Teacher Professional Development

Author and Global Education Expert, Homa Sabet Tavangar, works together with businesses and organizations to create educational programs and talks that encourage global education and cultural competency.

Through storytelling, Homa shares what she’s learned in over 25 years of professional experience in business and global strategy development, cross-cultural competence and empathy-building, marketing, fundraising, organization and communication advising for non-profits, research and training on innovation in education, and infusing global experiences and perspectives in classrooms, workplaces, children’s media, and at home.

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Sample School Talks / Workshops / Professional Development Sessions
(choose one or mix topics for a combination of themes)

From Global Competency to Global Citizenship – Strategies to Achieve Both:

  • How do you define global citizenship so that anyone, even if they’ve never left the country, can embrace this idea, and how does this fit into rigorous, compassionate 21st-Century learning?
  • What does a globally competent classroom or lesson look like?
  • Exercises for plugging this framework into any topic or theme you might teach.
  • Ideas for bringing the world into any classroom, from math to language arts, science, tech or social studies.

Global Education Opportunities Right in Your Zip Code:

Tips, motivation and inspiration that help any educator or other professional to adopt effective global learning, global mindset-building and collaboration strategies to advance their goals, using easy-to-access resources, available right in your own community.

Schools Not Factories: How Student-Driven, Global Collaboration Can Transform Teaching and Learning:

    • Learn from outstanding examples of student-driven learning used in diverse schools globally.
    • Help students’ discover their passions and interests (and maybe hone your own!)
    • Try the SOLE (Self-Organized Learning Environment) among your peers, and learn how to take this to your classroom to inspire curiosity, creativity, effective collaboration and technology use.
    • Learn about various technology tools and apps that can deepen student engagement.

Cultural Appreciation or Cultural Appropriation: Teach Like You Know the Difference

    • Don’t avoid discussing real differences between cultures. Learn how to have compassionate conversations marked by deep listening.
    • Recognize the difference between cultural appreciation and appropriation, and help others see this, without blaming, offending, or avoiding.
    • Learn from multiple case studies by real, well-meaning educators.
    • Build a resource library, classroom activities, and authentic connections that celebrate cultural diversity.

Growing Up Global: An Essential 21st Century Skill:

This topic works well for parent as well as educator audiences, connecting global citizenship, character-building, and 21st-Century learning.

Everything I Needed to Know About Global Education I Learned in Kindergarten:

    • Learn the simple lessons that help us remember to be global citizens, and embark on a life-long journey toward global citizenship.
    • Connect some of the lessons targeted to kindergarten or MBA students to gain insights on building a global perspective, creating an inclusive environment, and building an entrepreneurial mindset.
    • Explore how empathy (here’s my piece on Empathy for Edutopia, which remains the site’s most-shared article) and other characteristics of social-emotional learning tie in to educational excellence and building global competence.
    • Start with what you love: apply your own passions to building your global mindset.

De-Mystifying Global Education Tools for Elementary (Middle or High School) Learners: Drawing from material contained in my book, The Global Education Toolkit, some of the tools to be explored include:

    • Organizing effective school-wide special events and involving the wider community in their success.
    • Integrating global perspectives and materials into all academic subject areas, particularly in Common Core and other standards.
    • Using technology tools, including social media, to advance learning.
    • Service-learning near or far: making a difference that sticks, at any age.

Have questions? Email us at info@growingupglobal.net for more details or for booking information.

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