Globalization: An Introduction for K-12 Teachers

Globalization: An Introduction for K-12 Teachers immerses teachers from all disciplines and grade levels in an intensive exploration of rapid global changes. The course discusses global issues in government, economics, culture, technology, environment and health.

The course will introduce educators to university and other resources to help them to continue learning about global issues. As a final project, each participant will present a Global Connections Planner for their classroom to support the development of globally competitive graduates.

An online version of World View's week-long on-campus “Global Education Leaders Program,” the course requires participants to read, discuss, and reflect on the most important issues facing America and the world today.

The course is six weeks long and will offer four CEUs for successful completion.

Course Goal:

The goal of the course is to help K-12 teachers become aware of the effects of globalization on our world, our country, our state, and especially our schools. By the end of the course, educators should be able to significantly contribute to curriculum planning to help faculty and students become more globally aware.


Click here access sample course syllabus.


Participants must be current school-based K-12 teachers in North Carolina schools.

Course Objectives:

The course will enable K-12 teachers to

  • Recognize the changes brought about by globalization and the challenges they create for all educators.
  • Think concretely about classroom curriculum options for creating globally competitive graduates.
  • Update understanding of geopolitical changes brought about by the end of the Cold War.
  • Learn how changes in trade and technology have reshaped the world economy.
  • Trace the connections between energy choices, environmental effects, and health risks world wide.
  • Gain insight about the current struggle between traditional and modern world views, especially as reflected in religion and culture.
  • Improve understanding of modes of twenty-first century communication.
  • Create an Action Plan applying lessons learned to “globalize” a classroom.

Materials required:

Before the course begins, please purchase the new edition of "The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century" (“Further Updated and Expanded//Release 3.0”) by Thomas Friedman (Picador/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007). This book is available on and in most bookstores.

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