Global Education Teacher Exchange Program

The World Affairs Council – Washington, DC’s (WAC-DC) inaugural Global Education Teacher- International Exchange Program (GET-IEP) between Washington, DC and Johannesburg  has officially launched.

This year-long teacher exchange program, between 6 Washington, D.C. area and 6 Johannesburg, South Africa high school educators provides a two-way cultural exchange and professional development opportunity for teachers to develop curriculum around WAC-DC’s 10 Global Competencies and major global education themes.

In August 2015 and January 2016, the teachers participated in week long professional development workshops in South Africa and Washington, D.C., in which the teachers visited their partner schools and engaged in intensive curriculum development. The teachers were introduced to WAC-DC’s 10 Global Competencies and how they can be utilized to teach students 21st century skills such as critical thinking, cross-cultural awareness, making interdisciplinary connections, media literacy, and communication skills.

Through these workshops, the participating teachers have been working on cooperative lessons to give their D.C. and Johannesburg area students an opportunity to learn from and interact with each other. The students have been involved with letter writing projects, classroom Skype conversations, cross-cultural Instagram projects, and video discussions analyzing current events.

GET-IEP blogs:
Akinyele's blog
Amanda's blog
Angie's blog
Julie's blog
Sara's blog Tim's blog