The Take-Action Guide to World Class Learners, Book 1: How to Make Personalization and Student Autonomy Happen, Yong Zhao, Homa Tavangar, Emily McCarren, Kay Tucker, Gabriel Rshaid (Books 2 & 3 to be released in early 2016)
The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners, by Homa S. Tavangar and Becky Morales (Corwin Press, a Division of Sage). ORDER HERE, and see the companion website with every link in the book (you need the password from the book to enter this page).
Early praise for The Global Education Toolkit includes:
Joy and skill! That’s what this compendium of insights, innovations and practical wisdom ultimately delivers! Homa Tavangar and Becky Morales open up a true 21st century toolkit for teachers and parents alike. This work uses the engine of a child’s wonder to spark a revolution in “learning tools” for helping children express their deepest joy. (John Hunter, TED speaker, Master Teacher, & President and Founder, World Peace Game Foundation, Charlottesville, VA)
The Global Education Toolkit is an invaluable how-to guide for educators and parents who want to better prepare children for work and citizenship in the 21st century. Filled with practical suggestions, it is an essential resource for teaching and parenting in today’s interdependent world.(Tony Wagner, Author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators, Innovation Education Fellow, Harvard University)
I’ve been deeply concerned as I travel around the country by how little attention is being paid to the global competence of our nation’s young people. In the 21st century we need global citizens and students capable of thriving in the global economy. Fortunately, Homa Sabet Tavangar and Rebecca Mladic-Morales have written a tremendous new resource for educators who want a comprehensive guide to how to bring global competence to their students. Not only do their students need these global competencies, they are anxiously waiting to be taught in these contexts. Don’t wait another minute to construct them! (Ken Kay, CEO, EdLeader 21, Co-author, The Leader’s Guide to 21st Century Education)
We all seem to agree that the globalized world needs globally competent citizens, but how to cultivate global competence in our traditionally isolated schools and increasingly narrowed curriculum presents a daunting challenge to our already overworked teachers. In this well-written book, Homa Sabet Tavangar and Rebecca Mladic-Morales provide numerous practical and inspiring ideas for creating opportunities to foster global competency. A must-have for both experienced and beginning educators who care about their children’s future. (Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair, University of Oregon, Author, World Class Learners)
The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners is a gift to educators with heartfelt, rigorous, and creative strategies to make the shift from the last century to the now. Tavangar and Morales have shaped an organized, dynamic, and thoughtful series of both classic and digital approaches to personalizing the global for our learners. (Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Editor and author of Leading the New Literacies: Digital, Media, and Global, President, Curriculum Designers)
We have been wading around for a number of years talking about global-ready graduates, but unable to marry the desire we have for our students to obtain global competency skills with the realities of preparing students for standardized tests. Now we can.
One only need to look inside the cover at the ten ways the book can be used to know that a long-awaited answer to desperately needed curricular and pedagogical changes in the new global world order has arrived. Thank you.
Tavangar and Morales nail it by offering clever, economical, and practical suggestions to merge traditional academic content with desperately needed global competency skills in our curriculum. Not a book to be read, pondered, then shelved, but rather a manual to be open on the teacher’s desk at all times.
I need this now.
(Robert M. Hollister, Ed.D., Superintendent, Eastern Lancaster County School District, Lancaster, PA)
The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners engaged, empowered and educated me deeper as an elementary educator. It encouraged me to continue building that global learning community in my classroom. The ideas and activities provide opportunities for differentiated instruction and support the state standards across the curriculum. This book is the next best thing to actually taking your students on a long field trip around the world! (Luke Merchlewitz, 2011 MN – Teacher of Excellence, Elementary Educator, Winona Area Public Schools, National Education Association, Senior Global Learning Fellow)
The Global Education Toolkit contains so many resources for teachers, volunteers, administrators to put into practice right away, including:
- Detailed timeline & planning tool for bringing a global program to your school, plus ways to involve wider circles of volunteers
- Dozens of websites and Edu Technology tools that are free or low-cost for connecting classrooms, kids, lessons with the world
- Checklist of 50+ school-wide initiatives bringing global to school
- Updated foreign films list and discussion tools for using films as a teaching tool with K-6
- How to integrate global learning into every academic subject area, including into Common Core State Standards
- Professional development opportunities, including free or low-cost foreign travel, for teachers
- Dozens of service-learning examples involving real kids, grades K-6, making a difference in the world
- Multicultural reading list with about 300 titles
- Much, much more…
Also, please check out Mastering Global Literacy, ed. Heidi Hayes-Jacobs (Solution Tree Press), in which Homa has a chapter, “Growing Up in a Global Classroom.”