Raising Global Children is Here!

Highlighting the indisputable fact that globalization has created an interconnected world that demands today’s children become globally competent adults to succeed, Raising Global Children provides rationale and concrete steps for parents and teachers to help children develop a global mindset. Written by international careers expert Stacie Nevadomski Berdan and veteran travel writer Marshall S. Berdan, this combination parenting-advocacy book is published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Enthusiastically praised by parents and professionals alike, Raising Global Children is filled with practical advice that will change the way you think about raising and educating children. The paperback is $15.95 and the eBook is $5.99 and available through ACTFL and through all the major retailers.    Raising Global Children


  • Encouraging curiosity, empathy, adaptability and independence
  • Supporting learning a second language as early as possible
  • Exploring culture through books, food, music and friends
  • Expanding a child’s world through travel at home and abroad
  • Helping teens to spread their own global wings
  • Advocating for teaching global education in schools

Read Excerpts from the Book

“Globalization, technology, and the ubiquity of communications have brought the world into our neighborhood, and with the world in their backyard, our children must understand how to both live and thrive in it. Raising children to be global citizens isn’t a choice; it’s a necessity.”  – Steve Miranda, Managing Director at the Cornell Center for Advanced HR Studies

“As a business executive and former expat, I see huge differences between children and young adults with a global perspective and those without it—differences in conceptual capacity, world view, broad thinking, and openness to diverse experiences and people. Having a global mindset is a major competitive advantage for young adults entering the workforce.– Diane Gulyas, President of DuPont Performance Polymers

“When we expose our children to a world filled with many different types of people, places, and things, we teach them about dealing with situations and solving problems without being in familiar territory. This is an important life skill for anyone to have no matter where they live or what kind of job they do.” – Brent Riddle, transportation planner

“The lack of language education for American students before high school inhibits their ability to master a language and to appreciate other cultures through language learning. We wouldn’t consider sending students to college with only 2 years of math or history. Language should be treated the same—as a core subject beginning in elementary school.– Dr. Jeffrey W. Overby, Director for the Center of International Business, Belmont University

“Young Americans will depend on and most likely work in a world far beyond our borders. Early exposure to different languages and cultures prepares young people for the constant transformation that will be required in their future careers. Acquiring the kind of intercultural communication skills that today’s employers value will offer them an economic, as well as intellectual advantage.”  – Dr. Allan E. Goodman, President & CEO, Institute of International Education