Global Cities Update March 2017


Two new reports offer a framework for understanding the practice and promise of global digital exchange, and help educators know exactly what questions to ask. Plus see sample Global Scholars student videos!

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Announcing "Feeding Our Cities"


March 14, 2017 - We are pleased to announce the all-new Global Scholars curriculum for the next school year, leading students worldwide through the complex systems that grow and distribute food to the world. Read More

New Reports Look at The Future of International Digital Learning, K-12


February 28, 2017, New York – A new generation of online exchange programs such as Global Scholars is connecting students across borders and cultures and offering global experiences to students who would not have this opportunity without advances in modern technology. Two reports published today explore the value of these international digital exchanges in developing students’ global knowledge, tolerance of diversity, cultural understanding and respect for different perspectives. Broadly-inclusive global learning is of particular relevance as xenophobic trends grow, world problems become increasingly interconnected and complex, and cities are challenged by the needs of diverse populations. Read More

How an International e-Classroom Inspires Tech Learning


February 14, 2017 - Digital skills. Cross-cultural savvy. Today's middle school students need both to become tomorrow's global citizens. Educators using the international digital exchange program Global Scholars—and one inventor—came together in New York City on February 7 to discuss the benefits of connecting 10,500 students ages 10-13 through global e-classrooms. Read More




January 17, 2017 - Welcoming New Cities: Abu Dhabi, Beijing (pictured), Buffalo, Chengdu, Gothenburg, Houston, Manila, Oakland, Providence, St. Louis, Singapore and Tokyo Read More

Global Cities Update June 2016


Why international digital exchange? Mayors and international education leaders discussed in the provocative Global Cities Symposium: The Future of International Digital Learning, K-12.

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Global Cities, Inc. Convenes Representatives from Over 20 U.S. School Districts & Educators from Europe to Promote Early Global Digital Education


Notable speakers included Mayors Michael R. Bloomberg and Michael A. Nutter as well as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational & Cultural Affairs, Evan Ryan

May 12, 2016  New York  – Twenty-five U.S. school districts from 16 states participated in a symposium on global digital education convened by Global Cities, Inc., a program of Bloomberg Philanthropies. More than 20 of the school districts were from the largest school districts in the U.S. including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, Ft. Lauderdale and Houston. In addition, the symposium was attended by educators from Barcelona, London, and Warsaw. Read More

Global Cities, Inc. Launches its Digital Classroom in Barcelona


November 10, 2015 – Barcelona, Spain – Global Cities, Inc., a program of Bloomberg Philanthropies, recognized Barcelona as a major hub for Global Scholars, its international digital classroom, at an event for educators from the Catalan Regional Ministry of Education. Thanks to their efforts, 762 students in 22 of their schools are enrolled in Global Scholars —16 in Barcelona and two each in Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona. Global Scholars is a peer-to-peer, technology-based program that fosters knowledge of global issues among the next generation. Read More

Global Cities, Inc. Positioned for Expansion in Warsaw


May 20, 2015 – Warsaw, Poland – Global Cities Inc., a Program of Bloomberg Philanthropies, is positioned for expansion in Warsaw after its successful launch of Global Scholars, the international e- classroom. A three-school pilot program took place during the 2014-2015 school year with the endorsement of Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz. Officials of Global Cities, Inc. met with principals and teachers from 26 Warsaw schools about offering this digital initiative in additional classrooms. The meeting was hosted by Joanna Gospodarczyk, Director of the Warsaw Bureau of Education, at the Warsaw Centre for Socio-Educational Innovation and Training. Read More

Global Cities, Inc. Expands its Digital Classroom in Madrid


February 28, 2015 – Madrid, Spain – Global Cities, Inc., a program of Bloomberg Philanthropies, is expanding its Global Scholars initiative in Madrid. Six Madrid schools have successfully piloted the project during the 2014-15 school year. The Regional Ministry of Education is eager to expand this innovative international, peer-to-peer, technology-based program that fosters global awareness amongst the next generation. This week Global Scholars presented its digital classroom and curriculum to 38 primary and secondary public school principals. Read More

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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