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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.

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October 23, 2017 – Paris, France – Embracing a global competency agenda —integrating new concepts and skills into school curricula to give students the skills and the habits of mind they need to be successful in tomorrow’s workforce and the global future—is the topic of today’s symposium sponsored by Global Cities, Inc., A Program of Bloomberg Philanthropies. Global Cities is hosting the conference in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which will start testing for global competence among 15-year-olds in 80 countries in its 2018 PISA exams. The conference is also a side event of this year’s Paris CityLab meetings. Read more.

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October 29, 2018 - How are students tackling some of the same issues that challenge city leaders? Just like mayors at CityLab Detroit, they rely on multi-city perspectives, innovation, and collaboration. Read more.

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Global Cities Update APril 2017

Global Scholars presents a new curriculum for 2017-2018: “Feeding Our Cities”; educators reflect on the benefits of connecting middle school students worldwide through international digital exchanges such as Global Scholars; and student work shows creative invention in Barcelona and Petropavlovsk. 

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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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