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ERIC Number: EJ1121315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Every Journey Begins with a Step
Tavangar, Homa Sabet
Educational Leadership, v74 n4 p60-64 Dec 2016
Events like Britain's vote to leave the European Union reflect the fear and sense of injustice many people feel in the face of globalization. Such events, Tavangar argues, send a message to K-12 educators: 21st century education must respond to the challenges of the global economy and create opportunities for everyone to find meaningful work in an open, global system. U.S. schools, Tavangar argues, should help learners build skills for global competency--international collaboration, empathy, creativity, deep inquiry, and effective communication. And educators have the best chance to develop such global competencies by starting in elementary school. Tavangar presents four steps any elementary educator can take to help young learners build a global mindset, familiarity with foreign cultures and languages, and experience interacting with people in other countries: (1) Shift the school's culture to one that clearly values global connections; (2) Mine your local community for global resources; (3) Help students use digital tools to make global connections; and (4) Plug global competency into any lesson.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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