World View: An International Program for Educators


United Nations Association
The United Nations Association of the United States of America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports the work of the United Nations and encourages active civic participation in the most important social and economic issues facing the world today. UNA seeks to promote constructive US leadership in a strengthened United Nations system. Specifically, it is our task to educate the public about the United Nations, increasing public knowledge about international issues and US government policies relating to the UN. We are to build public support for constructive leadership in the United Nations and advocate with government officials for US participation.The West Triangle Chapter is composed of  over 370 UNA-USA members in Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties, North Carolina.

International Pen Friends
Have you ever considered, that the greatest friend you may ever have, is someone you have never met, living in a land you have never seen? Well, IPF can provide you with new friends, in your own age group, in many places --- for POSTAL MAIL only (snail mail) correspondence. They have over 300,000 members in more than 192 countries and the club is now regarded as the greatest penfriend organisation in the world --- established in 1967. IPF headquarters are in Australia under President Julie Dellbridge. A Special School Class Service is available for Teachers, School Classes, and all youth Groups aged 10-17 years. IPF invites you to join us and by your honest and sincere correspondence --- you will encourage international harmony and find many true friends among..."International Pen Friends."

MEGA (Middle Educators Global Activities)
MEGA was developed as a partnership between middle grades teachers and NC State's College of Education for enabling educators to teach and use technology in the classroom.  The focus of the organization is to provide teachers greater opportunities to improve their technology skills and focus on specific content areas in addition to interdisciplinary projects specific to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.  MEGA provides teachers with resources for professional development and acts as a reservoir of information.  Its global community of members use technology as a tool for shared decision-making and enhancing the curriculum through collaborative on-line projects.

Vicarious Voyage: Connecting K-12 Classrooms to the Semester at Sea Program

The Vicarious Voyage program is part of the Semester at Sea Program for college students, through which a school class is "adopted" by a group of 3 to 5 students and communicates with them throughout the term.  Personal exchanges during the voyage provide K-12 students with a very real connection to the experiences of those travelling around the world. Items sent home in "culture packets" enable the teacher to make an international learning experience come alive in the local classroom.  The Vicarious Voyage program has served more than 41,000 kindergarten through twelfth grade students in 1,370 classrooms across the nation. 

BRIDGE Exchange Opportunity  

BRIDGE (Building Respect through Internet Dialogue and Global Education) will connect 24 secondary schools in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Pakistan with counterparts in the United States through collaborative online projects and physical exchanges.  As part of this program, there is an opportunity for schools in any state to host a teacher and four students from one of these countries for a three-week visit in 2003.  Additional funds have been secured to enable one teacher from each of the 23 U.S. schools to join their colleagues from the 8 countries in a Regional Workshop in Egypt during June 2003.  Applicants must be affiliated with iEARN--information about getting involved is available online. 

CIESE Online Classroom Projects

CIESE sponsors and designs interdisciplinary projects that teachers throughout the world can use to enhance their curriculum through compelling use of the Internet.  Their focus is on projects that utilize realtime data available from the Internet, and collaborative projects that utilize the Internet's potential to reach peers and experts around the world. Each project has a brief description and links to the National Science Standards and NCTM math standards it supports.

Friendship Through Education Consortium
On October 25, 2001 President Bush announced the launch of this Consortium at a Washington, DC elementary school to highlight the group's important new effort to build relationships between youth in the U.S. and other countries.  The FTE website provides information on how students can link through letters, e-mail, art, collaborative projects and exchanges to foster mutual respect and greater understanding of cultural differences.  

Internet Projects Registry
This site provides descriptions and links to over 875 different free internet exchange projects for student-to-student or classroom-to-classroom exchanges.  Projects are sorted by age level, start date, curriculum area, technologies used, project level and keyword. Classroom Exchange
This site provides a free online community that connects students and teachers from over 190 countries.  You can search for ePAL connections based on age, grade, geography, curriculum, or language.  The site also provides translation services for several languages.  

