“This program has been wonderful, especially the teacher workshops! I have become a more aware citizen of the world and that knowledge has been imparted onto my students.” - Teacher, Burton High
World Savvy Signature Professional Development Workshops
World Savvy's Signature Workshops are an ideal introduction to our programs and an effective way to inspire educators in your school to begin integrating world affairs into classroom instruction. Each workshop highlights content and strategies from the curriculum and professional development that are a foundational part of our Youth Engagement programs and Customized Consulting offerings. Contact email@example.com to learn more.
These workshops are a great fit for your school if you are interested in gaining:
- An introduction to global education
- A new way to connect local and global themes in your classroom
- Innovative resources, activities and tools on a timely global theme
- Momentum and dialogue within your school to integrate these issues or ‘globalize’ your school environment
All Signature Workshops and Professional Development Institutes:
- Include standards-based global issues curriculum resources
- Promote critical thinking, problem solving, and knowledge-to-action pedagogy
- Explore strategies for integrating global education across disciplines; including curriculum planning, instructional methods, and assessment
- Provide classroom-ready resources and materials
Global Competency: Creating 21st Century Learning Environments
21st Century graduates need content knowledge, skills and dispositions to thrive in an increasingly diverse and interdependent world. This in an introductory workshop designed to facilitate group understanding and ownership of the components of global competency, and to explore the range of methods to embed global education into teaching and learning. This workshop is appropriate for administrators, single departments or an interdisciplinary group of teachers from one or more schools.
Immigration & Identity: Using our Diverse Communities as Classrooms
Whether across the street or around the world, the migration of people has significant political, economic, and social impacts. Using art and media resources and activities, this workshop explores some ways that cultures cross borders, examines that experience in our own lives and the impact that cultural diffusion can have in our classrooms and around the world.
Sustainable Communities: Local to Global
From climate change to alternative energy and organic farming, sustainability is a critical issue of our times. Workshop participants will probe the multiple meanings of sustainability and develop a collaborative definition by mapping issues of equity, resource distribution, social justice and sustainability in your local community. This workshop includes arts-based lessons that will help you connect students to global issues and action projects while developing their media literacy, imagination, and initiative.
Food: Feeding the Planet Sustainably in the 21st Century
Food is a vital part of how we sustain ourselves and the way we eat has significant political, cultural and environmental implications. Through this workshop, participants will build their content knowledge about local and global food issues and come away with resources and strategies for engaging students in this complex topic through project-based learning that develops their sense of global civic responsibility as problem-solvers and changemakers.
Learning to Improvise & Improvising to Learn: Collaborative Learning through Forum Theater
Local and global issues, as well as material from participants’ curriculum and experience will form the basis of the scenes to be improvised and discussed in this interactive theater workshop. In the first half of the session, participants will analyze dramatic, real life conflicts and become the characters, fighting for their needs and trying to find solutions. These “actors” will engage the audience as “spect-actors,” who are urged to intervene by stopping the action, suggesting alternative tactics for the characters to achieve their goals, and even coming on stage to enact their own ideas. Through the process, participants deepen their understanding of the stakeholders in key issues and engage in self-empowering processes of dialogue that help foster critical thinking and inquiry. The second half of the workshop will be devoted to modeling the application of this simple and effective activity to curriculum content as diverse as ELA, history, political theory, science, ESOL, diversity training or conflict mediation, turning any classroom into a collaborative learning environment.