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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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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




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.

FACEBOOK LIVE spotlights international teacher collaboration


October 17, 2018 - Global Scholars educators from Taipei and Madrid sat down with us to discuss international collaboration among teachers, on the occasion of a visit to Madrid by Taipei educators eager to deepen professional connections and collaborative learning. Read more

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October 17, 2018 - Global Scholars educators deepened a connection begun in the e-classroom when a delegation of teachers and school administrators from Taipei visited their Global Scholars counterparts in Madrid this week. Global Cities Board Member Bob Orr set the tone by welcoming participants in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. Read more

Q&A: WHY “WORLD OF WATER”? (Part 2 of 2)


September 25, 2018 - Go deeper into the 2018-19 Global Scholars Curriculum, World of Water, as our education team previews some of the discoveries in store for students and for teachers. Get ready to look for the duck, or possibly the rabbit, in a small test of perspective. Read more

Q&A: Why “World of Water”? (PART 1 of 2)


September 20, 2018 - The all-new 2018-19 Global Scholars Curriculum is World of Water, inviting students to explore the role of water in our lives, cities, and world.  Just how did it fit the bill for this year’s science-rich, interdisciplinary, project-based explorations? Sit down with the Global Scholars Education Team for a deeper dive.  Read more

Fighting food waste in Taipei, one rice ball at a time


July 11, 2018 - Global Scholars in Taipei, Taiwan had everything they needed for a successful Community Action Project, although they confessed to some self-doubt. See what they did to battle food waste and uncertainty that they really could make a change. Read more

Growing a better breakfast in Detroit, MI


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June 20, 2018 - “We discovered that there is not a place near us to get fresh fruits and vegetables,” reported fifth and sixth grade classes in Detroit, Michigan. “We saw that we eat unhealthy snacks, and that children in other countries eat similar things!” Q&A with Global Scholars Detroit, who saw new food potential in a courtyard. Read more

Community Action, GLOBAL CONNECTIONS in Buffalo, NY


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June 13, 2018 - A year-end celebration in Buffalo, New York gave Global Scholars a chance to showcase their community-action solutions to Feeding Our Cities, including a garden idea that led to a national grant, a local partnership, and a new source of fresh produce for school cafeterias. Watch the garden come together in a student video! Read More




April 20, 2018 - Get your work boots on, because Global Scholars in 64 cities are launching year-end Community Action projects and we are following along in our new Twitter Series, #GlobalScholarsTakeAction! We’ll cheer on all classes and travel step-by-step with Detroit and Taipei. Discussions are just beginning in these classes about what community action means, what local food issues they might want to tackle, and how they will go about it. We’ll share each week on Twitter from our handle @GlobalCitiesOrg.  Join us! Read More





October 26, 2017 - After a day of robust discussions and enlightening presentations from global learning leaders and educators at our symposium in Paris on Monday, Marjorie B. Tiven, our founder and president, shared our charge for the future: “We need to develop students’ abilities to solve complex global problems. We need to embrace global learning, preparing students to appreciate diversity and value cultural understanding. Global knowledge and global engagement are an important part of what our schools have to teach. Schools need to prepare students for adult roles in their complex globalized futures.” Read More



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

paris symposium to address urgent need for students to collaborate with other cultures


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October 19, 2017 - At our symposium in Paris on October 23rd, Global Cities is bringing together leaders in the field of global education to discuss and evaluate the impact of international digital exchange experiences on student outcomes.  We are pleased that Michael R. Bloomberg, three-term Mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, will be opening the meeting. Read More

global cities welcomes new board members



October 11, 2017 - As a new school-year begins, Global Cities Inc. continues to grow as more schools and cities join our Global Scholars network. We are also growing our leadership, and we are delighted to welcome three new members to our advisory board – Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Charlynn Goins, and John B. King Jr. Our new board members bring a rich and varied set of experiences in the fields of education and youth development. Read More

Evaluating the Global Education Experience with Influencers in Global Learning


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October 4, 2017 - Plans for our upcoming symposium in Paris are underway, and we are especially excited about bringing together some of the influencers in global learning. The expertise of the participants at Students and the Global Edge: Evaluating the Global Education Experience will help us develop, implement, and evaluate outcomes standards for international digital exchanges. Read More



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September 19, 2017 - Education leaders and teachers are eager to help their students learn about each other and cultivate skills for global citizenship.  Global Scholars, a program operated by Global Cities, Inc., has been a leader in this area; last year, more than 10,000 students in 26 countries participated in our peer-to-peer digital exchange program. Read More

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



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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


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


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



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 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


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


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


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.


About Global Cities, Inc. and Global Scholars:

Meg Louis, +212-618 6345,

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Nicky Keefe +34 672-237-577,

About Bloomberg Philanthropies:

Rebecca Carriero +212-205-0182,