UPenn Resource Centers Launch Website for K-16 Global Studies Educators

Zabeth Teelucksingh and Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz, for GPA -- On Friday December 2, the International Resource Centers at The University of Pennsylvania hosted a reception to launch an innovative teaching tool. The event's lead organizer was Raili Roy, Assistant Director of the South Asia Center at UPenn

The event launched a resource for K-12 teachers, the Global Philadelphia Educators Network, "a gateway to global resources for Delaware Valley K-16 educators." As Anastasia Shown, Director of the African Studies Center at UPenn explained with great aplomb, this Network offers teachers in the region opportunities to meet with one another, share ideas, and importantly, to access global education and international resources. These resources will be housed on a free web site ( http://www.philaglobaled.org/) that was created after many assessments and conversations aimed at determining educators’ needs and time constraints. The site was designed by a team led by a global educator himself, Medard Gabel, CEO of Big Picture Small World.

Currently, the site is populated with a myriad of international games including ones that promote peace, scientific learning and global culture. More and more resources are being added daily. In fact, any educator with a global lesson plan can sign up for free to put their materials on this web site.

The educators in attendance not only were able to observe the functionality of the new Global Philadelphia Educators website, they were also treated to a fabulous display of Bharat Natyiam dances by Shaily Dadiala and to the dulcet tones of the Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture classical Arab music group. The global theme was continued with a fabulous buffet of international foods catered by an assortment of local ethnic food suppliers.

In a week in which Alan Greenbeger, City's Deputy Mayor for Commerce, noted -- in a Philadelphia Business Journal article -- that the "The greatest of Philadelphia's assets rests with our institutions of education, research, and medicine," it was evident last Friday that UPenn is fully engaged in a pro-active global education trajectory that can only serve to further enhance these three kings of the City’s resources.