At the AISNE Connected Educator conference, Laura Appell-Warren, Director of Global Citizenship Institute at St. Marks School, ran a session entitled “The Global Citizenship Institute: An Innovative Collaboration.” She shared some of the thinking at St. Marks around global citizenship, and then discussed activities and techniques for teaching global citizenship.

Global Citizens are consciously prepared to live and work in hyper-complex interdependent society of 21st century and to contribute to improving the common global welfare:
Understand the nature of globalization
Appreciate the diversity of humanity
Recognize the critical global challenges
Collaborate with different sets of stakeholders

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Some activities:
* Ask students to draw a map of the world from memory.
Share different maps – check out the Decolonial Atlas site (source of pics above)
* Help students write and share their personal narrative at* Create opportunities for students to engage in “Deep Conversations (“Courageous Conversations”) at Fall/Spring Camp fires, Summer Meetings, Yearlong Videotapesn & Share

My favorite quote from this session:
“I used to think that empathy is something that ‘I am,’ but we are beginning to realize that we need to be able to teach empathy.”

What are some concrete ways that you teach global citizenship and empathy? Share your ideas in the comments below!