E-Classroom Tour


Students show off their favorite classrooms and the year’s first snowfall as they explore “What is a Global Scholar?” for a Unit 1 assignment.



Students in Taipei, Taiwan showcased "YouBike" and other digitally-inspired innovations in their city for their peers in the e-classroom.



After studying the impact of the global food system on their cities and discussing potential solutions with international peers, students in Buffalo, New York, used critical thinking to develop and implement plans to improve their own communities.

In Their Own Words

Global scholars Students | Jakarta, IndONESIA

“Being a Global Scholar is important because we need to learn stuff from other countries and to communicate better with international peers.” 


Mònica Pereña | Barcelona, Spain

Deputy Director General of Language and Multilingualism, Catalan Regional Ministry of Education

“We have made Global Scholars one of our educational priorities because it helps students use English in a formal and subtle way. Students have to find strategies to understand the same thing said in different ways—and they learn that what they are doing in their city may be done differently in other cities.”


Ranjini Krishnaswamy | Mumbai, India

Billabong High School, Principal

“I would say to all schools, administrators, managers, as well as teachers: grab the opportunity if you’re invited. You don’t need to spend anything and you’re able to add value to your children’s education.”


Linda Rosenbury | New york, ny

Brooklyn Urban Garden School, Principal

“Global Scholars is able to model for students how they can present themselves to the world as innovators, as thinkers and have debates with kids across the globe. It’s been really excellent. It’s not the paper to turn into the teacher to put in the desk. It’s a global platform that’s motivating students to improve their writing.”


Bob Brazofsky | Miami, fl

Executive Director of Social Sciences Miami-Dade County Public Schools

“I believe schools have a civic mission to guide students in how to morally use technology in a constructive manner. Programs like Global Scholars are very, very important to push the agenda forward, to give students the skills they need to make proper decisions about what they’re putting online.”



global scholars students | mumbai, India

“I still cannot cease to be amazed by the diversity of thinking among people and the millions of ways of interpreting a simple sentence.”



"As an educator, I feel that the use of technology and introduction to new software programs were amazing. From video editing to poster design and then problem solving, Global Scholars opened up a world of possibilities. We are also at a very diverse school where we have many refugees from all over the world. Global Scholars helped our students understand other cultures and the fact that students from other countries have similar issues."

Jan Dylewski, Teacher, Grabiarz Campus School, P.S. 79, Buffalo, NY

"My students have learned most by posting and replying in the e-classroom. They had to use English "for real" and write to someone who doesn't understand Swedish. Good practice for my students! We have also talked a lot about countries all over the world, different cultures and languages."

Maria Ödmar, Teacher, Lexby Skola, Gothenburg, Sweden

Student Survey Sampling:
What do you hope to learn in Global Scholars?

Dubai:  I hope I could finally understand how is the lifestyle of people outside Dubai and learn more about what is happening  in the world.

Jakarta:  I hope that I could help improve my country by learning other countries' ways (good ways and bad ways) so I could use their good ways but not make their mistakes.

Madrid:  I want to learn the different types of food. Others’ monuments. How they live and if they are ecological people or no. I want to learn what they do in the free time, how they work in projects, and if they learn of other countries.

New York City:  I want to learn as much as I can. I want to know a lot because when I make it to the Olympics I need to know the country’s background.

Taipei:  I hope 1. We learn more about cities around the word. 2. The courage to communicate with foreigners. 3. Learn more English. 4. We can share ideas with each other.

Global Education and Student Learning Outcomes

Students today must acquire the knowledge, skills, and mindsets to live and work with individuals whose cultures and values differ from their own. That is our goal in linking thousands of students to one another digitally through Global Scholars. Still, defining and measuring the specific learning outcomes of a global education is pioneering work.

Global Cities, Inc. has undertaken the process of systematically identifying student learning outcomes for global digital exchange. These include both global learning outcomes (appreciation for diversity, cultural understanding, global knowledge, and global engagement) and the general learning outcomes (digital literacy, language communication, self-efficacy, academic engagement, and critical thinking) that support global learning and continued growth across academic subjects.

Learn more below!

global cities, inc. student outcomes framework

Downloadable Global and General Learning Outcomes with Indicators

Looking at other cultures and cities is a perfect activity for this age because they CAN take the other perspective.
— Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

Global Digital Exchange Analytic Program Model

Global Cities presents a new analytic program model for global digital exchange that connects the core program elements to student learning outcomes.


Marjorie B. Tiven, Founder and President of Global Cities, Inc., introduces the 9 student learning outcomes that global digital exchanges should aim to support. (Excerpt; see full panel below.)

Designing, Monitoring and Evaluating a Global Digital Education Program. Global Cities presents an overview of Global Scholars and its new analytic program model for global digital exchange. Recorded live at The Stevens Initiative Virtual Exchange Forum, 2018.


Global Education INSIGHTS

Michael R. Bloomberg discusses the importance of global education for students and cities.

Andreas Schleicher, Director of Education and Skills for the OECD, discusses global education for young students.

“Building Bridges”: Cristina Banfi, Director of Foreign Languages for the Ministry of Education, Buenos Aires

Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Professor of Child Development at Columbia University, discusses why middle school is the perfect moment to focus on global competence education.

We want this generation
coming up to behave differently
than current adults
are behaving when it comes to global issues.
— Ester Fuchs

DeepER Dive: ASSESSING Global Competency

OECD Director of Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher discusses global education and the assessment of global competencies with Columbia University Professor Ester Fuchs.