Excitement is in the air! Members of the Global Education Coalition greeted both new and returning members at the first meeting of the 2017-18 school year, hosted by the United Nations Association of the United States of America.
Following introductions, brief updates, and a discussion of upcoming opportunities, members provided a readout from the summer retreats and presented the calendar of events for the full year. Planned activities include professional development workshops every other month, special events opened to the public, and an increased presence on social media. For more details on this exciting lineup, visit the GEC website at (please insert web address for calendar of events).
Help us increase our footprint! Join GEC and lend your talents and expertise to supporting learners and educators everywhere. Hope to see you at the November meeting on November 13th at Global Nomads Group!
Grounded Program Design: Taking Social Justice Work from Values to Practice Facilitated by the Seachange Collective
How can we effectively “do good” in our non-profit programs, school activities, community organizing, and lives? How can we ensure that our good intentions aren’t reinforcing inequalities or injustices?
Join Seachange Collective for an interactive, 1-day workshop on”grounded program design,” the development and implementation of initiatives based in community needs and justice – rather than assumed knowledge and charity. Facilitators will guide participants in reflecting on their experiences, the steps of grounded program design, and the complexities of social justice practice. Each participant will workshop their own real-life examples and develop personalized, practical steps to align their social justice values with their work.
Friday, October 12, 2018 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Downtown Manhattan (address to be shared after registration)
**Early bird pricing until August 31!
The Seachange Collective builds the capacity of the people and groups who do social justice work, centered on the needs and leadership of those most affected by the complex issues at hand. We partner with community groups, non-profits, schools, public service organizations, and other spaces. Through strategy, workshops, training, and coaching, we strengthen their practices, foster transformative leadership, and grow their work.
Questions? Contact email@example.com
On June 25, the GEC-NYC, hosted by Reach the World, welcomed Hannah Weitzer and Sophia Giddens of the Seachange Collective, who gave a Professional Development workshop on “Doing Good” Well: Shifting Social Justice Work from Values to Practice.”
Workshop facilitators led participants in a conversation about the challenges of implementing our complex sets of social justice values while working within the limitations and unique contexts of existing program design and organizational missions. Participants worked through case studies and examples from their own work, using an analytical framework to assess where social justice values are being put into practice and where we might be missing the mark. Based on the analysis, participants were then able to discuss possible action steps to make varying degrees of incremental change, such as increasing transparency and engaging more voices in decision-making processes. In closing, participants affirmed that a variety of aspects of every organization can be moved to better reflect our best values, including diversity in hiring practices, equitable community representation, and protocols around fair and sustainable sourcing and partnerships.
Seachange Collective is a strategy and consulting firm that aims to build the capacity of the people and groups who do social justice work, centered on the needs and leadership of those most affected by the complex issues at hand. Within a combined record of 35 years of work in the international education, human rights, gender justice, and progressive movement building spaces, they provide strategy, workshops, training, and coaching for community groups, non-profits, schools, public service organizations, and any spaces that are seeking a stronger commitment to social justice.
Learn more about Seachange Collective and sign up for their email list at https://www.seachangecollective.org/contactus/ Workshop facilitators can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.
GEC-NYC April 2018 meeting took place on 30 April and was hosted by AFS-USA. Every other month the coalition meetings are dedicated to Professional Development opportunities and coalition members were pleased to welcome a special guest of AFS Intercultural Programs, Mr. Mario Piacentini of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for the April Professional Development Meeting.
Mr. Piacentini is a lead analyst and part of the international expert team that created the recently launched global competence framework and assessment strategy for the triennial OECD – Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, which measures the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students worldwide.
Mr. Piacentini’s presentation during the meeting was also broadcasted as a webinar allowing for educators, students, NGOs and friends of GEC-NYC around the world to tune-in for the presentation and join the Q&A session that followed. Attendees at the meeting and those joining online got a chance to learn about the development process of the new global competency framework, the challenges faced so far, how NGOs and teachers can prepare for the upcoming assessment. You can find out more about PISA and the new framework here.
A tribute to Dr. Tonya Muro, a founding member of the GEC-NYC, Executive Director of iEarn-USA and a former staff member at AFS-USA and Global Nomads group who passed away suddenly on March 5, 2018, was held at AFS USA following the meeting. Many warm, wonderful, and often very humorous memories about Tonya were shared by several attendees alongside mentions of her countless and tremendous contributions to global education.