Peace Corps World Wise Schools

Peace Corps offers three programs for teachers to connect with its volunteers serving around the world.  The Peace Corps Partnership Program provides an opportunity for a class to take part in an overseas project with a volunteer.  The Correspondence Match program allows for an exchange of letters, e-mails, artifacts, and artwork with a volunteer over two years' time.  By signing up for the World Wise School CyberVolunteer program list-serv, participating teachers and students receive a monthly e-mail written by a featured CyberVolunteer.  Over the course of the school year, WWS sends participating educators a total of nine e-mails from Cyber Volunteers serving around the world.   

Creative Connections
This organization sets up classroom-to-classroom exchanges between U.S. and foreign schools.  Currently there are three exchange programs: Classroom Connections, ArtLink, and MusicLink.  Fees range from $75 to $375 per program per U.S. classroom. 

The Creative Connections Project 
The Creative Connections Project links your classroom(s) with classrooms in the Amazon Rain Forest, Africa, China, the Galapagos Islands or the Arctic through online travel and direct interaction, including question and answer exchanges via E-mail, art and music exchanges, E-mail reports and Study
Partnerships which result in picture book or video exchanges. Classes/schools from any US state or any country are welcome to register. There are several options for participation. Choose a BACKPACKER LEVEL for limited participation at any time during the school year ($35-$150).  Choose a GUIDED TOUR LEVEL for full participation in one or more of our six-week excursions, facilitated by project coordinators who travel to schools in the region of study ($50-$250). Choose a SCHOOL TO SCHOOL LEVEL if you would like your whole school to participate ($300-$1500).

I*EARN is an international education and resource network for educators and K-12 students. This site promotes global education and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas among teachers and students all over the world. 

World Pen Pals
World Pen Pals has been encouraging international friendship and cultural understanding since their founding in 1950 at the University of Minnesota.  Over one million friends later the world's population has doubled and the need for understanding is greater.  Studies wishing to correspond in English with a new friend abroad may access an application form on this site.  One-time $3 fee is required.

The International Book Sharing Project
The Korczak School website serves as the online home for the International Book Sharing Project. The International Book Sharing Project is an exercise in international cooperative learning about the Shoah (Holocaust) and its meaning for youth today. Schools from around the world are paired together. Students in the partner schools read the same book in their respective classrooms and then discuss subjects related to the Holocaust via forums hosted on the Korczak International School website. The Book Sharing Project has been tailored for two age groups. The middle school project is entitled "Children of the World Learn about Children," while the high school project is called "Confronting Evil in Our Time". Visit their website to learn more about each project.


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Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO)
GEEO is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to helping educators travel internationally and bring their experiences back into the classroom.  Would you like to earn professional development credit while seeing the world? Would your students benefit by learning from a teacher with first hand experience in other countries?  Would you like to travel abroad affordably on subsidized trips designed specifically for educators? Check it out!

International Education Week
The International Education Week (IEW) 2009 website has officially been launched, and is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of an effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

The Global Yellow Pages
Developed by Dr. Kenneth A. Tye, this electronic directory of global education resources for K-12 teachers contains over 1,000 entries (many of which link to additional sources). The resources are organized into categories and World View is proud to be listed here as well!

The Choices for the 21st Century Education Program at Brown University
The Choices Program of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University
develops supplemental curricula on current issues for high school classrooms. Choices curriculum materials can be used in a range of courses including U.S. history, world history, global studies, and government.  New and updated units are frequently posted online for downloading free of charge.

Kids Around the World
This website introduces elementary school students in the United States to the lives of kids in developing countries all around the world. It features interviews with children between the ages of six and ten who live in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe. Kids Around the World is easy to navigate, fun to explore, and encourages children in the United States to ask questions and find out more about other parts of the world and the people who live there. Lesson plans, activity sheets and lists of great children's books that are relevant to the countries are found on this website. is managed by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and hopes to serve as an informative and engaging space for those interested in learning more about changes in the international economy.  A "For Teachers" page contains various resources for educators including free lesson plans tied to the site's "Issue Briefs." This site also provides explanations of how the material fits with curriculum standards in various states. Teachers who field-test the lesson plans with their class will receive compensation.

Global Learning Portal
The Academy for Education Development (AED) has created an online Global Learning Portal (GLP) for educators across the globe to share resources and ideas, collaborate on projects, and find tools for professional development.

University of Denver- Center for Teaching International Relations
The Center for Teaching International Relations (CTIR) is a leader in international education with programs and publications promoting a better understanding of the world in which we live. Based at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), CTIR links academic research with community needs by bringing the world to K-12 classrooms throughout the country. CTIR develops internationally oriented programs and publications to support professional educators. 

Outreach World: A Resource for Teaching Kids About the World
Explore the new website of nation-wide K-12 outreach programs under the umbrella of the 120 university-based National Resource Centers (NRCs), 42 Language Resource Centers (LRCs), and Centers for International Business and Education Research (CIBERs) based at 44 universities.  During the current pilot phase, the contents of Outreach World focus mainly on the Middle East, highlighting the various K-12 teaching resources produced and the educational activities pursued by the federally-funded university-based Middle East NRCs. In the upcoming year, materials and activities related to Latin American, African, Asian, European, Russian, Canadian, Pacific Islands and International Studies will be uploaded by the NRC network, and increasingly by the LRCs and the CIBERs. is part of a larger initiative, Asia and International Studies in the Schools, whose mission is to expand our nation's investments in international studies by stimulating teaching and learning about world history, languages, cultures and current affairs in every school in America.  The website provides links to articles about the international knowledge gap and provides strategies for change.

Newseum: The Interactive Museum of News

Explore the website of the world's first interactive museum of news, featuring daily front pages from more than 200 U.S. and international newspaper front pages, news trivia, in-depth features on the war in Iraq, the Holocaust, editorial cartoons, and photojournalism, and much more.   

Mercy Corps Lesson Plans on Afghanistan, Iraq, and Southern Africa

In the “Classroom” section of Mercy Corps' web site, you will find curriculum materials on Afghanistan, Iraq, and Southern Africa--three areas where the organization works. The lesson plans range from developing media literacy skills to learning about water conservation and scarcity in these areas.

Scholastic for Teachers

Scholastic provides a number of online tools for cross-cultural learning.  Sections include Asian American Heritage, Black History, Hispanic Heritage, Immigration, and "Global Trek," among others.     

Each day CNNfyi carries top stories that are appropriate in vocabulary and content for junior and senior high school students.  Each story is accompanied by a full lesson plan or a shorter "discussion/ activity."  Check the website for continuing coverage on America's new war and for teacher resources on teaching about the war.  

The Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs

The Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs is dedicated to providing information for the global citizen.  Their newly re-designed website features a continually expanding resource library with hundreds of articles, interviews, and transcripts from many varied events and publications.  In the Classroom Tools section there are recommended study guides, lectures, books, and other publications for both teachers and students.  

Global Classrooms: A Model UN Initiative
For teachers who are new to Model UN but are unable to attend MUN conferences, or those educators in search of a creative way to improve students skills in researching, writing, and public speaking, UNA-USA offers a number of curriculum units that focus on learning through role-playing and negotiation.  The first, Peacekeeping Unit, culminates in a simulation of the UN's Security Council.  The second, Sustainable Development, culminates in a simulation of the Commission on Sustainable Development.       


FRONTLINE/World is a national public TV series that turns its lens on the global community, covering countries and cultures rarely seen on American television. The television series is complemented by an extensive Web site, which publishes original reporting, interviews, reporter diaries, and interactive features. Visitors can also watch all our broadcast stories on our Web site.  A special section for educators with suggested activities for middle and high school students is also included.

P.O.V.'s Borders

P.O.V.'s Borders is PBS's first original Web-only series and will explore the potential of interactive storytelling by investigating the concept of 'borders' in everyday life.  The site includes an eight-week interactive drama following the lives of three teenagers from the US-Mexico border, short digital essays on the idea of borders, related lesson plans, and weekly discussion questions. 

Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy

This PBS site complements the six-hour television program of the same name.  Its purpose is to promote better understanding of the current global economic system; the forces, values, and perceptions that shape it; and the circumstances under which it has evolved to its present state.  The site includes a timeline of key historical events, country reports, and related resources.  

Bridges to Diversity 

Bridges To Diversity is an umbrella title under which the UNC-TV network features programming that reflects the changing face of North Carolina.  A broadcast schedule, facilitator's guide, and resources are included.  

The Read to Feed Program
Read to Feed is both a global/development education opportunity and a reading motivation program, designed primarily for children in grades K-8 by Heifer International.  Through reading, discussion, videos, the (optional) curriculum, and the website, they learn about other cultures, the root causes of hunger and poverty and sustainable solutions. 

World Press Review Online provides an understanding of the information that shapes opinions and views in other societies. Our goal is to foster a globally engaged citizenry, which acts not only in its own country's interest, but also in the interests of the world community. The website contains lesson plans, class discussion topics, syllabi, research resources, education news, etc.

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program

This program provides short-term study/travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the people and culture of another country. There are approximately seven to ten seminars with fourteen to sixteen participants in each seminar annually. Seminars are four to six weeks in duration. All seminars are held in countries outside of Western Europe.

United Nations CyberSchoolBus 
The United Nations CyberSchoolBus provides resources about the United Nations, overviews of curriculum units published by the UN, and globally-focused games and puzzles.   

Online Modules for Global Educators
This site provides 3000 plus resources available through Ohio State's Social Studies and Global Education Program.  The online modules provide teachers with easy access to high quality scholarship, primary sources, and web-based connections to media, organizations and schools in Africa, East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.     

Global TeachNet

Initiated by the National Peace Corps Association (NCPA), this site serves as a network for educators dedicated to bringing the world and global perspectives to U.S. classrooms. The site provides lesson plans, resources, and information about workshops and awards for global educators.    

National Center for History in the Schools: World Units online Catalog

This online catalog highlights world history units available for purchase.  Correlations to World History Standards (from the National Standards for History) are listed, as well as short descriptions, grade-level appropriateness, and price (all between $11-$15).  

Oxford Development Education Centre (ODEC)
The ODEC was established to deal with current educational issues, especially global education. One of its sub-sites is Global Learning
online (GLO), which provides global learning activities for students and shares positive and negative experiences of internet teaching activities.

Multicultural Book Review Homepage
This site provides multicultural book reviews for educators and students at the middle and high school levels. 

National Geographic
The world-famous journal has a website. It provides news, resources, games, a Kids Section, and a World Magazine for Kids. An array of world maps with zoom ability are housed at this site at

The World Factbook
The World Factbook is a great source for global learning.  Almost every country in the world is represented, with facts about geography, population, government, economy, communication, and transportation.  World Factbook also provides an overview of transnational issues. 

The World History Archives  
This site presents documents and articles on world history "from a working-class and non-eurocentric perspective."   
The Gateway to Educational Materials

The U.S. Department of Education sponsored the creation of the Gateway, which is a consortium effort designed to provide educators with quick and easy access to the substantial, but uncatalogued, collections of educational materials found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites.  Using the search engine, one can search broad or narrow subject areas.  There is also an option for the search to return only those materials that are free resources.

Perry Castañeda Library Map Collection

Part of the University of Texas at Austin's extensive map collection has been scanned for
online users.  The site is a top resource, with maps from all over the world, and no permission is needed for downloading and copying the images. 

