Resources on
Global Education



H. Thomas Collins, Frederick R. Czarra,
and Andrew F. Smith

Non-Profit Associations

This is a selective list of associations that offer resources for teachers. Some publish lesson plans and teachersí guides; others are professional associations of scholars dealing with specific regions of the world that offer information about outreach programs for teachers interested in those regions. Some offer teachers services and assistance with curriculum development, as well as volume or educational discounts on their publications. Only selected publications are cited here; contact the associations for a full list. Prices do not include shipping and handling.


African Studies Association

Rutgers University

Douglass Campus

132 George Street

New Brunswick, NY 08901

Phone: 732-932-8173

Fax: 732-932-3394

URL: ASA_Menu.html


History In Africa: A Journal Of Method. Focuses on historiographical and methodological concerns. Audience: collegiate-adult. Membership benefit.

Issue: A Journal of Opinion. Articles on contemporary policies in and toward Africa. Audience: collegiate-adult. Membership benefit.

ASA News. Current events of interest to Africanists. Audience: collegiate-adult. Membership benefit.


African Studies Center

Outreach Program

Boston University

270 Bay State Road

Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-353-7303/3673

Fax: 617-353-4975



What Do We Know about Africa? Audience: Grades 9-12. Dispels common misconceptions. Accompanied by a detailed curriculum guide. $70.00; rental, $20.00.

Africa Beyond the Myths. Audience: Grades 2-5. Accompanied by lesson plans and teacher resources. Price to be announced.


How Big Is Africa? Audience: Grades 2-12. Accompanied by a detailed curriculum guide. $9.95.


The American Forum for Global Education

120 Wall Street, Suite 2600

New York, NY 10005

Phone: 212-624-1300

Fax: 212-624-1412



Spotlight on China. Audience: Grades 9-collegiate. Strategies for employing resources in the classroom, as well as multiple reading and writing methodologies. $45.00.

Spotlight on Ramayana: An Enduring Tradition. Audience: Grades 9-12. Interdisciplinary activities, readings, and materials, developed by teachers for teachers, for the study of India and the Ramayana epic. $40.00.

International Conflict and the Media. Audience: Grades 6-12. Curriculum guide. $20.00.

Ecological Economics: An Introductory Teaching Guide. Audience: Grades 9-12. $20.00.

Sustainable Communities: A Curriculum Unit for the High School Civics Classroom. Audience: Grades 9-12. May be used as an accompaniment to a CD-ROM titled ìThis Place Called Home: Tools for Sustainable Communities,î available from New Society Publishers (250-247-9737). $15.00 for the unit only.


Association for Asian Studies

1021 East Huron Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: 734-665-2490

Fax: 734-665-3801



Recommended Resources on Asia. Audience: Grades 1-6 and 6-12. Individual booklets on China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. Each provides a basic list of materialsóworkbooks and other curriculum units, audio-visual resources, maps, teacher reference guides, and both fiction and non-fiction readings. $7.00 each.

Education about Asia. Audience: Grades 9-Collegiate. A new magazine published three times per year, designed as a resource for teachers who wish to bring information on Asia to the classroom. $14.00 per year.


Center for International Training and Education

PO Box 337

Croton-on Hudson, NY 10520

Phone: 800-316-2739

Fax: 800-316-2739

Publications presenting regions through the eyes of their peoples

Through African Eyes. Vol. 1, The Past: The Road to Independence;. Vol. 2, Culture and Society: Continuity and Change. Audience: Grades 9-12. $19.95 each; Teaching Strategies Companion, $9.95.

Through Indian Eyes, The Living Tradition. Audience: Grades 9-12. $21.95; Teaching Strategies Companion, $9.95.

Through Japanese Eyes. Audience: Grades 9-12. $21.95; Teaching Strategies Companion, $11.95.

Through Middle Eastern Eyes. Audience: Grades 9-12.. $21.95; Teaching Strategies Companion, $9.95.


Center for Teaching International Relations (CTIR)

University of Denver

2201 S. Gaylord Street

Denver, CO 80208

Phone: 303-871-3106

Fax: 303-871-2906


Publications on global themes with class activities

Teaching Global Awareness with Simulations and Games. Helps students learn different concepts through simulations. Audience: Grades 6-12. $29.95.

Teaching Human Rights. Examines political, civil, social and economic rights from a global perspective. Audience: Grades 7-Adult. $29.95.

Teaching about Cultural Awareness. Increases studentsí awareness of international diversity and their own culturally-based perspectives. Audience: Grades 5-12. $26.95.

Teaching Russian Studies: History, Language, Culture and Art. Audience: Grades 7-12. $39.95.


Choices for the 21st Century Project

Watson Institute for International Studies

Box 1948

Brown University

Providence, RI 02912

Phone: 401-863-3155

Fax: 401-863-1247


Publications on vital global issues

Shifting Sands: Balancing U.S. Interests in the Middle East. Audience: Grades 9-12. Analyzes the Arab-Israeli conflict, the significance of oil, the politicization of Islam, and other issues that have shaped Americaís ties to the Middle East. $12.00.

