The aim of the Koldyke Global Teachers Program is to increase 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 region.

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

All Council public programs will be available to the five teachers and schools throughout the year. In addition, specialized opportunities will be available throughout the year to the Koldyke Global Teachers, including access to special briefings and dinners hosted by the Council.

Koldyke Global Teachers: 

  • Are self-starters, aiming to increase global competency; 
  • Are able to make a positive impact in their school communities;
  • Have a passion to improve global education;
  • Are committed to the yearlong program and attend all meetings and events.

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

Learn about the inaugural class of Koldyke Global Teachers experiences, watch video.


March/April 2017: Recruitment and Selection Process (open to select schools in Chicago)
April 25, 2017: Evening public program for the Koldyke Global Teachers class of 2016 and the first meeting of the 2017 class
April/May 2017: Participants will begin attending Council programs and plan for travel and study experiences 
July – August 2017: Koldyke Global Teachers take study visits
September/October 2017: A debrief of visits and roundtable discussion on the state of global education in Chicago and what tools and resources are available. 
Spring 2018: 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. Recruitment and selection of Koldyke Global Teachers class of 2018.

Teacher Benefits

  • A 1-year membership and ability to attend events hosted by the Council
  • $5,000 stipend per teacher for study trip to explore a region and global issue of personal interest during the summer of 2017
  • 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