In this episode, we are speaking with Dr. Connie K. Chung co-author of Empowering Global Citizens: A World Course. Dr. Chung is the associate director for the Global Education Innovation Initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a research-practice-policy collaborative that works with education institutions in nine countries. Her field of research is in education for the twenty-first century, civic education, and global citizenship education. She is the co-editor of the book Teaching and Learning for the Twenty-first Century: Educational Goals, Policies, and Curricula from Six Nations.
A former public high school english teacher, Dr. Chung has taught as an adjunct lecturer on multicultural education and also has been a curriculum consultant in the development of a global citizenship education curriculum. She holds degrees from Harvard College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her greatest sense of satisfaction has come from working with young people.
During our conversation, we discussed:
- Tell us about the history and driving purpose behind the global citizenship curriculum presented in Empowering Global Citizens? Why a global citizenship curriculum?
- Tell us about the Sustainable Development Goals and how they connect to the curriculum.
- There is a lot of jargon in education these days, so what is global citizenship competence, and what isn’t it?
- How does the curriculum in the guide promote those characteristics that today’s learners will need to be good future world citizens (our profile of a graduate) – critical thinking, cooperation, ethics, intercultural competency and awareness? Can you give us an example or two of lessons? How is the curriculum learner-centered?
- What are the greatest barriers to achieving the vision the curriculum promotes?
- What advice would you give to teachers and leaders ready to explore and focus on global citizenship education?
- What’s next for Connie? What are you currently working on?
Explore Additional Resources
- Empowering Global Citizens: A World Course
- A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform
- The World Course
- Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century
- Global Education Innovation Initiative
- Sustainable Development Goals
- Worlds of Education Blog Post
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- What is the value of global citizenship education to your school community?
- How can you begin leading conversations in global citizenship education to help transform your learning environment?
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