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Developing global citizens is part of virtually every international school’s mission statement -- it’s in their DNA. But, how can your school intentionally inspire and educate students to become global citizens? What are best practices and some recommended resources for preparing students to become responsible leaders in today’s interconnected world? Deepen your efforts to promote understanding by participating in our growing community discussion and best-practice sharing on global mindedness.

ISS Global Educator: Homa Sabet Tavangar

Homa Sabet Tavangar has written and spoken extensively about global citizenship, globalizing curriculum, parenting, diversity, and creating inclusive, empathetic working and learning environments. Her writing appears on National Geographic Education, Edutopia, the Huffington Post, PBS and EducationWeek, among other media; she authored Growing Up Global: Raising Children to be at Home in the World (2009) and The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners (2014), and she contributed to Mastering Global Literacy (2013) and the three-book series World Class Learners Action Guide (2016) with Yong Zhao. Homa also serves as Series Consultant to NBC Sprout TV’s original animated series, Nina’s World, which celebrates everyday adventures in a multi-cultural neighborhood. Prior to turning her sights to global education and parenting, Homa spent 20 years working on global competitiveness and cross-cultural issues with hundreds of businesses, non-profit agencies, and governments around the world. A graduate of UCLA and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, she has lived on four continents and her religious heritage includes four of the world’s major faiths.

Homa Sabet Tavangar

"Positive experiences with the world’s cultures enhance students’ lives… Students need to recognize humanity’s oneness and feel at home in the world."

Homa Sabet Tavangar, Growing Up Global (2009)

Fostering Global Citizenship

What is a global mindset?

How do you foster empathy, engagement and other global competencies?

What teaching resources and online tools do teachers recommend?

How does a school build community around its global priorities?

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How can we take action to build empathy and meaningful connections that last a lifetime?

Join the conversation on Twitter using #ISSEdu and @growingupglobal as we explore creative as well as tried-and-true strategies for building global mindsets in our classrooms, schools and wider communities.

News & Resources

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