9 ways to modernize your lesson planning


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Need help preparing your students to thrive in an increasingly flat world? Below, the Asia Society, a leading force in forging closer ties between East and West and our partners in global learning, offers nine ways to modernize your lesson plans for 21st century learning.


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Global Curricula: How to Choose and What to Use

By Tony Jackson
Vice President for Education at Asia Society

Nelson Mandela is one of my heroes. As he lies in critical condition, one quote stands out for me above all others: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."


For a man who has changed this world, we should take

Brazil Blogging: “What Happens When You Take 35 Teachers to Brazil to Study Schools and Culture? Magic.”

By Jeanne DelColle
Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow and history teacher at Burlington County Institute of Technology in Westampton, NJ



As a social studies teacher, I have always believed in the power of travel as an ultimate form of professional (and personal) development. Our world is growing increasingly flat thanks to social media and a 24 hour news cycle, but there is nothing

Brazil Blogging: “The Culture of Our Most Vulnerable Students”

By Joshua Parker
Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow and English, Reading, World Languages Department Chair at Windsor Mill Middle School in Baltimore, MD

(Photo by Gregory Lorenzutti)


Passion. Purpose. Play. These elements artfully combined to create an unforgettable experience from the mostly male dance troupe known as the “Companhia Urbana de Dança” or the Urban Dance Company.


They

Brazil Blogging: Rio de Janeiro School Visits

By Noelle Clark
Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow and Instructional Facilitator and Tutor at Evansville Elementary School in Evansville, WY


Fellows gather to learn how a high school in Rio de Janeiro integrates technology into instruction and learning to better prepare students for a rapidly changing world.


In Rio de Janeiro, educators focus on solutions, said Fellow Loryn Windwehen, a

Brazil Blogging: Stepping into Sao Paulo Classrooms

By Loryn Windwehen
Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow and Teacher at Harris Middle School in San Antonio, TX

Windwehen gets a smile out of students at Escola Henrique Demont in Sao Paulo. (Photo by Tyler Reynolds-Rothstein of Pearson Foundation)


"Bom dia!" The students of São Paulo were thrilled to meet us. Their smiles filled their faces as they

Blogging from Brazil: We Arrive in Sao Paulo

By Robert Adams
Member, Board of Directors
The NEA Foundation

The Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellows 2013 Study Tour began in São Paulo on June 20, 2013. The Fellows arrived in Brazil at an important moment in Brazilian history. More than a million people mobilized across Brazil to advocate for

Educators Embark on a Global Education Adventure


Automation of jobs. Globalization. Demographic shifts. New skill demands. These forces are necessitating that students learn differently in order to thrive in the interconnected world. But, how does that happen?


In June, 36 award-winning educators

New Online Games Let Students Tryout STEM Careers

According to a recent national study, across the fields of Science, Technology, and Engineering, and Math, job postings outnumbered unemployed people by almost two to one, while, overall, unemployed people outnumbered job postings by well more than

Huffington Post Blog: Helping STEM Take Root

"Helping STEM Take Root: Engaging the Minds of Students" 


By Harriet Sanford

President & CEO, The NEA Foundation


“To see a hopeful future for science education, look no further than the Raccoon Creek watershed in rural Ohio. There, Vinton

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