher educators
  • Nonprofit leaders who collaborate with districts and schools


Fernando M. Reimers focuses his research and teaching on innovative global education policies and programs that help students develop competencies necessary for civic participation and work in the twenty first century. He works also in the area of global citizenship education and in how to align ...
Director in executive education with deep expertise in adult learning, instructional design, relationship management, certificate development, and program evaluation. Lead cross-functional teams to produce transformative learning experiences for international client-base, including education mini...
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