Relevance of the Project to
Teachers & Students

The goal of Global Citizen 2000 is to produce curricular modules that will enable high school teachers to increase the quantity and quality of teaching about the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and globalization itself in schools in New Jersey and throughout America. We believe that fostering area studies on the secondary level will provide students with an enhanced understanding of globalization, expanded opportunities to participate in global society, and encouragement to pursue academic programs and careers relating to area studies. We expect to nurture the informed citizenry and the cadre of experts the United States needs to shape its relations with all the regions of the world in the next generation.


Global Citizen 2000 is a collaboration of Rutgers University with teachers in twelve partner New Jersey high schools. The high schools will serve as laboratories for the development of fifteen interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, curricular modules. The modules will be field-tested, and a web site will be created to distribute and support them. The modules will be adaptable to the amount of time the teacher has for each topic, with alternate lesson plans and activities suitable for as few as one or two and as many as ten class periods. They will contain both materials for teachers to download for use in class and on-line activities for students. Each module will include teacher guides, hand-out materials, selections from primary sources, suggestions about student evaluation, bibliographies, links to web resources, and references to appropriate national and state standards.

The project includes numerous workshops for teachers, prizes for students, a post-project resource center at Rutgers, and research opportunities for those teachers interested in pursuing graduate degrees.

A unique outgrowth of GC2000 is the "International Teacher to Teacher Internship Project; Conflict Resolution Across Cultures (ITTIP)". New Jersey high school teachers who have participated in GC2000 will receive funding to travel as interns to Poland, Israel and the Palestine Authority, and South Africa in the summer of 2002. They will spend an intensive three-week internship to study conflict resolution in these three locations under the leadership of a local project team at partner universities. Once these teacher-interns return from abroad, they will then assist other New Jersey teachers to improve their skills at teaching cross-cultural understanding and conflict resolution. GC2000 and ITTIP are especially relevant now as the world becomes more globally interdependent, and as opportunities for American citizens to participate in their domestic society become increasingly tied to their knowledge of, and access to, relevant information about global society.

To achieve these ambitious goals, key partners from Rutgers University have joined with the Program in Middle Eastern Studies. They include the Department of Africana Studies; the Center for Russian, Central, and Eastern European Studies; the Programs in Latin American and Asian Studies; the Graduate School of Education; the Center for Global Security and Democracy; the Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution; the Center for Historical Analysis; and the Office of the Vice President for Continuous Education and Outreach. GC2000 is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

New Jersey high school educators have greeted Global Citizen 2000 with enormous enthusiasm. They see the project as an opportunity to 1) remedy the lack of content on specific regions in their schools' social studies curricula; 2) meet national and New Jersey Core Content Curriculum Standards; 3) introduce students to the study of globalization; and 4) emphasize cross-regional and cross-disciplinary approaches to teaching. Teachers have been eager to learn from Rutgers area studies experts, to translate their new learning into innovative instruction for their students, and to use their professional skills to write curriculum modules that address global issues. GC2000 will extend these benefits to teachers and students across the country by making the new teaching modules available through the Global Citizen 2000 Web site.


GC SHAPES

Global Citizen 2000 shapes the way people view the World by using the Multiple Perspectives of:
Geography, Culture, Society, History, Aesthetics, Politics, Economics, & Spirituality

Goal: Students will become global citizens by understanding the GC SHAPES issues
and use that knowledge to create a global civil society.

Rationale:

  1. Global citizenship values peaceful resolution of conflict.
  2. There cannot be a global society without social justice.
  3. We share a global environment.
  4. Humanity's survival depends on cooperation.
  5. The world's resources are limited.
  6. Careers are increasingly global.
  7. Global awareness promotes productivity and economic growth.
  8. Global literacy facilitates negotiating diverse cultures.
  9. Global literacy expands our collective knowledge base.
  10. Global citizenship results in enlightenment, self-actualization, & enhanced creativity.

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

The curriculum development component may be the most important part of the project because it has the potential to affect students throughout New Jersey and the United States. Indeed, most of the other components are designed to contribute to the curriculum development effort, and the ten partner schools may be seen as laboratories for developing new curricular materials. A core group of four Rutgers faculty, including curriculum specialists from the Graduate School of Education, and team of almost sixty high school teachers will develop the new curricular materials, largely during two four-week summer institutes in 2001 and 2002. The core group will design approximately 15 course units, many of them featuring interactive materials, simulations and case studies on such essential topics as:

• Geography, Ecosystems and their effects on Culture;

• Choices resulting from the economics of scarcity in the developing world;

• Representation of political aspirations in Western and non-Western Literature;

• Citizenship and cooperation in post-conflict societies;

• Change in identity resulting from global interconnection; and

• New economic choices and responsibilities.

Some curricular units will be developed in several versions; conflict resolution, for example, might be available in units focusing on various parts of the world, so teachers could choose the version that best suited their needs. All curricular materials will be pilot-tested in participating schools and evaluated according to parameters defined by secondary school educators and consultants from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. They will be posted on the Global Citizen 2000 Web site, where they will be readily accessible free-of-charge to teachers throughout the country. We plan to announce their availability to all 34,000 public and non-public secondary schools in America.

 


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