About the Program

The Koldyke Global Teachers program at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs will invest in the professional development of five high school teachers in the Chicago region by providing the opportunity for them to enhance and enrich their classroom experience through increased knowledge of global issues.

The aim of the Koldyke Global Teachers Program is to strengthen the global competency of the selected teachers, to increase the global citizenship of the school communities involved with the project, and to share best practices among global educators. Key learnings will be shared with the educator community in the Chicago and the surrounding region.

The program will include access to Council events throughout the year, roundtable sessions on global competency resources, an international travel and study experience covered by a stipend of up to $5,000 per teacher, and a public program hosted by the Council in the 2020-2021 school year.

All Council public programs will be available to the teachers and schools throughout the academic year. In addition, specialized opportunities will be available throughout the year, including access to special Council briefings and dinners.

The ideal teacher candidate should be: 

  • A self-starter, aiming to increase global competency in their high school classroom
  • Able to make a positive impact in their school communities
  • Passionate about improving global education
  • Committed to the yearlong program and attend all meetings and events 
  • Committed to creating a template presentation about their experience in addition to a project, product, or outcome that can be shared with other educators
  • Able to attend a Council program with students, as applicable

The Council’s most recent event featuring global education and Koldyke Global Teachers can be found here

The 2017-18 class of Koldyke Global Teachers spoke about their experiences on May 8, watch the video.


  • January – February 2020: Principal nomination, deadline February 18
  • February 24, 2020: Teacher application deadline, 9:00 a.m.
  • Week of February 24, 2020: Finalists are selected and notified
  • March 2020: Participants will begin attending Council programs and plan for travel and study experiences
  • March 5, 2020: First quarterly meeting of Koldyke Global Teachers and orientation at 5:30 p.m. at Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • May 4: 5:30 p.m. public program for the 2019 Koldyke Global Teachers and area global educators 
  • June – August 2020: Koldyke Global Teachers take study visits
  • September 2020: A debrief of visits and roundtable discussion on the state of global education in Chicago and what tools and resources are available
  • Date TBD: The conclusion of the yearlong program with “Global Lessons,” a public program for school communities interested in increasing global education tools in their classrooms and communities.

Application deadline for teachers: February 24, 9:00 a.m.

Teacher Benefits

  • A 1-year membership to the Council and ability to attend events hosted by the Chicago Council
  • $5,000 stipend per teacher, for a study trip to explore a region and global issue of personal interest during the summer of 2020
  • Access to a community of globally minded teachers in the region

Program History

Patricia Blunt and Martin J. (“Mike”) Koldyke established the Koldyke Global Teachers Program in 2016 to increase the global competency of the selected teachers, increase the global citizenship of their school communities, and share best practices and key experiences among Chicago’s high school educators. From 2016 to 2013, the Koldykes supported the Patricia Blunt Koldyke Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship, which  recognized emerging leaders transforming society through innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. Pat Koldyke has spent years furthering awareness and understanding of international affairs in Chicago and the Midwest and is particularly interested in public education and youth leadership.

Past Koldyke Fellows included: 

2013 Kiran Bir Sethi
Founder and Director, The Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India; Founder, Design for Change and aProCh

2012 Batuhan Aydagül
Coordinator and Board Member, Education Reform Initiative in Turkey

2011 Hussam A. Hadi
Regional Director, Spacetoon Kids TV Regional Office in Jordan

2010 Sadiqa Basiri Saleem
Cofounder and Board Member, Oruj Learning Center in Afghanistan

2009 Shehzad Roy
President and Founder, Zindagi Trust in Pakistan

2008 Ada Onyejike
Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer, Girl Child Art Foundation in Nigeria

2007 Shaheen Mistri
Founder and Managing Director, Akanksha Foundation in India

In loving memory of Patricia B. Koldyke 1936 - 2019

Pat was passionate about public education, youth leadership, and global affairs. For more than 34 years she served as a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Board of Directors, and most recently as an Honorary Life Director. For over a decade the Koldyke Fellowship, founded by Pat and Mike in 2007, has continued to make an impact in recognizing social entrepreneurship and innovation. In 2009, Pat joined Shirley Welsh Ryan as Honorary Chairs to establish the Women and Global Development Forum. And in 2016, Pat and Mike again led the way at the Council and founded The Koldyke Global Teachers Program, aimed to increase the global competency of Chicago based teachers and to grow global citizenship programs in the school communities involved with the project. Pat’s legacy will live on through the lasting difference she has made in the lives of so many Chicago students, teachers, and across communities.