A River, Trail, Mountain or Settlement Runs Through It: Going Global by Starting with Features Close to Home

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Educator Kelly Clark shares her ideas on how teachers can make the local global by using a natural feature like a river to teach about geography, economics and history. #KentuckyLeads #raisingglobalchildren @KYDeptofEd

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Making Language Immersion Fun, Camp-style

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Looking for summer camp options with a twist? Something unlike any other program, yet fun for kids aged 7-18? Tucked away in the northern woods of Minnesota is one of the best-kept secrets in language learning in the U.S.: Concordia Language Villages. #languagematters #langchat #raisingglobalchildren #generationstudyabroad

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Creating a #NationofAdvocates: From 90% Target Language to 90% Retention

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Guest blogger, Grant Boulanger, writes about the race and gender disparity affecting students taking world languages and offers first-hand tips for educators to contribute to the solution: Inspire students with meaningful, relevant, fair, joyful and effective language learning so that students keep learning and coming back for more. #NationofAdvocates

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Stacie Berdan Launches New Go Global Video

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Inspiring video created for K-16 students, educators, administrators & parents about the importance of developing a global mindset — and HOW to do it.

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Kids Having Fun with Food: A Global Adventure

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Global education doesn’t have to be something formal or solely academic. We can learn about each other on a human level through sharing of culture, especially foods.

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Global Education Is Proven to Be Better General Education

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Global education, the term itself creates confusion and consternation among academics, but can be defined as teaching children about the world and thereby helping them develop a global mindset. It includes learning a foreign language and provides a much better overall education for today’s children.

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Friendships Across Cultures

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Wherever we live, we should expect to be sharing our schools, communities, neighborhoods, clubs, and houses of worship with people from increasingly diverse backgrounds, the ones that globalization brought here. With this diverse population, our children have the important means of building friendships with different children to bridge the gap between cultures.

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What Does Language Proficiency Mean?

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Proficiency in a second language takes a lot of practice — or time on task. ACTFL’s AAPPL test can determine a student’s level and help track progress over the years.

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Don’t Kill Foreign-language Learning

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How can we prepare our students for a global world without foreign language instruction? How can we make America great again while destroying the programs our children need to compete in today’s global marketplace?

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Studying Spanish Along the Pan-American Highway

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Originally appeared in the Huffington Post on July 25.  My family and I just returned from a few weeks traveling through Central America. Originally, we planned on going to Greece and Turkey, but the economic strife, strikes and riots in Greece had us changing our minds – and scrambling for a Plan B.  I wanted […]

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