Global Curricula: How to Choose and What to Use
by Anthony Jackson
July 10, 2013
It's promising that there are a number of organizations dedicated to creating teacher resources that ultimately help students understand this complex world. But what's the best way to judge their quality?
Here are some questions to consider when reviewing global issues curricula:
Does the curriculum use primary resources and respectable secondary resources, such as perspectives from academic experts?
Does it lead students to deeper learning through critical analysis of a wide range of evidence?
Is the essential question something experts grapple with in the real world, where there is no clear answer?
Are there case studies from different areas of the world? Or allow students to model similar investigations of new case studies?
Does the curriculum allow learners to examine the roots and diverse perspectives that surround the global issue?
Does the curriculum promote project-based learning?
Does the curriculum have room for students to connect with experts and peers around the world?
Can your students apply their learning in a real-world way that makes a difference locally, regionally, or globally?
Read on for descriptions of notable global curricula: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/global_learning/2013/07/global_curricula_how_to_choose_and_what_to_use.html