U.S. Immigration Policy in An Unsettled World. Audience: Grades 9-12. $12.00

The Limits of Power: The United States in Vietnam. Audience: Grades 9-12. Draws students into the key decision points marking U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. $14.00.


Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs

Center of Latin American Caribbean Studies

University of Connecticut

843 Bolton Road

Storrs, CT 06269

Phone: 860-486-0488

Fax: 860-486-2963



CLASP Notes. Audience: Grades K-12. Reports on the activities of college and university outreach programs for K-12 teachers, upcoming professional development opportunities, and activities of the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs. Membership benefit.


Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

One Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20001

Phone: 202-408-5505

Fax: 202-408-8072


Publications offered free of charge to educators interested in global and international education.

International Dimensions of Education: Position Paper and Recommendation for Action. (1991)

Fred Czarra and J. David Edwards. International Dimensions of Education: Documents of State Education Agencies. (1993).

International/Global Education in Primary and Secondary Education. Language and Intercultural Understanding Series, #2: The Japan Forum. (1995)

Fred Czarra. International Education Newsletter. Resources and events for teaching about the world. Published three times per year.

Fred Czarra. Global/International Education Readings and Resources. (1997)


Global Learning, Inc.

1018 Stuyvesant Avenue

Union, NJ 07083

Phone: 908-964-1114

Fax: 908-964-6335



Making Global Connections in the Middle School: Lessons on the Environment Development & Equity. Audience: Grades 6-8. Eleven interactive lessons and an analytical framework for critical thinking skills. $12.00.

A Sustainable Development Curriculum Framework for World History & Cultures. Audience: Grades 9-12. Global Studies lessons, 12 methods for infusion, resource lists and a guide to student action. $20.00.


Middle East Studies Association of North America

University of Arizona

1643 East Helen Street

Tucson, AZ 85721

Phone: 520-621-5850

Fax: 520-626-9095



Directory of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs and Courses in Middle East Studies. Audience: Collegiate-Adult. Provides information on domestic and international programs. Includes programs in language history, politics, anthropology, etc. $10.00 (also available on their website).


Middle Eastern Studies

Teaching Resource Center

Harvard University

1737 Cambridge Street

Cambridge, MA 02139

Phone: 617-495-4078

Fax: 617-496-8584


Are You Listening? Voices from the Middle East. Audience: Grades 8-12. An anthology of literature. The teaching guide consists of curriculum units with thought provoking discussion questions and imaginative student activities. Comes in two units: I Growing Pains and II Family Matters. $15.00 each unit.

Middle East Resources. Audience: Grades K-12. A curriculum unit published three time a year. Gratis.


Stanford Program on International and
Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE)

Institute for International Studies

Stanford University

Littlefield Center, Room 14C

300 Lasuen Street

Stanford, CA 94305

Phone: 800-578-1114

Fax: 650-723-6784


Curriculum Units

Cooperation and Community: The European CommunityóA Community of Nations. Uses the European Community to explore concepts related to the idea of community. Audience: Grades 6-12. Includes a music CD. $44.95.

How Can Biodiversity Be Preserved? Audience: Grades 6-12. A brief overview of biodiversity and a final activity in which students develop a plan for preserving biodiversity in their own neighborhoods are included. $39.95.

Introduction to International Trade: With a Focus on U.S.-Japan Economic Relations. Audience: Grades 9-Adult. $44.95.


Upper Midwest Womenís History Center

749 Simpson Street

St. Paul, MN 55104

Phone: 612-644-1727

Fax: 612-644-3350



How to Do It: Teaching about Women in Contemporary Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Audience: Grades 9-Adult. Many easy-to-use readings and exercises. Includes video. $45.00.


The following instructional publications include slide presentations in video format on women and work in different world regions.

Contemporary Issues for Women in Africa South of the Sahara. Audience: Grades 9-Adult. Complete set, $85.00; Manual with handouts only, $35.00.

Contemporary Issues for Women in South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. Audience: Grades 9-Adult. Complete set, $85.00; Manual with handouts only, $35.00.

Contemporary Issues for Women in Latin America. Audience: Grades 9-Adult. Complete set, $85.00; Manual with handouts only, $35.00.


Women in the World History Curriculum

1030 Spruce Street

Berkeley, CA 94707

Phone: 510-524-0304

Fax: 510-524-0112



Women in the Muslim World. Audience: Grades 7-Collegiate. Lively biographies with critical thinking questions, activities, a glossary and bibliography. $19.95.

I Will Not Bow My Head. Audience: Grades 9-Collegiate. Over 60 primary sources reveal defiant acts and resistant voices of women from diverse periods and places. Teaching suggestions included. $19.95.


Commercial Distributors/Publishers

Some particularly teacher-friendly resources on global education can be obtained from the following organizations:


Social Studies School Service

10200 Jefferson Boulevard, Room 15

P.O. Box 802

Culver City, CA 90232

Phone: 800-421-4246

Fax: 800-944-5432



A special catalog of global education materials lists hundreds of titles.




