global scholars thrives in hub cities like taipei

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August 23, 2017 - In the 2016-17 school year, students and educators from 26 countries and 47 cities participated in the Global Scholars program; 13 of those cities were in the United States and 34 cities outside the U.S. The number of schools participating within each of those cities varies. Read More


MIDDLE SCHOOL IS A CRITICAL TIME TO DEVELOP GLOBAL COMPETENCY SKILLS

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June 29, 2017 - Beginning in 2018, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test for 15-year-olds, administered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will include global competency. Middle school is a critical time for young people to develop skills for living in an inter-connected world and participating in a workforce where they will be communicating with people from around the globe. Read More


Buffalo Schools Host Global Scholars Culmination Night Featuring Skype Call With Peers in Tokyo

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June 19, 2017 - Buffalo Public School students who have participated in the Global Scholars program this year came together on June 8 with educators, parents, and administrators to celebrate and showcase their student work. Speakers at the event included Assistant Superintendent of Buffalo City School District Dr. Fatima Morrell, and Meg Louis, Vice President of Global Cities, Inc. as well as a few Global Scholars who also came up to the podium to present their work to the audience. Read More


#60Lessons Twitter Chat on June 7

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June 5, 2017 - We are excited to host a Twitter chat on Wednesday, June 7 at 8 p.m. (ET) to discuss global education and Fernando Reimers’s new book, Empowering Students to Improve the World in Sixty Lessons. Using the hashtag #60Lessons, we will bring together educators and supporters of global education to share our interest in global learning and tools and insights for the classroom and beyond. Read More


A New Resource for Teaching Students to Understand, Care About and Improve the World

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May 25, 2017 - As a member of our Advisory Board, Fernando M. Reimers shares in our mission to create opportunities for students to learn about the world and take action as innovators and thinkers. In his new book, Empowering Students to Improve the World in Sixty Lessons, Professor Reimers has joined with his students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to provide tools and a curriculum prototype for teachers and school leaders who recognize the importance of including global learning in K-12 education systems. Read More


Global Cities, Inc. Joins with Out of Eden Learn to Cultivate the Next Generation of Global Citizens

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April 26, 2017 - Our Global Scholars program offers educators a constructive approach to counter recent trends of xenophobia and intolerance. Using digital technology, students interact across different cultures, gaining an appreciation for diversity and curiosity about the world at an early age. In this effort, we have found common ground with Out of Eden Learn (OOEL), developed by Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Global Cities, Inc. has committed $250,000 to OOEL’s online learning community that fosters thoughtful cross-cultural inquiry and exchange. Read More


Global Cities Update APril 2017

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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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Global Scholars Featured in Council of the Great City Schools Newsletter

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April 13, 2017 - Global Cities, Inc. was highlighted in Urban Educator, the Council of the Great City Schools' newsletter, for its work bringing Global Scholars, an international virtual exchange, to big-city school districts in the United States, including New York City, Boston, Buffalo, Fort Lauderdale, Jackonsville and Miami. Read More


Global Cities Update March 2017

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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"

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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

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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

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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


OUR E-CLASSROOM IS GROWING

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg.

Contact

About Global Cities, Inc. and Global Scholars:

Meg Louis, +212-618 6345, mlouis@globalcities.org

For Spanish Media inquiries:

Nicky Keefe +34 672-237-577, nicky.keefe@gmail.com

About Bloomberg Philanthropies:

Rebecca Carriero +212-205-0182, rebeccac@bloomberg.org