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The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners Paperback – February 18, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1483344188 ISBN-10: 1483344185 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Corwin; 1 edition (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1483344185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1483344188
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We all seem to agree that the globalized world needs globally competent citizens but how to cultivate global competence in our traditionally isolated schools and increasingly narrowed curriculum presents a daunting challenge to our already overworked teachers. In this well-written book, Homa Sabet Tavangar and Becky Mladic-Morales provide numerous practical and inspiring ideas for creating opportunities to foster global competency. A must-have for both experienced and beginning educators who care about their children’s future." (Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair, University of Oregon)

"I’ve been deeply concerned as I travel around the country by how little attention is being paid to the global competence of our nation’s young people. In the 21st century we need global citizens and students capable of thriving in the global economy. Fortunately, Homa Sabet Tavangar and Becky Mladic-Morales have written a tremendous new resource for educators who want a comprehensive guide to how to bring global competence to their students. Not only do their students need these global competencies, they are anxiously waiting to be taught in these contexts. Don’t wait another minute to construct them!" (Ken Kay, CEO)

"We have been wading around for a number of years talking about global-ready graduates, but unable to marry the desire we have for our students to obtain global competency skills with the realities of preparing students for standardized tests. Now we can.

One only need to look inside the cover at the ten ways the book can be used to know that a long-awaited answer to desperately needed curricular and pedagogical changes in the new global world order has arrived. Thank you.

Tavangar and Morales nail it by offering clever, economical, and practical suggestions to merge traditional academic content with desperately needed global competency skills in our curriculum. Not a book to be read, pondered, then shelved, but rather a manual to be open on the teacher’s desk at all times.

I need this now."

(Robert M. Hollister, Ed.D., Superintendent)

"This book is a gift to educators with heartfelt, rigorous, and creative strategies to make the shift from the last century to the now. Tavangar and Mladic-Morales have shaped an organized, dynamic, and thoughtful series of both classic and digital approaches to personalizing the global for our learners."   

(Heidi Hayes Jacobs, President)

"An invaluable how-to guide for educators and parents who want to better prepare children for work and citizenship in the 21st century. Filled with practical suggestions, it is an essential resource for teaching and parenting in today's interdependent world." (Tony Wagner, Author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators)

"Joy and skill! That’s what this compendium of insights, innovations and practical wisdom ultimately delivers! Homa Tavangar and Becky Morales open up a true 21st century toolkit for teachers and parents alike. This work uses the engine of a child’s wonder to spark a revolution in “learning tools” for helping children express their deepest joy." (John Hunter, President and Founder)

"Homa Sabet Tavangar and Becky Mladic-Morales have created a masterful collection of resources and practical strategies for building global competency in young learners. At a time when it has never been more critical to ensure that young people develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to thrive in our interconnected, diverse global society, this book is a roadmap for educators looking to globalize their approach." (Dana Mortensen, Co-Founder and Executive Director)

"This book engaged, empowered, and educated me deeper as an elementary educator. It encouraged me to continue building that global learning community in my classroom. The ideas and activities provide opportunities for differentiated instruction and support the state standards across the curriculum. This is the next best thing to actually taking your students on a long field trip around the world!" (Luke Merchlewitz, 2011 Teacher of Excellence)

About the Author

Homa Sabet Tavangar is the author of Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World (Random House/Ballantine Press), hailed by national education and business leaders and media ranging from Dr. Jane Goodall to the BBC, NBC, ABC, Washington, Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times, Boston Globe, PBS, Scholastic, Parents Magazine, Rodale, and many more.

Her work is sparking initiatives to help audiences from CEOs to Kindergartners learn and thrive in a global context – and have fun along the way.  She has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and is a contributor to the Huffington Post, PBS, SproutTV, Momsrising, GOOD, Ashoka’s Start Empathy initiative and Edutopia, among other media, and a sought-after speaker and trainer around global citizenship, parenting, globalizing curriculum, empathy and inclusion.  She is the author of Growing Up in a Global Classroom in the anthology Mastering Global Literacies, ed. Heidi Hayes-Jacobs (Solution Tree Press, 2013) and co-author of The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners (Corwin, 2014).

