Thursday, February 02, 2017

Announcing the 2017 GlobalEd.TV Webinar Series - ​"Foundational Attitudes and Projects for Global Citizenship"

GlobalEd TV is a free, inclusive, and comprehensive webinar series which spotlights theories and best practices related to multiculturalism in schools and organizations all over the world. This 5-part series is hosted monthly by the Global Education Conference Network, the Learning Revolution, and Know My World; and the series is designed to inform educators, students, and parents about the role of cultural and global competence in education.

(Registered guests are not in any way required to attend the live sessions, and will receive links to the recording after each session. Attending live will provide an opportunity to ask questions and participate actively.)

This series will look at the foundations for providing students with the kinds of social and emotional attitudes needed to be effective global citizens, and it will explain and document real classroom projects that foster cultural identity, critical thinking, assumptions, communication and social responsibility. Every session will scaffold a learning path to build the appropriate attitudes for engaging in the world and with others. The culmination will be a social impact project for the local community. Each 1-hour session will feature a project being implemented in the diverse Know My World 3rd Grade Classroom in Taichung, Taiwan by educator and co-founder, Genevieve Murphy. Co-founder Lisa Petro will host the series and lead webinar participants through the project sequence, research behind each competency area and method, and share pre-recorded footage of students engaging in the instruction. At the end of each session, participants will receive a lesson sequence to replicate or modify in their classrooms.


Lisa Petro is a Curriculum Development Consultant and the Co-founder of Know My World, a Global Education Resource organization, which focuses in the development of Social, Emotional, Academic, and Cultural Learning (SECAL) through digital cross-cultural exchanges and integrated classroom projects. Lisa has designed Global Education curriculum and professional development workshops for teachers in the United States, Japan, Nepal, China, Mexico, Albania, Palestine and Taiwan with an emphasis on social/emotional learning and cultural competence in the classroom. Lisa continues to offer cross-cultural training in preparation for panel presentations at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women with girls and women from all over the world through The Grail NGO. She has also presented dynamic cross-cultural workshos at the East Asia Regional Conference for Overseas Schools in Thailand and China, Congreso de Preparatoria, Preparatorias del Tecnólogico de Monterrey, ITESM in Mexico, the State University of New York Multicultural Education Conference, The Global Education Forum, and the SUNY Collaborative Online Intercultural Learning. and


Genevieve Murphy is a global educator who has taught students K-12 in the United States, Japan and Taiwan. She currently designs and teaches Social and Emotional Learning at the American School Taichung in Taichung, Taiwan. Genevieve has presented professional development workshops on social, emotional and culutral projects in the United States, Japan, Nepal, China, Thailand and will be presenting at the 2017 EARCOS conference in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. She is also the Global Development Director and co-founder of Know My World, a global educational resource that emphasizes social, emotional and cultural learning through digital exchange and integrated classroom projects.


Mon. Feb. 20th - 7pm EST
​Cultures in the Classroom: Cultivating Cultural Identity with Students
​Connecting to self and understanding who we are is foundational when developing skills for global citizenship and building authentic relationships with others. In this session, global educators will explore initial activities to scaffold meaningful interactions for students based on cultural identity through self-awareness practices. Using Geert Hofstede’s Cultural Model diagram, students will produce class culture books that demonstrate their understanding of the key elements of culture.

Mon. March 20th - 7pm EST
Seeing is Being: Thinking Critically About Social Perspectives
Self-awareness provides a consistent platform for investigating the world and how it relates to our experiences when interacting with others. Based on the 4 C’s of 21st century learning, this project session supports students in distinguishing varied perspectives through critical thinking skills within their peer relationships. Students will learn about social awareness as a means to develop cultural sensitivity by comparing and contrasting their own perspectives with others, led by a series of critical thought practices including Didactic Questioning and the Socratic Method.

Mon. April 24th - 7pm EST
​Labeling: The Impact of Placing Names on Others
​Knowing who we are, the way we view our experiences and how we impact others provides students with a powerful set of skills and resources to create behaviors that are fair, inclusive and culturally appropriate. Building on the developmental process of sessions 1 and 2, this project session focuses on Conceptualising the Other (Roffey, 2010) and aims to guide students through the process of labeling based on judgement. Students will examine the kinds of words used to label themselves and others, calling attention to the positive and negative emotional impact.

Mon. May 22nd - 7pm EST
​Conscious Communication: Choosing Words
Applying self-awareness, openness, and sensitivity in social situations requires practice through communication with others. While engaged in dialogue, students must understand that not all communication will be easy or clear, and by taking ownership for their words and behaviors, they can demonstrate personal power by choosing what and how they communicate. Through the joining of English Language Arts and Social and Emotional Learning, students will participate in a series of role-playing exercises to practice strategies for conscious communication.

Mon. June 12th - 7pm EST
​Needs and Wants: Developing Personal Relationships in Service-Learning
Global Citizenship is most effectively demonstrated through the experiences students engage in with local and global communities. The cumulation of honing such attitudes and skills explored in this series, including self-awareness, openness, sensitivity and adaptability, can be displayed in a student’s ability to function effectively when working toward shared goals with others. Looking at the dynamics of Community Service-Learning, the last session of this series will demonstrate ways students can create distinctions between their needs and wants along with others, and the impact communicating their needs has on building community relationships.

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