Sluice Dock

Guilford, CT 06437

Phone: 800-243-6532

Fax: 203-435-6000



Publications dealing with international relations, regional politics and world challenges

Annual Editions: Global Issues 98/99. Audience: Grades 9-12. Instructorís Guide available. $16.84.

Annual Editions: Comparative Politics 98/99. Audience: Grades 9-12. Instructorís Guide available. $16.84.

Annual Edition: World Politics 98/99. Audience: Grades 9-12. Instructorís Guide available. $16.84.

Taking Sides: Clashing View on Controversial Issues in World Politics. Audience: Grades 9-12. Instructorís Guide available. $17.88.


Intercultural Press, Inc.

P.O. Box 700

Yarmouth, ME 04096

Phone: 800-370-2665

Fax: 207-846-5181


Publishes and markets materials related to the fields of intercultural relations and multiculturalism. Publications fall into two categories: practical guides, and texts and instructional material.


World Eagle

111 King Street

Littleton, MA 01460

Phone: 800-854-8273

Fax: 978-486-9652


World Eagle, The Monthly Educational Resource. Audience: Grades K-Collegiate. A teacher/student resource that helps your students how to understand and analyze information, especially data, charts and graphs. $59.95 per year.

Reproducible Atlases. Audience: Grades K-Collegiate. Printed in reproducible black and white, 8 x 11. Separate atlases for: Africa; Asia & Oceania: Europe; Latin America; Middle East; North America. $49.95 each.


H. Thomas Collins is Director, Project LINKS, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Frederick R. Czarra is an international education consultant and former executive editor of
The Social Studies.
Andrew F. Smith is the president of the American Forum for Global Education.


The Contemporary World History Project for Culturally Diverse Students


Ron Herring and Jonathan Weil

The need for citizen competence in world affairs has never been more urgent and has led many California schools to make the study of ìunresolved world problemsî a core element in the world history curriculum of the History and Social Science Framework for California Public Schools. One outcome is the Contemporary World History Project (CWHP): Negotiating Unresolved World Problemsóa year-long two-part program designed for low- and middle-performing students. Supported by the California International Studies Project (CISP) and the Industrial Bank of Japan, the project involved one hundred classrooms in California high schools during the 1997-1998 school year.

In part one of this program, during fall and part of spring semester, students focus on the historical background of specific world problems within four key issue areas: human rights, the environment, international security, and international debt and economic development. Each participating classroom represents one country throughout the school year. In addition to their general study of world issues, students give special attention to the history and culture of their assigned country and its current foreign policies.

The second part of the program is an international negotiation simulation guided by a ìWorld Problems Scenario.î Conducted late in the spring semester, the simulation involves participating classrooms in different schools in trying to resolve key world problems via e-mail and online conferencing. Eventually, the students come together for a one-day negotiating session on a university campus.

The simulation exercise had its origin in a project called ICONS (International Communication and Negotiation Simulation) developed under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Wilkenfeld at the University of Maryland. CWHP actively engages student in their own learning and challenges them, individually and in small groups, to collaborate to represent their assigned country effectively in negotiations with other countries. The project promotes an awareness that different countries view issues differently, depending on their definition of national interest and their social and economic circumstances.

Fifteen group-oriented CWHP curriculum units support the California world history curriculum. These units, developed by SPICE (Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education) in cooperation with CISP, offer a unique opportunity to integrate an international relations approach into the regular course of study. There are five core units:

n Why do People Create Maps?

n Who Should Control Nuclear Technology?

n Neither a Borrower nor a Lender Be: Debt and Development in Brazil

n Pollution Knows No Boundaries

n Are There Universal Human Rights?

These five units help students to understand basic concepts and develop the international affairs vocabulary needed to conduct productive negotiations. The program is further enhanced by cultural mentors engaged by CISP for each classroom to provide, via e-mail, information about the country under study. Finally, before the simulation begins, each class holds a press conference where students are asked to explain and defend their various policy positions on the four key issues: security, environment, human rights, and national debt and development. During the six week simulation last year, students exchanged over 2,500 messages that were monitored by three educators: an international relations specialist, an experienced teacher, and the project manager.

CWHP offers its project teachers many opportunities for innovative teaching roles. The project manager guides students in what often become extensive research efforts, helps students to identify and solve problems, and plans a variety of skill-building activities to help students create effective learning communities. Many teachers measure student performance in groups using such alternative forms of assessment as journals, portfolios, and oral reports. Participating teachers enjoy working together and learning from each other as they meet periodically and regularly exchange information and insights via e-mail.

Many students report that they now pay more attention to a variety of news sources, discuss world events more frequently with their friends and families, and intend to use radio, TV, and newspapers to learn about world events. In addition, there is evidence that the exercise improves studentsí computer skills, library research, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills as a result of their participation. v