While some Chicago-area classrooms are responding to a progressively connected and globalized world, others are limited by a lack of resources and funding. Study abroad opportunities and programs such as the Illinois Global Scholar Certification and the Seal of Biliteracy are now included in more Illinois schools, preparing students to work and collaborate in cross-cultural contexts. Yet, equal access to an internationally-focused education continues to remain a barrier for many high schools. What does a globally-focused education look like in a classroom and how can we ensure comparable access to such programs across all school districts? What partnerships and resources are available to support global competence efforts?
The 2017 class of Koldyke Global Teachers traveled to Morocco, France, Chile, and South Africa, to deepen their knowledge of global education models and bring cross-cultural experiences back to their classrooms. The Koldyke Global Teachers Program was generously established by Patricia Blunt and Martin J. Koldyke in 2016 and invests in the professional development of Chicago-area high school teachers. Join educators, students, and implementers as they share stories and best practices for guiding future global citizens in Chicago and beyond.