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September 19, 2019 "Change is slow; my students truly understand that now. But they also now know they have the power to be heard and to be drivers of change.” Philadelphia teacher Janene Hasan describes the impact of Global Scholars on her city and her students. Read more.  

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education leaders convene in NYC to promote and improve global learning

January 31, 2019 – New York City – Global and digital leaders are convening today to promote and improve opportunities for teaching international understanding and engaged citizenship. The Global Cities Symposium, Global Competency in a Changing World: Developing and Assessing Student Learning Outcomes, is bringing together 76 representatives from Global Cities’ worldwide educator network. Its focus is student learning outcomes for global digital education and pathways toward formal evaluation. Read more.

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November 14, 2018 - L’Institut Rafael Casanova spotlighted Global Scholars on its blog, as students and teachers welcomed education managers and leaders from Global Cities in New York City. The Global Cities team visited several schools in the region, an important Global Scholars hub with 35 participating schools, reaching more than 1,400 students. Read more. [This story is in Catalan; for translation into English, we recommend opening with Google Chrome; an option to translate the page will appear on the upper right.]

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nature and our cities

Global Scholars presents a new curriculum for 2019-20: “Nature and Our Cities.” Students will investigate the impacts of urbanization and develop solutions that improve the lives of people in cities while protecting the natural environment and biodiversity worldwide.

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evaluating global digital education: student learning outcomes

This pioneering report draws on years of original data and a thorough literature review to identify the precise components of “global competency” that global digital exchange for students k-12 can promote. This includes four global learning outcomes, and the five general learning outcomes that support them.

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global and general student learning outcomes brochure

This at-a-glance brochure examines nine student learning outcomes and precise indicators for each, allowing teachers to identify key knowledge, skill, attitudinal and behavioral indicators as they develop in the classroom.

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The Future of International Digital Learning K-12

The expansion of technology has created new opportunities for students from every community, regardless of income, to explore the world.

May 12, 2016, New York City

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Top Ten Questions to Ask About Global Digital Exchange

Companion to The Future of International Digital Learning K-12

Adapted from a Presentation to U.S. School Districts At the Global Cities, Inc. Symposium, May 12, 2016, New York City

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Global Cities, Inc. is a program of Bloomberg Philanthropies that connects global cities worldwide through an information-sharing network and supports global awareness for the next generation through cross-national interactive education initiatives. Marjorie B. Tiven is the founder of Global Cities, Inc. From 2002 through 2013, she served as New York City Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, under the administration of Michael R. Bloomberg.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies Bloomberg Philanthropies’ mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Public Health, Environment, Education, Government Innovation and the Arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $462 million. For more information on the philanthropy, please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg.


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