Kate Hanssen, head of the History Department at Germantown Friends School, and I co-facilitated a Swap Shop yesterday at the Global Ed Forum 2015 at the University of Pennsylvania. Kate created a packet of materials, available here, based on the class she co-taught last January.
To be honest, while I was immersed in writing 100 Under $100, I had no awareness of what a burgeoning field Global Ed is. My friend Amy Jane Cohen, a master social studies teacher, saw how useful a resource this book could be, and her input helped shape the final manuscript. Another friend, Dr. Elliot Seif, educator emeritas, further refined how to present the book to educators. As Dana Mortenson, head of WorldSavvy, said – we are beyond foods, flags, and festivals. Contemporary students need to understand the rest of the world and become globally competent, contributing citizens. I loved this conference. My only regret is I can’t redo middle school/high school with some of the amazing teachers and teaching approaches I saw in action.
Kate demonstrated a great example of lean innovation, as Dayo Olopade describes Global South ingenuity in her book Africa: The Bright Continent. I showed bottle bricks and pitched them as a great project for students in the rich world, not just in Guatemala where they originated. Here is the flier I handed out. I hope for more opportunities to share my book with educators, and help inspire student empathy and engagement.