Homa has 20 years’ experience in global competitiveness, organizational, business and international development with hundreds of businesses, non-profit agencies, governments and international organizations.  She has lived on three continents, is a graduate of UCLA and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  She speaks four languages and her religious heritage includes four of the world’s major faiths.  She has served on various non-profit Boards, including, the Board of Directors of the Tahirih Justice Center, a national leader protecting immigrant women and girls fleeing violence.  She is married and the mother of three. 

Becky Mladic-Morales is the founder of Kid World Citizen (, offering parents and educators activities that help young minds go global. Her work has been featured on Scholastic, the U.S. Department of Education, NBC Latino, MSN, and PBSKids among others. She is a teacher, teacher-trainer, speaker, and educational consultant. She has worked with different foreign exchange programs, including the setup of the International Club at her local elementary school.

Becky holds an MA in Teaching ESL, with a concentration in Cross-Cultural Communication, from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign; and an MA in School Counseling with a focus on immigrants in schools, from Roosevelt University in Chicago. For the past 20 years, she has taught  ESL in different settings ranging from high school to college level courses. 

Her expertise encompasses global education, geo-literacy, service learning, educational technology aiming to connect students worldwide, as well as setting up cultural exchange programs. Becky currently resides in Houston with her husband and four children, whose curiosity, compassion, and energy are her perpetual inspiration.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anne Bivans on March 8, 2014
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I couldn't wait to buy this book because I'm such a fan of Homa Sabet Tavangar's first book, Growing Up Global. This one is designed for teachers and parents and anyone who interacts with children (volunteer group, religious group, family). It's filled with ideas all the way from a global themed school event to fun activities to do with your family to give children an appreciation for the diverse cultures of the world. You'll find crafts, games, academic activities, music, books, social media, service and charitable activities, all designed for kids to have fun and also learn about the world. You'll also find lists of hundreds of books and other resources if you want to dig deeper into any of the topics, as well as a companion website with hundreds more links. If you're looking for a way to help kids learn about and value diversity and instill in them a capacity for service, you will find a wealth of information in this book and never run out of ideas to use!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Janet Scarborough Civitelli on March 8, 2014
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If I had all the money in the world, I would spend several years traveling our planet with my two young children to educate them about other countries and cultures. But since my budget is smaller than that, I am interested in affordable ways to teach them global competence. This book is an excellent start. There are specific suggestions for how to integrate a global perspective into language arts, math, social studies, science, music, art, and world languages. Particularly helpful are Chapters 4 and 5. Chapter 4 overviews technology tools and lessons plans. Chapter 5 gives ideas to help children perform community service on a worldwide level. Clearly the authors have invested a tremendous amount of time exploring resources to suggest the best of them. If you are a teacher or parent who cares about global education, this book is highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey D Remington on March 8, 2014
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This book is an excellent resource to guide and inspire global connectedness! It is a must have for PTOs, Schools, Teachers, and Home Schoolers!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 6, 2014
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This is a must-have resource for every teacher and administrator. The authors show how to seamlessly integrate cultural awareness and appreciation into the school day. With easy to implement suggestions that can realistically be integrated into the curriculum, this toolkit is a stepping stone toward creating a culture of understanding in any elementary school.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jbwm on March 21, 2014
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As an Early Childhood educator, parent and grandparent, I think this book is full of practical ideas to incorporate global learning into the classroom, home and community. It has a wealth of activities that covers all elementary subject areas and takes into consideration the common core standards. I love the 'hands-on" learning activities that even preschoolers can do! It includes the experiences of teachers from around the world, and helps the teachers think of how they want to incorporate the projects into their classroom, with step-by-step instructions. The authors also give suggestions for professional development opportunities, examples of charitable giving & service, and a multicultural book list. Finally, they give us examples of how to use technology to help students connect with others, resulting in a greater understanding of kids around the world. What a fun way to learn about our world!
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