Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC)

Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC)

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) is a year-long professional development opportunity for US elementary, middle, and high school teachers to become leaders in global education. Global education is integral to building 21st century skills, and teachers are the greatest resource to empower students as global citizens. TGC equips teachers to bring an international perspective to their schools through targeted training, experience abroad, and global collaboration.

Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC)

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) is a year-long professional development opportunity for US elementary, middle, and high school teachers to become leaders in global education. Global education is integral to building 21st century skills, and teachers are the greatest resource to empower students as global citizens. TGC equips teachers to bring an international perspective to their schools through targeted training, experience abroad, and global collaboration.

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Goals

TGC Fellows become global ambassadors in their classrooms, schools, and broader communities through:

  • Collaboration with US and international colleagues to promote mutual understanding.
  • Rigorous professional development so teachers return to their schools as catalysts for global engagement.
  • International field experience and curriculum development focused on global competency, technology integration, and cross-cultural communication.
I can't say enough about how transformative this experience has been for me personally and professionally. I came back with my teacher batteries charged and ready to explore new ways of integrating global education issues into my classes. Mario Perez, TGC Alumnus 2015

Project Activities

  • Global education course: TGC Fellows complete an eight-week, graduate-level online course on globalizing classrooms and curriculum.
  • Global symposium: TGC Fellows gather in Washington, DC, to build networks, collaborate, and develop strategies to enhance world learning.
  • International field experience: TGC Fellows travel for two to three weeks to experience another country’s culture and education system.
  • Capstone: TGC Fellows create a Global Education Guide that serves as a resource for their local community to build global awareness and understanding.  
  • Alumni: TGC alumni may apply for grants and participate in global networks to sustain their engagement.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2011, over  450 US teachers from 48 states and the District of Columbia have participated in innovative global education.
  • The 2014–2015 Cohort of 77 TGC Fellows reached more than 10,000 students in their home communities.
  • TGC alumni, on average, teach approximately 125 lessons per year with global perspective.
  • Two-thirds of TGC alumni engage with globalizing US education at the school, district, state, or national level.

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Contact

E-mail: tgc@irex.org