DAS Casagrande Announces New Virtual Courses

"We at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs want to thank all teachers and school administrators for their dedication and share with you our suite of free online resources about international education for K-12 educators."

Letter from Caroline Casagrande, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs

Dear Colleagues,

As teachers in the United States and around the world confront the challenges of educating students during a pandemic, we at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs want to thank all teachers and school administrators for their dedication and share with you our suite of free online resources about international education for K-12 educators. We hope you will find these materials helpful for both the classroom and for teacher professional development, and will share them widely with your networks.

These interactive massive open online courses (MOOCs), which include lesson plans and videos, allow educators to engage with knowledgeable peers and experts and support educators in fostering students’ global competences, including through virtual instruction. While we at the State Department work towards resuming our Fulbright and in-person exchanges fully around the world, our virtual courses and materials remain an important area of activity for us going forward.

Below are overviews and links to the courses. We welcome your feedback on the course design and all participants will complete an evaluation after completing the modules.

Global Education 101 introduces educators to teaching for global competence. Educators who complete this introductory course can:

  • Define global competence and its connection to student success;
  • Understand themes and concepts of global education and global competence;
  • Develop instructional strategies to incorporate global competence into lessons and units;
  • Build resources for further learning and networking for global competence.

Teaching Online for Global Competence equips educators with the knowledge and skills they need to engage their students in effective virtual collaboration, learning, and cross-cultural community building. Educators who complete the course can:

  • Build capacity to be confident online instructors;
  • Develop curriculum activities and adapt instruction for online learning using differentiated methodology and pedagogy;
  • Address the social and emotional aspect of online learning;
  • Connect virtual learning with opportunities for global competence development.

Educators who complete these courses will receive a digital badge from the U.S. Department of State and a certificate confirming five hours of independent professional learning for each course they complete. Enrollees can work at their own pace to complete the five hours of asynchronous instruction within each course’s open dates. Please join the U.S. Department of State in supporting teachers and fostering international engagement during this unprecedented time by sharing this free learning opportunity with your network. We encourage any interested educator to learn more and enroll online through the links above.

If you have questions or specific outreach needs please contact Jennifer Gibson, Branch Chief, Teacher Exchange Programs at gibsonjm@state.gov. Thank you and best wishes.

Caroline C. Casagrande

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs