The Reading Globally, Thinking Reflectively, Acting Locally group will engage teachers in conversations that will expand their global perspective, while also building on the strengths they already have as educators. A direct goal of this group is to increase our Global Competency and reflect on lessons we can bring back to the classroom.
Global Competency is defined as an interest in the world, a deep understanding of perspectives, an ability to communicate across cultures and a willingness to act locally to address global issues. Our global reading group will involve teachers discussing global themed readings both live online via Zoom and also through a moderated forum.
The reading list & meeting schedule is posted below. Whether you have finished the book for that particular week or not you are welcome to join the discussion. We anticipate the online Zoom meetings will last about an hour and conversations can continue asynchronously online as well. Over the course of the summer and possibly into the fall, we hope educators will also have an opportunity to go out and explore how their communities could be used to build staff and student global competency at our sites.
Participation in this global reading group will empower teachers to bring a global lens into their classrooms, school sites and district vision.
PLEASE NOTE: Our Reading Globally group is more popular than we could have predicted and it has already reached capacity. We cap the number of members at 20 knowing that everyone will have a lot to share and acknowledging this is already a large number for a book group. We plan to run a second Reading Globally group in the fall so please check back as we'd love to have you join the conversation in the future.
All the best!
Meeting Schedule & Reading List:
Introductions July 13 (Zoom 5pm PST) * Re-scheduled for July
- Initial Meeting with group via Zoom
- Introductions & discuss book list, meeting format, norms & logistics
Reading Group Meetings
- July 20th (Zoom 5pm PST)
Smartest Kids in the World
- July 27th (Zoom 5pm PST)
I Am Malala
- Aug 3 (Zoom 5pm PST)
Finnish Lessons 2.0
- Aug 10 (Zoom 5pm PST)
- Aug 17 (Zoom 5pm PST)
TBD - last book decided by a group member vote
Final “Global Reader Graduation”
- Review & future plans for the group
- Discussion of potential global projects and application to sites
- Development of a possible follow-up reading group