On April 6, 2018, the United Nations held the CTAUN (Committee to Teach about the United Nations) Conference that focused on “Stepping Up to Protect the World’s Children.” GEC members, Connie Rensink (who is on the planning team), Troy Wolfe (UNA) and Delia Kim Sorto were in attendance. GEC had a table at the Info Fair, rich with resources from the following GEC organizations-
One to World
Reach the World
Words Without Borders
See more about the conference here – http://www.ctaun.org/conferences/2018-un/
The Global Education Coalition March Strategy meeting was held on March 26, 2018 at the Partnership for After School Education (PASE). The main focus was on collaborative efforts to leverage the resources of the group and have a culminating product or project. The GEC will have a table at the upcoming CTAUN conference and 3 members of GEC collaborated on a workshop they will be presenting at the GlobalMindED conference.
We focused our discussion on a partnership project with UNDP and the Global Education Coalition to engage youth in an awareness campaign and competition on The Eradication of Extreme Poverty. The initiative is a UNDP, UNA USA, GEC collaboration with global reach. We will explore the potential for leveraging the vast resources of the Global Education Coalition as a network to address poverty.
As mentioned in the previous post, this multi-year initiative will target more than 100,000 stakeholders and consist of three components: a social media campaign under the name Speaking Truth on Poverty (S.T.O.P.), a classroom-based Model UN mini-simulation on the Eradication of Extreme Poverty, and a platform for participants to cast their virtual votes on resolutions that could end poverty (think the MyWorld2030 platform from a few years ago).
We discussed how to make explicit the connection between Global Education and poverty for educators and shared examples from each of our work on how poverty is addressed. Members stressed the importance of a flexible resource, adaptable for different settings and countries, as well as available in different languages. The initial goal is to have a website developed by the fall as a platform for the initiative.
Our next meeting is on May 21st and will be held at AFS USA. We will have our PD session at 3PM, on PISA and OECD standards. At 5PM, AFS will host a tribute to Tonya Muro. RSVP is required to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Global Education Coalition hosted its February meeting at the United Nations Foundation (UNA-USA). The meeting opened with special presentations by three guests – each with unique content relevant to global education. Adam Wolfson, co-founder of Warnable, presented an innovative platform that is being used by many schools and districts in response to the recent attacks and gun violence within American schools. The Warnable App provides timely content to school leadership in the event of an emergency. Alex Roosenburg, Founder and Director of Capitol Learning Academy, a private school rooted in experiential and self-organized learning, shared with GEC her journey in school start-up. We ended the presentation with Tehreem Asghar , who unpacked the Peak-A-Box, play-based, curriculum designed to bring meaning play, through skills development, for refugee children.
Troy Wolfe, Senior Director UNA Education Programs & Learning at the UN Foundation, introduced the Speaking Truth on Poverty Initiative S.T.O.P and engaged members in a conversation about the collaborative opportunity. Below is a blurb describing this project:
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) proposes a partnership project with UNDP and the Global Education Coalition to engage youth in an awareness campaign and competition on The Eradication of Extreme Poverty. This multi-year initiative will target more than 100,000 stakeholders and consist of three components: a social media campaign under the name Speaking Truth on Poverty (S.T.O.P.), a classroom-based Model UN mini-simulation on the Eradication of Extreme Poverty, and a platform for participants to cast their virtual votes on resolutions that could end poverty (think the MyWorld2030 platform from a few years ago). The project will attract students and teachers from both the United States and abroad who may, or may not, know about the benefits of Model UN as an experiential learning classroom resource. The project will seek to leverage the vast reach and resources of the Global Education Coalition.
Anyone interested in receiving more information about the S.T.O.P. Initiative, the Peak-A-Box, The Capitol Learning Academy, or Warnable, should contact GEC at email@example.com.
Looking forward to seeing you at the next meeting in March.
Please join Reach the World, a global education and mentoring organization, for its eighth annual Traveler Talk hosted by Bank Leumi in Midtown!
This uplifting event will feature a panel of Reach the World travelers and educators. Travelers will detail their meaningful experiences writing for RTW and sharing their journeys online with K-12 youth in the United States. RTW educators will discuss how their students became global citizens through the empowering program.
Light refreshments will be served starting at 6:00 PM and the panel will commence at approximately 7:00 PM. Reserve your tickets today! John Merrow, renowned education journalist, will host this year’s Traveler Talk.
John Merrow taught for two years in a public high school, for two years in a historically black college, and for two years in a federal penitentiary before earning his doctorate from Harvard and becoming a reporter. John spent 8 years at NPR and 33 more at PBS. During that time he received two George Foster Peabody Awards, the George Polk Award, the Harold W. McGraw Prize and dozens of other reporting awards. He is the author of four books, the most recent being the one he wants you to read: “Addicted to Reform: A 12-Step Program to Rescue Public Education,” which was published a few months ago.