K-12 Workshops

Virtual Sessions for K16 Teachers at the 2021 Atlanta Global Studies Symposium

Educating Global Citizens: Teaching the U.N. SDGs through a Global Competence Framework

Global competence, critical to ensuring our youth are capable citizens in both local and global communities, is multi-faceted and includes cognitive development, socio-emotional skills, and civic learning. It has four overlapping dimensions that students will need to interact successfully with people face-to-face and virtually: investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas, and take action. This session covers how educators can easily address the U.N. SDGs in their classrooms by implementing a global competence framework. The speaker shares assessment tools and resources for K-12 classroom teachers.

Presenter: Dr. Neelam Chowdhary
Executive Director
Global Learning Programs

Teletandem Integrated into the Foreign Language Classroom

Learn how the integration of tele-collaboration can be effective for language acquisition, intercultural competence, and reciprocity gains. Discover ways to integrate Teletandem and other forms of virtual exchange into your language course.

Presenter: Viviane Klen-Alves
TESOL and World Language Education
Portuguese Flagship Program
Department of Language and Literacy Education
University of Georgia

Co-investigating Global Sustainability in the Foreign Language Classroom

Use exploration of the climate movement as a content topic around which to interact in the target language and discover cultural perspectives and practices. Walk away with pedagogical tools and examples.
Assistant Professor
World Language, Dual Language, and ESOL Education
Department of Middle and Secondary Education
Georgia State University

Designing Virtual Exchange Projects for K12 and College Educators

Learn the basics of International Virtual Exchange, its benefits and how to get started. Plus, get suggestions on technology tools and planning activities for your students. 

Presenter: Dr. Yali Zhao
Associate Professor
Social Studies and Multicultural Education
Early Childhood and Elementary Education
College of Education and Human Development
Georgia State University

Agree to Disagree: Reducing Polarization and Engaging Students in Civil Discourse

Dr. Jennifer McCoy reveals strategies for reducing polarization in conversations and provides tips and tools for teachers. High school and college educators will learn teaching strategies to help students recognize their “inner polarizer” and develop methods for disagreeing without contempt for people who hold other political views.

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer McCoy
Political Science
Georgia State University

Past Workshops

The UN’s Sustainability Goals & Teaching World Cultures, Social Studies, and Foreign Languages

K-12 Workshop Imagein collaboration with the Georgia Department of Education World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives and the Georgia Tech Global Media Fest

Saturday, April 27th 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Bill Moore Student Success Center, Georgia Tech Campus

9 - 9:05 a.m.    Welcome and introductions

9:05 - 10:15 a.m.    
Sabrina Grossman, Program Director in Science Education, and Diley (Dyla) Hernandez, Senior Research Scientist; Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC), GA Tech, “Problem Based Learning and Culturally Authentic Education to Promote Equity and Resiliency”

10:15 - 11:30 a.m. Global Media Fest Panel: Sustainability Across Languages and Culture
Juan Carlos Rodríguez, Associate Professor of Spanish, GA Tech (moderator)
Amanda Weiss, Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese, GA Tech, “Discussion of Film: Ashes to Honey – The Search for Energy Independent in Japan and Sweden”
Jin Liu, Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Culture, GA Tech, “China events archive and teaching modules and materials”
Jan Uelzmann, Assistant Professor of German; Britta Kallin, Associate Professor of German; Annika Orich, Assistant Professor of German, GA Tech, “Discussion of Documentary: Neukölln Unlimited – immigration into Germany”
Stephanie Boulard, Associate Professor of French, GA Tech, “Discussion of Film: Swagger on immigration and social issues in France today”

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Keynote:
Rhina Fernandes Williams, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education & Elementary Education, GSU, “You've Got the Power: Critical & Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Global Justice Education"

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Awad Awad
, Program Director of Arabic Study Abroad and Coordinator of Arabic Summer Language Institute, UNG, “Landing the Flying Carpet: Teaching Arabic in the American South – a dialogue on linguistic sustainability”
Yunjuan He, Associate Professor of Chinese, UNG, “A content-based language course: Sustainability – examples from China”

2:00 – 2:10 p.m. Break

2:10 – 3:30 p.m. 
Paula Mellon, Associate Director, Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education, College of Education, UGA, “Collaborative conversation-based instruction to integrate sustainability themes across the curricula”

3:30 p.m. Wrap-up & Distribution of Professional Development Certificates

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