Maps that Teach
Maps that Teach helps students learn the framework of geography with interactive, fun, and free map puzzles.  As students assemble these maps, they build a permanent mental picture of their world.     

Global Gazetteer
This worldwide directory of cities and towns is searchable by country, but unlike many sites with cultural profiles, the information is geographic in nature.  The city's longitude, latitude, altitude and current weather is regularly provided along with maps and links to nearby cities. 

The Global SchoolHouse
Global SchoolHouse provides online opportunities for teachers to collaborate, communicate, and celebrate shared learning experiences.

The Global Educators Program

Teach alongside an overseas colleague for 3-4 weeks during the summer and earn 6 graduate credits.  The Global Educators Program, in River Falls, WI, places American educators worldwide, at all age/levels/disciplines.  Program costs include a $125 registration fee, an enrollment/tuition fee of $870 at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN, airfare and living costs.  More information is available on the above website, or by contacting Carol LeBreck, Program Director:

US Agency for International Development (USAID)
In the last 40 years, USAID has been a leader in helping the developing world improve education, health, agriculture and economic development, along with promoting democracy, providing humanitarian assistance and working to prevent conflicts.  The website presents an overview of its work to build international relations.  


The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) serves as a bridge between Stanford University and K-14 schools by developing multidisciplinary curriculum materials on international themes. The website includes a number of free resources, including lesson plans for elementary through community college levels.  

Michigan State University Global Access
Global Access is a database of teaching resources searchable by geographic region, country, thematic area, resource type, language, and keyword.  Here teachers can find curriculum ideas for units on world areas or international issues. Organizations that help connect with classrooms in other countries appear here, too. 

Yale Global Online
This publication of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization is categorically organized by topics, such as economy, gender, and health, and by regions of the world.  The online magazine explores the implications of the growing interconnectedness of the world, drawing on the rich intellectual resources of the Yale University community, scholars from other universities, and public- and private-sector experts from around the world.

Putumayo World Music
Putumayo World Music was established to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. Putumayo website includes links to K-12 curriculum guides for global music. The company's commitment to helping communities in the countries where the music originates has led to the label contributing more than a million dollars to worthwhile non-profit organizations around the world.

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Carrie Wagner
Carrie Wagner is a North Carolina-based author, speaker, and photographer. Her global engagement workshops for K-12 classrooms incorporates her journey with Habitat for Humanity for three years in rural Uganda and three years in post-apartheid South Africa.

Concordia Language Villages
Summer camp sessions in Minnesota are offered in 10 different languages. Great for Middle School students.

Voices of Youth
Voices of Youth invites youth to discuss how this world can become a place where the rights of every child are protected, that is, the right to live in peace, to have decent shelter, to be healthy and well-nourished, to have clean water, to play, to go to school, and to be protected from violence, abuse and exploitation.  The site is also available in French and Spanish.   

Taking it Global
Taking It Global is a unique international organization because it is run by youth and for youth.  It operates with the motivation that the problems in today's world, in everything from global warming to the pervasive threat of AIDS/HIV, are all interconnected, and their global dimensions demand global solutions.  Taking It Global seeks to create networks and programs for youth that respond to international problems and offers youth opportunities for direct and indirect action that they currently lack in a wide variety of areas.  

Fin, Fur, and Feather Bureau of Investigation 
Fin, Fur, and Feather Bureau of Investigation is an international website for kids of all ages chronicling the exploits of an unusual, animal-run detective agency.  The site uses innovative, interactive stories and cleverly disguised original thinking games to get kids to solve mysteries and learn crucial skills along the way.  The FFFBI International Challenge takes participants on incognito missions in Kenya, Japan, Iceland, and beyond.

NewsHour Extra
NewsHour Extra is a current events website for and by teenagers.  The site provides students with the context necessary to make connections between what they're studying in school and what's happening in the world. 

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